Today in Tech: Zynga close to filing IPO

May 25, 2011, 10:30 AM UTC

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* Sources tell All Things D that Facebook game maker Zynga is on the cusp of filing an initial public offering, a move  that could happen this week or next week. The company has been on a roll lately with a string of smaller acquisitions for talent and/or technology, a monthly average of 250 million active users, and profits last year of $400 million on $850 million of sales. (All Things D)

* Barnes & Noble launched a major hardware update to its original Nook e-ink e-reader. Available for pre-order immediately and shipping on or around June 10 for $139, the new WiFi-only Nook measures 5 inches by 6.5 inches, weighs under 7.5 ounces (35% lighter than the Nook first edition), and sports a 6-inch touchscreen that marries infrared technology with a Pearl e-ink display to let users navigate with taps and swipes. (Fortune)

* Microsoft officially unveiled “Mango,” the latest major software update for its Windows Phone 7 platform, which focuses on three major themes — Communications, Apps, and the Internet — and promises over 500 new features, including integrated Twitter and LinkedIn support without the need for separate apps, the ability to group friends together onto a single Live Tile on the Start Screen so you can easily skim their status updates, and “Local Scout,” offering up recommendations for local restaurants, shops, and events. (MobileCrunch and Microsoft)

* The last Xbox co-founder, Otto Berkes, is leaving Microsoft after 18 years for an undisclosed company outside the Seattle area. Among the numerous projects he worked on during his long stint was the much-talked about dual-screen Courier tablet project. (Seattle Times)

Getaround lets users rent other people's cars by the hour, day, or week.

* During TechCrunch Disrupt’s second day in New York City, one of the most promising startups that emerged was
, what some described as the Airbnb for cars. The new car rental market place lets users rent other people’s personal vehicles by the hour, day or week through a smartphone app; an all-inclusive package throws in insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, a “Getaround car-kit” or key-less remote, and web app. (TechCrunch and TechCrunch Disrupt)

An interview with Apple’s first CEO, Michael Scott. (Silicon Alley Insider)

* How Jack Dorsey’s Square startup is accidentally disrupting the entire payments industry. (Fast Company)

* France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard on Apple, Android, and why you should kiss your unlimited plan goodbye. (All Things D)

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