Peak climbs into social gaming’s top tier, eyes Asia

The Turkish social gaming company Peak says it now has more daily active users than EA or Wooga, and it hopes that expansion plans for south-east Asia could give Zynga and a run for their money too.

Who telecommutes the most? Not developed nations, new survey finds

Globally, nearly one-in-five wired workers telecommute on a frequent basis, but the number working from outside the office varies enormously between regions, with those in the developing world reporting far more mobility than Europeans and North Americans.

Apple devices winning big in the Middle East and North Africa

Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are huge in the Middle East and North Africa, where they account for 55 percent of mobile Internet traffic, according to a new survey. The iPhone and the iPad trade honors as most popular device in many countries.

Trendyol takes Turkey with $26m from Kleiner Perkins

Meet Demet Mutlu, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of Turkey’s top fashion site, Trendyol. She’s used to breaking boundaries at home, but her latest achievement could be among the most important — confirmation that the site is Kleiner Perkins’ first investment in Turkey.

Don’t Underestimate The Impact of Natural Gas on Renewables

Whether natural gas is friend or foe to renewable energy development has been hotly debated. For Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, the world isn’t paying enough attention to the impact that natural gas production and pricing will have on renewable energy.

Asia, Middle East Users Now 25% of Facebook

One in four Facebook users now come from Asia or the Middle East, according to O’Reilly Media research analyst and blogger Ben Lorica — about 100 million people. And the number of users from Asia is growing much faster than any other major geographic region.

First Solar to Brighten Up Masdar City

Here’s a way to draw in cleantech financing in a global credit crunch: find a country, or an emirate, that’s spending lots of oil money on clean power projects. Thin-film solar darling First Solar (s FSLR), said today that it’s selling 5 megawatts (MW) of solar panels to Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s planned $20 billion project that’s being touted as the world’s first zero carbon and zero waste city, to be completely powered by renewable energy.

Financial terms of First Solar’s contract with Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s cleantech development arm, were not disclosed, but the Arizona-based company is selling the city just half of the panels that will make up a larger 10 MW solar power plant. The rest of the panels will be provided by a yet-to-be-named traditional crystalline solar panel provider. Compared to First Solar’s deals with SolarCity and juwi solar, the project is small peanuts in terms of size, but it will be high profile. Eventually it will power the Masdar Institute, a university being developed by Masdar with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which aims to position Masdar City as the Silicon Valley of the Middle East — with a strong focus on renewable energy.

Construction has already started on the solar power plant, which is expected to be up and running by the end of the second quarter of this year.
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