While Facebook hasn’t confirmed, Crain’s says the social networking site is taking 160,000 square feet across two floors in the “Midtown South” (but really, the Village?) building. Read More
Israel just discovered parody Facebook accounts and that’s bad news for Mark Zuckerberg. Moshe Gafni, a parliament member for an ulta-Orthodox sect, is so annoyed that a fake account containing his name was being used to impersonate him that he’s now demanding to speak in-person with the Facebook CEO.
After repeated complaints to Facebook for the page’s removal went unanswered, Mr. Gafni asked the parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, which he happens to head, to convene for an urgent discussion about the Read More
This would make for an annoying episode of Million Dollar Listings New York: Facebook is reportedly looking to leave its Midtown offices and head south to 770 Broadway. Crain’s reports that Zuck & Co. are negotiating to rent the seventh and eighth floors at the East Village building.
Facebook is currently leasing 150,000 square feet at its 335 Madison Ave. offices, which houses advertising and sales staff. However, as the company beefs up its New York operation with engineers and programmers, it’s probably outgrowing that space. The new office, which is in the same building as J.Crew, Aol and the Huffington Post, is 10,000 square feet larger. Read More
Typing Facebook.com on a roller coaster just got so much easier! A U.S. District Court in California has awarded Facebook a victory against several so-called typosquatters–companies that buy domains names similar in spelling to big websites, then profit off of users’ terrible typing skills.
More than 100 domains that involved variations of the word Facebook (i.e. facesbook.com, facebof.com, or our favorite, facebookforteens.com) were found being controlled by just a few companies with names that sound like they were ripped from a Law and Order script (lookin’ at you, Domain Inc.). They didn’t respond to allegations of violating the social network’s trademark for profit, so Facebook was awarded a default judgement of $3 million in statutory damages. Read More
During a Reddit AMA today, Facebook product engineer Bob Baldwin faced a barrage of questions about everyone’s favorite website to hate. He confirmed there was a secret, creepy sounding room at the bottom of its Palo Alto headquarters, he admitted that the much beleaguered “Questions” feature sucked, and he repeated Mark Zuckerberg’s mobile mantra to prospective web developers. Read More
You’ve got to hand it to Paul Ceglia, the man who would own Facebook. Most people, when charged with criminal fraud by the U.S. government, would abandon the civil lawsuit that got them into trouble in the first place. Not Mr. Ceglia. This onetime wood-pellet salesman is continuing his quixotic quest to claim a slice of the social network.
The Wall Street Journal reports that he’s now suing to stop the criminal proceedings against him, accusing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of violating his constitutional rights.
This is starting to sound less Law and Order, more junior varsity mock trial. Read More
Remember the heady days of Livejournal, when your emo post about how much your parents don’t “get” you was only complete with an accompanying song and mood, the latter of which could be entered by choosing from a surprisingly robust menu of descriptive emoticons? Facebook, it turns out, certainly remembers those rosy days of yore, and is intent to bring back the emoticon feature to your very own status box. Read More
Earlier today, (alleged!) Facebook fraudster Paul Ceglia appeared at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse downtown and pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges of wire and mail fraud. It was his first appearance in the wake of yesterday’s indictment.
Always something of a riddle, Mr. Ceglia has become even more ghostly of Read More