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.
An odd message on Mark Zuckerberg's fan page racked up over 1,800 likes and over 400 comments before the hacked post was removed, TechCrunch reports. Here's what it said:
"Let the hacking begin: i facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn't Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a 'social business' the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011"
Assuming Zuckerberg didn't fall down a flight of steps head first in a drunken stupor as he made his way to his PC, it's pretty evident his fan page was hacked and the above message came from someone else. The post has since been removed, though not before raising questions about Facebook's security if it can't even keep its founder's fan page free from intrusion.
Of the docudrama "The Social Network," Mark Zuckerberg said "It's interesting what [the film's producers] focused on getting right," pointing out that "every single shirt and fleece" his character wore in the move is one that he owns. Outside of those subtle details, Zuckerberg said the flick got a long wrong and "a lot of random details right."
Accurate or not, "The Social Network" was a hit, and it has several Golden Globe awards to prove it. The movie was nominated for six Golden Globes last night and won all but two of them, missing the mark for Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Actor, Drama (Jesse Eisnberg).
The four awards it did win include Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Picture, Drama.
Perhaps no one was more surprised at walking away with an award associated with "The Social Network" than Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, who tweeted "Holy s__t!" after winning the musical score category.
As long as investors keep throwing cash at Facebook, the world's largest social networking site will continue to increase in value, even if only in theory.
The latest valuation of Facebook sits at $50 billion, an obscenely high number based in part on an investment from Goldman Sachs. The U.S. investment bank, along with an Russian investor, just pumped $500 million into Facebook, officially making the site worth more than eBay, Yahoo, and Time Warner, The New York Timesreports.
NYT says the influx in cash puts Facebook in a better position to lure some of the tech industry's best talent away from companies like Google, which is something we've seen already. It also underscores the growing strength of social networking in general.
"When you think back to the early days of Google, they were kind of ignored by Wall Street investors, until it was time to go public," said Chirs Sacca, an angel investor in Silicon Valley who is a former Google employee and owns a stake in Twitter. "This time, the Street is smartening up. They realize there are true growth businesses out there. Facebook has become a real business, and investors are coming out here and saying, 'We want a piece of it.'"
Despite the high valuation, it's still unclear how much the company would really be worth in the public market. And while Zuckerberg and company keep the performance numbers a secret, NYT says the site could be pulling in as much as $2 billion annually.