Sony's Home virtual world hits 10M users, debuts cool 3-D game and embraces virtual goods

Sony’s PlayStation Home virtual world on the PlayStation 3’s online network has built an audience of 10 million gamers in the past year, largely by providing a social world where players can meet each other via 3-D avatars. They can play light casual games and visit promotional places in the world such as Red Bull’s 3-D spaces.

Zynga and DST talk about their big funding deal in social games

Mark Pincus is at the center of the social gaming explosion. The chief executive of Zynga has the most popular games on Facebook, and he just raised $180 million from Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies. Since early 2007, Zynga has ridden Facebook’s success and created the most popular games on the social network, from FarmVille to Cafe World.

Intel accused of antitrust violations by FTC

Intel settled its long-running feud with Advanced Micro Devices, but now it faces a new antitrust complaint from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC sued the world’s biggest chip maker today, accusing it of using its dominant market position to stifle competition and strengthen its monopoly for the past decade.

Reader poll: Vote for the "Gadget of the Decade"

This wasn’t just any decade. It was the decade when smart industrial design spread beyond companies such as Apple and Ideo to the makers of everyday things. It was also a decade of technological innovation, combined with thinking that favored simplicity and making devices more accessible to the broader population. Instead of just hardware, the best companies focused on creating a complete user experience, from hardware to software to user interfaces.

Akamai uses Breach Security to defend the cloud from cyber attacks

As more enterprises come to depend on cloud computing — outsourced web-connected data centers — it’s becoming more critical to protect them. That’s why Akamai, which handles the delivery of highly-trafficked web content for lots of companies, is teaming up with Breach Security today. By combining forces, they say they can offer better protection for their joint customers.

As video game sales lag, heads begin to roll

While strong sales of Modern Warfare 2 are helping Activision Blizzard’s sales this holiday season, the rest of the video game industry may be preparing for the worst. The question on everyone’s mind is whether December sales will come in strong enough to buoy the industry’s big companies.