It seems that FIFA has a sense of humour after all - and the laugh looks to be at Chelsea's expense.
Zynga shares plummeted than ten percent after the game maker and Facebook revised their two year-old agreement, now treating Zynga with the same rules as it applies to all other game developers.
Arsenal's finest look likely to have performance-related pay clauses inserted in their new long term contracts.
A rebellious chant has become popular in a corner of north London but on Wednesday night the song found a new home.
The first serious proposals from the White House to solve the looming "fiscal cliff" of tax rises and budget cuts appear to have been rejected out of hand by Republican leaders in Congress.
Groupon boss Andrew Mason appears to have survived a fractious board meeting at the troubled daily deal website. But insiders said unhappy board members are still keen to oust the company's once feted founder.
Microsoft's Surface tablet, an important part of the software multinational's attempt to bring Windows into the portable computing age, is suffering from lacklustre sales, according to a report citing manufacturing sources.
"We understand that Mr Flintoff is well-known here," said Gary Higginbotham, the manager of Richard Dawson, the 23-year-old bruiser from Oklahoma who will fight the former Lancashire and England all-rounder at the Manchester Arena on Friday night.
Labour scored comfortable victories in three byelections early on Friday morning, bringing in a hat-trick of new MPs for the party. Ukip also enjoyed a strong performance, coming second in two of the votes, and third in the other.
Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scottish ministerial code by lobbying on behalf of Rupert Murdoch, while clearing the first minister of any specific wrongdoing.