Google expands social arsenal with Jambool

It looks like Google isn’t done acquiring companies to bolster its rumored social networking product Google Me. The search giant announced that it had acquired social application startup Slide last week, and now TechCrunch reports that it’s buying Jambool, the maker of a payment platform for social games.

EA Playfish exec touts next-generation Facebook games

Sebastien DeHalleux was the No. 2 executive at Playfish when Electronic Arts acquired the social game company for as much as $400 million in November. At that time, EA was slashing its staff in traditional console games, and its big bet was that social games such as the ones that Playfish made were the future.