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What it’s like to work at Snap, one of the most secretive companies in tech

When a group of Snapchat employees got locked out of their building one Monday morning, they quickly realized their predicament was no accident.<p>A top-secret Snapchat team had swooped in overnight and taken over the office, de-activating the keycards of the current tenants in the process. The secret …

Silicon Valley

Revenue Ran Away: 'Pokémon GO's Lost Billions

<i>Pokémon GO</i> has entered Phase 2. Phase 1 was something somewhat surreal, with people roaming in packs in every major city, enriching developer Niantic Labs and the Pokémon Company by untold millions in the process. That was bound to end. The game ended its record breaking stint at the top of the app …

Pokémon

How Pokémon Became Monster Hit

TOKYO—When Tsunekazu Ishihara first got involved with Pokémon two decades ago, he didn’t expect Pikachu—a chubby yellow mouse with rosy cheeks—to become a global figurehead for the popular game series.<p>“None of us really thought Pikachu was particularly special,” the chief executive of Pokémon Co. …

Pokémon

'Pokémon GO' Has Been Dethroned In The App Store Because It's Poorly Monetized

This week, <i>Pokémon GO</i> ended its 74 day-long reign as the highest grossing app in Apple’s iOS store. It was unseated by an old favorite, <i>Clash Royale</i>, with that game recently introducing new microtransactions, and <i>GO</i> has probably also dropped in part because of its own fading popularity.<p>But <i>Pokémon GO</i>, …

Pokémon

Employer branding: Why it’s time marketing, execs, and HR worked together

When working at Virgin circa 1993 I recall the managing director of Virgin Games, Tim Chaney, claiming that the Virgin brand was one of the most recognized brands in the U.K. At the time, Richard Branson was building his empire on service/product promise, savvy advertising and word of mouth — well …

How to become a Finn in 22 easy steps

<b>1. Blame everything on the Russians. Everything.</b><p><b>2. Be everywhere on time. Know that “on time” means 15 minutes early.</b><p><b>3. Start taking all interaction</b> …

Quarks

12 Things You Should Expect When Dating A Strong Woman - James Michael Sama

I think the term ‘independent woman’ gets some negative flack throughout society these days because often times, women have become so jaded that they …

Why CEO Don Mattrick is done at Zynga

It’s all over for Don Mattrick at FarmVille publisher Zynga.<p>The company announced today that its chief executive officer for nearly the last two years is leaving. Cofounder and former chief executive officer Mark Pincus is stepping back into the top role. This comes as Zynga, once the biggest name …

Zynga CEO Mattrick leaves abruptly, replaced by founder Pincus

Don Mattrick, Zynga's current CEO, will depart the company immediately after less than two years on the job. He had previously run Microsoft's Xbox business.<p>It's not such a sunny day in the world of FarmVille.<p>Zynga CEO Don Mattrick has abruptly left the company, to be replaced by his predecessor, …

Zynga

Dota 2 makes $18M per month for Valve — but League of Legends makes that much every 5 days

The most-played game on Steam is free, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t making Valve a ton of money.<p>More MOBA coverage<p>LOL, Dota 2 could help e-sports make $465M by 2017<br>• Riot considers a competitive mode for League of Legends<br>• Meet the people who earn a living making Dota 2 items<p>Dota 2 is a growing force …

Nintendo finally commits to making mobile games with new partner DeNA

Angry Birds developer launches its latest third-party publishing game Jolly Jam

Rovio is using its third-party publishing division to compete with King.<p>The Angry Birds developer is releasing Jolly Jams for iOS today under its Rovio Stars label. It’s a colorful match-3 puzzle game from developer Magic Tavern. Players take on bosses by trying to put together matching fruits. …

At 27, this guy quit a $500,000 job at BlackBerry to launch a cool startup

SpeakUp is a cool concept, born out the frustration he had at BlackBerry.<p>SpeakUp is a way for employees to share their insight and ideas with managers and allow other employees to weigh in. Employees can post a solution to a problem and other employees can vote it up, comment, vote it down, or ask …

Employment