Tech Bits: Vine on Android, Zynga Layoffs, Microsoft May Restructure

on Monday, Jun. 3rd

For those of you too traumatically scarred by last night's Game of Thrones to pay attention to the tech news of the day, I've assembled the top stories. If you read the books, come enjoy @RedWeddingTears with me.

Vine Comes To Android

Android-owning would-be six-second filmmakers need no longer feel like they are red-headed children cursed with the last name "Rivers". The popular, Twitter backed, mobile video app has been unleashed on the Google platform.

Bonus fun: David Lynch is now on Vine, and has made a suitably trippy video.

Zynga Puts Down 18% of Staff

The mad dire wolf of the video game world, maker of the Facebook plague FarmVille–Zynga–announced that it was cutting 520 employees. Four studios are going to be shuttered as part of the layoffs.

It Looks Like Microsoft Is Set To Restructure

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's little spiders seem to be all in agreement: their master is looking at a major reorganization of the once invincible kingdom.

This one comes complete with crazy advice that the Redmond giant should sell off the Xbox division.

Nomura Equity Research analyst Rick Sherlund, who has covered the company since it went public, wrote last week that "there may be a shift in the wind upcoming for Microsoft, with shareholders potentially demanding a greater say in the direction of the company and how it might be run to drive a better return to shareholders." In his note, Sherlund recommended that Microsoft consider selling off its Bing search business, as well as its Xbox gaming unit.

Wouldn't selling off Xbox–the only brand Microsoft seems to have left with some shreds of consumer good will–be the kind of backwards thinking that's lost the company the cultural edge they used to have?

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