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Jessica Rovello

Three Radical Things Google+ Can Do To Catch Up With Facebook

Jessica Rovello | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

If Google wants to make things interesting and make a genuine play for social, they need to get radical with their thinking.

And Here I Thought it Was Only Masturbation That Caused Blindness

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

In what is perhaps the first genius marketing move of 2011 Nintendo has given moms around the world a whole new reason to scream, "Stop playing with that thing or you'll go blind!"

Tech CEOs: Please Dress the Part

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

There is a new unwritten rule amongst big tech CEOs: the more you dress like you're homeless, the more powerful you are (or are perceived to be). Den...

The Fake Cow Cash Cow

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

A few weeks ago it was announced that social gaming powerhouse Zynga, who makes its money primarily through the sale of virtual goods, had a higher va...

Online Privacy = Oxymoron

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Facebook is in hot water over its users' privacy once again. On Monday The Wall Street Journal reported that the top ten applications on the platform...

A Life Reduced to a Tweet

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Twitter and Facebook have become such a ubiquitous presence and such powerful disseminators of information that they're now, well, lethal.

Too Few Women Starting Tech Companies? Blame Yourself

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Here's a secret I'd like to share with all of the women and men out there -- being an entrepreneur and a mother is possible. And while it may be hard, it's a lot easier than working for someone else.

And the Next FarmVille Is...

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

I went in search of what would be this year's Farmville: a game so game-changing that its maker Zynga (only two years old) has earned a valuation between four and five billion dollars.

Flash May Be Down, but It's Not Out

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

While many of Steve Jobs' arguments against Adobe and its web video application Flash may sound logical, they're extremely hypocritical.

The Most Powerful Force in the Universe? Games.

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Many of our daily decisions, whether they be which airline to choose for our next flight, or which credit card to use when paying for lunch, are fueled by the games that marketers are playing with us.

A Kindle Obituary

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

The 2009 holiday season was a great one for Jeff Bezos, with Amazon, selling thousands of Kindles and millions of e-books. Little did he know, Scrooge McJobs was toiling away at the iPad.

Zuckerberg's Kool-Aid

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

How did a Facebook skeptic like me become a believer? Numbers. It's hard to ignore 400 million users (50% active), and more than 5 billion pieces of content shared each week.

PlayDates for the Lonely

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Attention lonely nerds: your prayers have been answered! A new site just launched where you can play video games with actual girls.

Adobe Fights Back With a Whimper, Google With a Thud

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Last week Adobe made their first public stance in their war with Apple. They should have stayed silent.

High Art for the Low Brow

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jessica Rovello

It's more than a little surprising to see a new crop of console games trading in the old standards (football, hookers, zombies, guns) for a far older standard: renaissance art and literary classics.

iPad vs. Roxxxy the Sex Robot

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

The blogosphere has been busy comparing the iPad with everything from the iPhone to the Kindle. But how does Apple's latest innovation stand up to the newest in sex robot technology?

Dungeon Master K.O.s Dungeon Master

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

The last time Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was the game to play, blue eyeliner and leg warmers were also hot, so it figures that the only guy still obsess...

Attack of the Sidewiki

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

That's right, anyone can comment on anything at any website they visit, completely independent of the website owner.

How to Lose Dates and Influence Losers - App Style

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

We all know women shouldn't be bucketed neatly into 24 stereotypes. It's objectifying. But haven't we to some extent brought this on ourselves?

Home Sales Down, Space Station Sales Up

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Wow, your very own space station for $330k, sounds like a real bargain. Until you realize that it's located on Planet Calypso, a virtual world. Yes, in the midst of the great recession, someone actually paid $330,000 for a virtual space station.

Taming the Sidewiki

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

Yes, you can tame your Sidewiki. And while you may never fully slay the beast that is rocking your website, you can learn from it, manage it and make it work for you (sort of).

Happy Birthday Banner Ads

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jessica Rovello

This Tuesday banner ads turned 15 and Advertising Age did a nice write-up of the first campaigns. Birthdays are always a good time to reflect on w...

CashVille

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jessica Rovello

Facebook games came on the scene approximately a year and half ago and have very quickly become the 800 pound gorilla of online gaming. Social games companies are the new darlings of the entertainment world.

Grandma's Got Game

Jessica Rovello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jessica Rovello

Those of us in the games business know that grandma, grandpa, and great uncle Fred are the little secret that drive millions of game plays monthly across a host of sites.

Hey, Dan Brown, Call Me

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jessica Rovello

Whether you love or hate his ideas, it's hard to deny that Brown has a gift for pulling you in and getting you excited about the possibility that there are truths being kept from us.