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Best of the Tech Blogs: Zynga Loses Another C-Level Officer


Plus, could Facebook's latest app land it in German court?

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web each day.
Link: In Latest Departure, Zynga Loses Its Chief Creative Officer
"Zynga (ZNGA) confirmed today that chief creative officer Mike Verdu has resigned from the social gaming giant, making him the latest in a series of high-profile departures.

"Verdu follows other executive departures including chief operating officer John Schappert, as well as general managers Eric Bethke, Jeremy Strauser, Ya-Bing Chu, and Alan Patmore (who went to Kixeye). The company has more than 3,000 employees, but the pressure on employees to leave is obvious, as the company's stock price is at about 20% of its peak earlier this year. Zynga recently authorized 43 million new shares to give to employees as a measure to help retain them for a longer period."

Link: Facebook's Latest App-Permissions Change Could Land It in German Court
"Facebook (FB) has changed the way it seeks permission to share users' personal information with third-party apps and games, a move that could land the social network in a European court. A German consumer advocacy group is threatening to sue the social network unless it gives users a clear choice on whether they agree to share information."

Link: Another Sign of a New iPhone? Apple Will Pay You to Recycle Your 4S
"Apple (AAPL) is, as usual, remaining tight-lipped about whether it will be releasing any new devices this autumn - and even if there will be an event scheduled for September 12, as many have been reporting. Meanwhile, here is a sign that the company could be preparing for a new phone launch: Apple is offering users an option to recycle their iPhone 4S devices for up to $345 back in the form of an Apple Gift Card. Apple is among a number of other companies that have already been offering 4S device rebates (here's a top 10 list from 9to5mac), with the highest offer being $500 on Amazon (AMZN)."

Link: Why VMware Paid $1.26B for 70 Software Engineers
"One of the reasons Google (GOOG) and VMware (VMW) have been so successful over the past decade, says Eric Brewer, is that both companies managed to snatch some of the world's brightest engineers from the big-name research labs that petered out in the late 1990s.

"Over the previous 30 years, labs run by tech giants such as AT&T (T), Xerox (XRX), and DEC had led the computing revolution, but at the turn of the millennium, much of their lifeblood was pumped into a pair of companies that were only just getting off the ground."

Link: Amazon's Zappos Combines Pinterest and E-Commerce in New Site
" Inc.'s Zappos online store has created a service that recommends purchases based on what users post on Pinterest, a move to parlay the popularity of the social-sharing site into e-commerce sales."

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Link: Samsung Waves Hello to Windows 8 With New All-in-One PCs
"Samsung (SSNLF) has mustered a group of three all-in-one PCs built for Microsoft's (MSFT) upcoming Windows 8 OS. They range in price from $750 to $1,700. Along with Intel (INTC) processors, the computers also incorporate gesture recognition features that let the use control certain functions by waving their hands near the PC's display."
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