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Beyond Ads: Monetizing Location-Based Services

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This week geo-crazy mavens were pleased to hear of location-based updates to Facebook, the launch of Foursquare analytics and of course yesterday's news of Gowalla's comment and picture functionality. So far the most common way to monetize these types of services is through sponsored leader boards and tips on nearby...
Beyond Ads: Monetizing Location-Based Services

Zynga Explains Earnings Drought, Rallies Around Mobile Apps And Virtual Gambling -- With Real Cash

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Zynga's logo walked into the boardroom with its tail between its legs today as the company presented its third quarter earnings. On the call, CEO Mark Pincus announced the company's plan to wrap a tight tourniquet around its ongoing losses. How to turn things around? Pincus said development teams would cut...
Zynga Explains Earnings Drought, Rallies Around Mobile Apps And Virtual Gambling -- With Real Cash

Free Mobile Games Earn Most of the $10 Billion Spent on Apps in 2012

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Mobile apps are on target to earn $10 billion this year, with games making up 80 percent of the pie. According to Flurry, which gives developers tools to track consumer behavior, the most prolific business model is the free-to-play scenario, where consumers download the game for free and then pay...
Free Mobile Games Earn Most of the $10 Billion Spent on Apps in 2012

Internet companies and the billion dollar money drain

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Are VCs wasting money on online ad models? Photo via Images of Money Over the last ten years, more than $43 billion was invested in 7,200+ Internet-related companies, according to the PWC MoneyTree report. Fifty percent of those companies will disappear within the first three years of operations, and the...
Internet companies and the billion dollar money drain

Call of Duty Online to be released in China

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Activision is launching a free-to-play version of its hit first-person shooter franchise for the Chinese marketActivision has announced a new title in the blockbusting Call of Duty franchise, aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. Call of Duty Online is being released in partnership with internet service provider Tencent; it will...
Call of Duty Online to be released in China

NCAA Still Going Backwards On Tournament Streaming

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Last year, around NCAA Tournament time, I wrote a piece about how the NCAA was going backwards on streaming the games. Once free streams were locked up behind subscription charges, reducing the pool of eyeballs that could be watching the advertising that actually makes the NCAA and their broadcast...
NCAA Still Going Backwards On Tournament Streaming

Xbox 720 to be revealed on 21 May

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Microsoft has finally announced the date on which its next generation games console will be unveiled. A launch event at the Xbox campus in May will be followed by more revelations at the E3 games conference in JuneMicrosoft will reveal the successor to its Xbox 360 video game console on...
Xbox 720 to be revealed on 21 May

Triple Town for iPhone and iPad

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A deceptive little beast of a puzzler, Triple Town lures you close and sinks its teeth in before demanding you feed it more of your hard-earned cash. This clever hybrid of match-three puzzles and settlement planning gameplay from Spry Fox is insidiously addictive, but poorly conceived micro-transactions soon suck all...
Triple Town for iPhone and iPad
Bangalore-based enterprise IT startup, Appnomic, raises a modest $5M
Crowdfunding startup Flattr now lets you pay for content by just by using Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram & other sites

Iowa-Based Dwolla Expands to New York with Two New Hires

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Des Moine’s disruptive payments company Dwolla is coming to the big Apple. The company today announced it hired NY-based Alex Taub, head of business developement for photo editing site Aviary to lead its own biz dev, and Michael Schonfeld, a developer at Nerve Dating, as its Developer Evangelist. The pair...
Iowa-Based Dwolla Expands to New York with Two New Hires

Amazon offers developers its in-app purchasing service for video games on Mac, PC or the Web

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Amazon has announced an extension of its in-app purchasing API for developers that will allow users to purchase virtual goods and currencies from a Mac, PC or Web-based game using their Amazon account. It means that players can now use their stored credit card details, as well as gift certificates...
Amazon offers developers its in-app purchasing service for video games on Mac, PC or the Web

Murdoch Finally Invites The Google Spiders To Search London Times

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Back in 2009, Rupert Murdoch closed the London Times down with a paywall, preventing even Google from perusing the stories contained within. Approximately 200,000 subscribers later (or 130,751 if you’re to believe PaidContent), the experiment was clearly a failure. Now Murdoch is opening up the paper to search engines, although...
Murdoch Finally Invites The Google Spiders To Search London Times

Apple Plays Cat And Mouse With In-App Purchase Hacker

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Piracy has been considered the bane of game developers for as long as games have existed. Over the years, many methods of fighting piracy or turning those who play for free into paying customers have come and gone. Some methods focused deterring pirates while others instead focused on maximizing profits....
Apple Plays Cat And Mouse With In-App Purchase Hacker
Beyond online advertising into knowledge monetization

In-game micro-transactions rear their ugly head in Dead Space 3

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Order now! Eurogamer At this point, gamers are used to free-to-play games that make most of their revenue from "pay-for-convenience" features. These games essentially let you quickly purchase features that you'd usually have to unlock through hours of gameplay, in effect letting you spend your money instead of your...
In-game micro-transactions rear their ugly head in Dead Space 3

Press Start: Halo Spartan Assault, Zynga downsizes again and more

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Plus, Harmonix announces Fantasia-inspired game, Ballmer goes to Hollywood and Fable returns in HD remakeA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.Halo Spartan Assault: pocket rocket | VG247Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows-8-exclusive, single-player twin-stick shooter. It features touch-optimised controls and will provide a mobile Halo experience that's...
Press Start: Halo Spartan Assault, Zynga downsizes again and more

Xbox: could the new console be always online with no pre-owned games?

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Edge Magazine is reporting that Microsoft has a controversial new business model in mind for the next Xbox console - a 'digital first' system with no room for pre-owned gamesThe next Xbox console may require a permanent online connection and could rule out the pre-owned games market, Edge magazine has...
Xbox: could the new console be always online with no pre-owned games?

PayPal Competitor WePay Launches iOS App to Take Invoicing & Payments Mobile

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Startup WePay launched as a group payments solution that allowed people to purchase an item together online, and has since pivoted to become a PayPal-like contender in the online payments space. The last time BetaKit covered the Palo Alto-based company was when it introduced new “pay now” payment buttons in August 2012...
PayPal Competitor WePay Launches iOS App to Take Invoicing & Payments Mobile

Popcap brings zombies to iPhone

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The casual gaming legend is looking to extend its reach on new platforms with Zombatar and an iOS version of Solitaire BlitzLeading casual game developer Popcap has created a new app for fans of its hit tower defence title, Plants vs Zombies.Due out later this year on iOS devices, Zombatar...
Popcap brings zombies to iPhone
EA layoffs show Darwinism at work
Electronic Arts Is The Worst Company In America, Again
$99 Android-powered gaming console looks to shake things up [video]
Facebook Loosens Zynga's Leash - Can Changing The Rules Save Zynga?

Dead Space cheat dents in-game fees

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Glitches in Dead Space 3 are allowing gamers to avoid paying in-game charges, undermining publisher EA's attempt to extend the use of micro-transactions....
Dead Space cheat dents in-game fees

Hi5 to announce new online games management team, acquisition of virtual currency assets

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In its ambition to be a player in the red hot category of social network games, Hi5 is expected to announce today that it has acquired a social gaming platform company and a new team of executives with years of experience in online games The San Francisco social networking company...
Hi5 to announce new online games management team, acquisition of virtual currency assets
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