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    Though Vivendi hasn’t officially put its stake in Activision Blizzard spacer on the block, sources tell me it’s starting talks with the giants who have the $8 billion plus to buy its 60 percent stake in the game-maker.

  • The Most Anticipated Videogames of 2013 Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 12:14 PM ET
    Publisher: Take-Two Interactive SoftwareShares of Take-Two jumped nearly 20 percent in the week after the first "Bioshock" was released in 2007. It was more than a critical darling, it was a game with legs at retail. By March 2010, it had sold 4 million copies. A sequel by a different development studio did so-so, but with original designer Irrational Games back at the helm, fans are already lining up to get their hands on the game when it comes out in late February.

    The video game industry will roll out some of its biggest guns next year — and the expected launch of new console systems from Microsoft and Sony could make a big year even bigger.

  • Stories of Route 66 Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    Some of the unique businesses that have survived — or been revived on — Route 66.

  • Zynga CEO Mark Pincus On Growth, Ads, and Making Money Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    The centerpiece of Zynga's 'Unleashed' was a new way to bring together its players across all devices and platforms, what it describes as a "game lobby."

  • Zynga Gets Ready Unleash New Games and New Strategy Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
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    Zynga the social game maker is readying to unveil its pipeline of new games and its strategy for its next leg of growth at a big event at its San Francisco headquarters today.

  • Zynga Pursues New Hits for a Fickle Market Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    Zynga is still raking in hundreds of millions of dollars from sales of virtual cattle and fish, and from other games like poker. But in recent months, the company has run into trouble as investors and game players alike have cooled on the company’s game lineup.

  • Classic Brave Merida Doll

    Brave’s Princess Merida joins Disney’s panoply of princesses, a brand which has generated over four billion dollars in global retail sales.

  • Is YouTube Google's Secret Weapon? Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 5:11 PM ET
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    YouTube made a lot of headlines when it launched its original content channels—but it also is making a lot of money. More specifically, its revenue this year is expected to be twice the cost of the company back in 2006.

  • Wine glass

    Think that glass of wine or scotch is going to help you relax? Of course you do. And you know what? You're starting to relax already, just thinking about it. Hey, that's not me talking, that's science!

  • A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    Facebook quietly started running ads on Zynga.com today: the ads look like ads on Facebook, with the same social context, and the two companies are sharing the ad revenue.

  • Microsoft and Madison Avenue in Epic Battle Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 4:46 PM ET

    Microsoft and Madison Avenue are in a battle unlike anything we’ve seen for years. They’re fighting over the future of Internet advertising, and the $70 billion annual global ad business is at stake.

  • 'Useless' Degree, Awesome Job Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 4:16 PM ET
    Summer is here, and along with high temperatures, shorts and flip-flops, another seasonal phenomenon is taking place — college students are graduating, and they’re taking their newly minted degrees into the real world in the hopes of landing a job. But what are their chances of finding work in their fields, or even finding jobs that don’t require them to ask if you want fries with that?Job seekers between ages 16 to 24 who are not enrolled in school and have attained a bachelor’s degree or highe

    Recent graduates with arts degrees face a jobless rate of 11.1 percent. With numbers like that, the degree probably seems useless. But many people have gone on to great success after earning “useless” degrees.

  • Ryan Seacrest

    'Draw Something,' Zynga's popular 'Pictionary'-style mobile app, has been optioned by CBS to be made into a game show. Ryan Seacrest has signed on to help produce the 'Draw Something' TV project, which will feature teams competing in front of a live audience, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Facebook Improves Payments to Drive More Spending Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 4:35 PM ET
    Facebook

    Facebook is announcing changes to its payments system to make it easier for developers to drive payments on their apps, generating more revenue for Facebook.

  • Spotify Launch Slams Pandora Stock Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 1:36 PM ET

    Pandora shares were off more than 6 percent earlier today, now down over 3 percent on news of a new rival from Spotify. The streaming music service is launching a new web radio service for mobile devices, which takes direct aim at Pandora’s business model.

  • Facebook’s Face.com Buy: Clues to Mobile Strategy Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | 5:04 PM ET
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    The acquisition moved the stock, because along with the Instagram acquisition, it tells a larger story of Facebook’s commitment to mobile.

  • Digital will drive growth, and boost everything from the publishing industry to music, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' new “Global Entertainment and Media Outlook,” which projects out from 2012 to 2016.

  • Is AOL’s Fall On Proxy Win a Buying Opportunity? Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 4:49 PM ET
    AOL

    But despite this victory today AOL’s stock has tanked, down over six percent today. Why the drop? Investors seem to be concerned that AOL’s victory reduces pressure on the company to cut costs.

  • Why Pay TV Providers Are Under Investigation Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    The primary question: are providers inappropriately limiting competition from online video services like Netflix and Hulu by capping the amount of data/videos subscribers can stream every month?

  • Why Zynga’s Stock Fell Off a Cliff Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
    Zynga

    It's off 11.5 percent at last check, bringing the social gaming company down nearly 50 percent year to date. What happened? It seems people are choosing more mobile instead of social games.

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