OpenFeint, the mobile social network division of Japan’s Gree, is announcing a Game Channel today that will help users discover new game apps on Android mobile devices.
Apple representatives have been reportedly taking meetings around Hollywood to put the finishing touches on a new cloud-based movie service.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has been pitching top AOL shareholders on a Yahoo acquisition, telling them the combined companies could save between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.
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Angry Birds maker Rovio is on track to file for an initial public offering that would value the company at more than $1 billion later next year, the company’s chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka said.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ1esvGae_s&w=560&h=315] BlackBerry users can breathe a sigh of relief. Research in Motion announced today that global BlackBerry services are “operating well” following a massive outage that began Monday and disrupted web, email, and messaging capabilities for tens of millions of customers.
Khush, which makes music apps that turn regular speech into song, launched an a capella version of its popular Songify iOS app today called Talkapella.
Mobile social games firm Ngmoco has hired a former Mattel executive, Michael Staskin, as its chief marketing officer. His job will be to ensure that the company’s broader ambitions of creating a worldwide mobile social entertainment network take off.
Digital notebook service Springpad has doubled its total registered users in the last six months to 2 million, the company tells VentureBeat.
Voice-over-IP company Rebtel announced version 2.0 of its iPhone app today, and it sports a unique feature: the ability to easily move between WiFi/data networks and voice networks during VoIP calls.
No single game maker dominates smartphone and tablet games the way Zynga is dominating social games on Facebook. But now Zynga may have its sights set on dominion over the mobile market too.
Game rental startup GameFly is starting a gamer-centric social network on Android devices, the company announced today. It has launching an updated app that gives gamers access to more networking features.
Educational technology startup Knewton has raised $33 million in a fourth round of funding as it rolls out an online learning platform that can be adapted to each student’s needs.
The Wall Street Journal reported today that web startups are hitting a cash crunch. Based on anecdotal evidence of this “nascent” trend, the publication said that strains are starting to show for startups seeking money.
Location-based check-in service Foursquare released a new version of its iPhone app today that adds a new feature called Radar, which takes full advantage of the latest version of Apple’s iOS 5 update.
Samsung is best known for its consumer-focused products, but the company is beginning to take enterprise more seriously and wants to gain recognition from the business community.
A Google engineer accidentally posted his extremely honest thoughts about former employer Amazon and current employer Google to the Google+ social network Tuesday night. Sometimes, honesty isn’t pretty.
Social link sharing startup StumbleUpon has reached a record 20 million users, the company announced today.
The two men who found and sold a prototype iPhone 4 to a tech blog last year have reached a plea bargain with prosecutors today.
LCD television sets that spontaneously melt or catch on fire only sound awesome. In reality, they’re the kind of thing that can endanger and inconvenience consumers, and lead to product recalls.
Heyzap has released version 3 of its game check-in app, adding functions that make it a lot easier for gamers to manage and launch their games.
Amid a host other game announcements, Zynga unveiled its newest “Ville” game, CastleVille, at the Zynga Unleashed event this week. CastleVille certainly seems more ambitious than other games — it has better graphics than Zynga’s other titles and the soundtrack features a 75-person orchestra.
EBay is starting to think social. Today, the online auction company announced integration with Facebook’s open graph for its developer arm, X.commerce. It also unveiled PayPal access, a Facebook Connect-like way of checking out.
Intel is dropping its smart TV initiative in order to put more resources into its “top corporate imperatives,” the company confirmed today.
Game maker BioWare has added a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode to its Mass Effect 3 game, one of next year’s most anticipated titles, the company said today.
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Apple has released its biggest mobile update yet, iOS 5, which offers a slew of compelling new features and will likely make many iPhone 4 owners think twice about upgrading to the iPhone 4S.
Electronic Arts came out of nowhere when it launched The Sims Social on Facebook. The social game that simulates human life took off like wildfire, surpassing FarmVille and closing in on Zynga’s most popular game, CityVille. Now Raptr, the social network for gamers, has revealed some interesting data about just who is playing The Sims Social. As suspected, many of the players came from Zynga.
Cadillac debuted its new connected car system, dubbed CUE, today, and the in-dashboard interface clearly took a lot of notes from smartphones and tablets.
Web site translation service Smartling has simplified its offering to make it even easier for small businesses to translate their web sites.
Verizon is offering its customers the iPhone 4S as an unlocked device, but with one small condition. Customers with an account in good standing for at least 60 days can contact a Verizon rep and request for their phone to get unlocked for international roaming, reports Macworld.
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Poor Research in Motion. Just two days from Apple’s iPhone 4S launch, the BlackBerry maker is in the midst of a three-day long service outage that has now spread to North America.
Editor's Pick Mark Pincus, chief executive of Zynga, has been out of the public eye for months, mainly due to regulatory restrictions on what CEOs of companies filing for initial public offerings can say in public. But yesterday, he finally got on stage for Zynga’s big games rollout.
Zynga showed it is open to moving into new genres as it launched its first game in the popular “hidden object” category yesterday with Hidden Chronicles on Facebook.