Mobile and social game developer and publisher Zynga has revealed its earnings for Q4 2013, with the company announcing a full year of profitability in 2013 and Q4 revenue of $176 million. This is a 43 percent decrease in revenue year-over-year and a 13 percent decrease from Q3 2013. Zynga’s full 2013 revenue was $873 million, a decrease of 32 percent from 2012.
Mobile ad platform Airpush has announced its acquisition of Hubbl, developer of mobile personalization and native advertising technology. The acquisition will see the pair partnering to bring more effective native advertising to Airpush’s ecosystem of 120,000 mobile apps, via an ad platform that’s currently in development.
Diner Dash developer PlayFirst has announced its acquisition of the game portfolio and IP of mobile app developer Big Head Mode. This move will see multiple Big Head Mode employees joining PlayFirst in leadership positions.
Former CEO of Big Head Mode Tipatat Chennavasin will join PlayFirst as Director of Product Management, while Big Head Mode Co-founder Richard Au will become Senior Director of Engineering.
Yelp has strengthened its focus on online restaurant reservations with the acquisition of SeatMe, a San Francisco based web and iPad app developer that has created a streamlined reservations solution for restaurant and bar owners across the US.
The acquisition will see Yelp’s users being given an additional option for scheduling restaurant reservations without leaving the app’s experience, tracking down a restaurant’s website or phone number.
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Shopping website portal Shopzilla has acquired Zappli, developer of iOS app myShopanion and mobile checkout experience InstaBuy. As reported by TechCrunch, the companies have yet to disclose any deal terms.
InstaBuy officially launched last fall and provides mobile shoppers a way to store their credit card, billing and shipping information to be used across any mobile application. The technology was first introduced in the myShopanion app which allowed users to shop from a number of retailers including Walmart, Kohl’s and Best Buy. (more…)
Yahoo’s recent shopping spree isn’t over yet, as the company’s latest acquisition is Xobni, maker of email and address-book based plugins and apps.
With Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr officially finalized on June 20, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer isn’t allowing the company to sit idle. In fact, its latest purchase has been announced this week, as Yahoo has acquired mobile picture and video sharing service Qwiki.
Yahoo has been on a shopping spree since its purchase of Tumblr on June 20th. Yahoo purchased the one-man start-up Bignoggins Productions on Monday to strengthen its own fantasy sports apps offerings.
Bignoggins has developed popular paid fantasy sports apps such as Fantasy Monster and Draft Monster. While Yahoo will not continue distributing these applications, it will integrate these apps technologies into its own fantasy sports applications.
Bignoggins founder, Jerry Shen, will be joining Yahoo’s mobile engineering team. He has also announced they have planned on hiring new talent through his blog.
WordPress parent company, Automattic, has acquired Poster, a WordPress client for iOS, in an acqui-hire. Automattic is not purchasing the Poster product, but will welcome Poster developer, Tom Witkin to its mobile team.
The deal will remove Poster for purchase in the app store, but Witkin will continue to support the app while he joins the Automattic mobile team to assist in improving its mobile applications.
The acquisition makes a lot of sense for Automattic. Poster is a much more robust and feature-rich WordPress client than the company’s own. With Witkin’s assistance, it is likely much of the features available in Poster will be added to the official client.
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