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Daily Crunch: SpaceX’s crewed spacecraft successfully launches and docks

SpaceX made history this weekend, tech executives respond to the ongoing protests against racism and Zynga announces a big acquisition. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 1, 2020. 1. SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station SpaceX’s Crew Dragon “Endeavor” successfully docked with the International Space Station as planned on Sunday morning, marking another key milestone during this historic Commercial Crew demonstration mission it’s conducting ...
Tags: Apple, Space, Spacex, Global, Tech, Turkey, Nasa, Netflix, Zynga, Tim Cook, Gartner, Crossing, International Space Station SpaceX, Bob Behnken, Raphael Crawford Marks, Doug Hurley

Zynga acquires Turkey’s Peak Games for $1.8B, after buying its card games studio for $100M in 2017

Today, some news of a huge acquisition out of Turkey that represents the first billion-dollar-plus exit for a startup out of the country. Social gaming company Zynga confirmed that it is buying Istanbul-based Peak Games, the company behind popular Candy-Crush-style mobile gaming apps Toon Blast and Toy Blast, for $1.8 billion — $900 million in cash, and $900 million in Zynga shares. Interestingly, this is the second time that Zynga has made a Peak Games acquisition. In 2017, it purchased the com...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Europe, US, Turkey, Zynga, M&a, App Store, Istanbul, Exit, Bay Area, Mena, Wonka, Hummingbird Ventures, Apptopia

Zynga to buy Turkish mobile-game maker Peak for $1.8 billion

Zynga Inc said on Monday it has agreed to buy Turkish mobile-game maker Peak for $1.8 billion in a cash and stock transaction, in a deal that will help the FarmVille maker boost its daily active user base by 60%.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Zynga, FarmVille, Zynga Inc

Gaming giant Zynga will buy Turkish developer Peak for $1.8 billion in its biggest ever acquisition

US casual gaming giant Zynga is buying Turkish mobile game developer Peak for $1.8 billion, the company confirmed Monday. The cash-and-share deal will see Peak's 100-strong team and its portfolio of mobile game franchises join Zynga. Zynga name checked two titles: "Toon Blast" and "Toy Blast" which have consistently ranked in the top 20 grossing iPhone games in the US over the last two years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Casual gaming firm Zynga will buy Turkish mobile ...
Tags: US, Trends, Zynga, Zynga Zynga, Frank Gibeau, Sidar Sachin

Coronavirus: Brand News for Monday May 11

With lockdown hitting retail but boosting online activities, gaming is gaining traction in the beauty space. Drest, the gaming app launched last fall by former Porter editor Lucy Yeomans, has launched a beauty partnership with makeup artist Mary Greenwell; users can now choose custom digital makeup looks for the 12 available avatars, which could already be dressed in fashion pieces. When Drest, which gives users daily styling challenges with the latest fashion pieces, launched it partnered with...
Tags: Verizon, London, China, Advertising, Disney, NFL, Zynga, Tencent, Pizza Hut, Espn, Wolseley, Kfc, Wat, Ticketmaster, Valentino, Greenwell

Photos show how this small California town is setting the national stage for how to test every resident for COVID-19

A rural northern California town outside of San Francisco is attempting to test all of its 1,600 residents for COVID-19 in what is one of the first cases of community-wide testing in the US. Drive-thru sites are conducting diagnostic and antibody tests on people to check for the viral infection as well as the presence of antibodies, which could indicate that someone previously had it and recovered. Both testing methods are key to identifying how the virus spreads and can help researchers in le...
Tags: Colorado, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Zynga, New Zealand, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Mark Pincus, Telluride, UCSF, Chronicle, Bolinas, Maanvi Singh, Latinx

Small, Remote NorCal Town Is Now Testing Every Resident For Coronavirus

(CNN) — A remote Northern California hamlet became one of the first places in the world Monday to attempt to comprehensively test all of its residents for Covid-19 and the antibodies believed to make one immune from infection. The community-wide free testing effort in Bolinas, California, is voluntary. The town is one of two communities taking part in the new study launched by the University of California, San Francisco with the aim of gaining a more complete understanding of how the virus invis...
Tags: Colorado, Local, California News, San Francisco, Cnn, United States, Zynga, Mission District, Pacific Ocean, Mark Pincus, Telluride, Northern California, UCSF, Marin County, University of California San Francisco, Jyri Engeström

Ninth Circuit Reinstates Decade-Old Lawsuit Against Facebook For Tracking Logged-Out Users–In re Facebook Internet Tracking

