Archive for July, 2010

Could Internet Gambling Become Legal Again?

Via NPR, a report on the possibility that internet gambling could be legal again.  As the article notes: “…Faced with huge budget shortfalls, Congress is considering legalizing and taxing Internet gambling, a move that could generate billions of dollars in tax revenue for the government. A House committee yesterday approved a bill that would legalize […]

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Zynga

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting article on Zynga.  As the article notes: July 25, 2010 Zynga’s FrontierVille game, which was released only on June 9, already has 20 million players. The company makes money, by and large, only when users pay real money for virtual goods. ORIENTATION for new employees of Zynga, […]

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An Online Confidence Game?

Via TechCrunch, an interesting analysis of an artificial intelligence program that gives players of Facebook’s Zynga Poker advice while they are playing.  While the debate over poker’s status as a skill-based game or game of chance, it is interesting that online advisory services are now being introduced.  As the article notes: Into Zynga Poker? Want […]

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Calling All Advatars: AdverGames Ahead!

Courtesy of AdWeek, an interesting look at the increased integration of advertising into digital games: Imagine this. You’re on a cobblestone street. The sun is low and red between the high-rises, making you squint as you scan for clues. There, on a half-obscured flier on a wall, you see it: a picture of an anchor. […]

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A Real World Gateway To Online Gambling And Skill Games

With New Hampshire’s recent announcement of a new set of online games that are an advancement, not an introduction, of state-run online gambling, discussion has ensued as to how these online games may be controlled.  To play these games, one has to purchase a special lottery ticket in person, then go to the lottery website […]

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Log On, Ante Up

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at online gambling: “WHEN George Bush, then America’s president, signed the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act into law in 2006, parts of America’s online-gambling market retired hurt. That was because attached to the port act was the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which prohibited financial institutions […]

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