The Facebook logo is shown at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. Facebook announced efforts to better guard the privacy of its more than 400 million users, addressing mounting pressure on the world's most popular online social network to protect personal data exchanged on its site.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCI TECH)

The Facebook logo is shown at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. Facebook announced efforts to better guard the privacy of its more than 400 million users, addressing mounting pressure on the world's most popular online ... social network to protect personal data exchanged on its site. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCI TECH) (Reuters)

Facebook Can Now Develop Own Games After Amending Zynga Deal

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Facebook Inc could now develop its own games for its platform as part of a new agreement reached with Zynga Inc, the largest publisher of games on Facebook, according to regulatory filings from the two companies Thursday.

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Under the new agreement, Zynga could elect not to use Facebook's payments mechanism to collect revenue or display Facebook's ads.

The two social Internet companies, which went public within seven months of each other, have been intimately tied. In recent quarters fees from Zynga have constituted more than 15 percent of Facebook's total revenues.