Zynga COO on Company Changes: We Turned a Corner

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When it comes to analyzing Zynga‘s full-bodied earnings announcement from Thursday, it may be easiest to take a bird’s eye view

The San Francisco, Calif.-based gaming company announced extensive layoffs, a half-billion dollar acquisition and better-than-expected earnings — a feat that Zynga COO Clive Downie described as the company “turning a corner.”

“I think it is Zynga turning a corner,” he said. “It proved that we have a vision for the company going forward that’s backed by strategy from a content standpoint, it’s backed by strategy for driving efficiency, and it’s backed by strategy in terms of how we look to accelerate it with the acquisition.” Read more…

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Google Street View amplía su cobertura de Fukushima con nuevas y fantasmagóricas vistas

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Google Street View amplía su cobertura de Fukushima con nuevas y fantasmagóricas vistas

Hace casi tres años el mundo entero se sobrecogió ante la devastación provocada por el terremoto y tsunami de Tōhoku, pero sobre todo, por el desastre que sobrevino cuando el océano invadió la central nuclear Fukushima I, cuyas emisiones de gases radiactivos provocaron la mayor evacuación en masa que se recuerda desde el accidente de Chernóbil. Más de 300.000 personas tuvieron que abandonar apresuradamente sus casas, dejando detrás pueblos y ciudades fantasmas que poco a poco están siendo invadidos por la naturaleza. Google se lanzó el año pasado a elaborar un mapa actualizado de las calles y avenidas de la prefectura de Fukushima utilizando el servicio Street View, que ahora incorpora nuevas vistas de Katsurao, Kawauchi, Tamura (que ya ha sido parcialmente descontaminada y muestra signos de actividad), Naraha, Minamisoma, Kawamata, Okuma, Futaba, Tomioka y Namie.

Google pretende con este proyecto ilustrar los efectos del desastre de Fukushima, pero también permitir acercar virtualmente a sus hogares a los habitantes de los municipios evacuados. Puedes echar un vistazo a dos de las nuevas localizaciones digitalizadas tras el salto.

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All New York’s a Stage in Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Before Bruno Mars, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or any surprise entertainers sing a note for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, Pepsi will once again broadcast a 30-second intro video to pump up the stadium crowd as well as the TV audience watching on Fox

This time, Pepsi, the halftime‘s sponsor, has transformed New York City’s iconic landscape into musical instruments as a tribute to the “host city,” even though the Super Bowl will be played outside of Manhattan at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Manhattan Bridge becomes a guitar, the Guggenheim becomes drums, trains become mixing levels and Columbus Circle becomes a turntable, among other transformations. Read more…

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Aereo Can’t Take Any More New Customers in New York

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New York City residents planning to buy an Aereo subscription before the Super Bowl are out of luck.

The streaming television broadcast service has reached capacity in the largest television market in the United States, forcing the company to temporarily stop taking subscriptions.

“We’re fortunate that Aereo continues to experience strong growth across all our markets. Our team has been working overtime to add more capacity in our existing markets,” an Aereo spokesperson told Mashable. “As soon as additional capacity is added, new consumers will be notified that they can sign up and create an Aereo account.” Read more…

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15 Mesmerizing Moments From Chinese New Year Celebrations

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After days of preparation, the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations kicked off on Thursday in China and across Asia

The date of the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. That’s why the Chinese New Year always falls on different dates in the Western calendar, which is Gregorian.

Celebrations for the Year of the Horse included fireworks, firecrackers, masks, costumes, prayers and colorful light displays. But this year’s celebrations were partly dampened by pollution Read more…

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Kitten Version of ‘Frozen’ Will Give You Fuzzy Warm Feelings

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Fur the first time, these kitties are playing everyone’s favorite ice princesses, Anna and Elsa from Disney‘s Frozen.

YouTube channel The Pet Collective pounced back into action with its latest video. Now you can relive all the Disney magic, and get highlights of the soundtrack, in this adorable, furry tribute.

The Pet Collective is famous for it’s all-feline movie remakes, such as Toy Story and The Lion King.

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Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0: pequeño, muy delgado y de buena resolución

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Parece que el MediaPad 7 Youth2 no es el único tablet compacto que Huawei tiene preparado para este comienzo de año. La firma tiene ya circulando por TENAA -ya sabes, el organismo regulador de China- un dispositivo que responde al nombre de Mediapad X1 7.0 y que cuenta, como podrás estar imaginando por el nombre, con una pantalla de 7 pulgadas. ¿Lo más interesante aquí quizás? Que no renuncia a ofrecer una buena resolución, contando con un panel de 1.920 x 1.200 píxeles, que arrojaría una densidad de 323 ppp.

Por los datos filtrados, sabemos que el dispositivo cuenta además con soporte 3G, Android en su versión 4.2 (ung), y un procesador quad-core Hisilicon -hecho en casa- a 1,6 GHz junto a 2 GB de RAM. En cuanto a sus medidas, resultan bastante atractivas, con un peso aproximado de 238 gramos y un delgado grosor de 7,6 mm -para que te pongas mejor en situación, el Nexus 7 (2013), que cuenta con a misma resolución de pantalla, pesa 290 gramos y mide 8,65 mm de grosor.

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