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UPDATE 2-Zynga, Hasbro partner to make toys, games


UPDATE 2-Zynga, Hasbro partner to make toys, games

* Hasbro licensed to make games, toys based on Zynga video games
* First products expected this fall
* Deal follows Mattel success with Angry Birds board game
* Hasbro shares climb 2.4 percent
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Is a Mafia Wars board game on the way, or a cuddly toy horse from FarmVille?
Hasbro Inc, the iconic American toy company, and social game company Zynga Inc said on Thursday they would join forces to develop toys and games based on Zynga games such as FarmVille.
The companies said Hasbro would pay for the license to make products based on Zynga's games including CityVille and Mafia Wars, which are popular on social media website Facebook. They did not disclose how much Hasbro would pay for the license.
The deal also will allow both companies to develop merchandise featuring Hasbro and Zynga brands. The first products should be available this fall, they said.
There are more than 227 million active monthly players of Zynga's games online.
Rovio, the company behind the popular Angry Birds video games, has sold millions of plush toys. Its Angry Birds: Knock On Wood board game, made by Mattel Inc, has been a bestseller on Amazon.com for several months.
"Zynga's games reach a lot of people, and as Mattel saw with its Angry Birds game, some of the games translate well into the physical world," said Sean McGowan, an analyst at Needham & Company, said. "Building a farm or a city, for example, could be a good board game."
Many Zynga game players are adults, so the demand for toys may be limited, he added.
"But the same could have been said of Angry Birds, and that was a big hit," McGowan said.
Hasbro shares closed up 2.4 percent to $36.59, while Zynga fell 3.2 percent to $13.25.



Google Developing Home Entertainment System 2012




Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.
The effort marks a sharp shift in strategy for Google, which for the first would time would design and market consumer electronic devices under the Google brand. The company has up to now mainly focused on developing the operating system that powers devices such as smartphones, tablets and televisions and allowing other companies to build and brand the hardware that uses it.
Google's Android unit has led a multi-year ...




FBI releases dossier on Steve Jobs 2012





The FBI on Thursday made public a dossier on late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , disclosing details on his reported drug use and ability to "distort reality."


The files, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, were gathered for investigations into a potential presidential appointment by George H.W. Bush and a bomb threat against Apple.

"Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty, stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals," said the FBI documents.


The former Apple CEO held a legendary corporate status that included a talent dubbed his "reality distortion field" ability to convince people of the truth as he saw it. It was widely considered part of his unusual marketing genius at Apple.

Interviews with people who knew Jobs also disclosed information about his drug use, according to the FBI documents.

"During the 1960s and early 1970s, Mr. Jobs may have experimented with illegal drugs, having come from that generation," said a person whose name was redacted from the file.

Jobs was also seenas something of a counterculture corporate rebel. He was a big fan of Bob Dylan , who dated folk musician Joan Baez , who also reportedly dated Jobs briefly.

Jobs was a card-carrying member of a generation that celebrated a hippie counterculture. An unidentified FBI interviewee stated, "Mr. Jobs used illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD, while they were attending college."

The FBI files were in part a moral character background check. To that end, interviews were conducted with people who initially said Jobs was "not supportive" of Chris Ann Brennan, the mother of his daughter Lisa, who was born out of wedlock. Those people later said of Jobs that "recently he has become more supportive."

Jobs dated Brennan, who gave birth to Lisa Brennan-Jobs in 1978. Jobs denied paternity for years but later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter. It's widely thought Jobs named the Apple Lisa computer after her. That device, which employed a user interface aimed at businesses, was a predecessor of the Macintosh.

Jobs married Laurene Powell in 1991; their children are Reed, Erin and Eve. He died last October after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment on this story

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