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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 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.

Why Zynga Will Never Be Great Again

Zynga is the undisputed king of social gaming for Facebook and smartphones, and its stock price gives it a market cap nearly as big as video game leader Activision Blizzard. But at less than 5 years old, has the bulldog already jumped the shark?

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.

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?

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?