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Whale Hunting: Facebook Hooks 1st-Time Buyers With $5 Of Game Credits For $1

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Only about 5% Facebook gamers pay to play freemium games. If Facebook could up this percentage, it and its third-party app developers could make a lot more money. That’s the idea behind a new promotion Facebook announced today where those who’ve never bought Facebook Credits virtual currency before will be offered...
Whale Hunting: Facebook Hooks 1st-Time Buyers With $5 Of Game Credits For $1

Playnomics Raises $5M In Second Round To Help Mobile Game Makers Monetize

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Playnomics, a San Francisco-based startup that helps mobile game developers earn more from their existing players, just picked up another $5 million in funding from Vanedge Capital and existing investors including FirstMark Capital and XSeed Capital. Vanedge is a Vancouver-based fund co-created by a couple Electronic Arts veterans including former...
Playnomics Raises $5M In Second Round To Help Mobile Game Makers Monetize

There Once Was a White Whale Who Tried to Speak to Humans

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Parrots are good mimics, but a whale might actually have something to say. This recording appears to be a beluga whale named NOC trying to imitate human speech. NOC was captured in 1977 and became a part of the Navy's Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. After seven years, NOC...
There Once Was a White Whale Who Tried to Speak to Humans

Mixpanel launches Revenue Analytics, tracks any and all revenue data for app developers

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Mobile and web analytics platform Mixpanel today launched Revenue Analytics, a new product that helps its customers drill down into their revenue data in a way that CEO Suhail Doshi believes wasn’t possible before. Today, websites or mobile apps use payment processors like Stripe, Braintree or Amazon Payments to handle billing...
Mixpanel launches Revenue Analytics, tracks any and all revenue data for app developers

Twitter confirms some users are having difficulty accessing the service

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Twitter has confirmed that users are currently unable to access the service. While the social network is still available to many, others are seeing fail whales all over the place. I’ve personally seen just one fail whale, and slow service in the last little bit. Two of my colleagues, Joel...
Twitter confirms some users are having difficulty accessing the service

Crew had the time of its 'Life' filming whales' courtship

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Crew had the time of its 'Life' filming whales' courtship
Mini penguincam catches birds' hunting success
Love your free players to unlock the full potential of free-to-play games
Mixpanel now lets apps target you — yeah, YOU — on a deeply personal level

Boot up: Mad Men Google, touching Windows 8, China's Android army and more

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Plus iPhone 5S (or 6?) rumours, how the Gmail crash killed Chrome browser, Kawasaki goes Android and moreA quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamTouchscreens and the myth of Windows 8 'Gorilla Arm' >> TIME.comBen Bajarin: With everything I am mentioning...
Boot up: Mad Men Google, touching Windows 8, China's Android army and more

Picture of the Day: The Ross Sea Comes to Life

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The Antarctic Ross Sea, south of New Zealand, comes to life each southern-hemisphere summer, as the surface ice thaws and pockets of water known as polynyas appear. In the above true-color image from NASA's Aqua satellite, the bright green colors of microscopic plants -- phytoplankton -- spreads across the...
Picture of the Day: The Ross Sea Comes to Life
Playnomics launches PlayRM customer relationship management platform for games
Play this: 'Robot Unicorn Attack 2' is an iOS runner with space whales and Corey Hart

Live music: NPR is streaming the Sun. May 2nd Shout Out Louds/Freelance Whales show @ 8:15pm -- http://n.pr/bMeott #fb

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Live music: NPR is streaming the Sun. May 2nd Shout Out Louds/Freelance Whales show @ 8:15pm -- http://n.pr/bMeott #fb

Zynga’s Next Cash Cow? Farmville Sequel Spotted Under The Name “Big Harvest”

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Is this Zynga’s next cash cow? It looks like Farmville 2.0 is already in beta testing under the name ‘Big Harvest’ in the Philippines, a tipster tells us. As you can see from the screenshot below, the game is way more three-dimensional, the crops are really lush and the graphics...
Zynga’s Next Cash Cow? Farmville Sequel Spotted Under The Name “Big Harvest”
CONFESSIONS OF A ZYNGA ADDICT: I Spent $1,000 In A Year Playing A Stupid Facebook Game (ZNGA)

