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Facebook launches mobile ad network trials

How Facebook will make the type of money it needs to make to satisfy Wall Street is yet to be determined, but one thing is certain: if Facebook is going to make the type of money it needs to make to satisfy Wall Street, mobile will have to be a big part of it.

Facebook’s mobile usage has skyrocketed in the past year, and the common wisdom is that Facebook will have to find a way to monetize its users on mobile. But capitalizing on the mobile opportunity may not fully require Facebook to monetize them directly.

Can Zynga succeed as a platform?

Yesterday’s announcement that it is effectively becoming a platform may be the most important yet in the short history of social gaming juggernaut Zynga.

Although it’s a billion dollar company, Zynga owes much of its success to another platform – Facebook.