Weds in the News

I got to do the “news snapshot” of the day at work, so I thought I’d share the stuff I stumbled across in the last 15 minutes of RSS feed stalking….

Playfish raises $17 million for social games

http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2008/10/playfish-raises-17m-for-social-games.html


Game folks vs web folks

http://www.raphkoster.com/2008/10/27/game-folks-vs-web-folks/

An in-depth review of the Club Penguin birthday bash in New York
http://www.360kid.com/blog/2008/10/club-penguins-anniversary-bash-in-nyc/

Tween girl property Miss O is getting a game (plus, if you look at the page, they have an ad for a celebrity sports showdown game from EA)
http://www.missoandfriends.com/ and http://www.easports.com/celebrity

Is surfing the web altering your brain?
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/

Meebo Community IM to Launch on Flixster; Looks Just Like Face Chat
http://mashable.com/2008/10/28/meebo-on-flixster/

The Look is Tawdry, but the Possibilities are Virtually Endless (Little Big Planet)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/29/arts/television/29plan.html?_r=1&ref=technology&oref=slogin

XBox Live gets a makeover to appeal to the masses
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2008/10/xbox-live-updat.html

Growing number of teens/tweens aiming to be hackers

http://www.netfamilynews.org/2008/10/growing-no-of-teen-hackers-or-wannabes.html

Fact of the day (from Youth Market Alerts – which is brilliant research btw)
Finding a way to make gas less expensive is the top priority kids aged 8-12 want the new President to focus on (70%), followed by protecting the U.S. from terrorism (62%), stopping the Iraq war (61%), better schools (60%), and the need for free healthcare (50%), according to Just Kid Inc.

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