The Facebookers Will Inherit the Earth

“I Will Not Work With Facebook”: Minecraft Creator Disavows Oculus Rift Post-Acquisition

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.29.10 AM

While many are scratching their heads over Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality company “Oculus Rift,” one developer has some strong words for the company.

When Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the enormously popular sandbox game Minecraft, heard the news, he immediately withdrew his support from Oculus Rift: Read More

Acquisitions

Google To Acquire Nest Labs For $3.2 Billion

Nest cofounder Tony Fadell (Getty)

To cap off a day of tree-themed acquisitions, Google has announced it’s shelling out $3.2 billion in cash for Nest: a company that makes super smart thermostats and smoke alarms.

Nest, which launched in 2011, aims to “take the unloved products in your home and make simple, beautiful, thoughtful things,” according to the company’s website. For those of you that don’t speak startup, that basically means they replace your junky old impossible-to-use thermostat with one that has motion sensors and WiFi connectivity. Read More

Exit This Way

‘People Were Ripping Up Zynga Apparel:’ An OMGPOP Employee Dishes on the Zynga Layoffs

dan-porter

When news came down yesterday that Zynga was shuttering three of its locations and laying off 18 percent of its staff, employees in the New York office, many of whom joined the social gaming behemoth following the acquisition of an indie game studio named OMGPOP, were prepared for the worst.

According to an OMGPOP employee who was laid off yesterday, the office seemed like it was winding down over the past few months. Zynga’s VP of mobile, Sean Kelly, who had been tapped to replace OMGPOP cofounder Dan Porter, was rarely around the office, and though he had charged the teams with brainstorming ideas for new games just two weeks ago, he didn’t follow up with a roadmap to help guide their new game concepts into fruition. Read More

Acquisitions

Developer Network Forrst Acquired Again, This Time by Design Company ZURB

(Photo: Zurb)

Forrst, a developer network that came out of the 500startups accelerator, announced today that it has been acquired by ZURB, a 15-year-old community for product designers to help companies do design work. This is the second acquisition for Forrst in less than a year; back in March, it was acquired by design community Colourlovers. The acquisition price has not been disclosed. Read More

Acquisitions

Kayak, That Travel Site You Love, to Be Purchased for $1.8 B. by Captain Kirk’s Priceline

This guy used to be a fucking STARFLEET Captain! [Photo: WJYY)

Kayak, your favorite travel site, which easily serves up the cheapest flight and hotel prices across the web, has been acquired by fellow travel site Priceline, also known as “that thing William Shatner did after Star Trek.” According to a press release published by Skift, the two have entered into a definitive agreement for Priceline to acquire Kayak for $1.8 billion. Read More

Shakeups

Following New Details of Buddy Media Acquisition, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Lays off Employees [Updated]

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff (Photo: Wikipedia)

After rumors began swirling on Twitter about layoffs at Salesforce, the cloud-computing company confirmed to Business Insider that it has laid off a fair chunk of its Radian6 employees. Salesforce says that less than 100 employees were impacted, but considering that Radian6 boasts only 320 employees total (according to Crunchbase), that’s still almost a third of the staffers being shown the door.

Radian6, a social media monitoring platform, is an integral part of Salesforce’s big play for a piece of the social marketing space. It acquired Radian6 back in March 2011 in order to build out the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Read More