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Alec Baldwin Wants You to Buy Zynga

You can't buy this kind of free publicity! Alec Baldwin was booted from an American Airlines flight last week, after the politically charged and occasionally enraged actor refused to stop playing Zynga's Scrabble-clone Words With Friends when his commercial flight was ready to depart. What better omen for Zynga's upcoming IPO?

Facebook Credits to Become Mandatory for Virtual Transactions

Facebook has said that all game developers on the social network must start accepting its Facebook Credits as payment, a step towards making the credits the default payment system on the social networking site. Facebook Credits can be used to make purchases such as digital goods for games. You can purchase Facebook Credits with a credit card.

Disney Buys Social Network Gamemaker Playdom

Disney is snapping up social networking games developer Playdom in a deal worth up to $563.2 million, it announced Tuesday. The transaction, will bolster Disney's digital gaming lineup and give it a greater presence on such social networking sites as Facebook and MySpace.

Disney Discussing Buying Playdom for Over $500 Million

Walt Disney Co. (DIS) is discussing a deal to buy Playdom Inc for over $500 million in a bid to increase its presence in social network games. Disney wants to use Playdom to incorporate some of its iconic brands and characters into social network gaming, The Wall Street Journal said without naming its sources.