Don’t panic: It’s only a week until Christmas.

To help you procrastinate on your shopping (not to mention Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Solstice preparations), we’ve assembled this list of ten of the best tech business and gaming stories of the week.

We’ll start with a a gift guide, so you can pretend this is actually helping you accomplish your holiday goals.

Editor’s Picks


Holiday Gift Guide: Our favorite gadgets under $200
Got gadget lovers on your gift list? Start with this handy guide by Jolie O’Dell, covering a bunch of awesome gadgets that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

RIM sings a happy tune for Q3 despite falling revenue, dismal PlayBook sales
We’re starting to wonder if RIM’s two CEOs are living in the same world we are. Their company’s revenue is tanking, its stock is in the Dumpster, and it’s got a huge lineup of phones nobody really wants. Devindra Hardawar reports on the company’s strangely sunny earnings report.

How Occupiers are using live streaming and “Skype” for a cohesive voice
Meghan Kelly talks about how the Occupy movement has used smartphones and livestreaming services — plus a special, crowd-friendly way of using Skype — to stay connected while encamped.

How Zynga grew from gaming outcast to $9 billion social game powerhouse
Dean Takahashi’s definitive history of Zynga starts at the beginning, with the unlikely leadership of Mark Pincus, and describes how the company went on to redefine the video game industry. If you don’t like clicking through a multi-part web article, you can also buy the story as a $3 Kindle e-book.

The Last of Us could be one of the best new original games
Naughty Dog’s upcoming PlayStation 3 game features remarkable graphics, a chilling atmosphere, and a story driven by a father-daughter pair of characters. Dean Takahashi seems won over by the combination.

Why a streaming movie service from Verizon & Redbox is bad news for Netflix
Tom Cheredar explains how a team-up between Verizon and Redbox could unseat the current king of streaming movie content.

Most popular

Don’t miss these posts, which were burning up the traffic meters on VentureBeat’s web servers this week.

10 of the most anticipated video games of 2012
Already bored of Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Minecraft, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3? Well, 2011 has nothing on 2012. Stefanie Fogel lists the ten games that will blow you away in 2012.

Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, rings the NASDAQ opening bellHow Zynga grew from gaming outcast to $9 billion social game powerhouse
Dean Takahashi’s history is one of our editor’s picks above. Not surprisingly, given that Zynga went public this week, it was also one of the site’s most popular stories this week.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 Windows Phone matters more than you think
It may lack the absurdly high-end specs of current Android superphones, and it doesn’t have the hype of Apple’s iPhone, but for Nokia and Microsoft, the Lumia 800 represents the viability of their joint mobile future. It also looks like a damn good phone. Devindra Hardawar explains.

Google Shoot View is the creepiest use of Google Maps ever
It’s a simple, hilarious, and very disturbing idea: Overlay a videogame machine gun on Google Street View, add a soundtrack and some sound effects, and you can walk around your neighborhood shooting things up. Sean Ludwig brings you the news. (And Google is not amused.)

The 10 Best Gaming Videos of 2011
This year has been a great one for gaming. To celebrate, Dan Crawley brings you 10 of the finest gaming related videos to have hit the scene in 2011. Some are fan-made, some are by big game studios, but all are worth watching.

Dead Island family waves goodbye