Nexon America Makes Change At CEO

Nexon has announced that Min Kim, senior vice president of Live Games, will be promoted to CEO of Nexon America. Current CEO Daniel Kim will return to the company’s main office in Seoul for reassignment at Nexon.

“We thank Daniel for his many contributions and leadership in North America, and look forward to leveraging his talents in Korea to help continue to grow Nexon’s business,” said Nexon CEO and president Seungwoo Choi. “Looking ahead, Nexon is extremely well-positioned to capture the growth opportunities in North America enabled by the ongoing proliferation of high-speed broadband and the increasing popularity of the free-to-play business model. Min has been with Nexon America from the beginning and brings exceptional expertise, industry depth and leadership to this role. He is the right person to lead Nexon America forward.”

“I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to lead Nexon America,” said Min Kim. “I look forward to working with our talented team to bring exciting and engaging game experiences to our players, and to drive Nexon’s growth in this large and important region.”

Google Down, RIM Up On Apple v. Samsung Ruling

While the jury ruling against Samsung’s Android products seemed like a huge negative to Google, as reflected in investors dropping stock on the company, most long term prospects are not completely poor for the mobile OS. “It remains to be seen how quickly Google can develop some work-around” products, says Mark Sue, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets.

“The mobile industry is still nascent, fast-moving and innovative,” says Si Young Lee, an analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. “This ruling will likely cause more of a short-term hiccup to Android than a real long-term barrier to growth.”

One of the bigger beneficiaries might be RIM, whose Blackberry smartphones have suffered greatly in direct competition with Samsung. “A slowdown in Android activity due to patent uncertainty and possible injunctions could open a window of opportunity for the coming Windows 8 and BlackBerry 10 platforms,” wrote Baird Equity analyst William Power. “Any negative repercussions for Android could be construed as directionally positive for Nokia and RIM, though both still face an uphill battle in our judgment.”

Source: blogs.WSJ.com

An Opportunity Of A Deathtime

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To be able to leave famous last words, you must either executed or already be a huge star. Now, with the “if i die 1st” app on Facebook, you have a real chance to leave a message to be heard by the world. The only catch is, you won’t live to enjoy the moment but at least you’ll know that if you go unexpectedly, it will be in style. This is one contest you don’t want to win, but you can’t afford to miss.

If I die is the first and only digital afterlife facebook application that enables users to create a final message that will be published after they die.

The message of the first user to die, out of all the users that left their if i die 1st message; will be “awarded” with global exposure estimated in 200 million people. The chosen message will be featured on Mashable, the leading social media website with over 20 million visitors, as well as on various international news casts, websites and blogs.

After installing the app, leave your message in video or text format. Then choose friends to be your Trustees, which are in charge of reporting your passing away, thus triggering your final message to be published. Trustees should be close friends or family members your trust, picked from your Facebook friends’ list. You may choose as many Trustees as you wish, but it takes a minimum of three Trustees to confirm your death.

Apple Wants U.S. Ban For Eight Samsung Phones

Apple has filed a request that eight Samsung smartphones be banned from sale in the U.S. This follows a victory in court over a patent dispute where Apple says Samsung deliberately copied the design of the iPhone.

The eight phones are Galaxy Prevail, the Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II T-Mobile, Galaxy S Showcase, S II AT&T, S II Skyrocket, and the Droid Charge. This list includes four of Samsung’s best selling phones from the past two years, with the Galaxy prevail being the company’s best-selling device in the U.S. between 2010 and 2012, generating $378 million in revenue.

Judge Koh is expected to rule on the bans on September 20.

Uncharted Movie Sees Neil Burger Depart

It’s being reported that Neil Burger is no longer attached to direct the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune movie. At the same time, Marianne and Cormac Wibberley have been tapped to re-write the movie’s script.

Burger (Limitless) is the second major developer to leave the project after David O. Russell. The Wibberley duo wrote both National Treasure films, Sony’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and created the USA Network series Common Law.

Source: Variety

Curiosity By Peter Molyneux Will Be Renamed Because Of The Mars Rover

Recently, Peter Molyneux’s 22 Cans confirmed that its first project would be delayed. The game won’t launch until September and it might be because of the Mars rover that landed a few weeks ago.

“Humm there is a problem with the name Curiosity; we can’t use it because of NASA,”tweeted Molyneux. “I wonder what one word would sum up Curiosity: The Cube.”

“We have a new name for curiosity. After hours of posting, collating office discussions, asking advice from the press the consensus is… Curiosity: What’s in the Cube,” later declared Molyneux, who added, “Not what I voted for but ho hum, I wanted to call it Cube of Duty.”

Source: Twitter

A Conspiracy Surfaces

Started by a series of TV spots and paid media placements, the Coma Conspiracy {link no longer active} is the promotional site for a 4-hour miniseries directed by Ridley and Tony Scott starting Labor Day weekend on A&E.

The campaign began with posters scattered around midtown Manhattan and around the county with a simple URL and creepy picture.

At the link is what seems like a legitimate blog full of posts about a conspiracy surrounding a hospital called the “Jefferson Institute,” where patients seem to be falling into comas at an alarming rate.

Most posts include videos or pictures related to the growing cover-up surrounding this institute. One of the better ones includes a “cell phone” video of Times Square being overrun with the conspiracy image.

By far the coolest post however is a shot of a comatose patient’s arm, which when studied contains a bit.ly web address on the wristband which, if followed, takes you to the show’s actual site.