It was a topsy-turvy year for Mark Zuckerberg, the failed Jesse Eisenberg impersonator currently employed as the CEO of Facebook. On one hand, he acquired buzzy start-up Instagram and got married; on the other hand, the lawsuit-plagued Facebook IPO was a disappointment, and also Instagram has totally sold out to the man, man. Zuckerberg also fell a truly embarrassing 22 spots on the Forbes list of the Richest People in America. Fortunately, per the last census, that still makes him richer than 311,591,882 in America. And earlier today, Zuckerberg reaffirmed his devotion to the noble cause of “not being a horrible rich person” by giving roughly half a billion dollars to charity. READ FULL STORY
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When Facebook agreed to purchase Instagram last April for about $740 million, users of either social networking web service had to know this day would come. On Monday, Instagram announced a new Terms of Service, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 16, that declares its right to use your uploaded photos in advertisements on the site, minus any compensation to you. Also, your personal information — as you must already realize — is not so personal, and Instagram has the right to share it with Facebook and third-party advertising partners.
Many users immediately voiced their displeasure with the new policies, and some are promising to abandon the free service. READ FULL STORY
This morning, Facebook announced its “2012 Year in Review,” a series of lists of the top trends of the year. And befitting a website that boasts hundreds of millions of users, popular, youth-skewing taste ruled the day — with one very hairy exception.
On the cold night of Nov. 14, Arizona native Jennifer Foster was walking through New York City’s Times Square when she saw something even more captivating than Broadway’s giant marquees or LED screens: a police officer giving a freshly-purchased pair of boots to a shoeless homeless man. She snapped a photo of their interaction and sent it to the NYPD, who posted the photo to their Facebook page on Tuesday — where it quickly went viral, drawing over 500,000 “likes” and countless retweets and Tumblr reblogs.
This morning, Foster and the heroic cop she immortalized — Officer Larry DePrimo — appeared on the Today show to discuss the photo and its aftermath. Foster explained that she took the photo because DePrimo’s actions reminded her of her own father, who was a police officer in Phoenix for 32 years. DePrimo accepted compliments from her and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie but remained humble, insisting that he just did what any other cop would have done.
The whole thing is pretty darn heartwarming, even if it does make you wish that Today had brought that still-unnamed homeless man to its studio as well. Check out the feel-good segment below:
But considering a guy in Egypt really did name his firstborn “Facebook” — to commemorate the role social media played in 2011’s Egyptian revolution — anything’s possible.
So watch out, celebrities: Normals have seen and raised you in the poker game that is bizarre baby namery. If you want to continue dominating the table, you’ll have to up the ante. Uma Thurman might be able to give you some ideas.
You might have noticed an uptick in the legalese on your Facebook feed of late. Something about “the Berner Convention” and “UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103.” No, it’s not your friends embracing an as of yet undiscovered passion for pre-law. Rather, they’re declaring themselves to be under the protection of copyright laws with a lengthy notice they’ve copied and pasted from other people’s statuses. The kicker? It’s a hoax, Slate reports.
Alas, that Elle Woods-worthy regurgitation is nothing more than empty words. Share it all you want, you’ve already sold your soul to Facebook (as detailed in its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) and there’s not a thing you can do about it. And you know what’s really sad? This isn’t even the first time this has happened. In fact, it’s not even the first time this year. Back in June, the same legal mumbo-jumbo was shared by countless users after the company went public. The message was discredited then and people still shared it a second time around only months later. So in honor of this latest of Facebook hoaxes, we commemorate our five favorites and hope to keep you from falling prey to any of these offenders ever again.
“Imagine what the room would be like if Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor, and Stanley Kubrick all got together,” Justin Timberlake said yesterday. “What was that conversation like? What type of collaboration did that breed? And how can we make that happen?” The answer, he hopes, is the new Myspace.
Thursday, a small group of journalists were invited to the sleek SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to preview the beta version of Myspace. Chris and Tim Vanderhook, COO and CEO of Myspace, want to be very clear that the new site is not a relaunch. It’s something new. It’s something that we haven’t seen before. And yes, Justin “Sean Parker” Timberlake is a key figure. READ FULL STORY
Waiting a day to harvest your soybeans is sooo 2009. Forget the fields, Facebook’s next big game centers around a certain Yellow Brick Road. That’s right, my pretties. The Wizard of Oz is coming to Facebook.
Spooky Cool Labs has developed the classic film into a multi-platform game that is currently in beta testing on the social networking site. (For those of you that are desperate to try it, you can pick up a beta key on the site’s Facebook page.) The fully 3D virtual world reunites you with your favorite Oz characters — Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion — while you journey down the Yellow Brick Road, building your own Munchkinland as you go.
For years, Myspace — which does, in fact, still exist — has been nothing but a punchline, a goofy cyber relic on par with Friendster or Pets.com. But a new video indicates that the nine-year-old social network might not be down for the count after all — thanks to a spiffy revamping and help from Social Network star/co-owner Justin Timberlake. Lying down and letting Facebook take over the world isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A [billion] relaunches.
Myspace 2.0 boasts a clean, modern interface that fuses the best of Google+ and Pinterest, displaying tons of content without seeming cluttered. It seems designed for tablet use, which could set it apart from its competition — if those sites weren’t also doing the same thing. Here, check it out:
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