Users sued Facebook in 2012 alleging it improperly tracked users’ browsing while they were logged out of Facebook. Facebook apparently included code in its “like” button on third party websites that would inform Facebook when the user visited the website (and the particular URL visited). Users asserted a variety of claims: (1) violations of state and federal privacy statutes; (2) invasion of privacy claims; (3) breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith; (4) fraud; (5) trespass to ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Law, California, Linkedin, Zynga, Robins, Low, Bose, ECPA, Ftc, Privacy/security, Campbell, Eric, Koh, Facebook Inc

Despite pandemic, gaming is well-positioned to withstand recession

Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have led to a global economic downturn, but the gaming industry is booming. With hundreds of millions of people sequestered in their homes, game usage has spiked. And while the economic repercussions will persist after people cease physical distancing, gaming is positioned to fare well during a recession. Video game usage increased 75% during peak hours Video game usage during peak hours increased 75% in the first week many Americans began staying home, a...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Gaming, China, Tech, Monetization, Steam, Zynga, Nba, Scopely, National Basketball Association, Ubisoft, Nielsen, King, Growth, Video Game

There are only 3 kinds of startups, according to this VC. Here's why getting them confused leads to disasters like WeWork, Casper and other famous IPO fails. (CSPR, PTON, UBER, LYFT)

The public markets haven't been kind to many of the startups that have — or tried — to go public lately, such as Uber, Casper, and WeWork. The problem is not that public investors are souring on tech in general, but they've become much more discerning about what is actually a tech company — and valuing each accordingly, Bullpen Capital general partner Duncan Davidson told Business Insider. That differentiation is going to have big implications for the venture market — among other things, inves...
Tags: Ipo, Softbank, Trends, Nasa, Zynga, Casper, Warby Parker, Business Insider, Doordash, Davidson, GrubHub, T Rowe Price, Venture, Peloton, Bullpen Capital, Duncan Davidson

WeWork's IPO fail and Casper's disaster show the market has soured on 'fake' tech companies, says one VC. Here's what he says that means for other unicorns. (CSPR, PTON, UBER, LYFT)

The public markets haven't been kind to many of the startups that have — or tried — to go public lately, such as Uber, Casper, and WeWork. The problem is not that public investors are souring on tech in general, but they've become much more discerning about what is actually a tech company — and valuing each accordingly, Bullpen Capital general partner Duncan Davidson told Business Insider. That differentiation is going to have big implications for the venture market — among other things, inves...
Tags: Ipo, Softbank, Trends, Zynga, Louisiana, Casper, Warby Parker, Business Insider, Doordash, Davidson, GrubHub, T Rowe Price, Venture, Peloton, Bullpen Capital, Duncan Davidson

The adorable dogs owned by the most powerful tech executives, from Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the owner of an adorable fluffy dog named Beast, but he isn't the only tech executive with a furry friend. Studies show that dogs can help reduce stress levels and boost productivity, so they make ideal companions for tech moguls running billion-dollar companies. These are some of the most powerful dogs in Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With company cultures that celebrate — and even encourage — employees bringing their dog...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Boston, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Long, David, Alaska, New York Times, Zynga, Marvin

8 things to learn from the Apps, Games, & Insights podcast

Our new Apps, Games & Insights podcast is for app and game enthusiasts—whether you play them or build them. We’ll talk to experts from across the industry about topics ranging from privacy and accessibility, to responsible growth and player engagement. Here are eight things you’ll learn from the series: 1. Diversity creates better games In episode 1, we hear from Sarah Fuchs, VP, Covet Fashion and Judy Chen, Director of PM at Crowdstar on why it’s important for the diversity of their company...
Tags: Google, Android, Bbc, Zynga, World Bank, Gameloft, Spotify Apple, Jagex, Jagex Games Studio, Covet Fashion, Crowdstar, DAZN, Ben Clarke, Judy Chen, Lily Sheringham, Sarah Fuchs

Teen hit Yolo raises $8M to let you Snapchat anonymously

It wasn’t a fad. Yolo became the country’s No. 1 app just a week after launch by letting teens ask for anonymous replies to questions they posted on Snapchat. But nine months later, Yolo is still in the top 100 iOS apps and has 10 million active users. Now it’s safeguarding the app from predators while revealing a smart new feature for spinning up anonymous group chats, powered by $8 million in fresh funding. “What we are trying to build is a new kind of network where there’s a fluidity to ident...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Safety, Developer, Funding, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Zynga, Paris, Anonymity

A serial founder who's previously nabbed backing from Mark Benioff and Michael Jordan explains why he's jumping into the world of bathroom remodeling with his latest startup

