Zynga ‘unleashes’ bigwig Mark Pincus after big product unveiling

Zynga chief executive Mark Pincus was quiet for the past couple of months as Facebook went public and Zynga geared up for its big Unleashed event last week, where the massive social-game developer unveiled its latest social games. But afterward, Zynga unleashed Pincus for an interview with the Associated Press. Here’s some of the choice quotes from the man whose company brought us social games on Facebook such as FarmVille, CityVille, and now The Ville.

Gogobot’s redesign creates an interactive travel magazine just for you

For travelers who have found themselves surrounded by Lonely Planet-wielding teenagers in a Mumbai beer bar or forcing down greasy pizza in a tacky Roman restaurant, Gogobot’s redesigned site, launched today, has a rescue plan. The new iteration will function like an interactive travel magazine with large photos and personalized recommendations based on your social graph. Rather than sorting through pages of anonymous reviews, trusting strangers on the fly, or visiting the same places as everyone else, users can draw from the collective wisdom of their friends.

How to bring more capital to entrepreneurs through small-business loans

Even with the recent passage of the JOBS act, there’s still a lot of debate in Washington D.C. on how best to spend taxpayers’ money to create jobs. Committee Chair Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced a bill earlier this year to increase the combined leverage capacity for affiliated Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program funds from $225 million to $350 million.

Big Data in the offline world: How data from brick-and-mortar stores trumps online analytics

The hottest megatrend in enterprise computing today is Big Data – the use of massive computational ability to solve problems that were previously unfathomable. According to August Capital partner David Hornik, “Big Data is not a thing in and of itself. Big Data is an enabler. Big Data is the realization that our world is now full of lots of data that can not be ignored.”

5 more tech deals that need to happen

Earlier this month, Microsoft made the deal of the year when it agreed to purchase enterprise social networking service Yammer. Meanwhile, the IPO market is dead after Facebook’s much-discussed botched issuance and subsequent valuation slide. Suddenly, going public is out, while getting bought is very in.

VentureBeat reflects on five years of the iPhone

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been five years since the iPhone first launched on June 29, 2007. Looking back at it now, it’s striking just how much Apple gave us a glimpse at the future — one with touchscreen smartphones just about everywhere, location services at our fingertips, and all of our media stuffed into our phones.