February 12, 2008 |
Annette Jeffrey clicks the orange button on the lower right of the computer screen, shuffling the tiles in her vowel-plagued rack. Her sister, Beth, who lives in Seattle, is beating her 77-38, but Jeffrey has just noticed an opportunity for a three-word score that could put her back in the game. Jeffrey is playing Scrabulous, an Internet version of Scrabble that has been burning up the social-networking site Facebook. There, according to numbers visible online, the game draws more than 610,000 players a day; an affiliated Scrabulous Web site (www.
May 24, 2016
By Ramin Nadaf Looking for a job at a top-flight investment bank? There's an app for that. Barclays recently released a mobile stock-trading game to attract and evaluate potential job applicants. The game allows users to practice trading skills and, if their virtual portfolio performs well enough, win a conversation with a "Barclays Markets professional. " In the past several months, more than 4,500 college students have played the game. Seventeen have received job offers. This new app reflects the growth of games as more than just time-wasters.
December 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - The company seeking a contract with Gov. Corbett to run the Pennsylvania Lottery may not get paid unless its plans to expand gambling are clearly legal, state Treasurer Rob McCord said Wednesday. McCord's position could be a blow to Corbett's plans to possibly hire Britain-based Camelot Global Services, the only bidder for a 20-year contract to manage one of the nation's biggest lotteries. It could also force Corbett to seek specific approval from the legislature to allow the Pennsylvania Lottery to operate keno or online lottery games.
December 5, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at the Corbett administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly. In a letter Friday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) asked Gov. Corbett, a Republican, for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and the British firm Camelot Global Services, an unredacted copy of Camelot's bid, and a full explanation of the scope of expanded lottery gambling being considered.
October 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - With Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature locked in a months-long budget stalemate, there is one area in which they might be able to agree: expanding gambling options to increase state revenues. After a news conference last week during which Republican leaders in the state House indicated a willingness to discuss expanded gambling access as a cash source, Wolf's spokesman said Monday that the first-term Democrat was also open to considering gambling proposals.
January 18, 1999 |
Police are looking for a 17-year-old Bustleton girl who has not been seen since she left a school assembly last Monday. Shaina Fried, a senior at George Washington High School, carpooled to school that morning with friends and had made arrangements for a ride home, her parents, Sue and Gary Fried, said yesterday. But she did not show up for the ride, and no one can remember seeing her after a special assembly ended at 8:10 a.m., they said. Her parents said Shaina Fried loves the Willow Grove and Neshaminy Malls, the science fiction/fantasy shelves at Barnes & Noble, and America Online games in which players from across the country adopt different roles in fantasy adventure scenarios.
June 29, 2012 |
Faculty and students of St. William's School, in Lawncrest, haven't had much to cheer about lately. The Archdiocese decided to close the small school and send its pupils to St. Cecilia's, in Fox Chase. But a ray of sunshine lit up flagging spirits this spring when a shy 10-year-old girl named Josephine Nguyen won first-place honors out of 1.4 million students who competed in the nationwide "First in Math" competition. When it appeared that Josephine was going to prevail, a sign went up in front of the school, at Rising Sun Avenue and Devereaux Street, to let the world know, and faculty and fellow fourth-grade students had something to cheer.
April 30, 2016 |
Even harsh critic Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, had something nice to tweet about Comcast after the cable giant announced Wednesday that it will soon raise the data-cap limits now being imposed on some broadband subscribers. In the Southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida) where Comcast has been testing a usage cap of 300 gigabytes per month before the customer has to pay overcharges, the ceiling will be lifted June 1 to 1 terabyte (1,000 gigabytes)
March 23, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. will be taking online users to the ball game. Under an agreement between Microsoft's MSN online division and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Microsoft will promote MLB.com products and offer exclusive free baseball content on MSN.com. It also will give users of its paid MSN services access to live online baseball games, said Lisa Gurry, director of MSN. Gurry declined to comment on the financial terms. Yankees. Reliever Mariano Rivera closed in on a two-year contract extension with New York through 2006 that would be worth about $21 million.
September 8, 2006 |
We hate to say Sony, Sony, Sony, but news is news. We started out the day with Sony announcing problems with its PlayStation 3 manufacturing process; then the company said Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and others would have to wait till March for the new console. Finally, we learned that there will be only 400,000 units for Christmas launch here in the States because of Blu-ray laser shortages. And this is just one day's worth of news. All these production problems raise an interesting question.