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Path Confirms Series B Funding From Redpoint, Richard Branson and Others

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We reported last night that Path closed Series B funding of $40 million led by Redpoint Ventures and planned to announce it today. And indeed, a spokeswoman for the company just emailed out the official acknowledgment. Path described the Series B funding as “more than $30M,” and said it also...
Path Confirms Series B Funding From Redpoint, Richard Branson and Others

Despite Criticism, YouTube Founder Steve Chen And Web Mogul Barry Diller Fund FWD.us

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Amidst widespread criticism, Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us gained some momentum today as it announced Steven Chen and Barry Diller have signed on as financial backers. Chen was a co-founder of YouTube, and Diller is the chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp which owns About, Match, Newsweek, and Vimeo. Diller and Chen,...
Despite Criticism, YouTube Founder Steve Chen And Web Mogul Barry Diller Fund FWD.us
Mango Health nabs $1.45M to build gamified mobile health apps
Forget Cleantech -- It's Cleanweb at SXSW
Zynga confirms that FarmVille 2 is in the works

Guess What Zynga's About To Spend $228 Million On (ZNGA)

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Zynga plans to buy the building currently serving as the company's San Francisco headquarters for $228 million, reports Bloomberg. Zynga set up shop in the 670,000 square foot building in San Francisco's South of Market district last year, and it's now home to 2,800 employees. The company xpects to...
Guess What Zynga's About To Spend $228 Million On (ZNGA)

TIME 100 poll goes tech in 2012 with Cook, Bezos, Hoffman, Zuckerberg, Karp, Dorsey, Thiel and more

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TIME magazine has once again fired up its yearly poll to decide on the most influential people in the world, and this year its a full-on tech fest. There are dozens of interesting folks with artists like Adele, activists like AiWeiwei and public figures like Ben Bernanke, but the most interesting bit is how...
TIME 100 poll goes tech in 2012 with Cook, Bezos, Hoffman, Zuckerberg, Karp, Dorsey, Thiel and more
Zynga reports slightly beats analysts' reduced targets for the third quarter

What the Heck Happened to Zynga This Quarter?

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Zynga might have a few good excuses for missing its earnings estimates this quarter, but investors do not seem to care. After the company’s third consecutive quarterly loss–and a wide one at that–blood is in the water. The company’s stock traded shockingly low, dipping at one point below $2 per...
What the Heck Happened to Zynga This Quarter?

Stung on Facebook and let down by Draw Something, Zynga looks to mobile for future growth

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Zynga suffered declines on its Facebook business, according to its Q2 earnings report. Going forward, CEO Mark Pincus says the developer will look to mobile, advertising and male-oriented games for growth potential. The developer made $332 million in revenue and $302 million in bookings for Q2 2012. That’s up 10...
Stung on Facebook and let down by Draw Something, Zynga looks to mobile for future growth

CHART OF THE DAY: Draw Something Is Pummeling Zynga's Top Mobile Game (ZNGA)

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Zynga is in talks to buy OMGPOP, the company behind "Draw Something," the hottest mobile game on the planet. The simple reason for Zynga's interest: "Draw Something" is killing "Words With Friends," Zynga's once-hot mobile game. Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See...
CHART OF THE DAY: Draw Something Is Pummeling Zynga's Top Mobile Game (ZNGA)

Guy Who 'Hates To Be A Curmudgeon' Explains Why Yahoo Buying A 17-Year-Old's Startup For $30 Million Makes No Sense

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When a startup sells for multiple millions, other founders are left reeling. "Why him, not me?" they wonder. One Y Combinator founder, Origami's Vibhu Horby, vented publicly about this in a post that rose to the top of Hacker News over night. His article, "The Summly deal makes no sense"...
Guy Who 'Hates To Be A Curmudgeon' Explains Why Yahoo Buying A 17-Year-Old's Startup For $30 Million Makes No Sense
Reid Hoffman strikes a blow at the cult of the founder. Is he right?

Why Zynga Failed

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The year was 2008 and Zynga had it all figured out. Facebook became a portal to games for those who had never played. Viral growth there was unchecked. Facebook ad rates were low so buying traffic was cheap. And most games were played on desktop. But soon everything changed, and...
Why Zynga Failed

Kissing The Mark Pincus Zynga Ring

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Two big stories popped about Zynga in the last 24 hours. Businessweek says Zynga will do $450 million in revenue in 2010, which is actually less than some of the higher end speculation about the company, and quotes sources saying that Zynga spends between $5 million and $8 million per...
Kissing The Mark Pincus Zynga Ring

Mark Pincus on Zynga's Symbiotic Relationship With Facebook

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Zynga’s road to succes owes much to Facebook — the social giant has been by far the largest driver of traffic to Zynga’s gaming platform. And as Zynga CEO Mark Pincus noted at our D: AllThingsDigital conference, Facebook remains the platform of choice in driving traffic. “We grew the fastest...
Mark Pincus on Zynga's Symbiotic Relationship With Facebook

Zynga's Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann Stepping Down

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The exodus continues. This time it is Nils Puhlmann, Zynga’s chief security officer, who is resigning from the social games maker. His departure was first reported by TechCrunch, who quoted several sources familiar with the matter. Over the past couple of months, Zynga has lost several top executives and mid-level managers as...
Zynga's Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann Stepping Down

