Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their friends lists to “Only Me” within their privacy settings, a slight loophole exists: If a user’s friend has their friends list set to public, all of their friends will appear when viewing their mutual friends, thereby “outing” that user, despite the “Only Me” setting. Mashable went one step further, piecing together some of the friends list of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Federal Wiretap Charges Vs. Facebook, Zynga Dismissed, But Facebook Still Faces Breach-Of-Contract Claims
It was a mixed bag for Facebook at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday, as Reuters reported that federal wiretap claims against the social network and game developer Zynga were dismissed, but breach-of-contract claims under California state law were revived.
On the day that Facebook is holding its first-quarter earnings call, the social network also announced that Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman is leaving the company after nearly five years in the post, and he will be succeeded by current Vice President of Corporate Finance and Business Planning David Wehner, former CFO of game developer Zynga.
King.com leads the pack when it comes to the top Facebook developers. According to AppData, the social gaming company had an average of 93.5 million daily active users, giving it more than 23 percent of the market in March. Microsoft had about 26.6 million DAUs in the same time frame, with nearly 7 percent of the market. It was followed by Zynga (18.2 million DAUs), Spotify (12.4 million), and Supercell (11.3 million).
FarmVille 2, Zynga’s biggest game, has lost nearly 4 million daily active users (DAUs) in the past year. Meanwhile, Candy Crush has gained 35 million DAUs.
Zynga’s acquisition of NaturalMotion earlier this year signals a change in focus for the company. U.K.-based mobile gaming company NaturalMotion is best known for mobile games CSR Racing and Clumsy Ninja.
King.com broke 300 million month active users on Facebook Wednesday, according to AppData. That puts the newly public company at more than triple the MAUs of Zynga on the same platform. So far, King.com’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange has been rocky: Shares closed trading Wednesday at $19 each, more than 15 percent lower than the offering price.
This week brought news that social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a series-B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
The social gaming space is dominated by King.com and Zynga. As we recently discussed, King.com’s games alone take up one-quarter of the Facebook application market. However, Barcelona, Spain-based Social Point has been growing steadily, and its numbers are nothing to sneeze at.