Zynga Puts Owen Van Natta Over Business Operations

Zynga, the social gaming company that makes apps for both Facebook and MySpace, now has one additional connection to those two companies.  Zynga named Owen Van Natta Executive Vice President of Business Operations this afternoon.

Van Natta was, as you may remember, Facebook’s COO for a while.  He served as CEO of MySpace for a relatively short period of time, as well.  So this move is perhaps a bit of a step down for him, title-wise.

Zynga Reportedly Pulls Farmville From MSN

Zynga has apparently removed its massively popular game Farmville from Microsoft’s MSN Games, and nobody seems to know why. The timing of this is interesting as Google has reportedly been in investment talks with Zynga, while it has been acquiring other social game-related properties.

Zynga Buys Japanese Gaming Company Unoh

Zynga has acquired Japanese social gaming company Unoh, which will become a major part of Zynga’s mobile strategy. The company’s mobile product efforts will be a joint venture between SoftBank Group and Zynga.

Popular Unoh games include Machitsuku!, Band Yarouyo!, and Kaizoku Chronicle. Zynga says that in addition to maintaining Unoh’s games on mixi, Mobage-town, and GREE, Zynga Japan will also localize Zynga games and develop new games targeted at the Japanese market.

Report: Google Invested $100-$200 Million In Zynga

Google Games – along with the company’s social efforts – may stand a better chance of getting off the ground than most people thought.  Reports indicate that Google’s established ties with one of the top organizations in the social gaming space by investing $100-$200 million in Zynga.

Farmville Launches On The App Store

Zynga said today it is launching its popular social game Farmville for iPhone and iPod touch.

The company said this week marks the one year anniversary of the game and Farmville has attracted 75 million users worldwide.

The move by Zynga builds on its strategy to bring social games to a broader audience across a number of platforms. The Farmville App offers players a new social gaming experience via the touchscreen. By swiping a finger or double tapping to zoom in and out, players can view their farms, harvest crops or drive tractors.

Zynga Launches Western-Themed Game On Facebook

Zynga, the company behind the popular "Farmville" game has launched a new title on Facebook called "FrontierVille."

Zynga describes "FrontierVille" as a Wild West-themed social game that allows users to tame the wilderness, grow a family, and build a frontier town.

Netflix, Farmville Coming to the iPhone

Netflix launched on the iPad earlier this year, and CEO Reed Hastings said that it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular platform. That’s why during the keynote at the Apple Worldwide Develoepr Conference today (via this liveblogged account of it), he announced that Netflix for the iPhone would be coming this summer.

Farmville Maker Zynga Teams Up with Yahoo

Yahoo and Zynga, makers of the massively popular Farvmville and Mafia Wars games on Facebook, have struck a new deal. Yahoo now gets these games as well, which is a significant indication that Zynga will not need Facebook alone to thrive.

Facebook And Zynga Reach 5 Year Deal

Facebook said today it has entered into a five-year relationship with Zynga, the social networking gaming company behind the popular FarmVille and Mafia Wars.

Under the deal, Zynga will expand its use of Facebook Credits in its games. The deal signals Zynga’s commitment to social gaming on Facebook. Terms of the relationship were not disclosed.

MySpace’s VP Of Corporate Communications To Leave

Today is not likely to be remembered fondly by members of MySpace’s PR department.  One of the most visible people on MySpace’s payroll announced this afternoon that she is leaving, and to complicate the situation, Dani Dudeck is actually the company’s vice president of corporate communications.