PopCap said to be preparing for Facebook casino launch

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Online games group PopCap could be getting ready to launch a series of casino-style games on Facebook according to GeekWire. New domain purchases, changes to a Facebook page and a recent trademark application for ‘Lucky GemCasino’ by PopCap have been cited by GeekWire as a shift to a casino offering.

PayPal, the eBay-owned payment platform,  saw $3,650 in total payment volume every second and an average of 5m transactions a day in the second quarter, TechCrunch reports. That works out $315.3m in payments per day, according to TechCrunch’s calculations.

Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch who left the technology blog earlier this month following a storm over the venture capital fund he had set up, has re-emerged on his own blog - Uncrunched. On it, he lays out what he’s planning to cover:

I’m going to do the same thing I’ve been doing since 2005. I’m going to write about startups, and the people who build them, and the people who fund them, and the people who use them. I’m going to break stories and I’m going to write my opinion, and I’m going to write whatever the hell else I feel like in between. If people want to read what I write, yay. If they don’t, I can live with that too.

This time, though, my eyes are open. I know exactly what I’m walking into, and I know how to play this game.

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