Roger Dickey has previously started three other startups and invested in more than 60. His latest venture? Remodeling bathrooms.  Made Renovations designs bathrooms, purchases the building equipment, and then coordinates with contractors to complete the renovation.  The company has come out of stealth round with a $9 million seed round led by Base10 Partners, with funding from from Felicis Ventures and Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. The company has also launched a San Francisco showroom.  Visit ...
Tags: Facebook, US, San Francisco, Trends, Zynga, Michael Jordan, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, WeWork, Ashton Kutcher, East Bay, Gigster, Felicis Ventures, Marc Benioff, Mark Benioff, Dickey

Meet the key people who are leading Mike Bloomberg's digital campaign to topple Donald Trump

Mike Bloomberg started secretive ad agency Hawkfish to aid in his presidential campaign, and it's packed with people from the worlds of politics, advertising, and technology. To beat Donald Trump, the Bloomberg campaign has hired widely from companies like Facebook, Google, and ad agencies. Business Insider identified 17 people in key roles in and around Hawkfish, including former Facebook CMO Gary Briggs, who is leading it. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Hawkfish is the digital agency...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Facebook, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Microsoft, Obama, Kentucky, Stanford, White House, New York City, Trends, Linkedin, CMO, Nike

New Early Stage speakers to talk fundraising strategies, growth marketing and PR

TC Early Stage SF goes down on April 28, and we are getting pretty damn excited about it! The show will bring together 50+ experts across startup core competencies, such as fundraising, operations and marketing. We’ll hear from VCs on how to create the perfect pitch deck and how to identify the right investors for you. We’ll hear from lawyers on how to navigate the immigration process when hiring, and how to negotiate the cap table. And we’ll hear from growth hackers on how to build a high-perfo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Lyft, Marketing, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Zynga, Gm, Venture Capital, P&G, Mcdonalds, Honda, Oracle, Consumer Products, Postmates

James Turrell’s Roden Crater Gets $3 million Pledge from Online Gaming Billionaire

Billionaire Mark Pincus, founder of online gaming firm Zynga, has pledged $3 million to James Turrell’s Roden Crater project. “The project itself feels, to me, like modern-day pyramids,” he says. “The ambition and scale and scope of it is something that has the potential to be something that people, many generations from now, will be able to […]
Tags: Art, News, Zynga, Mark Pincus, Art News, Minipost, James Turrell, Roden Crater

How a video game wunderkind promised a robot revolution that mesmerized SoftBank but went off the rails: The inside story of Zume Pizza

Zume Pizza, the pizza-making robotics startup, spent its early days pitching investors and the public on an AI-powered robotic revolution at the hands of its robot fleet. But the revolution hit a snag, and in January, Zume announced that it was permanently shuttering Zume Pizza, the robotics division of the company, and laying off roughly 360 employees across multiple offices. Now, Zume is looking to sustainable packaging to stay afloat as its cofounder and CEO Alex Garden struggles to right t...
Tags: Garden, Japan, Hbo, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Stanford, Softbank, San Francisco, Trends, Zynga, Arizona, Xbox, Pizza Hut, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Seattle

'Merge Magic!' helps Zynga top bookings estimates

Mobile game developer Zynga Inc topped Wall Street estimates for quarterly bookings on Wednesday, riding on the success of its new titles "Merge Magic!" and "Game of Thrones Slots Casino".
Tags: Money, businessNews, Zynga, Zynga Inc

Spatial raises $14M more for a holographic 3D workspace app, a VR/AR version of Zoom or Hangouts

The worlds of virtual and augmented reality have yet to land on the applications and hardware to truly spark mass-market, consumer interest in the space, but meanwhile a startup building mixed reality services for business users has raised a round of funding, underscoring the opportunity in enterprise. Spatial, which has developed a “holographic” collaboration platform that people use to speak and work together in virtual rooms through the use of strikingly effective avatars — think: a superchar...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Instagram, Microsoft, Zynga, Baidu, Magic Leap, Fortune, Mike Krieger, Sdk, Mark Pincus, Krieger, Andy Hertzfeld, Anand Agarawala

Greylock’s Reid Hoffman and Sarah Guo to talk fundraising at Early Stage SF 2020

Early Stage SF is around the corner, and we are more than excited for this brand new event. The intimate gathering of founders, VCs, operators and tech industry experts is all about giving founders the tools they need to find success, no matter the challenge ahead of them. Struggling to understand the legal aspects of running a company, like negotiating cap tables or hiring international talent? We’ve got breakout sessions for that. Wondering how to go about fundraising, from getting your first ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Events, Tech, Paypal, Zynga, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Greylock, Hoffman, Guo, Sarah Guo