The 17-Year-Old That Yahoo Paid $30 Million Was Renting His Startup's Core Technology

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Yahoo's weird-looking Summly acquisition is looking weirder by the minute. Yahoo made big news this week when it bought Summly, a startup with a 17-year-old CEO named Nick D'Aloisio, for $30 million. The acquisition was led by Yahoo HR boss Jackie Reeses. Before Yahoo shut it down, Summly was an...
The 17-Year-Old That Yahoo Paid $30 Million Was Renting His Startup's Core Technology

Facebook Says Game Play Has Grown 8 Percent So Far This Year (ZNGA, FB)

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Remember how Zynga basically blamed Facebook for its lousy quarter? Mark Pincus and company had better find another excuse. At a game-developers conference in Europe, Facebook representatives said that game-playing on its website was actually up significantly, countering the notion that game play was shifting over to mobile. Now more...
Facebook Says Game Play Has Grown 8 Percent So Far This Year (ZNGA, FB)

Zynga to launch real-money gambling online games in 2013

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Zynga has the world’s most popular online poker game on Facebook. So it’s no surprise that the company will parlay that position into the real-money gambling market. Mark Pincus, chief executive of Zynga, said in a conference call with analyst today that the company will launch its first real-money online...
Zynga to launch real-money gambling online games in 2013

#ATD10 Kicks Off With Apple's Tim Cook -- Also Adding Online Education to Mix with Kahn and Hennessy

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The All Things Digital team is all ready down in Palo Verdes, Calif. under sunny skies and with a lineup of tech and media speakers that are even more stunning that the spectacular view here. We begin tonight with the first major interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook has...
#ATD10 Kicks Off With Apple's Tim Cook -- Also Adding Online Education to Mix with Kahn and Hennessy

Zynga's Pincus: "None of Us Ever Expected to Face a Day Like Today"

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Here’s the tough-to-write blog post that Zynga CEO Mark Pincus just put up and also sent to the San Francisco gaming giant’s staff. The company just announced layoffs of 18 percent of the company and also lowered its second-quarter guidance. In it, the founder of what was once a...
Zynga's Pincus: "None of Us Ever Expected to Face a Day Like Today"

The Star Of Zynga's Mobile Guy, David Ko, Is On The Rise (ZNGA)

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Zynga has shaken up its management after a disastrous quarter, and its chief mobile officer, David Ko, is a chief beneficiary. Bloomberg reports that Ko and another executive, Steve Chiang, are now reporting directly to CEO Mark Pincus instead of to COO John Schappert. A Zynga spokeswoman declined to comment. In...
The Star Of Zynga's Mobile Guy, David Ko, Is On The Rise (ZNGA)

Zynga Prepares To Lay Off 20% Of Global Workforce, Zynga LA (And Likely More) To Close

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It looks like Zynga is in the midst of laying off one-fifth of its workforce. At the end of last week, we heard that the company would be laying off 20 percent of its worldwide staff today, and that the include a number of Zynga’s global offices would be affected....
Zynga Prepares To Lay Off 20% Of Global Workforce, Zynga LA (And Likely More) To Close

Dave Morin, Post-Pathgate: Dealing With Unprecedented Scale, Hopeful About The Future

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In case you live under a rock (I hate that played out phrase, someone please come up with something better) Path founder Dave Morin has been through a hellish past two weeks — About a week before Valentine’s Day, his app came under major fire for uploading user iOS Address Books....
Dave Morin, Post-Pathgate: Dealing With Unprecedented Scale, Hopeful About The Future

Betting the Farm: Zynga Gives Its Top Facebook Game a Major Facelift

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It’s time for FarmVille to get a makeover. FarmVille deserves recognition for its role in social gaming history. The three-year-old game, which has been played by 100 million people, was one of the first social games on Facebook to capture a mass audience. Amazingly, after all this time, the game...
Betting the Farm: Zynga Gives Its Top Facebook Game a Major Facelift

Pincus pursued Xbox chief for several months for Zynga CEO job, source says

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Zynga CEO Mark Pincus pursued Microsoft's Xbox chief for several months and had no other candidates in mind for the top job at the social games company, a source at Zynga said Monday....
Pincus pursued Xbox chief for several months for Zynga CEO job, source says

10 Million People Play This Game Every Day

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OMGPOP's Draw Something app, which is less than two months old, just blew past Zynga's Words With Friends to become the most-played game on a daily basis, according to AppData. As with all explosively popular apps, expect one of two things to happen: a larger social gaming company (we're...
10 Million People Play This Game Every Day

Game Over: Zynga Titles Sink After Facebook Changes Up Discovery

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If Zynga’s symbiotic relationship with Facebook was ever in question before, it sure isn’t now. The gaming company missed analyst estimates in its second-quarter earnings release on Wednesday, reporting one cent earnings per share on revenues of $332 million. That’s below what the Street expected — revenues of $344 million...
Game Over: Zynga Titles Sink After Facebook Changes Up Discovery

Zynga picks up Wild Needle in $3.8 million talent deal

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Zynga’s latest mobile acquisition appears to be an estimated $3.8 million deal for San Francisco-based mobile-social game company Wild Needle, according to TechCrunch. Reportedly a talent deal, Wild Needle is the latest in a long series of relatively low priced mobile buys from Zynga. The company’s largest mobile acquisitions to...
Zynga picks up Wild Needle in $3.8 million talent deal
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