Obama & Silicon Valley Tech Titans Have Dinner

Wanna know who attended? Go right here

via ABC

Obama chose these 12 titans of technology because “American companies like these have been leading by investing in the creativity and ingenuity of the American people, creating cutting-edge new technologies and promoting new ways to communicate.”

New Press Secretary Jay Carney instead released an email which described the evening as the president’s chance to discuss “his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs.”
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[video] Facebook Phone Revealed?

Note: Could not embed the Tech Crunch video for some odd reason so this is a silent demo video I found on Youtube.

via Tech Crunch
Along the top are four Facebook buttons: People, Events, Notifications, and Places. The People button shows you the feeds of your closest friends as determined by Facebook’s Open Graph API. It’s like a friends and family circle on a mobile calling plan, except it shows you the feeds of your “top” friends, which you can swipe through. The phone also ingests all the details it can about your Facebook friends into the local address book so you have one unified social address book.

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Time Person Of The Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg

This is kinda of a no brainer even though there are a host of people who are worthy of this title. No matter your thoughts on the matter, Facebook has become apart of the majority of our everyday lives. Whether it is keeping in touch with friends, or promoting and connecting with people with similar ideas, Facebook has become the tool that people use and will continue to use into the near future. Privacy issues aside people are using the social connector and growth in the U.S. alone has doubled this year. I have my own personal choice for Person of The Year but below is Time’s justification for picking Mark Zuckerberg.

via Time Magazine

In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India. It started out as a lark, a diversion, but it has turned into something real, something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale.

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Facebook Bombshell Book Due to Cause a Stir

I have read a few articles about this subject and it seems this is the classic American success story. Claw,scratch,lie and steal your way to the top.

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via Gawker
Facebook’s creation myth has left the building, or so we hear: Fortune is said to be readying an excerpt of Ben Mezrich‘s tell-all book and movie about the social network. And another publication is, naturally, trying to ruin the scoop.

We hear the New York TimesBrad Stone has been calling around frantically, trying to get hold of a galley himself and spoil Fortune‘s exclusive. And he may well succeed; the writer outed the author of the anonymous Fake Steve Jobs blog last year with help from his sources in the publishing industry. Mezrich’s book is due out July 14.

The media scramble for galleys of Accidental Billionaires just goes to show Facebook remains something of an “it” company in Silicon Valley, even as it grows out of its startup phase and gropes for revenue.

It also proves that respected media outlets have no trouble taking seriously a project created by a busted, fabricating author and adapted for film by would-be crack smuggler, about a money-losing company.

Nor do we, obviously. We’d love to get our hands on said galleys, if only to fact-check them the way we did with Mezrich’s comical book proposal. If you can help, please get in touch.

Facebook reassures users in wake of service terms change

via Breitbart

Facebook on Monday said it is not usurping users’ content despite changing service terms to claim “perpetual worldwide license” to anything posted at the social-networking website.Facebook Friendly Marketing

Changes to terms of service were necessary to keep in step with how people share pictures, comments and other information in the popular online community, according to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“We wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want,” Zuckerberg said in an online posting addressing concerns.

“The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work.”

Under the terms of service, Facebook has rights to freely use anything people add to the website even after members delete material or close accounts.

“It is common language in every website because their cut-throat lawyer says you need to cover yourself,” said Future of Privacy Forum director Jules Polonetsky.

“This doesn’t mean that Facebook can make a mini-series on your life or write a book about you, but they might be able to create a feed that lets your friends on Twitter know what you’re doing. Folks should just calm down.” Continue reading

Facebook Gets A Facelift

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Facebook is undergoing a sweeping facelift that programmers are convinced will change the face of the social network site forever. To clear the clutter that has stigmatized other social networking sites like Myspace, Facebook will be introducing tabs that will reclassify applications into easily accessible “categories” giving users more control over their profile page. The overhaul, which has been in the planning stages since January will be implemented in June. Read below for more info:

Having nearly tripled its audience and added about 20,000 new applications over the past year, Facebook Inc.’s popular online hangout is about to undergo a housecleaning.
Visitors who can’t stand the clutter that’s been piling up will be glad to see that the site’s new look sweeps disparate bits of information into categories marked by tabs at the top of each user’s customized home page.
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Facebook Settles “Stolen Idea” Case, Zuckerberg to Pay Off Old Harvard Buddies

Source : Reuters

Being at the top of the online world has had some drawbacks for Mark Zuckerberg, especially when his website Facebook, the secondest biggest social network, was an idea stolen from coders,revealed in a soon to be settled case.

The lawsuit brought by a group of former Harvard students revolves around accusations, strongly denied by Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, that he stole ideas while he was hired by them to write code for a site called Harvard Connection.

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