Joe Biden says video game makers are 'little creeps' who make 'games to teach you how to kill people'

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden called video game developers "little creeps" who make games "to teach you how to kill people" in a recent interview with The New York Times. Biden's criticisms for video game developers came unprompted when he was asked about Silicon Valley mergers, and if he has any regrets from when he served as President Barack Obama's VP. Referring to a roundtable discussion he had with Silicon Valley leaders, Biden said, "one of the lit...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Obama, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, EA, Fbi, Netflix, New York Times, Zynga, Fifa, Nyt, Silicon Valley, Biden, Reed Hastings

Impossible adds ‘ground pork’ and ‘sausages’ to its lineup of plant-based foods

Impossible Foods made huge waves in the food industry when it came up with a way of isolating and using “heme” molecules from plants to mimic the blood found in animal meat (also comprised of heme), bringing a new depth of flavor to its vegetarian burger. This week at CES, the company is presenting the next act in its mission to get the average consumer to switch to more sustainable, plant-based proteins: it unveiled its version of pork — specifically ground pork, which will be sold as a basic b...
Tags: Startups, Motorola, Asia, Stanford, China, US, America, Zynga, Burger King, Impossible Foods, Lee, David Lee, Brown, Dropbox Google, Del Monte, Pat Brown

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 116: 9 Security and Privacy Settings to Activate on Your New iPhone or iPad

We cover some security news, such as a password breach at Zynga, a user database breach at Waze, and a new Apple patent for under-display biometric sensors. Then we discuss essential settings to keep your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch secure.
Tags: Apple, Security, Podcast, Tech, Blogging, Zynga, Waze, Intego Mac

It's Time to Secure Your Zynga Account

I love starting off my day with an email from Firefox Monitor that one of my login and password combinations has, once again, leaked out to the web. Today, it’s Zynga’s turn for mea culpas, and I’m starting to regret all those rounds of Words With Friends I’ve played.Read more...
Tags: Security, Data Breach, Password, Zynga, Lifehacks

20 years after meeting in college, these two friends created Leapfin to help businesses use AI instead of Excel spreadsheets to manage money

20 years after Raymond Lau and Erik Yao went to college together, they've launched a startup to help companies manage money. Leapfin gives companies a way to track and manage their finances in a central place with the help of artificial intelligence. It uses a buzzy new technology called robotic process automation. The startup just raised $4.5 million in a seed round of funding led by Bowery Capital to keep growing, and is expecting that to pay off soon. Lau said the company is on track to be ...
Tags: Finance, NFL, Trends, Zynga, Ibm, Canva, Cornell, Lau, Chadwick, Yao, Bowery Capital, Jonathan Chadwick, Raymond Lau, Leapfin, Erik Yao, Leapfin Lau

170m passwords stolen in Zynga hack, monitor says

Words With Friends company admitted hack in September but size only now revealedMore than 170m usernames and passwords were stolen from the company behind Words With Friends in a hack this year, according to a breach monitoring site.Zynga, a social game developer that made its name with Farmville a decade ago and acquired Words With Friends a year later, admitted to the hack in September, telling users that cyber-attacks were “one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today”. Continue r...
Tags: Games, Technology, Internet, Cybercrime, Zynga, FarmVille, Words With Friends

Define and manage growth on your own terms

Tim Hsia & Neil Devani Contributor Share on Twitter Tim Hsia is the CEO of Media Mobilize and a Venture Partner at Digital Garage. Neil Devani is an angel investor and venture capitalist focused on companies solving hard problems. More posts by this contributor The first hires are the hardest Getting press for your startup: the true role of communications Welcome to this edition of The Operat...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Uber, Column, Digital, Tech, Earnest, Zynga, Airbnb, Postmates, Growth Hacking, Calm, Silverman, DocSend, Tradecraft, Airbnb Facebook Google

Turkish mobile gaming firm Dream Games lands $7.5 mln

Dream Games, a Turkish mobile gaming company, has secured $7.5 million in funding. Makers Fund led the round with participation from Balderton Capital. PRESS RELEASE NOVEMBER 20, 2019: Dream Games – the Turkish mobile gaming company founded by the team that worked on hit puzzle games Toy Blast and Toon Blast – has raised $7.5 million in its first highly competitive round of seed funding. In just three months, Dream Games has already attracted interest from a number of leading game companies and ...
Tags: Balderton Capital, London, Trends, Turkey, United States, Zynga, Betfair, Bet, Istanbul, Balderton, Vivino, VC Deals, YNAP, Soner, Balderton Capital PRESS, Balderton Balderton Capital