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Are You Ready for Some (iPad) Football?

NFL Football officially gets underway tonight, as the Hall of Fame game between the Cincinnati Bengals (featuring Twitter legends Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco) and the Dallas Cowboys (Owens’) former team kicks off. While only the beginning of the preseason, football fans are excited for the return of their favorite sport.

Zynga Buys Japanese Gaming Company Unoh
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Zynga has acquired Japanese social gaming company Unoh, which will become a major part of Zynga’s mobile strategy. The company’s mobile product efforts will be a joint venture between SoftBank Group and Zynga.

Popular Unoh games include Machitsuku!, Band Yarouyo!, and Kaizoku Chronicle. Zynga says that in addition to maintaining Unoh’s games on mixi, Mobage-town, and GREE, Zynga Japan will also localize Zynga games and develop new games targeted at the Japanese market.

Unconfirmed Next-Generation iPod Touch Photos Surface

MacRumors has posted photos of what are supposedly pieces of the upcoming iPod Touch 4 with FaceTime. These have yet to be confirmed, however.

AppleInsider reports that Apple is rumored to be in talks to buy a Chinese mobile ISP and game developer for $148 million.

Booyah Taps Google Maps API, Places to Take MyTown International

Booyah announced today that it is taking MyTown international.

 The company has launched support for MyTown (for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) across Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company says this makes MyTown the first to support global check-ins utilizing the recently launched Places Web Service via the Google Maps API.

Facebook Seeks Head Of Games Partnerships

The rate at which Facebook seals game-related deals may soon increase.  The social network’s current gaming partners may soon grow happier, too.  That’s because Facebook’s attempting to hire a "Head of Games Partnerships," and those will be among his (or her) top priorities.

Playdom (Fresh off Disney Acquisition News) Launches World Series of Poker Facebook App

Playdom has been in the news a lot over the week as Disney announced its agreement to acquire the social gaming company. Today, Playdom announced a partnership with Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment to launch the Official World Series of Poker game on Facebook and other social networks.

Google to Use Games in Battle with Facebook?
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Google has been expected to get into gaming for sometime, but now it looks like the wheels are really in motion. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is in talks with Playdom, EA’s Playfish, and Zynga.

Bing Introduces Seven New Casual Games
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Bing may have been launched as a "decision engine," but Microsoft’s now trying to make sure it’s a site where people will spend a fair amount of time.  And to that end, Microsoft added seven new games to what it called the "Bing entertainment browser" this afternoon.

The seven games are of the casual variety.  Think checkers (or FarmVille), not chess (or Starcraft II), in other words, meaning they’ll be accessible to all sorts of individuals.

Disney Acquires Social Gaming Company Playdom
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Last week, rumors surfaced that Disney was in late stage acquisition talks with social game company Playdom. Today, Disney has announced that it has indeed agreed to acquire it.

Playdom shareholders will receive total consideration of $563.2 million, subject to certain conditions, and a performance-linked earn-out of up to $200 million.

Google Experiences Hiccup in LA Google Apps Implementation

MarketWatch reports that Google has missed a deadline for the implementation of Google Apps in the city of Los Angeles, due mainly to security concerns expressed by the LAPD. This has got to be an unwelcome snag for Google, who is spending a great deal of time marketing Google Apps for cloud computing.

Microsoft Announces Kinect Pricing for November 4 Release

Microsoft announced today that the Kinect for Xbox 360 will include Kinect Sensor and the video game "Kinect Adventures," and that it will retail for $149.99 when it launches November 4 in North America. The Kinect Sensor will work with all Xbox 360 consoles (of which 40 million have been sold, according to the company).

Report: Google Invested $100-$200 Million In Zynga
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Google Games – along with the company’s social efforts – may stand a better chance of getting off the ground than most people thought.  Reports indicate that Google’s established ties with one of the top organizations in the social gaming space by investing $100-$200 million in Zynga.

Hitwise Predicts Move Into Gaming For Google

Google’s never been a predictable sort of company.  Its focus on green energy, support for the Klingon language, and decision to set up beehives on corporate property are just a few examples of unusual behavior.  But if Google acts in a rational manner, Hitwise believes the company will enter the gaming sector.

Disney Reportedly Acquires Tapulous, Makers of Tap Tap Revenge

TechCrunch is reporting that Disney has acquired Tapulous, the makers of popular iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge. Very few details are given around this news or its source, but the publication says Tapulous founder Bart Decrem, who will join Disney as a VP.

Chrome Stable Release Gets Built-in Flash Player

Google has enabled Flash Player integration in the stable release of its Chrome browser.

Facebook and CrowdStar Enter Five-Year Agreement Around Facebook Credits
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CrowdStar, the makers of popular (on Facebook) games like "Happy Aquarium," "Happy Island," "Zoo Paradise," "Happy Pets," and "Hello City", has entered into a five-year strategic relationship with Facebook, in order to accelerate growth of these games.

The Top 20 Mobile Phones in the US

Millennial Media has released its monthly Mobile Mix report, focusing specifically on various mobile devices and OS’s, and listing the Top 20 Mobile Phones in the U.S.  "Mobile Mix measures device, OS, carrier,  and now application trending data on our network. New to Mobile Mix this month, is a snapshot of the most active mobile app channels; and a quick view of the break-out of multi-platform app versus single platform app developers," Mack McKelvey, SVP of Marketing at Millennial Media tells WebProNews.

MySpace Opens Offices To Social Gaming Developers

It’s becoming hard to imagine how MySpace could get more serious about social games.  This afternoon, the social network went several steps beyond encouraging or even paying game developers by instead offering to share office space with some of them.

GameFly Brings GameCenter App to Android and Palm

Gamefly, widely considered the Netflix of games, has just released its mobile GameCenter app for Android and Palm devices.

"Originally issued last fall for the iPhone, GameCenter provides a portal into all things games-related, complete with news stories, video trailers, cheats, reviews, upcoming release dates and more," a GameFly representative tells WebProNews. "GameFly developed this version to meet the requests by subscribers and fans."

Facebook Version Of “Madden” Game In The Works
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The most popular video game franchise of all time is heading to Facebook.  The end result probably won’t boast the lifelike graphics and complicated controls to which longtime fans have become accustomed, but Peter Moore, the president of EA Sports, has promised that some sort of "Madden NFL" tie-in will occur.

Google Gets Patent For YouTube Gaming
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Using YouTube may become a much less passive experience in the near future.  Google’s received applied for a patent on a "Web-based system for [the] generation of interactive games based on digital videos," and several facts point to the search giant moving ahead with the idea.