PlayFirst®, Inc., a leading publisher of emotionally engaging interactive entertainment, revealed today that Diner Dash® 5: BOOM! is the first PC/Mac download game to integrate a viral Facebook® Connect power-up feature. For the first time ever, Diner Dash 5: BOOM! allows players of the download game to gift Flo’s SuperSneakers™ to their friends on Facebook®. The Super Sneakers give recipients a fun and distinct advantage in the fast-paced world of Diner Dash 5: BOOM!, which marks the fifth anniversary of the award-winning, best-selling Diner Dash series.

01/2010 – LiveGamer

New York, (January 25, 2010) – Live Gamer (, the leading global provider of total commerce solutions for microtransaction-based businesses spanning online games, virtual worlds and social networks, today announced significant upgrades to Elements, an enhanced technology platform for both primary and secondary markets.

01/2010 – AlwaysOn

Last year was digital media’s trial by fire. Some online business models were forged in the flames; many more were burnt to a crisp. As we look out on 2010, we see a more hospitable landscape. Advertisers are increasingly selecting online surgical strikes over offline dynamite fishing. A fact to which 2010 OnMedia 100 winners Yieldex, Yield Software, and YieldBuild can happily attest.

10/2009 – PR Newswire

Intel Capital and Rustic Canyon Ventures contribute second round of capital to support InSync’s continued growth. SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ — InSync Software, Inc., provider of the fabric for the world’s leading RFID, GPS and sensor-driven line-of-business software applications, announced today that the company has closed $4.7 million in Series B funding. The latest investment round was led by existing investors Intel Capital and Rustic Canyon Ventures, along with participation by strategic individual investors.

10/2009 – Wall Street Jounal

Serious Materials Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., was recognized in this category for its EcoRock drywall substitute, which is made with recycled material and, the company says, requires 80% less energy to make and produces 80% less carbon dioxide than standard gypsum-based drywall.

09/2009 – DowJones

9/23/2009 – Serious Materials Inc. raised $60 million in a Series C round to further build up its green construction supply business, which it says is prospering while traditional construction-supply companies continue to suffer.

08/2009 – Two Fish Live Gamer

Deal Significantly Enhances Live Gamer’s Total Commerce Solution for Gaming, Social Networks and Independent Developers; Drives Industry Innovation ~ New York City, NY — August 24, 2009 — Live Gamer (, the global leader of total commerce solutions for micro-transaction-based businesses spanning online games, virtual worlds, and social networks, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Twofish (, the premier provider of virtual economy data solutions for casual gaming and social application developers.

08/2009 – New York Times

ENTREPRENEURSHIP is as vibrant as ever in the American economy, but the capital that finances new companies is still in retreat. Venture capital is running at the lowest levels in more than a decade, and angel investors, who invest in far smaller companies than venture capital funds do, are holding back, too. The reasons for the cutbacks begin with the recession. Angel investors — typically individuals with more than $1 million who join together to back start-up companies — have seen their net worth decline. And these days, many angels find they need to offer additional support to companies they’ve backed in previous years, rather than take on new commitments.

07/2009 – Yahoo Finance

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AlwaysOn (AO), open-media pioneer and creator of the AlwaysOn executive event series, today announced its coveted AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies Awards, naming audience-measurement service Quantcast the AO Global 250 overall winner. Other category winners include: Cast Iron Systems – Cloud and Infrastructure Mint – Consumer Internet Knewton – Digital Education Twofish – Digital Media EveryZing – Enabling Tools and Devices BrightSource Energy – Greentech uTest – SaaS and Enterprise Skyhook Wireless – Wireless

07/2009 – Yahoo Finance

July 16 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, agreed to pay $267.5 million to license Visto Corp. patents and settle all patent litigation between the companies.