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News from September, 2010

Sometrics’ GameCoins.com Marketplace Launches GamerBar Browser Add-On

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

TMCnet.com – Press Release

(Close-Up Media via COMTEX) — Sometrics announced that its GameCoins.com virtual goods marketplace now allows gamers to earn Game Coins, a redeemable currency for numerous online games, through everyday online activity.

With the new GamerBar, a browser add-on, online game fans gain access to exclusive perks while browsing and shopping at online retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Priceline, The Northface, Buy.com, and Best Buy.

Simply by installing the GamerBar to their web browser and using the search feature, gamers can earn Game Coins every time they’re online. Shopping online with any of the selected retailers racks up bonus Game Coins as well. Through the browser add-on, gamers will receive exclusive updates and promotions as well as priority knowledge of new missions and raffles. The earned currency can then be redeemed for virtual goods and credits at any of GameCoins.com’s social gaming partners. (Full Article)

 


UBS Launches Renewable Energy Banking Group

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

 Wall Street Journal – Shira Ovide 

UBS is launching a group devoted to capital raising and deal advice for the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, according to an internal memo from the heads of the company’s investment-banking department.The new UBS group will be led by Jim Schaefer as global head and David Dolezal as Americas head. Both are UBS vets.

“We have had a strong renewable and cleantech practice for over four years, and finally we decided it made sense to create a formal practice,” Schaefer said. “We are also planning to grow our coverage footprint and potentially expand our product offering beyond traditional M&A and financing.” (Full Article)


Short on Roof Space? Adobe Plants Fuel Cells

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The New York Times – Todd Woody

To green up its operations, Adobe Systems, the maker of the ubiquitous Flash media player, has done everything from installing waterless urinals to building a wind farm at its downtown San Jose, Calif., headquarters.

Now the company has put a dozen 100-kilowatt Bloom Energy fuel cells on top of a parking garage that will supply nearly a third of the three-tower complex’s electricity.
It will be the nation’s largest installation of Bloom Energy Servers, a cutting-edge solid oxide fuel cell that has been bought by Google, eBay and other big corporations.
Bloom Energy, a long-secretive Sunnyvale, Calif., start-up that has raised $400 million from some of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capitalists, introduced the energy servers to great fanfare at a February event attended by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California; Gen. Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state; and a host of technology chiefs. (Full Article)


Earn Virtual Currency for Surfing the Web and by Making Purchases Online with GameCoins.com’s New GamerBar

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Market Watch – Press Release

Any Web Surfer Can Earn Virtual Currency and Get Free Items for Their Favorite Online Games with Sometrics’ GameCoins.com Web Browser Add-on

GameCoins.com, the virtual goods marketplace launched by Sometrics this summer, now allows gamers to earn Game Coins, a redeemable currency for numerous online games, through everyday online activity. With the new GamerBar, a unique browser add-on, online game fans gain access to exclusive perks while browsing and shopping at online retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Priceline, The Northface, Buy.com, and Best Buy.

Simply by installing the GamerBar to their web browser and using the search feature, gamers can earn Game Coins every time they’re online. Shopping online with any of the selected retailers racks up bonus Game Coins as well. Through the browser add-on, gamers will receive exclusive updates and promotions as well as priority knowledge of new missions and raffles. The earned currency can then be redeemed for virtual goods and credits at any of GameCoins.com’s social gaming partners.

“The new GamerBar is a simple and fun way to earn Game Coins and bonus items for a wide variety of online games,” said Ian Swanson, CEO and co-founder of Sometrics. “We implemented the GamerBar as a new way to deliver our unique and customized services, so while players are happily surfing the web and exchanging Game Coins for their favorite virtual items, our valued partners gain increased exposure to a niche demographic.” (Full Article)


Virtual Goods Summit West Features Facebook, Microsoft, Zynga and More

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Social Times – Neil Vidyarthi

We at Social Times are proud to introduce the Virtual Goods Summit West, which will be happening at the Moscone West Conference Hall in San Francisco on October 12th and 13th. Our dedicated events team has secured a really incredible group of speakers and panelists, and we’re excited to hear what the experts say about the future of virtual goods. Some of the featured speakers are Deborah Liu, Manager of Product Marketing for Facebook Credits and Games, Ben Smith, Director of Program Management for Xbox Live and Mark Skaggs, Lead Designer of FarmVille from Zynga. Read more after the jump!

At the Social Gaming Summit earlier this year, there was certainly a big buzz about the potential of the various companies involved, and a lot of valuable insight and business connections were made. I’ve included a series of links to all the amazing sessions and insights we gained there, and am encouraging you to come out to this event by signing up at SocialTimes PRO or vgsummit.com.  (Full Article)