Endemol, the television production company behind Big Brother and Deal or No Deal, has placed a bet on the growth of social casino gaming with the acquisition of a $13m stake in London-based startup Plumbee.

The deal, which values Plumbee at $40m, brings together the world’s largest independent TV production company with a two-year-old startup whose flagship title Mirrorball Slots is among the top ten highest grossing social casino games on Facebook. Read more

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  • Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama’s former White House press secretary, to help manage the company’s communications, according to the New York Times’ DealBook. The talks come ahead of the social network’s planned initial public offering next year.

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