September 12, 2012
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Gambling Technology
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the gambling industry, especially as casinos partner with online gambling companies and look forward to the possibility of legalized online gambling in the U.S.
This report focuses on innovations in technology. Part 1 of this special report, which was published Monday, highlighted mobile technology.
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  Technology Innovation 
  • CEO: Playsino ready to capitalize on liberalized gambling
    Brock Pierce, CEO of Playsino, a social and mobile games developer that boasts the only traditional solitaire application developed for Facebook, says that his company's success is due in part to the evergreen quality of casino games, and that Playsino will be ready in the event that legislation is passed allowing online gambling in the U.S. Revenue per user of social casino games is 40% higher than that of other social games, according to data from Kontagent, and that number has progressively risen over the past few years. Digital Media Wire (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device integration is the big theme at IFA Berlin
    Brands including Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp and Sony met at the IFA Berlin conference last week, during which they showcased new interconnected mobile devices and appliances. Ford Motor Co. presented its new in-car systems that were developed with Microsoft, while Panasonic presented its smartphone that can send photos straight to its televisions at the conference, which hosted 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zynga's online gambling ambitions
    Social media game services provider Zynga is attempting to make inroads into the online gambling industry with the hiring of Maytal Ginzburg, formerly senior vice president of e-gambling giant 888 Holdings. If legalized in all 50 states, online gambling could offer a way for the struggling company to make a comeback. "By building a series of games to take advantage of gambling, Zynga could beat its competitors to the market if and when online gaming becomes legal," tech writer Louis Bedigian says. "At the very least, Zynga would have the luxury of competing on a level playing field." MSN Money (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies look to the Internet for recruiting
    Up to 70% of companies search among LinkedIn's 175 million members for new hires, and many companies are using Facebook and Twitter for recruiting purposes, too. In an effort to capitalize on this trend, Ontario-based startup Big Viking Games uses a social recruiting tool that posts open positions on employees' social networks so job descriptions are automatically posted on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. hotel uses Ecovim to divert food waste, save money
    The La Quinta Resort & Club of Palm Springs, Calif., is turning its food waste into compost with the help of the Ecovim, a Korean-made machine that extracts the moisture from leftover food in about 12 hours. The machine, run by OnSite Waste Solutions, is helping the hotel comply with new state recycling standards -- and it's also helping them save between $500 and $1,000 a week in production costs, according to chef Stephen Strickland. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook and have first sports betting game
    RocketPlay launched its sports betting game Sports Casino on Facebook and last week. While players cannot use real money, they can bet virtual currency on professional and college football and basketball games, as well as English and Spanish soccer games as the events are happening in real time. Sports Casino also offers blackjack, poker, slots and other casino games to occupy the times in which there are no sporting events taking place. Digital Trends (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AGA Resources 
  • Gaming Hall of Fame tickets and sponsorships now available
    The 24th annual Gaming Hall of Fame Charity Gala and Induction Ceremony will be held Oct. 23 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The gala is an annual event organized by the AGA and its members to honor achievements in industry leadership and entertainment, with proceeds going to the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), the AGA's affiliated charity. This year's inductees include Dennis Gomes, Nevada state Sen. William Raggio, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and chef Julian Serrano. For more information on how you can attend or sponsor the event, visit the AGA website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • G2E conference highlight: Gaming Technology
    This track is designed to address current technological needs of gaming operators and discuss the latest applications and solutions in the marketplace. These commercial-free sessions will address slot technology and operations, networked and mobile gaming, as well as player tracking and loyalty-building tools among other cutting-edge solutions. Learn more about G2E Conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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