PopCap Acquires a Social Gaming Startup

Seattle Tech Roundup for Friday April 29, 2011

PopCap pushes deeper into Facebook games, buys ZipZapPlay GeekWire

The acquisition of ZipZapPlay by PopCap helps level the playing field in the heated contest for Seattle’s social game making crown. While rival Zynga boasts a quarter billion monthly users, PopCap’s got a new ninja development studio and now a presence in San Francisco and a chance to make inroads on FaceBook with titles by the creator of Baking Life.

Redbox to add video-game rentals nationwide Seattle Times

Xbox, Playstation and Wii fans can look forward to renting games from the same company that makes spare change more spendable and offers movies from its ubiquitous Redbox vending machines. In June, Coinstar will launch $2 a day video game rentals nationwide, with the prospect of video streaming service next up for the thriving Bellevue business.

Amazon: Some data lost in cloud outage is not recoverable TechFlash

A week after the onset of a protracted outage in the AWS cloud, the cause and full impact remain undetermined – but Amazon admits a small portion of data is irretrievable. Although apparently not plagued by data loss, Seattle companies affected by the failure are disappointed with Amazon’s uncommunicative and uneven response, and eager to ensure their own fail-safe backup systems.

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