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Has Zynga Got Its Zip Back?

Zynga has been making good moves lately. Can those efforts reverse the revenue skids and return the company to consistent profitability?

Zynga Scores in DefectionVille Again: CFO David Wehner Exits

Here's a free game idea for Zynga. It's called DefectionVille, and you're running a company while trying to stop its executives from leaving. Unfortunately for the social gaming giant, it's losing: The exec exodus continued Tuesday as Zynga CFO David Wehner left the company for Facebook.

FarmVille Maker Closes the Barn Door Too Late on Fleeing Money

Zynga hit investors with bad news on Tuesday, announcing it would lay off 5% of its employees, scale back, and suspend development of 13 older games. And it all came out as Facebook, to which the social gaming leader's fortunes are closely linked, reported better than expected results.

Wall Street Watch Tuesday: Zynga Execs Keep Bolting

Zynga, the company behind FarmVille, Words With Friends and Mafia Wars, has been having a hard time holding on to its stock value -- and its top employees. But are executives leaving because of the weak share price or is the share price weak because of the company's prospects?

Wall Street Is Tired of Zynga's Games

Zynga has a problem keeping gamers around, and now the same thing may be happening with its executives. The social gaming giant revealed on Wednesday night that Chief Operating Officer John Schappert is leaving the company.

Why Zynga Investors Are Losing Their Shirts

Social gaming giant Zynga has a new game for investors: DudsVille. The company behind Words With Friends and FarmVille opened 40% lower on Thursday after posting very disappointing quarterly results.

Can't Get a Piece of the Facebook IPO? Lucky You!

Don't feel bad that you aren't one of those lucky, well-connected investors who gets to buy into Facebook's IPO this week. Those buyers may look lucky when the likely initial price pop happens. But odds are, the pop will be followed by a drop.

The Rich Get Richer in Social Gaming: Zynga Buys OMGPOP

If you haven't started playing mobile gaming app Draw Something yet, you've probably seen it. The Pictionary clone has gone massively viral worldwide, which made its owner, OMGPOP, a minor thorn in the side of social gaming leader Zynga.

7 Startling Numbers We Now Know About Facebook

Now that Facebook has filed its IPO paperwork, we've gotten our first real glimpse at the inner workings of the world's largest social networking website. No shock, the company's fundamentals are impressive, but here are a few of the numbers that may surprise you -- and what they mean.

5 Reasons You're Not Buying Video Games Anymore

The latest news on the video game front isn't pretty. Media tracker NPD Group's data reveals that industry sales plunged 21% last month. It's clear that the industry is undergoing a radical shift, but for investors, the more important issue is why.

Zynga's $10 Billion IPO Game: Should You Play?

If you're not familiar with Zynga, the undisputed champ of social gaming, odds are that you're not a fixture on Facebook or into smartphone app gaming. This month, it rolls the dice on a big public offering. Are you game?

Nokia Smartphones Finally Attracting Some App Love

Nokia smartphone users starving for app extras may finally get some new toys for their handsets. App developers who previously stuck to iOS and Android are probably going to branch out, thanks to Nokia's Windows 7 deal.

Game Over: Why the Console Business Is Doomed

Video-game console makers apparently think their business will be saved by motion-sensing technology that would let you play Madden NFL 11 by running around your living room. Sorry, guys: Smart phone, social network and cloud-based games are going to drink your milkshake.

Publishers Look Beyond Books for New Revenue

Book publishers are keeping tabs on FarmVille, ChatRoulette, Facebook, and video-game companies, turning their sights onto the rapidly changing environment in digital distribution and social networking to keep their industry relevant -- and alive.