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Rahm Emanuel Puts Bounty on Fake Tweeter's Head

Rahm Emanuel wants to know who's imitating him on Twitter, and he's willing to pay to find out. During an appearance on the 'Roe & Roeper' radio show yesterday, the potty-mouthed politician said he enjoys reading the comically profane tweets from @MayorEmanuel, but wants to know who's behind them. "After the election, I am offering a donation to the charity of that gentleman or woman's choice ...

Zynga Might Be Worth $9 Billion, Sources Say

Zynga, the social gaming company behind 'FarmVille' and 'Mafia Wars,' might be worth up to $9 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal, Zynga is currently in discussions with potential investors about raising approximately $250 million in fresh capital. Sources close to the discussions say that the new deal would place the company's value at between $7 and $9 billion, though a final decision ...

New Digitally Enhanced 'Monopoly Live' Makes the Original Seem Mildly Entertaining

For the small price of $50, you can be the proud owner of your very own 'Monopoly Live' setup -- a new, high-tech version of the classic board game. Traditionalists needn't worry too much. The game's core principles (capitalism, greed, overwhelming monotony) remain firmly intact. The only slight change is the presence of a giant, God-like figure that guarantees you won't be able to have fun cheat...

8-Year-Old Girl Racks Up $1,400 Bill After Playing 'Smurfs' Village' iPad Game

What do you get when you give an iPad to an 8-year-old girl? A bunch of Smurfberries, and a $1,400 bill from iTunes. That's what Stephanie Kay received, after her daughter Madison spent her winter break playing the 'Smurfs' Village' game on her family's iPad. The second-grader from Maryland apparently wasn't aware that the Smurfberries she collected cost real money -- a detail that, according ...

iTunes Monthly Gift Scam Drains $1,600 From U.K. Man's Bank Account

A U.K. man's iTunes account was compromised last week, leading to about £1,000 (around $1,600) in fraudulent monthly gift purchases made from his bank account. According to the Register, the man awoke to an e-mail confirming he'd purchased an iTunes monthly gift -- a way to give somebody an allowance to use in the online store. Since Peter didn't remember making the purchase or recognize th...

'Scareware' Operators to Pay $8.2 Million to FTC, In Settlement

The father-son team behind a massive 'scareware' scam will have to pay $8.2 million to the Federal Trade Commission, in order to settle a complaint filed by the government agency. Marc D'Souza and his father Maurice were allegedly at the center of the scam, which tricked Internet users into buying fake security software to combat computer infections that didn't really exist. The operators repor...

Facebooks's 'Sponsored Stories' Turn Your 'Likes' Into Ads

The next time you "like" your favorite restaurant or clothing brand on Facebook, you may very well end up in the middle of an online advertisement. That's because the social network recently rolled out a new feature called 'Sponsored Stories,' which essentially allows advertisers to use your Facebook activity for their own campaigns. From now on, if you "like" a company that's purchased a spon...

Apple Awards $10K to Lucky Winner, Lucky Winner Hangs Up on the Call

On Saturday, iTunes VP Eddy Cue called a woman named Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, U.K., to congratulate her on winning Apple's 10 billionth app download sweepstakes, and to award her with a $10,000 prize. Davis, however, politely declined the offer, and hung up. "I thought it was a prank call," Davis told Cult of Mac. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested' and I hung up." But one ...

Living Social/Amazon Deal Draws 1.3 Million Users (and $13 Million) in One Day

Groupon competitor Living Social made a splash yesterday when it offered a $20 Amazon gift card for $10 as its daily deal. According to Media Bistro, the site lured in over 1.3 million purchasers, bringing the site to an absolute crawl as they snatched up the deal. According to Business Insider, then, the venture made over $13 million in gross revenue for the day....

The NBC-Comcast 'Media Goliath' Merger Stirs Debate

On Tuesday, the FCC and the Department of Justice finally approved a major merger between Comcast and NBC, after more than a year of debate and what federal regulators called the most acute scrutiny a media merger had ever faced. The deal gives Comcast control over NBC Universal's TV and movie subsidiaries, in exchange for about $13.75 billion in cash and assets. Comcast will own 51-percent of th...

Shocker: Consumers Prefer DVD Rental Kiosks to Their Local Video Stores

It's no secret, or surprise, that subscription-based DVD rental services like Netflix are eating up the market share of retail outlets like Blockbuster. In the third quarter of 2010, subscription plans accounted for 41-percent of DVD rentals, while in-store transactions only accounted for 27-percent. What is slightly shocking is that, according to NPD, rental kiosks (like Redbox) outperformed vid...

Goldman Sachs Pulls Private Offer for Facebook Shares

It's no secret that Goldman Sachs wants to cozy up with Facebook, but it looks like both parties will have to put wedding plans on hold, as the bank has suffered a major blow to its carefully laid investment plans. After investing $450 million in the social network earlier this month, Goldman reportedly turned its attention to raising an additional $1.5 billion from its top clients through an e...

PC Sales Lower Than Expected in 2010

According to market research firms Gartner, Inc. and IDC, 2010 was not a great year for PC sales. Well, perhaps that's an oversimplification. PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose, but not nearly as much as the research firms had expected. Shipments of PCs have risen steadily over the years, as prices have come down and access to computers has become all but required for everything from scho...

Cable Companies to Loyal Customers: Pay Us More

Despite a weak economy and more online options for viewers, satellite and cable operators will, once again, increase their prices in 2011. According to The Hollywood Reporter, analyst Craig Moffett predicts that most of the average price increases will be in the mid-to-low single-digit percentages. If you're a glass-half-full kind of person, these increases will, for the most part, be smaller tha...

$500 Million Deal Could Ensure Facebook Financial Transparency (And Public Options)

Due to Facebook's astronomical ascent over the last several years, demands for the site to open its fiercely protected financial records have intensified. According to CNET, those calls may soon be heeded. Goldman Sachs, which just dropped $500 million in the Facebook coffers, has apparently been privately offering sweet Facebook stock deals to its "deep-pocketed clients." If more than 500 peop...