The merger of Activision and Vivendi to create a video game juggernaut on par with Electronic Arts was the big news over the weekend, but from a high level it's more of the same: Another tech sector and another duopoly in training.The Activision-Vivendi deal, announced Sunday, is being analyzed for its impact on the gaming market (Guitar Hero meets World of Warcraft) and the financial mumbo jumbo (it's complicated).
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Marc Orchant, who until recently blogged on ZDNet's network, had a heart attack on Sunday, according to his co-author at Blognation USA.Oliver Starr writes:At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office.
Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk, who has spent 15 years as a creative director crafting messages for advertisers, explains what advertisers really want in the age of Facebook.I wonder if Mark Zuckerberg took this weekend off.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Users clamoring again for an Internet Explorer 8 update.Ryan Naraine: IE vs Firefox: Microsoft crunches security numbers.
Six Apart announced a "new home" for LiveJournal (LJ), the blogging and social networking tools and community it acquired in January 2005. The new home is Russian-based online media company SUP.
faberNovel Consulting has mapped out some trends in social networking and digital identity. The research paper (PDF here) titled "Social network websites: best practices from leading services," compares LinkedIn and Xing and Match.
Facebook has stirred up a great deal of controversy and now harsh criticism with its Beacon advertising program. Three weeks after launching Beacon Facebook, the company did a 180-degree turn to make it more palatable for users rather than advertisers.
The usually tight-lipped Google revealed a few details on plans for Google Apps at a presentation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the company headquarters its AdWords team. Scott Johnston, a product manager for Google collaboration products, pitched members of the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce on the benefits of Google Apps and dribbled out some future product info.
After the recount debacle of 2000, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). As a result, most states went out and replaced their punch card ballots with electronic voting machines.
Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk takes a surreal tour of Dell's Star Power holiday shopping Web site featuring Burt Reynolds and other celebrities.If you searched the Web for the next month, how many times do you think you’d find the words "Michael," "Dell" and "lust" in the same sentence?