It's no secret that Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of the first to join Google+, nor did it take long for him to become the most popular person on the rival social network. The numbers aren't even close, and according to Google+ Statistics, Zuckerberg has more followers than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin combined. For whatever reason, Zuckerberg abruptly chose to take himself out of public view, and just as abruptly made himself visible again, perhaps out of embarrassment or just plain apathy.
There's irony, like an old man turned 98 who wins the lottery and dies the next day, or a death row pardon two minutes too late, as well as several other examples Alanis Morissette gives in her song "Ironic." And then there's the fact that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is currently the most followed user on Google+, the so-called Facebook killer that's harder to get into than Disney's Club 33.
Twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are finally resigned to the idea of scraping by with what amounts to a $65 million settlement with Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. The twins said they will not be taking their appeal to the Supreme Court, the only venue left after lower courts failed to find reason to revise their original settlement agreement, thus ending a long legal dispute over whether or not they should receive a larger slice of the social networking site's pie.
Last year Mark Zuckerberg challenged himself to learn Chinese. The year before that het set out to wear a tie every day. This year's annual "personal challenge" that the billionaire founder of Facebook has set for himself is to eat meat only from animals that he himself has killed. His new goal first came to light in a status update on his private Facebook page in which he told his 847 online friends, "I just killed a pig and a goat."
Admire the Winklevoss twins for their persistence or despise them for reneging on a promise not to pursue any further legal action against Facebook after agreeing to settle for $20 million in cash and $45 million in stock options, which today is worth more than $160 million. Either way, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss will soon be out of legal avenues (and out of the news) as the duo, along with Divya Narendra, take their beef to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final ruling.
According to an investigation by Symantec, innumerable Facebook applications have been leaking your personal data for years. The issue, just discovered by Symantec, has been reported to Zuckerberg and company, but advertising and stat tracking companies may have already had access all this time.
Forget about the weary, there's no rest for the legal team of the rich of famous. In yesterday's episode in 'As the Social Networking World Turns,' an appeals court essentially told the Winklevoss twins to figure out how to be happy with a combined $160 million in cash ($20 million) and ownership in Facebook (worth about $140 million). And today? A convicted felon is stepping forward saying Mark Zuckerberg agreed to give him a 50 percent stake in Facebook in exchange for startup funding. Sounds shady, so why is anyone taking him seriously?
You may remember last year when toy maker M.I.C. Gadget set the nerd ecosystem ablaze with a realistic mini Steve Jobs doll. Apple, having almost no sense of humor, threatened legal action. M.I.C. Gadget quickly removed the $70 doll, which set the value of those already in existence through the roof. Now, they have released a new "more friendly" CEO doll. Behold the "Poking Inventor" Mark Zuckerberg.
Normally having a critically acclaimed movie based off of your life story would be a huge honor, but after seeing The Social Network we could see why Mark Zuckerberg might not agree. Portrayed by a fast talking, always looking to get laid Jesse Eisenberg, The founder of Facebook is cast in a slightly less than favorable light in his film debut.
Putting to rest any public perceptions of bad blood between the two, Zuckerberg took to the stage in Saturday Night Live last night for a rather awkward public confrontation. Silence and a few heavily scripted pleasantries dominated the 4 minute segment, but it certainly was uncanny to see the two side by side.
Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself if you're in the mood for a train wreck.
"Starting today we'll provide you with the ability to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS. You should consider enabling this option if you frequently use Facebook from public Internet access points found at coffee shops, airports, libraries, or schools. The option will exist as part of our advanced security features, which you can find in the Account Security section of the Account Settings page," the company wrote in a blog post. Eventually, HTTPS will be made the default setting.
Social authentication is another new security feature introduced by the company: “Instead of showing you a traditional captcha on Facebook, one of the ways we may help verify your identity is through social authentication. We will show you a few pictures of your friends and ask you to name the person in those photos. Hackers halfway across the world might know your password, but they don't know who your friends are.”
These security updates come close on the heels of two high-profile hacks. FB founder Mark Zuckerberg and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have both had their official fan pages hacked in the last few days.