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Jul 13, 2013

Gunman kills two at San Francisco jewelry market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A gunman killed two women at a San Francisco jewelry market on Friday and shot at police before fleeing, prompting lockdowns at major technology companies nearby, police officials said.

The gunman threw down his gun and surrendered at a nearby Mexican restaurant after running out of ammunition, said San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Jul 9, 2013

Video game personality Ryan Davis dead at 34

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Video game journalist and podcaster Ryan Davis, known for his devout fan following in the tight-knit community, died last week at the age of 34, Giant Bomb, the news gaming site he cofounded, said on Monday.

Davis had a visible online presence in the video game community through the popular podcast “the Giant Bombcast” he hosted every week to discuss industry news and review games.

Jul 3, 2013

Zynga’s new CEO to get pay package worth about $50 million

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox business who will replace Zynga Inc’s founder Mark Pincus as chief executive next week, will get a hefty, largely stock-based compensation package of about $50 million in coming years, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

In his first year, Mattrick will receive a base salary of $1 million, a sign-on cash bonus of $5 million and a 2013 bonus of $2 million, or the average bonus of Zynga’s other executives, the company said.

Jul 2, 2013

Zynga, seeking salvation, names Microsoft Xbox head as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Zynga Inc’s decision to bring in the head of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox business to replace founder Mark Pincus is a bold stroke that was hailed on Wall Street, but it still leaves questions as to who is ultimately in charge at the troubled game-maker.

Don Mattrick was personally recruited by Pincus. But Pincus holds on to 61 percent of the voting rights due to a two-tiered stock structure and will remain Zynga’s chairman and its chief product officer.

Jul 2, 2013

Zynga, seeking salvation, names Microsoft Xbox head as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – Zynga Inc’s
decision to bring in the head of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox
business to replace founder Mark Pincus is a bold stroke that
was hailed on Wall Street, but it still leaves questions as to
who is ultimately in charge at the troubled game-maker.

Don Mattrick was personally recruited by Pincus. But Pincus
holds on to 61 percent of the voting rights due to a two-tiered
stock structure and will remain Zynga’s chairman and its chief
product officer.

Jul 2, 2013

Microsoft Xbox head named Zynga CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc (ZNGA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has replaced chief executive Mark Pincus with Don Mattrick, the Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) executive who headed the critical Xbox business, Zynga announced on Monday.

The news, reported first by AllThingsD, sent Zynga shares up more than 11 percent earlier in the day. The shares rose a further 3 percent to $3.17 when Zynga confirmed the appointment after the bell.

Jul 1, 2013

Microsoft entertainment head to be named Zynga CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc
has replaced chief executive Mark Pincus with Microsoft
Corp executive Don Mattrick, who headed Microsoft’s
critical Xbox business, Zynga announced on Monday.

The news, reported first by AllThingsD, sent Zynga shares up
more than 11 percent earlier in the day. The shares rose a
further 3 percent when Zynga confirmed the appointment after the
bell.

Jul 1, 2013

Microsoft entertainment head may leave to be Zynga CEO: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc could replace its chief executive Mark Pincus with Microsoft Corp executive Don Mattrick, possibly as early as late Monday, according to a report by AllThingsD that sent Zynga shares down more than 10 percent.

Mattrick, who heads Microsoft’s critical Xbox business as the company’s president of interactive entertainment, could leave Microsoft to join Zynga, possibly as its CEO and is “working in close partnership with its founder and current CEO Mark Pincus,” according to AllThingsD, citing multiple unnamed sources.

Jun 26, 2013

Microsoft releases ‘refined’ Windows, revs up developers

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released a test version of its Windows 8.1 software on Wednesday, bringing back the “start” button and adding a host of features it hopes will appeal to users, while spurring developers into writing more applications for it.

The updated Windows, which was signaled at the end of May, is aimed chiefly at soothing traditional computer users, many of whom were unsettled by Microsoft’s shift towards a new “tile”-based interface that works best on touch-enabled devices, but left fans of the old-style desktop confused.

Jun 25, 2013

Microsoft to bring ‘Age of Empires’ to Apple, Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp will offer its popular “Age of Empires” game for Apple Inc’s iPhone and other smartphones through a tie-up with Japan’s KLab Inc, seeking to capture growth in a booming mobile game market.

Microsoft’s gaming business is dependent primarily on its Xbox franchise but mobile devices have been eating into the gaming industry, luring consumers away from traditional consoles.