Peter Kafka

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Zynga’s Most Lucrative Game: Charm the Investors

Sure, Zynga can persuade consumers to pay up for virtual sheep and the like. But those transactions are worth only a few cents at a time. To get the big bucks, it looks to investors outside the U.S., who are happy to cut the company some very big checks.

Last year, the Facebook-centric game company raised $180 million from Russian investor DST. Now it is set to raise $147 million more from SoftBank, Bloomberg reports. A person familiar with the company tells me Zynga hasn’t actually closed the deal yet, but seemed confident that it would. A Zynga spokeswoman declined to comment.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik