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Zynga and Gaga Form Not-So-Terrible Alliance

You have to hand it to Lady Gaga; she's pretty tapped into tech. Her latest venture is a partnership with Zynga, in which she's donating $1.5 million for earthquake relief via its in-game funding drives. The partnership is not particularly surprising on either end. Gaga has been making the tech rounds recently, and Zynga has long been savvy about using its games as a platform for...

Facebook Game Offers Free Trip to Ireland for Best Virtual Roof-Thatchers

In the same way that 'Mafia Wars' has drawn attention to Jersey, and 'FarmVille' has drawn attention to... uh... Iowa (or something), Zynga's newest Facebook gaming sensation 'Ireland Town' is advertising the Emerald Isle to Facebook users enthralled by such virtual activities as brewing beer and thatching roofs. Developed by Tourism Ireland, a joint enterprise between Ireland and Northern...

Zynga Might Be Worth $9 Billion, Sources Say

Zynga, the social gaming company behind 'FarmVille' and 'Mafia Wars,' might be worth up to $9 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal, Zynga is currently in discussions with potential investors about raising approximately $250 million in fresh capital. Sources close to the discussions say that the new deal would place the company's value at between $7 and $9 billion, though a final decision...

Dr. Dre Promotes New Single on 'Mafia Wars,' Kills Nothing but Cred

Call us romantics, but, when we were youngsters, we'd mindlessly play video games, listen to 'The Chronic,' and wonder aloud, "What you think Dr. Dre's doing right now?" It invariably involved sipping on forties, busters getting dealt with, and general lady-killing. Turns out, he was probably just gaming, too. Dre is actively promoting his new single, "Detox," via 'Mafia Wars' -- the least-gangsta...

Councilman's 'Mafia Wars' Activity Under (Sensationalist) Scrutiny

Media pot-stirrers typically denounce video game violence because of its supposedly negative effects on impressionable children. In California, though, participating in violent games -- even if the violence is only implied -- apparently indicates the presence of dangerous and deep-seated emotional flaws in adults. California's Merced Sun-Star recently devoted an entire column to the 'Mafia...

Social Gaming Poses Serious Problem for Gaming Industry

Those of you... okay, those of us who rushed to the nearest Gamestop (or just got online) to throw $60 at 'StarCraft II' the day it dropped are not the future of the video game industry. According to a recent report from NPD Group, one in five Americans over the age of six has played games on a social network within the last 90 days, while spending less than the average on video games overall. Of...

Zynga's 'Mafia Wars: Las Vegas' Promotion in San Fran Results in Vandalism

Here at Switched, we try our best to refrain from taking pleasure in the misfortune of others. But, when said misfortune involves a game as odious as 'Mafia Wars,' we really can't help ourselves. This is Zynga, after all, the same game producer that unleashed the pestilence of 'FarmVille' upon the world -- and made untold millions in the process. Forgive us, then, if we couldn't hold back a smile...

Playing 'FarmVille' at Work Poses Security Risks, Cisco Study Claims

Share In a security report, Cisco claims that employees are breaking company policies by playing social networking games, and, by doing so, could be opening up networks to outside attacks. Cisco's 2010 Midyear Report found that 7-percent of those who admitted to using Facebook at work also fessed up to spending an average of 68 minutes each day playing 'FarmVille.' FarmVille isn't the only...

Lady Gaga Trounces Obama With 10 Million Facebook Fans

Can Lady Gaga be stopped? Self-marketing genius, living performance piece, fortuitous flavor of the month or some combination of the three, the Lady's rise to fame seems uninhibited by even bad press and a mediocre music video. You could argue that the world has reached its Lady Gaga tipping point, but the numbers would refute you. As we reported back in April, Gaga made YouTube history by...

'Mafia Wars' Will Be Made Into a Movie... and It Really Shouldn't Be

'On the Waterfront' spawned 'The Godfather,' which spawned 'Goodfellas,' which spawned... 'Mafia Wars'? Somewhere, Joe Pesci is choking himself with a telephone cord right now. Yep, a movie based on the absurdly popular Zynga-produced Facebook game is definitely in the works, effectively driving a stake through the heart of American cinema. The "film," which describes itself as a "crime...

White House Staffers Slacking With iPads, Bill Gates Leads Energy Research Charge

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The White House apparently harbors numerous, and already devoted, fans of the iPad, including Vice President Biden, economic adviser Larry Summers and several members of the press staff. They also all seem to be serious procrastinators, as 'Scrabble,' 'Lost' and 'Vanity Fair' rank among the assorted downloads. 'Vanity Fail?'...

Apple Overtakes Microsoft, Foxconn to Thwart Suicides With Nets

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple relished and celebrated its role as an industry outsider for decades, but recent incidents have inspired significant doubts about its anti-corporate, cool-guy attitude. According to Reuters, Apple has now officially overtaken its archenemy Microsoft as the world's leading tech company in terms of market value. Microsoft does...

7-Eleven to Sell 'Farmville' Slurpees, Dishes Out Worst Brain Freeze Ever

Share Zynga, the social gaming firm and leading procrastination enabler, reportedly plans to provide the denizens of 'FarmVille' and the goodfellas of 'Mafia Wars' with tangible, real-world enticements. The approximately 75 million Farmville laborers already spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a variety of nonexistent virtual goods, a sum that some analysts predict will surpass $2 billion...

FarmVille Creators Launch 'Treasure Isle,' Bring Treasure Hunting to Facebook

Share You've spent several, harrowing years climbing to the top of Facebook's organized crime pyramid. Tastemaker Michael Pollan has devoted an entire column to the nutritiousness of your virtual farm. You've conquered the mean streets and main street, so where does one of your prestige go next? The islands, of course. The latest brainchild of Zynga, company of the monumentally addictive...

Italian Police Use Facebook to Nab Mafia Suspect

Share What happens when a centuries-old crime network meets a transparent 21st-century social network? Bosses get nabbed, and 'Mafia Wars' gets real. Pasquale Manfredi, one of Italy's most wanted fugitives at 33-years old, was arrested this week after police used his network of Facebook contacts to track him down. Manfredi, who, according to the BBC, also goes by the nickname 'Scarface,' is...