The Great Zynga Roll-up Of 2010 Begins!

Mark Pincus of Zynga
Zynga has acquired social gaming company Serious Business for an undisclosed amount of money.

Zynga raised $180 million from DST back in December, so it can afford to pick up a small company like this.

Social Business makes games for Facebook, which fits in with Zynga, obviously.

This looks like it was about acquiring some talent.

According to Crunchbase, Serious Business has raised $4 million in funding, and was founded in 2008.

See Also: Zynga's Secret To Success: Steal Great Ideas!

i wonder if zynga will ever innovate to grow...

Facebook Sent Cease And Desists To Companies That Help People Quit Facebook

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Between Facebook and Twitter and visible follower lists on Google Buzz, some people are deciding to step off the grid and get a little privacy back.

Web sites such as Web 2.0 Suicide Machine and Seppukoo help "turbocharge the otherwise laborious manual process of scrapping your online self," USA Today reported.

Seppukoo -- tag line, "Assisting your virtual suicide" -- has helped 20,000 people erase themselves from Facebook and other social networking sites; Web 2.0 Suicide Machine has been used by 2,600 people in its two-month history.

Facebook, however, is not a fan. It has not only blocked the servers of both sites but also sent cease and desist letters informing the companies that they are violating Facebook's policies by collecting log in data, the article said.

A programmer who helped create Suicide Machine said they've figured out a way around the server blockage and that they are not collecting login information -- the users are coming to them with the info. They also are considering hiring their own attorneys.

Seppukoo, on the other hand, is considering its response. "We have postponed any decisions until after our next Anti Social NotWorking art project comes out in the next weeks," a rep for the group connected with the site told USA Today.

While Facebook is up in arms, Twitter is taking a more laid back approach. It has "no issues with people who want to leave," spokesman Seth Garrett told the paper. "Our research shows that quite often they come back later."

Read the full USA Today story, including tales of those shutting down their social networking-selves, here.

how lame

palm developer party thursday in sf! @palm awesome!

Gaming & Mobile Entrepreneurship Party

It is time for another Gaming & Mobile Entrepreneurship (GAME) get-together, the first one in San Francisco! These events are a great way for people interested in gaming, mobile development, and entrepreneurship to meet, share ideas, and learn from one another. We’ll be there to tell you more about Palm webOS and what it has to offer as a robust game development platform.







Gaming & Mobile Entrepreneurship (GAME)

Party Mixer


Thursday, February 11, 2010

6:00PM - 8:00PM

350 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

if you want to make games on the palm, check this out!