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The Valley Of The Sith Lords

2422092207_8bf0b4ae32_o Twitter just gave the bird to startups, and I am not talking about their logo.
By now, you have probably heard that Twitter is going to cut off third-party access to its firehose of data. DataSift, one of several startups that rely on this access for their business, are now scrambling to reassure customers that their product is going to continue to work. “Blindsided” is how… Read More

Zynga founder Mark Pincus returns as CEO

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Call it bygones: Zynga is welcoming its embattled founder, Mark Pincus, to come back as its CEO

The Zynga founder announced Wednesday afternoon that he is returning to the company as CEO effective immediately, a little less than two years after he stepped down from the role and recruited Xbox One head Don Mattrick as his replacement. Mattrick will leave the company, “effective immediately,” but the split was amicable according to reports

Under Mattrick’s leadership, Zynga, which took off on desktop thanks in large part to Facebook, attempted to slowly boost its footing on mobile. The company’s mobile monthly active user numbers grew by 87% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, but its overall user base continues to shrink: Zynga had 108 million monthly active players in the fourth quarter, down from 112 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Read more…

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A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

cashmoney Editor’s Note: Fabrice Grinda is an Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-founder of OLX, one of the largest free classifieds sites in the world. This piece is excerpted from a larger report due to be posted on Grinda’s site, Musings of an Entrepreneur.  As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving.… Read More

Zynga Drops 9% After Its $192M Q4 Revenue And Guidance Disappoint

zynga-earnings Zynga reported its fourth quarter financial performance today after the bell, including revenue of $192.5 million and earnings per share of $0.00. Investors had expected the company to earn $0.00 on revenue of $201.11 million. The company’s flat earnings per share is based on adjusted profit. Using normally accepted accounting methods, Zynga lost $45.13 million, or $0.05 per share. In… Read More

Zynga Drops 9% After Its $192M Q4 Revenue And Guidance Disappoint

zynga-earnings Zynga reported its fourth quarter financial performance today after the bell, including revenue of $192.5 million and earnings per share of $0.00. Investors had expected the company to earn $0.00 on revenue of $201.11 million. The firm also reported bookings in the quarter of $182.4 million.
The company’s flat earnings per share is based on adjusted profit. Using normally accepted… Read More

You Can Now Play ‘Words With Friends’ Without an Internet Connection

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Prepare to feel old: Words With Friends just turned five.

To celebrate the milestone, Zynga is rolling out the game’s biggest update yet: a whole new app that comes with a dictionary, stat-tracking features and an offline mode.

The biggest addition to the game, a new single-player mode called Solo Play, was also one of the most requested from users, according to the company. Solo Play allows players to play games with an opponent and while offline. The new single player mode adjusts to your skill level so offline games will always be challenging Read more…

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Ex-Zynga Developers Land $2.5 Million For New Studio JuiceBox Games

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 7.51.19 AM Three former Zynga developers have raised $2.5 million to build out their new gaming studio, JuiceBox Games, on the back of the release of their first gaming title HonorBound. With 3 million downloads and counting, JuiceBox’s first game is already generating revenue for the company. The game is ranked 94 on the list of top-grossing apps with a daily revenue estimate of $14,726 and… Read More

Googler, And Former DARPA Director, Regina Dugan Joins Zynga’s Board Of Directors

Regina Dugan Zynga is announcing a new addition to its board of directors — Regina E. Dugan, vice president of engineering and head of the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google.
In a memo sent to the company’s employees, CEO Don Mattrick said Dugan will be “a true catalyst for creative thinking at Zynga.” As highlighted at the recent Google I/O developer conference… Read More

YoVille Renamed YoWorld And Officially Acquired From Zynga By Big Viking Games

yoville YoVillians rejoice; your kingdom is saved. Players of the social virtual world game will be excited to hear that their play can continue as YoVille, which was acquired by Zynga a few years ago, will not be shuttered as planned. Instead, it is now the wholly owned property of London, ON-based Big Viking Games, and will be transferred completely (with all game history and profile details intact) to… Read More

Zynga Founder Mark Pincus to Step Down from Day-to-Day Role

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Zynga founder Mark Pincus is leaving his role as chief product officer at the mobile gaming company and relinquishing his last link to the company’s day-to-day operations.

The news came as Zynga announced mixed first-quarter earnings. The company reported a loss of $0.01 per share, in line with expectations, and revenue of $161 million that beat estimates.

Zynga shares rose 5% in after-hours trading.

Pincus will retain the role of chairman on Zynga’s board of directors. The absence of Pincus from the day-to-day operations leaves the company in the hands of CEO Don Mattrick. Read more…

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