A social gaming manifesto

Zynga is in turmoil. Since its IPO, Zynga stock has cratered, and it lost its COO. Its emerging mobile strategy has failed to impress. With increasing competition, it’s worth understanding whether Zynga’s troubles are unique to the company, or whether it is social gaming itself that is struggling.…

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Potential Microsoft-Yammer impact

If Microsoft buys Yammer, it should focus on keeping Yammer a horizontal platform and learn how to adapt to freemium pricing rather than obsess over deeply integrating Yammer across its product lines. If it does, this could be a powerful combination in work media.…

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Browser wars, part IV

Yahoo has wisely abandoned any notions about being a technology platform provider. It is not using Axis as a package of APIs connected to Yahoo services upon which third-party developers build apps. Facebook is a another story entirely.…

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Web development: Does Google matter?

These days, the digerati are not showing a lot of love for Google. Last week, a Gizmodo piece summarized much of the criticism of the search giant, and encouraged others to pile on. There has been much scoffing – if not outright derision – for recent Google initiatives. If Google has lost faith among Silicon Valley pundits, does that mean it has lost relevance for web developers?…

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