IGT Not Deterred by Zynga Scrapping Real-Money Gambling Plans

In its Q2 earnings report earlier this week, Zynga said it has abandoned its plans to pursue real-money gambling in the U.S. But Nevada-based IGT, which makes both physical and virtual casino games, said its plans are unaffected. “What Zynga’s finding out is that breaking into real-currency wagers is a difficult thing,” said executive VP … Continue reading

After Hacking Attack, Apple’s Dev Center Site Is Up and Running Again

Eight days after taking it down in response to a security breach, Apple has restored the website for its Developer Center. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. But the entry page of the site was clearly visible this afternoon. Some sections, like forums, were still offline. Certificates, identifiers and profiles were back online. … Continue reading

Yahoo Plans Splashy New San Francisco Digs (And Dreams of Neon Billboard’s Return)

Justin Sullivan, Getty Images News According to multiple sources close to the situation, Yahoo is close to signing a lease for a splashy new San Francisco outpost to keep up with the fast growth of other Web companies that have opened high-profile offices here. Yahoo’s Mayer apparently is hoping for a big PR announcement of … Continue reading

Publicis, Omnicom Close to Merger Deal

Omnicom Group Inc. and Publicis Groupe SA, the world’s second- and third-biggest advertising companies, respectively, are near a deal to merge, people familiar with the situation said, creating what would be a $30 billion behemoth. If a deal is completed, it would be billed as a merger of equals. The two companies each have a … Continue reading

Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

As with Apple, Facebook, Samsung and many other tech companies, Amazon and Google are in the analog building business of late. According to the Seattle Times, the e-commerce giant had its plan for a “five-story office building formed by three intersecting spheres” unanimously thumbs-upped by that city’s design-review board. There are still other approvals to … Continue reading

Facebook’s Q3: Looking for the Latest on Mobile Ad Performance

Facebook knocked last quarter’s earnings out of the park. As we approach Facebook’s third-quarter earnings come Wednesday afternoon, can the social giant go two for two? That hinges, of course, on the high bar the company set for itself in mobile. After nearly a year of little traction in the mobile monetization space, Facebook’s mobile … Continue reading

Uh-Oh, Canada

When I heard that the troubled Obamacare Web site was built by a Canadian company, of course I felt personally responsible. … I’ll be happy when the glitches are all worked out and everything’s running smoothly, so I can put this all behind me. – Montreal-born Barry Blitt, who drew the cover for next week’s … Continue reading

Is YouTube Too Big to Have a Really Big Show?

FilmMagic for YouTube Music Awards The best-case scenario for last night’s YouTube Music Awards was that they would do something really cool with live music and live video that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what they did, for the show’s first six minutes. This is actress Greta Gerwig, performing with Arcade Fire, directed by … Continue reading

Grumpy Cat Squares Off With Oscar the Grouch (Viral Video)

For a generation of kids raised on “Sesame Street,” Oscar the Grouch defined the lovable curmudgeon. Oscar and his trash can haven’t gone anywhere, but these days he has some competition from the Internet’s Grumpy Cat. What would happen if these two Negative Nellies squared off? Thanks to this video from Mashable, it’s no longer … Continue reading

Palin and Beck add fire to blazing row over Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty

Conservative pundits and governor of Louisiana offer support after reality TV patriarch is suspended for comments made to GQ Ed Pilkington

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