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

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

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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

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

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

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The Latest FWD.us Ad Will Make You Want to Expatriate Yourself

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FWD.us really ought to throw up a job listing for someone with a clue. Check out their latest misstep, via the Verge: a rewritten version of “The New Colossus,” the sonnet famously inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, which begins: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

In the latest ad from Zuck and friends, the poem now diverges into: “And give me the influencers and the dreamers, talent that is searching for purpose, those dedicated to the doing. Send all these, the boundless borne to me.” Read More

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

Zuck’s Still Trying to Reroute All Your News Consumption Through Facebook

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The Wall Street Journal says that yes, the Facebook Reader is a real thing, and the company has been working on it for over a year. It’s probably more of a recommendation engine than an RSS product, and it reportedly “resembles” Flipboard.

The justification? Keeping those eyeballs on the page longer, meaning more engagement, meaning more ad dollars: Read More