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Zynga Shutting Down OMGPOP.com and Four of Its Games

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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

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Changes at Bitly as New CEO Mark Josephson Joins and Chief Scientist Hilary Mason Departs for Accel

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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

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

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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