Zynga Shares Soar 11 Percent as New Jersey Moves Closer to Online Gambling

That’s the biggest spike the stock has seen in ages.
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Zynga Bringing Real-Money Gaming to Facebook in the U.K.

Allowing Zynga to conduct real-money gaming in the U.K. on Facebook will open the floodgates for gambling on the social network.
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Tennis Champ Agassi Gives Yahoo Sales Troops a Pep Talk

Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro has been holding a global sales conference in Las Vegas this week, bringing together the large group of employees at the Silicon Valley Internet giant who are in charge of a big chunk of its revenue. While it’s a lot of talking by top execs about the dramatic new advertising structure that he has put into place, there is always the requisite inspirational speaker (in 2007, at another meeting, it was Apple’s Steve Jobs). For this event, sources said, it was former tennis champ Andre Agassi appearing there to get the troops juiced. The once-pugnacious athlete — who is now married to another tennis phenom, Steffi Graf — was probably a good choice, especially since one of his well-known quotes is: “Being number two sucks.”

Q4 Earnings Call: Mayer Says “Chain Reaction” Needed to Blast Yahoo Into the Future

Turnaround via nuclear fission.
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“Sponsor Content” Doesn’t Fool Anyone Except Advertisers

One big difference between the Atlantic’s Scientology ad and every other advertorial — we actually paid attention to it.
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Mayer’s 10X Challenge: Yahoo’s Homepage, Mail and Search Traffic Show Significant Year-Over-Year Declines

The reality of traffic falloffs on key properties is a vexing issue.
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Yahoo’s De Castro Begins Reorg of Ad Sales Unit

Can the Henrique Way — that is to say, a version of the Google Way — fix what ails the Silicon Valley Internet giant’s biggest business?
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The First Signs of Zynga’s Online Gambling Efforts Go Live in the U.K.

Zynga Plus Poker and Zynga Plus Casino will be the names of Zynga’s two real-money gaming sites in the U.K.
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Apple Putting More Chips Into Reno