Remember Winamp? It was your first MP3 player, fully customizable and used primarily for listening to Lumidee? Well, now it’s dead.
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Well, look at what you did Netflix. Blockbuster announced today it’s shuttering its retail stores and ending its home delivery service. The closure of the approximately 300 storefronts and distribution centers will be completed by the end of January 2014, a press release said.
The Blockbuster brand has been slowly evaporating under the control Read More
It looks like Andrew Zucker, the 15-year-old son of CNN president Jeff Zucker, bailed on Waywire just in time. The New York Post reports that according to “well-placed” sources, several high-up Waywire employees have been actively job searching, fueled by the fear that the video curation startup may soon shut down. Read More
After shuttering its NYC office, effectively closing down New York game studio OMGPOP forever, gaming behemoth Zynga announced today that it will be permanently shuttering OMGpop.com and four of the company’s games by September 30th. According to Polygon, Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ and Snoops will all be shut down by August 29th, with the website going dark the month after. Read More
Bitly, the New York-based link-shortening and data analytics service, announced two big changes at the executive level this week. Yesterday, chief scientist Hilary Mason, who is arguably Bitly’s most visible employee, announced she would be moving on from the company to become the first ever data scientist in residence at venture firm Accel Partners. Though she’s been an advisor to Accel’s Big Data Fund since 2011, Ms. Mason is leaving Bitly to join Accel full time, where she will help to advise portfolio companies and evaluate potential investment areas. Read More
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
A tipster contacted Betabeat to let us know that Ben Fischman, the founder and longtime CEO of lifestyle and fashion ecommerce site Rue La La, had stepped down from his role. A press release obtained by Betabeat confirms the news: Mr. Fischman will be replaced by Steve Davis, Rue La La’s president. Read More
Disney announced today that it’s shuttering LucasArts, the iconic video game publisher tied to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises created by its parents company, LucasFilms. Read More