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News, The Snitch FrontierVille, Latest Zynga Release, Is Quickly Losing Users

FrontierVille, Latest Zynga Release, Is Quickly Losing Users

One of the issues raised in our September cover story on social-gaming company Zynga was the long-term viability of a business based on copying and aggressively marketing inane but addictive game concepts. The Facebook applications that are making Zynga around…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Offers Customers Who Waste Their Lives Playing Its Games Up to $24,000 Today

Zynga Offers Customers Who Waste Their Lives Playing Its Games Up to $24,000 Today

It ain't been a great week in the press for Zynga, the San Francisco-based creator of popular online games such as FarmVille. Last Wednesday we published a cover story in which ex-employees dished on Zynga's allegedly "evil" practice of copying…
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News, The Snitch Former Zynga Employees Talk About Copying Games for Mark Pincus' 'Evil' Online Empire

Former Zynga Employees Talk About Copying Games for Mark Pincus' 'Evil' Online Empire

Zynga's cutthroat business practices have long been a subject of speculation in the social-gaming industry. The company behind such hit Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars has, in the words of a recent trademark-infringement lawsuit, "garnered a reputation for…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Mafia Wars Stickers Prompt City Attorney to Go to the Mattresses

Zynga Mafia Wars Stickers Prompt City Attorney to Go to the Mattresses

San Francisco's city attorney has decided that money is not enough to compensate for ad firm Davis Elen plastering 4,000 Zynga Mafia Wars stickers onto San Francisco sidewalks. And, unless ad executives agree, the city will send their loved ones'…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Sued over 'Mafia Wars' Trademark by Digital Chocolate: Read the Lawsuit Here

Zynga Sued over 'Mafia Wars' Trademark by Digital Chocolate: Read the Lawsuit Here

San Francisco-based social-gaming company Zynga is being sued for alleged trademark infringement over its popular Facebook game, Mafia Wars.Digital Chocolate, another online gaming company, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court that it owns rights to the name "Mafia…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Fingers Ad Agency for Alleged 'Mafia Wars' Sidewalk Vandalism

Zynga Fingers Ad Agency for Alleged 'Mafia Wars' Sidewalk Vandalism

We reported here yesterday on accusations against social-gaming company Zynga by the San Francisco City Attorney's office. The city is ready to go to the mattresses over alleged vandalism of city property carried out as part of an advertising campaign…
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News, The Snitch Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over 'Mafia Wars' Marketing

Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over 'Mafia Wars' Marketing

The San Francisco City Attorney's office is going after social-gaming company Zynga -- maker of such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars -- for what it calls an "illegal and actionable" marketing campaign to promote the company's latest…
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News, The Snitch 'Mafia Wars' Game Designer, Facebook Forced to Go to Legal Mattresses

'Mafia Wars' Game Designer, Facebook Forced to Go to Legal Mattresses

A class action lawsuit filed this week claims that Zynga Game Network, a San Francisco-based company that develops games for Facebook, lured unsuspecting customers into handing over their cell phone and debit card numbers with "special offers" and other irresistible…
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News, The Snitch Videogame Companies Go to the Mattresses In Battle Over 'Mafia Wars'

Videogame Companies Go to the Mattresses In Battle Over 'Mafia Wars'

'Made it, Ma! Top of the world!' Going out in a ball of flames exchanging gunfire with the cops: Very gangster. A federal lawsuit regarding a Web ad: Not so much. In a case that features two of the silliest-named…
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