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Rookie or real player? The rise of Seth Priebatsch

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to create loyalty”. The game is currently up and running in Boston and Philadelphia (next stop San Francisco). Good news for East Coast residents in need of discount sushi/ tooth whitener/ rock-climbing lessons.

Over hyped and over here?

Even by Priebatsch’s standards, trying to break into the daily deals sector is hugely ambitious. Established companies like Groupon and LivingSocial are already worth billions. Plus Groupon is rumored to be in talks about integrating with …

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Down on MyFarm: gamification goes rural

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… online engagement. Who do you see? A fast-talking baby-faced Princeton drop-out ? A well-groomed San Francisco game-developer ? A good old-fashioned geek’s geek ? Or how about a middle-aged English farmer ? Okay, the clue is in the title. Farmer Richard Morris is the proud manager of 1200 acres of prime agricultural land, and the unlikely overseer of real-life gaming venture: MyFarm.

Back to the land

In the US, FarmVille players now apparently outnumber real famers 60:1 (that’s …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Workshop is this year’s third go-to industry event. HCOMP 2011 kicks off around August 8th in San Francisco. Primarily a research conference, organizers include crowdsourcing pioneer (and certified genius) Luis von Ahn and (in)famous Mechanical Turk blogger Panagiotis Ipeirotis. HCOMP 2011 (which is part of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Conference) is a unique chance to debate the fascinating and potentially revolutionary area of A.I. and human computation in …

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Crowdsourcing vs privacy: do we know too much?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… we discussed how a group of over-enthusiastic baseball fans used Foursquare to organize a riot in San Francisco. Influential blogger Aaron Strout has also voiced his “personal” concerns about Facebook Places, describing the service as “a privacy nightmare”. What if friends (or enemies) start gaming your location: tagging you in places when you aren’t really there? Imagine trying to explain to your fiancé why Facebook says you’ve spent all day at your ex’s apartment?

It’s …

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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… exciting for other reasons: SXSW festival in Austin, and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

This year I was sadly unable to attend SXSW because of other commitments (the organizers of SXSW refused to change its date for me on such short notice). With all that is currently happening in the gaming industry and the prominence of Finnish companies at the GDC, there was no way I was going to miss this as well.

Fringes in fashion

I was not disappointed: my fourteenth …

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