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Zynga settles data theft suit with former employee

Social game publisher Zynga has settled its lawsuit against former Cityville general manager Alan Patmore over alleged theft of company secrets. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Zynga filed the suit in October of last year, accusing Patmore of copying more than 760 files...

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Report: Three more executives exit Zynga

AllThingsD reports that three high-level executives have left social game company Zynga in the wake of changes implemented by newly appointed CEO Don Mattrick. According to unnamed sources, Zynga's chief operating officer David Ko, chief technology officer Cadir Lee, and chief people officer...

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Zynga shutting down four games, OMGPOP site

Zynga's slash and burn to a more manageable and potentially profitable size continues with the closure of four games and the OMGPOP.com site. OMGPOP created former phenomenon Draw Something, earning it the notice of Zynga, which swiftly purchased the company for approximately $200 million just over...

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Zynga loses more execs as it gets 'back to basics'

Zynga said goodbye to three more top executives in July as part of the company's transition under new CEO Don Mattrick. Bloomberg and Tech Crunch report a senior VP of games, VP of games and VP of Zynga's casino division all left (or were escorted out) this month. The latter was the least...

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Zynga kills real-money gambling plans amid Q2 financial losses

Zynga has announced its second-quarter financial results for the three-month period ending on June 30, revealing a 31 percent drop in year-over-year earnings. The company reports a $16 million net loss for the second quarter of 2013, with quarterly revenue totaling $231 million. "The next few...

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Report: Mattrick tried to buy Zynga while at Microsoft

Former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick was reportedly interested in Zynga many moons ago, not as a company to join but as one to buy. That's according to Bloomberg sources "with knowledge of the matter," who said Mattrick negotiated in 2010 to purchase the then-booming Zynga with the aim of adding...

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Don Mattrick named Zynga's new CEO

Don Mattrick has been named the new CEO of Zynga, the social games company just announced in a blog post. He starts next week. "Going forward I'll continue in my role as Chairman and Chief Product Officer," said outgoing CEO Mark Pincus. "I'm excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team...

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Report: Xbox prez Don Mattrick leaving for Zynga [update: It's official]

Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business President Don Mattrick (the head of Xbox) is leaving the company, reports AllThingsD. Citing multiple sources, he'll be heading for a top job at Zynga, with an announcement coming as soon as today. Mattrick's move to Zynga could be what that company...

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Solstice Arena is an inventive mobile MOBA from a surprising source

This is Portabliss, a column about downloadable games that can be played on the go. Solstice Arena appeared on the App Store last week. It's a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game in which you choose a hero and play a top-down 3v3 match. Using various spells and abilities, you attack the...

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Former OMGPOP employees speak out following closure

Immediately following its closure by Zynga, the scene in the OMGPOP office was not what you might expect. As anonymous ex-employees told Business Insider, the Draw Something studio was determined to enjoy its final day. That meant booze, loud music, and defacing Zynga paraphernalia. "Most...

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