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    Facebook ad network looms as Sponsored Stories show up on Zynga.com

    Facebook ad network looms as Sponsored Stories show up on Zynga.com

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    Facebook ads have just begun showing up alongside game content on Zynga.com, TechCrunch reports. This marks the first instance of Facebook ads showing up outside of the social network itself, though these ads aren't exactly what they seem.

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    Facebook ads have just begun showing up alongside game content on Zynga.com, TechCrunch reports. This marks the first instance of Facebook "ads" showing up outside of the social network itself, though these ads aren't exactly what they seem. As stated in Facebook's pre-IPO S-1 documents, the two companies have worked out a profit-sharing agreement where Facebook can display ads on Zynga.com — but we're only seeing the first iteration of this agreement today. "The Facebook ads you see on Zynga are the same ads you see on Facebook.com," a document from the Facebook Help Center states, which means that you now might encounter Sponsored Stories (from companies that friends Like) as well as regular Facebook ads off site.

    Facebook and Zynga are a bit symbiotic (for now, at least), seeing as about 12 percent of Facebook's revenue comes from Zynga, so it makes sense that the company might try showing external ads first on the social gaming site. Facebook ads are evidently already flexible and deployable enough to operate on external sites, so it's only a matter of time until the company starts using what it knows about you to display ads all over the web, much like Google does. Facebook told Inside Social Games, "We will not be showing ads on other sites at this time.” The company has felt a lot of pressure since its IPO to continue creating revenue streams, because while CEO Mark Zuckerberg still owns a large chunk of the company himself, he's now responsible for appeasing shareholders.

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    Emma RothTwo hours ago
    California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

    The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

    A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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    Andrew WebsterSep 24
    Look at this Thing.

    At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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    Andrew WebsterSep 24
    Get ready for some Netflix news.

    At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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    Andrew WebsterSep 24
    Looking for something to do this weekend?

    Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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    Jay PetersSep 23
    Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

    Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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    Tom WarrenSep 23
    Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

    Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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    If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

    Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

    Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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    Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

    Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

    Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.