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THIS WEEK: REMEMBERING MCA by Marauder

THIS WEEK: REMEMBERING MCA

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“as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our

friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.
thank you.”

– Mike D

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Coldplay Tribute 5/4 at the Hollywood Bowl “Fight for Your Right to Party”

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It is with great sadness that I dedicate this post to one of my heroes, Adam “MCA” Yauch from the Beastie Boys. He died last week at 47 years old from cancer in his salivary glands. Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz in 1979, one year after I was born. The Beastie Boys started as a punk rock group and quickly merged over into hip hop.   Paul’s Boutique defined my college experience and laid groundwork for a connection to music which has motivated and pushed me forward in the darkest of times. He was one of my heroes. He will be missed.

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For more videos to remind you of the Beastie Boys genius, click here.

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In other news, Nielsen reported another drop in TV viewers, the Apple OS vs. Android deathmatch continues, The Scream sells at Sotheby’s for a cool $120MM, Turntable tries to get its mojo back, Facebook sets its IPO at $28 – $35 a share, Discovery buys Revision 3, ComScore names Tagged as the most engaged social network, and Zynga sees massive decline from its recent acquisition Draw Something.

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Some more Cool Sh-t:

Transmission LA: Mike D Curated Art

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GAMING by Marauder
November 9, 2009, 11:38 AM
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GAMING

Last week Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said that they would take steps to remove scammy advertising offers from their social games. There have been a couple of missteps since then, and Facebook responded by taking Zynga’s newest game, FishVille, offline. (Techcrunch11/8)

Scamville

Facebook app maker Zynga, the developer behind the wildly popular Farmville Facebook app, has a new virtual social networking app set in a fish bowl. (It may be tough to get into but keep trying – the app was overloaded over the weekend.) Instead of planting and harvesting crops, FishVille has users raise and feed colorful tropical fish. Earn money as you go along to buy more fish eggs, decorations and eventually a bigger tank. Zynga’s applications are successful because they provide addictive goals to results-oriented users and incorporate social aspects such as gifting that create such viral explosions on the platform. Zynga’s Farmville app is currently tops by a mile among Facebook apps, according to Inside Facebook’s independent metrics firm AppData. (Cynopsis 11/9)

Top 10 Applications on Facebook by Registered Users

Rank App                    Developer   Category        Users

1     Farmville             Zynga        Games         63,543,438

2     Causes                Causes       Education    35,222,871

3     Café World          Zynga        Games         28,378,477

4     Mafia Wars          Zynga        Games         26,269,933

5     Happy Aquarium CrowdStar Games         24,741,376

6     Pet Society          PlayFish     Games          21,503,624

7     FamilyLink.com   FamilyLink Friends/Fam.20,119,046

8     YoVille                Zynga        Games         19,765,144

9     Texas HoldEm     Zynga        Games       18,825,441

10    Farm Town         Slashkey     Games         18,430,454

Source: Appdata

Microsoft believes it has cracked the code on how best to bring advertising into the vast video-game universe. The software giant will host an Advertising Gaming Upfront at Lincoln Center in New York on Thursday, during which it will unveil several new partnerships. (Iwantmedia 11/9, Mediaweek11/8)

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GAMING by Marauder
April 30, 2009, 2:55 PM
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GAMING

Zynga, the online gaming publisher, is making a ton of money. Just how much? Well, earlier reports put revenue at something around $50 million, but some new numbers obtained by Sarah Lacy suggests that it’s closer to $100 million. And clearly, it’s accelerating. We’re hearing that the run rate for 2009 may even be well above that. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/29/zynga-pushing-nine-figures-in-revenues-thanks-to-micro-transactions/ 4/29)

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