What it means to be a 'whale' -- and why social gamers are just gamers

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The “whales” of the social-gaming world are a mystery to most of us. As the biggest spenders, they make up a tiny group (think about 2 percent of audiences) that drives most of the revenue for publishers of these games. But the word “whale” isn’t a flattering term, and...
What it means to be a 'whale' -- and why social gamers are just gamers

Facebook Quietly Rolled Out A New Feature That Could Revive Zynga And Other Facebook Games (ZNGA, FB, AMZN)

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Earlier this month Facebook rolled out a new feature for its games that could breathe new life into companies like Zynga. It added in-game subscriptions, allowing Facebook game developers to charge users a recurring fee for games. Subscriptions either reward players on a regular basis with extra in-game currency or...
Facebook Quietly Rolled Out A New Feature That Could Revive Zynga And Other Facebook Games (ZNGA, FB, AMZN)
GameStop At A Crossroads

New Giant Prehistoric Fish Species Found Gathering Dust in Museums

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Researchers find two new species of giant, filter-feeding fish that swam the oceans for 100 million years, filling the ecological niche that was later occupied by whales....
New Giant Prehistoric Fish Species Found Gathering Dust in Museums
PlayHaven launches “Zynga in a box” mobile-game monetization platform

How Zynga Pampers The People That Spend Thousands Of Dollars On Its Facebook Games (ZNGA)

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There are people out there who spend thousands of dollars on Zynga's Facebook games like FarmVille and CityVille. We've read reports about these people before, and have heard that they are called "whales" internally. What we didn't know is how Zynga treats people: like high-rollers at a casino. According...
How Zynga Pampers The People That Spend Thousands Of Dollars On Its Facebook Games (ZNGA)
BandPage Helps Any Musician Get Richer By Selling One-Of-A-Kind Experiences To Top Fans

The system is down: Facebook crashes in wake of epic Gmail failure

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It’s a dark day for the Internet: We’ve confirmed that yes, Facebook is currently down. In fact, it looks like it’s worse that just “down” — DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com shows a unique error message for the site: “Huh? http://www.facebook.com doesn’t look like a site on the interwho.” And this sad news...
The system is down: Facebook crashes in wake of epic Gmail failure

Why Facebook is reining in commercial content as its IPO looms

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Facebook rolled out its first mobile ads today, a crucial step for the social network’s business as users increasingly connect with Facebook through their phones and tablets. In the run-up to the company’s IPO, this was an area investors were giving particular scrutiny. The challenge of mobile advertising, especially...
Why Facebook is reining in commercial content as its IPO looms

Fast Talk: How PopVox Gets Congress To Listen

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Meet Marci Harris, who wants to fix your broken line of communication to Congress.Marci Harris is the CEO of PopVox, a website that lets organizations and individuals weigh in on legislation making its way through Congress. Fast Company caught up with Harris to discuss the novelty of laptops in caucus...
Fast Talk: How PopVox Gets Congress To Listen

Zynga's Real Problem: It Needs New Whales

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With its old super-massive hits finally being shelved, Zynga is in search of new high-paying players....
Zynga's Real Problem: It Needs New Whales
Jealous it missed out on election fun, Twitter's Fail Whale makes a mid-morning cameo

An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight (ZNGA)

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Whales, abusing contractors, and pushing metrics. That's pretty much all Zynga is about, according to a former engineer. An ex-engineer who was there about six months ago is opening up on an "ask-me-anything" question and answer thread in Reddit. The employee apparently left the company because he (or she)...
An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight (ZNGA)

Social Capital: More Valuable Than Money?

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I’m back! After ten days boating through southeast Alaska (and two days of recovery), I’m ready to think about personal finance once again. Actually, it’ll probably come as no surprise that I never stopped thinking about personal finance. Even while we were skirting among ice floes, pulling up prawns, and...
Social Capital: More Valuable Than Money?
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