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The New Grand Theft Auto V Game Lets You Kill a Mark Zuckerberg Look-Alike

Zuckerberg? (Photo: New York Post/Rockstar North)

Mark Zuckerberg just can’t catch a break. Players of the newly released Grand Theft Auto V say there’s a Zuckerberg imitator featured in the game who can be hunted down and killed. And the similarities are pretty striking.

The New York Post reports that there is a character named “Jay Norris,” who is the founder of a fictional social network dubbed “Lifeinvader,” and claims he’s “clearly inspired” by Zuck. Just like the real Zuck, the character dons a drab sweater and has lightly gingered hair, though his notable sheen of sweat is missing. Read More

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Zuck Isn’t a Democrat or a Republican, He Says; He’s ‘Pro Knowledge Economy’

HYFR $$$. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The thing about getting something done in D.C. is it requires the occasional trip to D.C. Hence this week, Mark Zuckerberg sallied forth from the cozy womb of Silicon Valley to do a little schmoozing in the capitol. As part of his trip, he took a little time to sit down with the Atlantic and answer a few questions at the Newseum.

And if you’ve been wondering about Mr. Zuckerberg’s political allegiances, well, don’t expect to be enlightened: “I think it’s hard to affiliate as being either a Democrat or a Republican; I’m pro knowledge economy.”

Generally when a billionaire says that, though, it doesn’t mean he’ll be whipping out his checkbook for the DNC. Read More

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Dropping $1.6M to Renovate His San Francisco Mansion

Yeah we'd look happy, too. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The best part of buying a new house, obviously, is ripping out the grotty old cabinets and remaking the den to suit your personal preferences. Or at least that’s the case if you happened to have founded Facebook and therefore have an enormous stockpile of cash.

While the couple won’t confirm it, reports say that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently purchased a second home in the vicinity of San Francisco’s Mission District, near Dolores Park. Perhaps so Beast can herd hipsters and startup bros instead of livestock? Read More

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Booting Up: Do You Feel Good About Yourself for Letting Turntable.Fm Die? Huh?

The glory days. (Photo: Turntable.fm)

Turntable.fm is just going to keep taking away features until it no longer exists. [Valleywag]

You’ll get to see Mark Zuckerberg in a suit next week because the Facebook founder is travelin’ to D.C to meet with top Republicans concerning immigration reform. [Bloomberg]

Speaking of Mr. Zuckerberg, he huffed and puffed yesterday against the NSA’s spying program, saying the government “blew it.” [The Verge]

Marissa Mayer wants to thank your mom for helping Yahoo increase its traffic 20 percent since she joined. [AllThingsD]

“Apple testers have found the device sometimes doesn’t work with moisture-laden fingers covered in sweat, lotion or other liquids.” [Wall Street Journal]

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Zuck Denies Internet.Org is a User Acquisition Scheme By Pointing Out It’d Add Poor People

Who you callin nerd (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg loudly debuted his plan for Internet.org, an amusingly named scheme to get billions more people online by reducing mobile data costs. The response was skepticism, with many assuming it’s an attempt to hoover developing nations up into the Facebook Borg.

Well, FYI, Zuck is pretty mystified why we’d all jump to such a conclusion. Read More

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Beneficent Benefactor Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Bequeath Internet Unto the Whole Wide World

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Guess between Project Loon and the Hyperloop hoopla, Mark Zuckerberg was feeling a little left out. Because Facebook’s latest announcement is something called Internet.org, a new effort to get billions more users online, via cheaper means of delivering mobile data. Also participating: Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Well, as side projects go, at least it’s closer to his wheelhouse than immigration reform. Read More

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Booting Up: Facebook Is Sorry for Ignoring That Zuckerberg Profile Hack

Supposedly this is it. (Photo: MGM/iMore)

A Palestinian IT expert exploited a Facebook loophole by writing on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall without being connected to him to show off his discovery. The company is now apologizing for ignoring the bug report. [AllThingsD]

Twitter poached Jennifer Prince from Google to lead its ad sales efforts with movie and television companies. [Variety]

Zillow is purchasing StreetEasy for a cool $50 million. [AllThingsD]

In Germany, Bitcoins are now subject to a capital gains tax because it’s a form of “private money.” [ArsTechnica]

Jobs garnered an embarrassing $6.7 million in its debut weekend. That makes the Newton look like a rousing success. [Wall Street Journal]

Um, ew? There’s mounting evidence that the next iPhone is going to be available in gold. [TechCrunch]

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Rumor Roundup: Hermione Way’s Vibrator Gets $, Jay-Z Visits Facebook and Free Pineapples From Gary Vee

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Game of Groans Photos from Sean Parker’s Big Sur wedding bash have finally hit the Internet, and they reveal an orgiastic confluence of fur, velvet, coattails, middle-parts and castoff costumes from A Knight’s Tale. Famous people and tech luminaries were abundant, but Mark Zuckerberg declined to attend, VF reports. He probably realized in advance that photos of him dressed as Read More