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Snapchat CEO on Meeting Mark Zuckerberg: Meh

Mr. Spiegel, probably complaining about something. (Getty)

If you were wondering whether Snapchat CEO and noted non-apologizer Evan Spiegel was a particularly humble guy, the answer is no, he is probably not.

Today, through a somewhat confusing interaction between Mr. Spiegel and Business Insider reporter Alyson Shontell, we learned that Mr. Spiegel maybe kind of snubbed an invitation from Mark Zuckerberg to come meet him at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters in 2012. Mr. Zuckerberg reportedly wanted to speak with Mr. Spiegel prior to the launch of Facebook’s Snapchat wannabe app, Poke.  Read More

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‘The Zuckerberg Files’ Is An Archive of the Facebook Founder’s Every Public Remark

Everything he ever said, ever. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

When social network controller, influential Internet cultural personage and expert hoodie wearer when Mark Zuckerberg speaks, we listen. His grip on the personal information of 1 billion Facebook users means everything he says about privacy is examined with a fine tooth comb. Enter “The Zuckerberg Files,” an astonishing online-based archive that contains every public utterance from the man. Read More


Randi Zuckerberg Has Written a Picture Book About How Kids Should Step Away from the Internet

Cool dog. (Dot Complicated)

Start-ups: Silicon Valley didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean Randi Zuckerberg has limited her endeavors to blogging at her own site, Dot Complicated, and bumping into Rick Ross at launch parties. She announced today that she’ll be releasing a children’s book about how kids maybe shouldn’t spend all their time on the Internet.

Your signed copy is in the mail, Mark. Read More


We’re Starting To Wonder If the Credit for Twitter Should Just Go to Dumb Luck

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It’s profile season! Last week, we were treated to an excerpt of Hatching TwitterNYT reporter Nick Bilton’s history of the company. Well, the New Yorker has just debuted a profile of Jack Dorsey that pushes back against the Times‘ implication that the Square founder is really just a genius at a) packaging himself and b) preening. 

At this rate, once someone uncovers the mystery of the missing Biz Stone, the inevitable movie version will have to be less The Social Network, more Rashomon. Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

Pro-Privacy (for Himself): Mark Zuckerberg Just Bought the Four Houses Around His Palo Alto Home

Everything he ever said, ever. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

It’s one of the grand ironies of the social media age that Mark Zuckerberg, who made billions by making it so, so easy to follow the lives of our exes–is extremely zealous in guarding his own privacy. Remember that fight with Mahbod Moghadam and the Instagram photo?

Well according to the San Jose Mercury Newshe’s recently taken it to new heights. Apparently Zuck has opened his wallet and purchased the four homes around his own Palo Alto pad, shelling out $30 million total, paying at market rates. Read More

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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