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News, The Snitch Brazilian Gaming Company Vostu Settles Lawsuit with Zynga

Brazilian Gaming Company Vostu Settles Lawsuit with Zynga

It's been a tough fall for social-gaming company Zynga, what with plenty of bad press and an IPO valuation that came in at less than half of what some had expected. But today's news cycle offers one piece of positive…
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News, The Snitch Is Zynga's 'Evil' Corporate Culture Now a Business Liability?

Is Zynga's 'Evil' Corporate Culture Now a Business Liability?

In a business sector known for cutthroat, amoral maneuvering, social-game developer Zynga stands out as, well, particularly cutthroat and amoral. At least that's the view of many of its competitors and former employees, some of whom we interviewed for a…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Pressures Employees to Give Back Stock Ahead of IPO

Zynga Pressures Employees to Give Back Stock Ahead of IPO

Social-gaming company Zynga, along with a handful of other large tech businesses, was successful earlier this year in getting the city of San Francisco to forgo its share of tax revenue on the firm's stock options. Now it appears that…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Has a Hit with Empires and Allies

Zynga Has a Hit with Empires and Allies

Zynga's latest Facebook game, Empires and Allies, is being closely watched. Tech-industry observers see the combat and city-building game as a gambit by the successful social-game developer to expand its offerings beyond the breathtakingly inane set of "'Ville"-style games --…
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News, The Snitch Zynga-Hired Advertiser to Pay City $45,000 for Illegal Guerrilla Marketing

Zynga-Hired Advertiser to Pay City $45,000 for Illegal Guerrilla Marketing

The company hired by San Francisco-based social game developer Zynga to promote one of its games has agreed to pay the city $45,000 in fines for illegal marketing tactics, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today.Back in August, the city attorney's…
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News, The Snitch Zynga Faces Class-Action Lawsuit over Alleged Privacy Breach

Zynga Faces Class-Action Lawsuit over Alleged Privacy Breach

No matter what they do, some companies seem chronically incapable of playing peacefully in the sandbox of American capitalism with others. San Francisco-based game developer Zynga -- the wildly successful firm behind such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars…
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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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FarmVillains

One of the Internet's greatest success stories in 2010 can be found in a former potato chip factory on Vermont Street in Potrero Hill. This is the original office of Zynga, the S.F.-based creator of online "social" games — FarmVille,…
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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 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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Tribe.net: Going the way of Friendster?

Started back in 2003, San Francisco–based Tribe.net was a social network for proud freaks. With a user base of more than half a million that once rivaled MySpace, Tribe acquired a reputation for welcoming artsy, alternative communities, especially here in…
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