This week, Zynga launched "Empires and Allies," the latest in its line of addictive, microtransaction-based building/strategy games ahead of its rumored upcoming IPO. Despite being the most successfulFacebook game developer nearly since its inception a year ago, Zynga has drawn the ire of respected voices in gaming spheres, and "Empires and Allies" appears to be an attempt at addressing some ofthe criticisms leveled at Zynga, especially the idea that its "social" games aren't really that social at all.
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MARCH 28, 2014
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- 'Empires And Allies': A Step Toward Real Social Gaming?
Friday Jun 3, 2011
- Disney Slapped With Lawsuit Over ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Effects
By Tim Kenneally, provided by
- Monday Jul 17, 2017
Visual effects firm says that Disney contracted with people who stole the technologyThe company was slapped with a lawsuit on Monday by a visual effects company, which claims that its technology was misappropriated for “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Avengers:“[I]n all of the film industry and media accolades about the record-breaking success of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and the acclaimed cutting-edge digital MOVA Contour technology that made the film’s success possible, nowhere is it mentioned that the patented and copyright-protected MOVA Contour technology was stolen from its inventor and developer, Rearden LLC, and its owner Rearden Mova LLC,” the suit reads.Nowhere is it mentioned that although Disney had previously contracted with Rearden LLC and its controlled entities on four previous major motion pictures to use MOVA Contour and knew of a Rearden Demand Letter to one of the thieves demanding immediate return of the stolen MOVA Contour system, Disney nonetheless contracted with the thieves to use the stolen MOVA Contour system.
- Russia as heard through its cello music
By Joshua Kosman - Tuesday Jul 18, 2017
An entire history of 20th century Russian music could probably be written through the prism of music for cello, tracing a stylistic development from the last vestiges of Romanticism through the more astringent sounds of midcentury and perhaps back out the other end.[...] most of it would involve the legacy of the great Mstislav Rostropovich, for whom most of that music was created.Cellist Sarah Hong and pianist Makiko Ooka, who perform as a partnership dubbed Le Due Muse, are sampling that tradition with their recital this weekend.
- A’s fans are used to saying goodbye to their favorites
By Steve Rubenstein - Tuesday Jul 18, 2017
A’s fans are used to saying goodbye to their favorites A’s fans know better than anyone else what “Moneyball” means, and it means saying goodbye, again and again and again. More than other teams, Oakland is known for shoving players onto the trading block once their salaries are running high or their shelf lives are running low. “I liked Doolittle and Madson,” said Ruben Diaz of Antioch, who was checking out player jerseys in the souvenir store. The jersey market — which is at least as hard to figure out as the mysterious metrics of Moneyball — is the only time that a smelly used one ($400) sells for more than a factory-fresh new one ($225). The revolving-door school of baseball operations takes its toll on other metrics, such as attendance, which, like on-base percentage, can be measured with precision. Countless sections of green grandstand had not a living soul seated therein. High above the outfield were emblazoned the names and retired numbers of the pre-Moneyball crowd — Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers and Catfish Hunter — none of whom was in the lineup Monday, more the woe to the paying customers. [...] fans took to their blog site, Athletics Nation, to scratch their collective heads about the most recent of the recent swaps. Like A’s fans scouring their Cracker Jack boxes in search of the elusive prize, the diehards at the stadium were trying to figure out how they made out in the latest trade, and how to pronounce the name of one Sheldon Neuse, a minor-league infielder whom the A’s acquired in the swap. [...] it’s “noose,” like the thing that some A’s fans think has been placed around their necks by team management. Morosco said, the A’s have been a minor-league system for major-league baseball development for so long that nothing is a surprise.
- Insurance Giant Aetna Is Leaving Hartford for New York City
By SARAH MASLIN NIR - Thursday Jun 29, 2017
Aetna will move to new headquarters in Manhattan, drawn by New York’s emergence as a digital powerhouse, as well as financial incentives.
- Business News Roundup, July 14
By Chronicle News Services - Thursday Jul 13, 2017
Online shoppers looking to score bargains during the Nordstrom anniversary sale instead faced glitches.The Seattle department store chain apologized, tweeting that it was working to resolve the issue.Frustrated shoppers took to social media to vent, with one saying it was “unbelievable” that Nordstrom wasn’t ready to handle the traffic on such a big shopping day.Uber is ceding control of the Russian market by agreeing to merge its ride-hailing business in the country with Yandex, the Russian search-engine leader that also runs a popular taxi-booking app.For Uber, the deal marks the exit from another big market after it sold its operations in China last year to local rival Didi Chuxing.The CEO of Yandex Taxi, Tigran Khudaverdyan, will become the chief executive of the combined company.Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the second straight week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to an average 4.03 percent from 3.96 percent last week.The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate home loans, popular with homeowners who are refinancing their mortgages, rose to 3.29 percent last week from 3.22 percent.Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits has stayed near historic lows pointing to a robust job market.The number of people collecting unemployment benefits has fallen 8.8 percent over the past 12 months to 1.9 million.The job market appears solid as the U.S. enters its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.Consistent hiring has helped sustain the gradual recovery, although the expansion is starting to show its age as the pace of job gains has slowed this year.An investment group led by a former Chicago alderman and a coalition of labor unions are the new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times, officials announced Thursday.“We are investing in a journalistic voice that’s genuine, accurate and consistently reporting news that matters to the people of Chicago,” said former Alderman Edwin Eisendrath, who will serve as CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times, said in an email.Eisendrath, who left the City Council when President Bill Clinton appointed him to a Department of Housing and Urban Development post, submitted a bid last month after Sun-Times owner Wrapports LLC announced it would enter into discussions with Tronc Inc., which owns the rival Chicago Tribune.