Cory Johnson reported for Bloomberg West last night, pointing out that Zynga doesn't expect people to play its games as long as they used to. He also calls the company on unusual accounting practices, saying, "The revenue recognition of Zynga has made Zynga look like a very different company than it is."
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Still playingWords with Friends? Well, then Zynga's rewarding your loyalty with a huge update on the app's fifth birthday, complete with a redesigned interface and new features. The New Words with Friends (yes, it's been renamed, as well) doesn't only lookflatterthan its predecessor, it also comes with a new feature called Solo Mode, which lets you play on your own without internet connection.
When you travel the world, having a few drinks with your hosts is a great way to get a sense of the local culture. But excessive alcohol consumption can cause physiological consequences . Don't worry—a hangover is universal, and your new friends probably already know a way to cope with it.Read more...
EMC is the 800-pound gorilla in the storage space with a market cap over $60 billion.But every incumbent gets disrupted by a new startup at some point, and EMC has plenty of young, hungry companies nipping at its heels. One of them is Pure Storage,a five-year-old company that has raised over $470 million at a roughly $3 billion valuation.
Your childhood likely involved at least one cartridge-based gaming console, and with those games came a habit that feels as natural as taking up the controller: blowing in the cartridge. It is widely known at this point that such an activity was useless, but that doesn't answer the question of why we did it.
Uber has hired Goldman Sachs to raise money from the bank's high-net-worth clients, Fortune's Dan Primack reports. Primack reports that Goldman began sending information packets on Uber to its wealth management clients Monday morning and that the bank could raise "hundreds of millions of dollars to support Uber's balance sheet and international expansion efforts.
Reading the one-star reviews that have popped up for Monument Valley over the past 48 hours is like a comedy routine. I've never seen so many people who claim to love something immediately resort to bashing it when they realize getting more content out of it isn't free.
LOS ANGELES — Virtual reality is virtually here — although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.In the next few months, Samsung intends to release the Gear VR, a headset that combines software from the virtual-reality pioneer Oculus VR and Samsung’s coming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone to create a portable virtual reality experience.
A new communications network is set to launch that is backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis and over 50 other people from 23 different countries. The communication network is called Wire and it promises to support text messaging, voice calling, sharing images, music, and video on phones, tablets, and computers. Windows computer users are left out at least for now.
We put a ton of trust in technology everyday, but are you confident enough intwo-factor authenticationto give out any of your passwords? Christopher Mims ofThe Wall Street Journalis. In a post on the site proclaiming that passwords are "finally dying," Mims extolls the virtues of the secure login method immediately after giving out his Twitter password.
Sony blew it Wednesday by pulling "The Interview" from theaters without coming up with an alternative way to distribute the movie. There was a big opportunity to at least announce that the "The Interview" would premiere online instead of in theaters. But by completely caving to demands, Sony has emboldened other hackers to harass companies with the expectation of similar results.
Uber is close to raising a new round of funding that would value it between $35 and $40 billion, according to Bloomberg . T. Rowe Price is said to be among the new investors. The valuation matches what Business Insider's Henry Blodget heard from a source last week .
Many of the most successful new games companies have rushed to sell shares to the public as soon as they possibly could.But Kabam, a mobile games maker, wants to put off an initial public offering for as long as it can.
That year for Porter was exhausting.As a free agent, Porter and his wife spent the summer traveling. When they returned to New York, Porter took a cushy corporate job at Ari Emanuel's talent agency, WME. Emanuel and Porter had been introduced by an OMGPOP investor, Marc Andreessen. The role, head of digital, would allow Porter to continue innovating at startup speed.
Recently, some smart industry observers have discussed the idea that the Apple Watch will one day feature cellular connectivity and actually become so compelling as to cannibalize iPhone sales.
The always insightful Ben Thompson of Stratechery , in writing about the impetus behind Apple releasing the Apple Watch in 2015, discussed the device's potential to be "Digital Hub 3.0.
A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.