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Wall Street Renews Its Zest for Zynga

Zynga's shares got a lift from better-than-expected earnings reported earlier this week. The picture wasn't entirely rosy, though. The maker of once-popular social media games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars reported revenue of $311 million for Q4, flat compared to the year-ago quarter. Zynga admit...

Zynga Gets Rid of Some of Its Dogs

Zynga has closed down 11 of its social games this week, including PetVille, Mafia Wars 2, Vampire Wars and Mafia Wars Shakedown. Some of the titles were completely shut down, while others were pulled from app stores or simply stopped accepting new players. Zynga intends to reallocate resources to mo...

Zynga Hitches Its Wagon to Online Gambling

Social game developer Zynga has taken a step toward another type of gaming, having filed preparatory paperwork in Nevada to offer real-money gambling games in the United States, according to reports. The Nevada Gaming Control Board confirmed that Zynga filed an application Tuesday for a preliminary ...

Zynga Plays TV Everywhere Platform With Synacor Deal

Zynga signed a deal with TV Everywhere provider Synacor that gives Zynga currency in pay-TV and high-speed Internet consumer bundles. The move puts Zynga games seamlessly on all screens for more stickiness potential. Synacor works with multichannel video programming distributors, including cable and...

Exec Shuffle Could Put the Zip Back Into Zynga

Zynga's chief financial officer is departing for Facebook, yet another blow to the social game-maker, which has been languishing for months and recently trimmed its 2012 outlook. The departure of CFO Dave Wehner apparently set into motion a number of changes in the company's executive ranks. David K...

Facebook Gets Its Mobile Mojo Working

Facebook delivered a double whammy with its third-quarter earnings report: It came in slightly above Wall Street analysts' expectations, and it illustrated that, yes, it can deliver on its mobile promise. Although it recorded a net loss of $59 million, revenue reached $1.26 billion, a 32 percent yea...

Twitter Travels to the Beat of a Different Drum

If Twitter were a child, it would be the last one at the dinner table, eating its food on its own schedule -- never mind that everyone else had finished. To wit: Not too long ago it was still resisting pressure to roll out advertising until it was good and ready. Now, that same stubbornness is on di...

Trulia Flies High but Could Fall Hard

Trulia, an online real estate listing company, hit it out of the park Thursday in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock priced at $17 per share and then opened at $22.10. It rose an eye-popping 48 percent to reach $25.20 per share at one point before settling in at $24 p...

Zynga Aims to Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm

Zynga rolled out "FarmVille 2" on Facebook this week -- but if fans were expecting an enhanced version of the same familiar game, they were in for a surprise. The two versions have little in common. For starters, "FarmVille 2" is the first Zynga game to be built entirely in 3D. The theme is also dif...

Facebook Chases Search Ads in Quest for Revenue

Facebook is integrating sponsored results into its search function as part of the social network's ongoing effort to increase advertising revenue. The ads appear when a user looks for a person, place, app or other item through Facebook's search bar. Advertisers can choose which search terms to targ...

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Big Data and the Deep Blue Sea

A fascinating global ocean studies initiative helps best define some of the IT superlatives around big data, cloud computing and middleware integration capabilities. The Ocean Observatories Initiative and its accompanying Cyberinfrastructure Program aims to provide an unprecedented ability to study ...

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Apple’s Television Vision

Apple has been sizing up the world of television for a long time now with very hungry eyes. The company almost never reveals its plans out loud, of course, but if you test the PH level of the rumor pool, it's starting to look a lot like it did about six years ago, just before the first iPhone came a...

Groupon Investors Head for the Hills

After posting revenue growth of 45 percent from a year prior, many companies would see an increase in stock price reflecting investor confidence. However, daily deal leader Groupon posted its first-ever quarterly profit as a public company and quickly saw its shares fall to new lows. This isn't norm...

Facebook Bets on Real-Money Gambling in UK

Facebook on Tuesday launched "Bingo & Slots Friendzy" -- a bingo game that uses real money -- exclusively for its members in the UK. As with all of its apps, Facebook is taking 30 percent of the revenue. Facebook has its fingers in numerous revenue-generating pies. To name a few examples, it is ...

The Sims Go to CourtVille

Electronics Arts on Friday filed a lawsuit alleging that Zynga's "The Ville" infringes its copyright for "The Sims Social." EA filed the suit on behalf of the studio Maxis on the basis that Zynga copied "original and distinctive expressive elements" of "The Sims Social," according to Lucy Bradshaw, ...

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