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Gowalla partners with Disney; Big Fish and Zynga regionalize, Apple launches iAd in Europe

Technology trends and news by Katie Gatto
November 18, 2010
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Gowalla, a location based social network, has announced a partnership with Disney. This means that Gowalla will be creating a virtual  Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts for users to explore. For people who are actually in Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts, there will be a map with a check-in stream, curated trips, and a list of the most popular spots in the park., a ahopping startup, is adding coupons to its service. Before this, focused mostly on product stocking.


Big Fish Games is expanding into new languages. Its games will now be available in: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Italian and Swedish. The site will also be adding 12 new payment currencies.

The Amplify business pitch competition in San Francisco is being held today. The compeition  will feature woman-led startups. A list of finalists can be found here.

Nokia announced that its application store, also known as the Ovi Store, has reached  the three million downloads per day milestone. This is significant increase, since at the beginning of this year, it could only boast one million downloads per day.

Zynga announced that it will be launching  localized versions of CityVille. The games will be translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as allowing players to add region specific iconic buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower in France.

Apple announced that it will be launching  iAd mobile advertising in Europe. The first to get the ads are the UK and France, who will receive the ads in December. Next will be Germany in January. Some of the advertisers who will be represented on iAd include: Renault, Citi, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, Evian, AB InBev, L’Oréal, Absolute Radio and Turkish Airlines.

MindJolt, a gaming and advertising platform, will be releasing a monetization tool for third party game developers. The tool, called AdJolt, will include both targeted ads and virtual currency.

  At the Web 2.0 Summit, which is being held in San Francisco, Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, talked about the difference between innovation and punditry.


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