GagaVille, a uniquely designed neighboring farm to FarmVille, that sports unicorns and crystals, according to Zynga, launches May 17. GagaVille visitors will get a first listen to unreleased songs from Gaga’s album Born This Way, available May 23. The full album also comes bundled as a free download when you buy a $25 Zynga game card at Best Buy.
The deal also includes a “Words With Gaga” contest in Zynga’s mobile Words With Friends game. Playing the designated Gaga word of the day — which will be announced on Gaga’s Facebook Page each day — will give players the chance to win concert tickets and a signed copy of Born This Way. Zynga is also giving players limited edition Lady Gaga virtual items on RewardVille that can be used across Zynga games.
Such a deal had been predicted after Gaga and Zynga collaborated on an earthquake relief effort for Japan in March. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Zynga and Gaga were in discussions about a tie-in effort.
Source :- http://mashable.com
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Using a selection of newly created Twitter accounts, which have the names and avatars of young women, the tweeted-out messages all look similar:
#pssst Lord Gaga VIDEO BANNED -----> [LINK] #onethingiveneverdone #cnn
The mention of “Lord Gaga” refers to a running-joke on Twitter today, about what would happen if Harry Potter villain Lord Voldermort and Lady Gaga hooked up. The hashtags, which can vary, appear to be taken from Twitter’s trending topics in an attempt to reach a wider audience.
Interestingly, in the above screenshot all of the Twitter profiles used to seed the scam campaign have adopted the names of women beginning with the letter “B”: Bianca, Berenice, Betania, and so forth..
It has been no surprise while writing this article to find that the scammers have now run out of “B” names and have moved onto female names beginning with the letter “C”..
These aren’t your usual Twitter profiles, and as can be seen in the example below, appear to be newly created specifically for the purposes of spreading the link.
What makes the profiles even more suspicious is that the only messages they have tweeted out so far have all been to the same place – a fake YouTube site, which pretends to host the banned video.
Twitter’s security team would be wise to shut down the bogus profiles as soon as possible, before the attack spreads further because rather than playing a music video, clicking on the player will attempt to trick users into giving a rogue application the rights to access their Twitter account.
An app called “money works new” hardly sounds like it would be connected to a music video, and you would be wise not to give it access to your account. But, as we’ve seen in the past, Twitter users can be tricked by such an attack into making poor decisions.
Indeed, even Lady Gaga herself appears to have recently fallen foul of such a scam on Twitter.
If you do make the mistake of authorizing the app, the scammers won’t waste any time posting the same message from your account – hoping to entrap more victims.
If you were unfortunate enough to grant a rogue applications access to your Twitter account, revoke its rights immediately by going to the Twitter website and visiting Settings/Connections and revoking the offending app’s rights.
Don’t make it easy for scammers to make money in this way, and always exercise caution about which third party apps you allow to connect with your social networking accounts.
If you’re on Twitter and want to learn more about threats, be sure to follow Naked Security’s team of writers.
Source :- http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com
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As we wrote a few weeks ago, Zynga launched a campaign with Save The Children to raise money via in-game donations in Zynga games like FrontierVille, FarmVille and CityVille for the relief efforts in Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami a few weeks ago. Today, the social gaming giant is announcing that Lady Gaga has donated $750,000, through the sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets, to Zynga’s fundraising initiative. She is also donating another $750,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Japan.
And in the past two weeks, Zynga players alone have raised more than $2.5 million for Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund and other causes. In a release issued by the pop singer and Zynga, Gaga said “I’m inspired that my little monsters banded together to help those affected by the terrible tragedy…What Zynga’s players have done for the cause is equally inspiring, and I’m thrilled to partner with them to raise money that will go to Save the Children and the American Red Cross.”
Through Zynga games including Café World, CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille, Words With Friends, Vampire Wars, YoVille and Zynga Poker, more than 250 million players had the opportunity to donate 100 percent of the purchase price of newly created virtual items to the fundraising efforts. Via Credits, Facebook donated money generated through the purchases to support the initiative.
The Japan fundraising initiative isn’t the first charitable campaign for Zynga. Since October 2009, hundreds of thousands of players have raised more than $10 million dollars for international nonprofits through Zynga.org. And Zynga was able to raise millions for the relief efforts in Haiti last year.
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