The World Bank estimates that selling high-level video game characters to westerners could be a huge cash crop for developing nations–more than actual crops. The BBC report did forget to warn virtual currency farmers subjected to sweatshop-like conditions.
With backing from popular web content producer, Rivision3, Youtube rolls out is live streaming service for all “approved” partners.
Securities and Exchange Commission may allow startups to increase the number of private investors before having to publicly disclose financial information. Critics say it shuts out non-millionaire investors from a public offering and proponents argue it will encourage more investment seeking from transparency-shy startups.
The Justice Department may permit Google’s $700 million acquisition of search-software giant ITA in order to avoid a possible government shutdown delay. ITA software powers many of the most popular airline search engines, such as Orbit and Kayak.
Update: The acquisition has been approved, acoording to a Google blog post–that was fast.
A 19th century law that prohibits non-“essential” federal employees from working during a shutdown is causing confusion over if federal employees can use their Blackberry’s to check email and how they will even know what is essential work without doing so.
Google’s check-in platform, Latitude, rolls out nationwide and offers an interesting twist on deals: regular check-ins can earn greater rewards.
Pic of the Day
Behind the scenes look at our March issue photoshoot with the Carlos Ghosn
Sources: BBC, Gigaom, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Mashable