Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

Richard Waters

Five years ago, Microsoft showed off an eye-catching table-top computer it called Surface (not to be confused with its new tablet of the same name). The ultimate goal: to bring large-scale touchscreens to everyday working life.

Now, with Monday’s acquisition of touchscreen technology company Perceptive Pixel,  the software company appears to be changing horse. 

Rupert and Wendi Murdoch©AP

The guest list features Jordan’s king and queen, Italy’s prime minister, three mayors, two governors and the director of the CIA. But technology and media superpowers will be the focus of attention this week as Allen & Co hosts its annual moguls’ retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho.

 

Chris Nuttall

Persuading players to pay real money for virtual goods represents the biggest challenge for developers and publishers pursuing the “freemium” business model in social gaming.

But introducing real-money gambling would improve the odds dramatically of building a viable business and be a real game-changer for the industry, according to Betable, a real-money gaming platform emerging from stealth mode today with the backing of some of Silicon Valley’s best-known investors.