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With ChefVille, Zynga Opens Its Doors to Share Tasty Food Values

Not a lot of things have been going right lately for Zynga, the big social game-maker headquartered at 8th and Brannan Streets, after a disappointing quarterly earnings report, a stock price  falling below $3/share, and difficulties connected to its close integration with Facebook.

But a bright spot in the midst of all this was the launch of the latest game in its ‘Ville series, ChefVille, earlier this month. It quickly became the most popular game on Facebook.

Podio Revolutionizes the Way We Work

Podio is Revolutionizing the Way We Work

If you’ve ever had a job where some manager forced you to use software you hate, Podio is for you. “We have a democratic view of how work should work,” says Podio’s Lilly Hanscom. “People work best when they have control over the tools they use.”

Podio’s tagline is “Work the way you want to,” and what the company offers is project management software toward that goal.  Essentially, it enables you, the worker, to build your own apps.

Text Messaging to Groups is Simple with SendHub

SendHub Aims to be the "Drobox of Text Messaging"

Over the past two years, there’s been a dramatic decline in email usage among people aged 12-24; they’ve largely turned to text messaging (SMS) and posting to Facebook instead.

This kind of seismic shift in communication strategies along generational lines signals the need for innovation and adaptation, of course, and down at Y Combinator (YC) this spring, there’s a startup called SendHub that is poised to help.

Like Slots? Like Bingo? Then You'll Love Zynga Slingo

Zynga Announces a Zyngafied Slingo, A Combo of Slots and Bingo

San Francisco-based Zynga announced its first licensed partnership this week, and it’s with Slingo, maker of one of the classic games that emerged in the early days of the web.

Visual Sharing App Showyou Says Twitter is Kicking Facebook's Butt

Check this out: Sixty hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, which translates to an hour of video every second.

Think about that. No single human being is ever going to watch all of these clips of "Charlie Bit My Finger," not to mention kittens, music performances and product demos. We need curators.

How to Turn a Brand's Best Customer into a Viral Advocate

Extole Focuses on Turning a Brand's Best Customers into Viral Advocates

Confronted with the need to try and market their products and reach new customers in this radically new media landscape, it's easy for businesses to feel overwhelmed. Extole is one San Francisco startup that focuses on this problem. 

Nextdoor's Private Social Networks for Neighborhoods

Many of us have grown so accustomed to using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to connect with each other, that we may have overlooked what research shows is a growing gap in our social lives, which is connecting with our neighbors.

Two Days Left to Submit a Sketch to ModCloth's Make the Cut Contest

If you're anything like me, you've imagined-up a few perfect pieces of clothing that would really complete your wardrobe, and yet, you can never seem to find them while out shopping. Heartbreaking, indeed! So what's a girl (or guy) to do?

Sketch them (if you haven't already) and submit them to ModCloth's Make the Cut Contest. All you have to do is submit a little sketch (up to 5 per applicant) for your chance to win $500 and to have your piece patterned, produced and sold on ModCloth. But hurry -- the SF-based e-comm metropolis is only taking submissions through this Sunday at noon. 

CastleVille is Zynga's "Believable Fantasy World in a Social Space"

Zynga is preparing the next in its series of "Ville" franchise offerings and this one offers a medieval setting called CastleVille

Two of its predecessor games, CityVille and FarmVille, are among the most popular games on Facebook at a time when the San Francisco-based gaming giant prepares for its upcoming IPO.

Wantful Aims to Bring the Pleasure Back to Gift-Giving

Inside a bustling Victorian flat on Haight Street, a team of merchandisers led by serial entrepreneur John Poisson has just launched a service to “help solve your gift-giving dilemmas.”

Didn't think you had any such dilemmas? Think again.

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