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December 15, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg: Time Magazines Person Of The Year

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Time - Mark Zuckerberg - Person Of The YearFacebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time Magazines person of the year.

In 2010 Facebook watched as their user base climbed to 500 million users, while The Social Network has been one of the most critically lauded films of the year and Zuckerberg became the youngest self-made billionaire in the world.

Throw in $100 million donated to the New Jersey education system and a pledge to give away most of his fortune and it’s easy to see why Time would choose an internet mogul as their person of the year.

According to Time:

“For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is Time’s 2010 Person of the Year.”

On Time.com many users are angered by the choice, calling Wikileaks founder Julian Assange the person of the year, interestingly enough, many of those comments talk about Zuckerberg’s life as if it was an exact replica of The Social Network, a little naive in my opinion, but to each their own. 

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October 4, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg Simpsons Appearance Is Hilarious [Video]

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Simpsons FacebookYou know you’ve put your finger on the pulse of America when Matt Groening and his staff puts you in an episode of The Simpsons and that’s exactly what happened this past Sunday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The appearance occurs at an entrepreneur conference that Lisa takes Nelson to show him the importance of going to college. At the expo Lisa learns that the top people in attendance all dropped out including Richard Branson, Bill Gates and of course Mark Zuckerberg.

The best part? Zuckerberg almost always only talks to people by updating his Facebook page, always starting with the saying “Mark Zuckerberg is…”

With The Social Network reaching movie screens on October 1st, I doubt the Facebook CEO’s appearance was an accident and it was actually really funny. read more

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September 23, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg Donates $100 Million To New Jersey Schools

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Mark ZuckerbergWhen Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook he became the youngest self-made billionaire of all-time and now he’s given back with a $100 million donation to the Newark public school system.

Newarks Democratic Mayor Corey Booker helped secure the funds which will be officially announced alongside New Jersey governor Chris Christie this Friday on the Oprah Winfrey show. With the $100 million Booker expected to find matching funds, giving the school district $200 million in much needed money.

The money is expected to reverse state control of the school system, instead putting it back into the hands of Newark and more specifically under the country of Booker. Under his control Booker is expected to go against local teaching unions and expanded charter school and set new teacher appraisal standards. read more

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July 22, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg Opens Up About IPO, Social Network Movie And Lawsuits [Interview]

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zuckerberg-sawyerTonight on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens up about the most recent happenings surrounding Facebook, specifically the companies future (IPO), the new Facebook Movie (The Social Network) and a recent lawsuit which claims he gave up his share of the company years ago.

Zuckerberg first talks about The Social Network basically downplaying the movies sensationalism of his life surrounding the founding of Facebook:

“I just think people have a lot of fiction…. The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time,” Zuckerberg said in his interview with Sawyer. “I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? …We just sat at our computers for six years and coded.” read more

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May 27, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg Discusses Old And New Facebook Privacy Settings [Video]

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Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook CEOThere has been a lot of back and forth emails between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the media lately, almost always in regards to privacy standards, now an official video statement is available in which Zuckerberg speaks about the site’s privacy settings.

In the video Zuckerberg and Facebook Director of Platform Bret Taylor talk about user confusion over the sites built-up granular settings.

During the video both men make references to new settings being added on top of other settings, which eventually led to various additional controls that confused many visitors.

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May 24, 2010

Facebook CEO Gives Pathetic “Half Answer” To User Concerns

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Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook CEOIt’s hard to tell sometimes if Facebook as a company really wants to work with their visitors to provide an environment they feel is at least semi-private and safe to use, or if like a good politician company CEO Mark Zuckerberg is simply providing a bunch of smoke and mirrors responses to visitors concerns.

In his first ‘public’ comment (a reprinted email response to an email sent by Robert Scoble) since privacy concerns have rapidly increased over the last few weeks, Facebook’s CEO admitted that the company had “made a bunch of mistakes” while promising to “get this stuff right” this time around.

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April 17, 2009

Cast Your Vote On The New Facebook Terms Of Service

FacebookFacebook plays democracy and lets you vote on the new terms of service, after the debacle some time ago. A good move, but do you really have that much of a choice?

You will have two options on the ballot, as shown below: 1) the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), which incorporate feedback from users and experts received during the 30-day comment period, or 2) the current Terms of Use, which were developed by Facebook and did not go through an outside comment period.

The vote is open until April 23, 11:59 am PDT. Read more in Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post and on Techmeme of course. read more

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April 8, 2009

Facebook hits 200 million users

Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Facebook hit the 200 million user base.

Growing rapidly to 200 million users is a really good start, but we’ve always known that in order for Facebook to help people represent everything that is happening in their world, everyone needs to have a voice. This is why we are working hard to build a service that everyone, everywhere can use, whether they are a person, a company, a president or an organization working for change.

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February 18, 2009

Facebook Backtracks After TOS Outrage

The criticism struck home, and now Facebook have backtracked its Terms of Service to the previous version, despite Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post about why they changed it in the first place. Now they’re taking their time to get the terms to where they want them, and invites users to participate in discussions in a Facebook group dedicated to these things. We’ll see where this ends, my guess is that a less aggressive TOS is in store.

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February 4, 2009

Facebook Turns 5, Still Huge

FacebookCEO Mark Zuckerberg hands out free thank you gifts on Facebook, and talks about how the social network is letting people participate online using their real identities, and feeling safe about it.

The culture of the Internet has also changed pretty dramatically over the past five years. Before, most people wouldn’t consider sharing their real identities online. But Facebook has offered a safe and trusted environment for people to interact online, which has made millions of people comfortable expressing more about themselves.

He also links the Facebook retrospective, with screencaps of how the social network has evolved the last five years. Pretty interesting actually. Yes, those are the same images posted by TechCrunch and Inside Facebook to name a few. read more

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