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As the dust settles after Zynga’s purchase of New York mobile social game developer OMGPOP, the company is visibly taking on a new shape.
In 1996, Chris Hehman built one of the first online bracket managers for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, or March Madness, as it’s known to the millions of Americans who gamble on it every year.
GMR is excited to announce that Cameron Parsons, the agency’s Managing Director International, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Parsons’ career spans decades of delivering innovative and effective marketing solutions to a diverse range of clients and industries. As Chief Operating Officer, he will assume all operational management responsibilities and will report to Gary Reynolds, CEO and Chairman.
Social commerce is estimated to reach $30 Billion (yes, that’s Billion with a ‘B’) in the next 5 years.
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Today, we are extending Facebook Platform on mobile, bringing all the social channels that have helped apps and games reach hundreds of millions of users on the Web to mobile apps and websites. You can now easily reach the 350 million people who use Facebook every month on a mobile device, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and our mobile web site. We are at the beginning of bringing Facebook Platform apps to mobile.
Christmas gadget gifting appears to have boosted Facebook app use, with it being reported in the last couple of days the world’s largest social network saw monthly active users of its mobile apps pass 300 million users. Enders Analysis analyst Benedict Evans writes that the figure is correct as of 27 December, with iOS and Android applications accounting for more than two-thirds of mobile app use on the social network. Evans uses Facebook’s own mobile data, comparing iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Symbian and featurephone use, to the network’s 800 million total users and 350 million mobile users , which the company announced at the end of September.
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Zynga's impressive stats are part of the reason for its sky-high valuation. With 232 million monthly active users and $597 million in revenue last year alone, it's no surprise that so many people are interested in getting a piece of the action. But when we dug into Zynga's nearly 200-page S-1 filing, we found a more complicated picture.
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