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Ruzzle Developer MAG Interactive Invests in Delinquent

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Swedish gaming studio MAG Interactive announced its investment in U.K.-based studio Delinquent, the leadership of which has experience at PopCap, Electronic Arts, Mind Candy, Activision and more. This move will see MAG Interactive increasing its presence in the world of casual mobile gaming following the success of its word game, Ruzzle, which has been downloaded more than 50 million times.

The 12-person team at Delinquent is set to release its first title during the first quarter of 2015, with MAG Interactive CEO and co-founder Daniel Hasselberg joining the company’s board.

Hasselberg explained the investment decision in a statement:

There’s a strong fit between the culture of our studios. Our plan is to individually and collectively disrupt some of the established genres in casual free-to-play. Delinquent pitched us on their ambition to add genuine innovation into game genres we know and love. After spending time with the team and playing early builds of what they’re producing, we believe they can truly do that.

David Bishop, chief operating officer and co-founder at Delinquent, added:

I’ve been fortunate to be making games for over 30 years. Every so often, you find yourself part of a team that can make magic happen. We had that experience at PopCap, and I wanted to re-create that feeling within Delinquent. We’ve been incredibly focused on securing and gelling the world’s best talent and have assembled a team that are now ready to cause some serious trouble. MAG Interactive felt like the final missing link.

Major details about Delinquent’s first game are still under wraps, although we do know it will be free-to-play. Check back soon for more.

Article courtesy of SocialTimes Feed

U.K. Government Keeping An Open Mind On Bitcoin, Says Digital Economy Minister

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Watch The Disrupt London Live Stream Right Here!

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Today is, sadly, the final day of Disrupt. But though we’re heartbroken that our London conference is coming to an end, we’re thrilled about the content we have in store for you today.
We’ll be joined by Brian Armstrong from Coinbase, Michael Acton Smith from Mind Candy, and Ed Vaizey, the British Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, among many many more. Read More

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Glassdoor: Facebook rated No. 5 nationally in culture, values

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Facebook has been highly-rated by its employees for culture and values, coming in at No. 5 overall nationally in a new Glassdoor report.

Twitter, with an average rating of 4.5, actually took the top spot. Facebook employees rated the company an average of 4.3 (out of 5), in terms of the culture and values of the company.

Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski discussed with Inside Facebook what makes Facebook so special:

As number five on Glassdoor’s inaugural list of the Top 25 Companies for Culture & Values, Facebook employees report high satisfaction with many aspects of its culture. Tech companies are known for their laid-back, hacker cultures and Facebook is no different with its ‘move fast and break things’ mantra. Facebook employees report satisfaction with the open and transparent environment and enjoy the team-oriented atmosphere.

Here are some comments from Facebook employees on Glassdoor:

  • “Facebook truly values the important things in life (to me, at least). The culture and dialog is open about everything. Whether it’s with your manager, on your team or concerning a company-wide issue.” – Facebook User Operations Associate (location, n/a)
  • “This company really cares about its mission and people. It gives you the skills and opportunities to grow.” – Facebook Employee (location, n/a)
  • “Huge impact on billions of people while working with awesome, insanely intelligent coworkers at a pleasant office. Great free food and perks. Lots of autonomy and big problems to solve. Engineer-driven culture.” – Facebook Software Engineer (Menlo Park, CA)

Facebook placed tied for third overall in tech, trailing Twitter and Google:

  1. Twitter, 4.5 culture & values rating
  2. Google, 4.4
  3. Riverbed Technology, 4.3
  4. Facebook, 4.3
  5. National Instruments, 4.2
  6. Intuit, 4.1
  7. CDW, 4.1
  8. Apple, 4.1
  9. Citrix Systems, 4.0
  10. Adobe, 4.0
  11. NetApp, 3.8

Here’s a look at the top 25 companies overall, in terms of average employee ratings:

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Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

The Great Fragmentation: We Are All Weirdos Now

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App: A Documentary About The Human Side Of The App Revolution

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The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

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A Mash Note To George Lucas’ Museum, Signed By M.C. Hammer (And Tech Leaders, Too)

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A Mash Note To George Lucas’ Museum On His Birthday, Signed By M.C. Hammer (And A Bunch Of Important Tech People)

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Facebook promotes Chris Cox to Chief Product Officer

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Facebook has announced that Chris Cox, formerly the company’s VP of Product, has been promoted to the position of Chief Product Officer. This doesn’t reflect an organizational change, but will fortify his position as a chief member of the Facebook team. Cox is the first person to hold the role of CPO for Facebook.

A Facebook spokesperson commented on the announcement to Inside Facebook:

Chris Cox’s elevation to Chief Product Officer is a reflection of the major role he plays in overseeing the products and features at Facebook. Chris has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of people’s experience using Facebook, our culture and our company, and he’ll continue to do the same as CPO.

Cox currently leads Facebook Product Management, Design and Marketing teams around the world. He joined Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer and built the early versions of key Facebook products such as News Feed. Cox has also served as Facebook’s Director of Human Resources.

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

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