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今日科技:Zynga即将递交IPO申请

JP Mangalindan 2011年05月27日


    * 据All Things D报道,有消息人士称Facebook的游戏制作商Zynga即将提交IPO申请,时间可能是本周或下周。Zynga近期佳讯不断,包括一系列小规模的人才招募、技术收购等,月均活跃用户达2.50亿,去年实现利润4亿美元,销售额8.50亿美元。(All Things D)

    * 巴诺(Barnes&Noble)发布了最新款的Nook电子墨水阅读器,其相比首款产品硬件有重大升级。新产品正在火热预订中,定价139美元,将于6月10日左右发货。这款最新的仅支持无线(WiFi)的Nook阅读器大小为5 x 6.5英寸,重不到213克(比第一款Nook减重35%)。6英寸的显示屏结合红外技术和Pearl电子墨水显示,用户可在屏幕上通过触划进行操作。(《财富》(Fortune))

    * 微软(Microsoft)正式推出其Windows Phone 7平台的最新升级版软件芒果(Mango),专注于三大主题—— 通信,应用程序和上网——具备500多项新功能,包括整合支持Twitter、LinkedIn,无需安装单独的应用软件;将朋友编组加入首界面(Start Screen)的一个程序方块(Live Tile)中,方便浏览朋友状态更新;还有Local Scout,能提供当地餐厅、商店和活动建议。(MobileCrunch和微软)

    * 最后一位Xbox的共同创始人奥托•伯克斯在微软供职18年后,决定离开微软加盟西雅图地区之外的一家未透露名称公司。在微软工作的长期岁月中,伯克斯参与了无数项目,包括让人津津乐道的Courier双屏平板电脑项目。(《西雅图时报》(Seattle Times))

    * 在纽约举行的TechCrunch Disrupt会议的第二天,冒出来的一家最有前途的初创公司是Getaround,有人将其描述为汽车业的Airbnb。通过一款智能手机应用软件,这个新的汽车租赁市场能让用户能以小时、天或周为单位,租赁他人的私人汽车;提供包含保险、24小时道路援助服务在内的全包方案;Getaround car-kit或无匙遥控开启,以及网络应用。(TechCrunch和TechCrunch Disrupt)

    * 采访苹果( Apple)首任首席执行官迈克尔•斯考特。(Silicon Alley Insider)

    * 杰克•多西的初创企业Square正在出人意料地颠覆整个支付行业。(Fast Company)

    * 法国电信(France Teleco)首席执行官斯蒂法尼•理查德热衷于苹果(Apple)和Android, 以及为什么你应该跟包月计划说拜拜了。(All Things D)

    * Sources tell All Things D that Facebook game maker Zynga is on the cusp of filing an initial public offering, a move that could happen this week or next week. The company has been on a roll lately with a string of smaller acquisitions for talent and/or technology, a monthly average of 250 million active users, and profits last year of $400 million on $850 million of sales. (All Things D)

    * Barnes & Noble launched a major hardware update to its original Nook e-ink e-reader. Available for pre-order immediately and shipping on or around June 10 for $139, the new WiFi-only Nook measures 5 inches by 6.5 inches, weighs under 7.5 ounces (35% lighter than the Nook first edition), and sports a 6-inch touchscreen that marries infrared technology with a Pearl e-ink display to let users navigate with taps and swipes. (Fortune)

    * Microsoft officially unveiled "Mango," the latest major software update for its Windows Phone 7 platform, which focuses on three major themes -- Communications, Apps, and the Internet -- and promises over 500 new features, including integrated Twitter and LinkedIn support without the need for separate apps, the ability to group friends together onto a single Live Tile on the Start Screen so you can easily skim their status updates, and "Local Scout," offering up recommendations for local restaurants, shops, and events. (MobileCrunch and Microsoft)

    * The last Xbox co-founder, Otto Berkes, is leaving Microsoft after 18 years for an undisclosed company outside the Seattle area. Among the numerous projects he worked on during his long stint was the much-talked about dual-screen Courier tablet project. (Seattle Times)

    * During TechCrunch Disrupt's second day in New York City, one of the most promising startups that emerged was Getaround, what some described as the Airbnb for cars. The new car rental market place lets users rent other people's personal vehicles by the hour, day or week through a smartphone app; an all-inclusive package throws in insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, a "Getaround car-kit" or key-less remote, and web app. (TechCrunch and TechCrunch Disrupt)

    * An interview with Apple's first CEO, Michael Scott. (Silicon Alley Insider)

    * How Jack Dorsey's Square startup is accidentally disrupting the entire payments industry. (Fast Company)

    * France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard on Apple, Android, and why you should kiss your unlimited plan goodbye. (All Things D)

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