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Facebook mulls access for children under 13

Facebook mulls access for children under 13

As it is right now to have a Facebook account, you're supposed to be at least 13 years old. That certainly doesn't keep some younger kids from getting their own accounts by simply gaming the easily defeated age verification process. Some of the people on my friends list have children as young as seven years old with their own accounts, which have been active for over a year.

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Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

If you're the kind of person that lines the pockets of Zynga by spending a lot of money in so-called "free" online social games? Specifically, Zynga's most popular game Farmville? If so, then this is a rewards program tailored specifically for you. If not, then this is a rewards program tailored to make you start thinking about spending more money on your virtual farm. And in all cases, this is a rewards program to help teach you about American Express's Serve platform.

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Zynga’s YoVille game falls victim to hackers

Zynga’s YoVille game falls victim to hackers

It's not as popular as FarmVille or Mafia Wars or Draw Something, which is probably why hackers thought it would be an easy target. And they were right. Zynga has admitted that a group of users exploited vulnerabilities in its game YoVille, but they didn't have access to any sensitive information. What they were able to do, though, is erase the inventory of players, some of whom no doubt spent a fair sum of real money to acquire that inventory. However, this isn't an issue of user privacy.

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Striiv gaming pedometer gets socially wireless

Striiv gaming pedometer gets socially wireless

If you can't get motivated to exercise for your own good, do it because you're competitive and want to beat your friends and family. That's the message from Striiv, whose digital touchscreen pedometer has been upgraded with a new short-range wireless technology called Striiv Connected, in the process turning personal fitness into a competition through various mini-games.

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Zynga set to acquire OMGPOP at noon

Zynga set to acquire OMGPOP at noon

Today the folks at Zynga have sent out invitations to a phone conference which promises to be exciting for customers and partners alike. What we're expecting they're going to announce is their official acquisition of the explosively popular game Draw Something's developing company OMGPOP. This group has seen sudden success with the collaborative drawing application and Zynga, always the company ready for a good buy, is almost certainly ramped up to take advantage.

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Facebook mobile user base swells 76% in 2011

Facebook mobile user base swells 76% in 2011

There's been a lot of talk about Facebook pushing up its mobile advertising strategy in the coming months, and apparently it has good reason to do so. In the last year, the number of people who sign into their Facebook accounts regularly on a mobile device jumped 76% over 2010. The social networker attributed the growth to its recently launched iPad app, among other factors.

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Zynga teams up with Frito-Lay

Zynga teams up with Frito-Lay

Hopefully those virtual crops you've been building up in Farmville are ready to be turned into partially hydrogenated soybean oil, because snack food giant Frito-Lay is about to invade your land. Okay, so the promotion won't be that obtrusive, but the two companies are set to roll out a massive promotional campaign.

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Hasbro grabs Zynga licensing rights for toys

Hasbro grabs Zynga licensing rights for toys

Mattel made a huge killing in its partnership with Rovio and its merchandise like the Angry Birds board game. So rival toy conglomerate Hasbro is saying, "Gee, I'd like a piece of that." It has forged a deal with fellow newly minted gaming giant Zynga to bring a line of games and toys based on some of the most popular social game franchises in the industry. Among the licenses it now has access to are Mafia Wars and Farmville.

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SlashGear 101: Android@Home

SlashGear 101: Android@Home

Google's vision for a network of accessories connected to one another and running on Android as their operating system is what they call Android@Home. This system was first presented at Google I/O 2011 at their Day One Keynote and stood to extend the Android OS to include new services and apps to discover, connect, and communicate with appliances and devices in the home. The following is a basic guide of what this project, Android@Home or the Android at Home Framework, entails as of today.

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Facebook depends on Zynga for 12% of revenue

Facebook depends on Zynga for 12% of revenue

Facebook officially filed its IPO today and the documents reveal that the social network's $3.71 billion revenue in 2011 has been dependent largely on its successful partnership with Zynga. Although Facebook generates a majority of its revenue from advertising, Zynga is responsible for almost all of the network's "Payments" revenue, worth 12% of total revenue.

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