Zynga IPO generates $1B

Rachel Weber for Gamesindustry.biz: Zynga has raised $1 billion in its much anticipated IPO today, after offering its 100 million shares at $10 each. Zynga is the casual game developer behind Facebook hits like Farmville and Cityville. The company has … Continued

A Facebook phone — why?

Jean-Louis Gassée: Back to Facebook. Both Google and Zuckerberg’s company vie for the same advertising dollars. This makes Google Facebook’s biggest, most direct competitor. The Trojan Horse applications on Android-powered smartphones are a direct threat to Facebook’s advertising business. Just … Continued

Facebook buys Gowalla


Most of Gowalla’s employees, including founder Josh Williams, will move to Facebook’s offices in Palo Alto. The team will work on Facebook’s Timeline feature, which launched at this year’s F8 conference and is gradually rolling out to Facebook’s 800 million members.

Probably a great deal for Gowalla.

Facebook settles with the FTC

Reuters: Facebook has agreed to settle an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into deceptive privacy practices, committing to cease making false claims and to submit to independent audits for 20 years.

∞ Jobs advised Zuckerberg about Facebook

Brian Womack:

“I had a lot of questions for him,” Zuckerberg said. The topics included, “how to build a team around you that’s focused on building as high quality and good things as you are.”

If there’s one person you’d like to answer your questions, it would have to be Steve Jobs.

∞ Facebook for iPad screenshots

Facebook on Monday released details of its forthcoming iPad app. The app is available for download from the App Store. Facebook highlights a few items like using gestures to navigate through the app. Here are some screenshots the company sent … Continued

∞ Follower etiquette

Rob Pegoraro: I first wrote this post on my public Facebook page in May of 2010 as a response to friend requests from readers, publicists and other people whom I hadn’t actually met. Since then, things have changed: Facebook’s privacy … Continued

∞ Facebook denies it tracks users

Emil Protalinski for ZDNet: “Facebook does not track users across the web,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Instead, we use cookies on social plugins to personalize content (e.g. Show you what your friends liked), to help maintain and … Continued

∞ Facebook Timeline and other announcements

Macworld: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a bevy of features for its social network, including one called Timeline that allows you to chronologically chart your entire life via pictures, Facebook updates, Likes, and places you’ve traveled to and lived. That … Continued

∞ Facebook makes News Feed, Ticker changes

Facebook users got an eyeful on Wednesday when they launched their Web browsers to be greeted with a new home page interface containing some changes. In a posting on the Facebook Blog, engineering manager Mark Tonkelowitz explained some of the … Continued

∞ Apple offers Aperture 3.1.1 update

Apple has posted an update to Aperture, its pro photo management software. The new release, 3.1.1, is available for download from Apple’s Web site and through the Software Update system preference.