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Apr 13, 2013

Uber to expand private ride-sharing service in major U.S. cities

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – At various times in its short life, Uber, a service that allows users to hail black sedans on their smartphones, has been charged with licensing offenses in Toronto, declared illegal in New York, and served with cease-and-desist orders by regulators from California to Massachussetts.

But that history did not stop Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from announcing plans Friday to expand into another business that’s been facing even more regulatory scrutiny: dispatching cars owned and operated by common citizens.

Apr 4, 2013

Facebook aims to take centerstage on Android phones

, April 4 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc
on Thursday unveiled its most ambitious attempt yet to enter
mobile computing without a phone of its own, introducing a new
app that replaces the home screen on some Android smartphones.

Called “Home,” the new software lets users comprehensively
modify Android, the popular mobile operating system developed by
Google, to prominently display their Facebook newsfeed
and messages on the home screens of a wide range of devices -
while hiding other apps.

Apr 4, 2013

Facebook showcases “Home” for phones, takes on Google

MENLO PARK, California (Reuters) – Facebook Inc unveiled “Home” software on Thursday to place the world’s social network front and center on Android users’ smartphones, a move that may divert users from Google Inc services and steal some of its rival’s momentum in the fast-growing mobile arena.

Its new family of apps will let users display mobile versions of their newsfeed and messages prominently on the home screens of a wide range of devices based on Google’s Android operating system, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters.

Apr 2, 2013

Zynga dives into Internet gambling, in the UK

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 (Reuters) – Zynga Inc will
take the plunge into real-money gambling on Wednesday when it
will begin offering poker and casino-style games in Britain in
partnership with Bwin.party Digital Entertainment.

The launch, announced Tuesday, marks Zynga’s first foray
into online gambling, which it hopes can help reverse a steady
decline in revenue as users dwindle for its older Facebook games
like “Farmville”.

Apr 2, 2013

Zynga New York studio chief leaves after mobile games disappointment

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The head of Zynga Inc’s New York studio has left the social gaming company a year after its $180 million (119 million pounds) purchase of his mobile game start-up failed to produce the expected results.

Dan Porter, the former chief executive of OMGPOP, will be succeeded by Sean Kelly, an executive formerly in charge of Zynga’s smash hit “CityVille,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Zynga’s New York office focuses on developing games for mobile devices, a top priority for the company.

Apr 2, 2013

Zynga NY studio chief leaves after mobile games disappointment

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 (Reuters) – The head of Zynga Inc’s
New York studio has left the social gaming company a
year after its $180 million purchase of his mobile game start-up
failed to produce the expected results.

Dan Porter, the former chief executive of OMGPOP, will be
succeeded by Sean Kelly, an executive formerly in charge of
Zynga’s smash hit “CityVille,” the company said in a statement
on Tuesday. Zynga’s New York office focuses on developing games
for mobile devices, a top priority for the company.

Mar 31, 2013

Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 (Reuters) – Create personal
profiles. Build networks of friends. Share photos, videos and
music.

That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of
millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a
wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping
across North America, Asia and Europe.

Mar 21, 2013

Zynga relaunches gaming site, loosens Facebook ties

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online game publisher Zynga Inc relaunched its website on Thursday, allowing users to play its games without first signing on to Facebook, a significant step toward establishing its independence from Facebook Inc.

The relaunch of Zynga.com is the latest step in the slow dissolution of a special partnership that once bound two of the most influential players in the social Internet industry.

Mar 19, 2013

Lytro appoints new chief executive

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) – Lytro Inc, Silicon
Valley-based maker of the “light-field” camera, said Tuesday it
appointed a permanent chief executive to replace its founder,
Ren Ng, who will remain as executive chairman.

Lytro tapped Jason Rosenthal, former CEO of social media
company Ning and an executive at global tech investment firm
Silver Lake, to head the company, which designs and manufactures
cameras that take interactive “living pictures” which can then
be edited.

Mar 13, 2013

Sundar Pichai to head Google’s Android division

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The architect of Android, the world’s top-selling mobile operating system, Andy Rubin, has decided to step down as Google Inc(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) combines mobile software divisions under one roof, the company said on Wednesday.

Google appointed Sundar Pichai, the executive overseeing its Chrome web browser and applications like Google Drive and Gmail, to take over Rubin’s responsibilities, hinting at how the company with the dominant Internet search engine intends to address the rise of mobile devices.