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Zynga gamers raise $1 million for Japan disaster relief via in-game items

In just a day and a half, the massive virtual populations of Zynga's FarmVille, CityVille, and FrontierVille have donated more than $1 million in aid for victims of the natural disasters in Japan. Zynga has added special virtual goods to several games which players can purchase to donate funds. It's a very clever use of in-game purchases, and one even the most jaded of FarmVille detractors...

Social Web browser Flock acquired by casual gaming giant Zynga

One of the biggest names in social gaming has decided to make a move into the application space. Zynga -- who brought the immensely popular Farmville to Facebook -- has purchased Flock, one of the first Web browsers to offer an integrated social networking experience. Zynga's massive userbase could certainly give Flock a boost -- especially since it's a foregone conclusion that Zynga users are...

Instant Jam is a Guitar Hero clone on Facebook that uses your own music library (and it's awesome!)

First, watch the video. That should be more than enough to win you over. I start singing around the two minute mark; you have been warned. Skip to around 4:40 for an actual walkthrough of the game's features. Instant Jam comes from the clever guys at InstantAction. They have a technology that lets you play full PC games via a Java applet, a bit like OnLive -- but having said that I'm pretty...

Is FarmVille maker Zynga about to become Google Games?

Word on the internet this weekend was that Google has invested a huge amount of money in Zynga, the company that makes Facebook-centered games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FrontierVille. Rumor has it that the $100 million-plus investment is part of a larger strategy that will end up with the launch of Google Games later this year. There's no more popular, more addictive collection of games on...

Google releases list of 1,000 largest websites, lets advertisers target those sites

If you're an advertiser, you can now use Google's DoubleClick Ad Planner to exclusively target the 1,000 largest websites on the Internet. If you're a mere enthusiast -- or a nerd -- you can now feast your eyes upon an updated-monthly list of the largest domains on the Web. Unlike 'guesstimate' sites like Alexa, Google uses its sticky, all-encompassing web of data sources (Google Toolbar,...

FarmVille ice cream?! Zynga's virtual objects enter real-world 7-Eleven stores (pic)

Zynga, the company behind FarmVille, is bringing its virtual world into your local real-world 7-Eleven. Buying a real object, like a FarmVille-branded Big Gulp, gets you a code that can be redeemed for an in-game object in Zynga's games. The promotion starts June 1st, but I spotted some FarmVille Vanilla ice cream at my neighborhood 7-11 last week. As someone who avoids FarmVille at all costs,...

Facebook makes 5-year deal with FarmVille company Zynga

Zynga -- the games company behind FarmVille, Mafia Wars, and plenty of controversy -- couldn't exist without Facebook. Likewise, Facebook probably wouldn't be as big as it is without Zynga's addictive games. That's why the two companies have officially agreed to continue their symbiotic relationship for five more years. The agreement includes increased use of Facebook Credits as the currency of...

Barnville Massacre is a Farmville shoot-em-up Time Waster

Are you sick to death of Farmville? Does getting a Farmville invite from a Facebook friend send you into a violent rage? Barnville Massacre might be the game for you. The premise is that a strange meteorite has hit earth, turning farm animals into mutant enemies. As the farmer, you're holed up on the barn roof with weapons and ammunition, trying to take out the zombie chickens, pigs, sheep and...

The 5 best FarmVille extensions, userscripts, tips, tricks and cheats

You'd be lying if you said you'd never tried FarmVille. Well, theoretically you could claim to be one of the few that has yet to try FarmVille, but with over 80 million users you're probably lying. True, most of those 80 million are middle-aged housewives that think an 'extension' is a way of increasing the range of the vacuum cleaner, but by my reckoning there must be some Download Squad...

Zynga brings FarmVille to Windows Live Messenger and MSN Games

75 million unique users simply isn't enough, as far as Zynga's concerned! Using the power of Facebook Connect, Zynga -- the developer of FarmVille, Cafe World, Mafia Wars and others -- is bringing FarmVille to Windows Live Messenger and MSN Games. Back in November 2009 Zynga announced that over 100 million unique users were visiting their site and playing their games. I know it was 'only' two...

Universal tries to breathe life into Blu-ray via Facebook App

Good news everyone! You can now win some (admittedly pretty bad) movies on Blu-ray disc courtesy of Universal. All you have to is become their fan on Facebook and install an app. Yes, like all sweepstake give-aways it costs nothing but a small slice of your soul to enter. But that's a small price to pay: this could finally be your chance to blow the dust of your Blu-ray player and see what all...

Read Facebook updates in Google Reader (or any other RSS tool)

An enterprising chap over on LiveJournal (yes, his profile is suitably emo) has written a guide on how to import Facebook RSS feeds into your feed reader! Most of the feeds you might've seen before -- there's a little RSS feed button on the posts, notes, and notifications pages -- but this guide includes a neat way to extract your friends' status updates as well. Head to your Notes page...

This might be the new Google zeitgeist: Facebook status trends of 2009

Just released on the Facebook blog, the status trends of 2009 make for some very interesting reading. In many ways they mirror the results of Google's search trends, but I have to admit that Facebook has the edge here because it's personal. Rather than simply being 'interesting' -- great, Michael Jackson was the #1 Google trend in 2009 -- Facebook status updates are juicy. It's worth noting...

Facebook reveals its crazy usage figures. FarmVille more popular than Twitter.

While speaking to journalists in the UK, Facebook have revealed some truly insane usage statistics. Only yesterday they were announcing their crossing of the 350 million user threshold -- and now we know just how active those users are: 200 billion page views a month. 350 million users clock in 200 billion page views. OK, if that didn't blow your mind: 1.4 million photos are uploaded to Facebook...