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Facebook Adds a Second New York Office In the Mysterious ‘Midtown South’ Area

770 Broadway. (Photo: vnony.com)

Sounds like the rumors might be true: Crain’s reports that Facebook is expanding its New York presence to 770 Broadway, home to Aol/Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine and J. Crew.

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

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Hey Mark Zuckerberg, the Israeli Government Would Like to See You About Some Parody Accounts

He's in South Korea. (Photo: Flickr.com/gpaumier)

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

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Sick of Crappy Midtown Lunch Options, Facebook Reportedly Relocating to the Village

770 Broadway. (Photo: NYC Office Space blog)

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

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Sorry, Facegbook: Facebook Wins Lawsuit Over Domain Squatters

Lock it up. (Photo: Smedio)

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

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Facebook Isn’t Adding a Dislike Button, Even If Your Friend Gets Dumped

Not happening. (Photo: TechTheBest.com)

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

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MessageMe, the Addictive App Facebook Tried to Buy Before Cutting It Off, Already Picked Up More Than 1M. Users

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There have been a rash of reports recently about Facebook’s mercurial approach to third-party developers. The social network may not want to be “in the business of king-making,” by boosting–or suppressing–traffic to popular apps, as Douglas Purdy, director of developer products, told Reuters. But Facebook is increasingly willing to shut the castle gate on competitors.

While Facebook claims it’s an effort to stop spam and promote apps that add value to the network, “Developers say the crackdown is an attempt to stifle applications that compete with Facebook-owned services,” or pay for ads on Facebook, the Wall Street Journal reported last night.   Read More

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Paul Ceglia’s at It Again, Claiming His Constitutional Rights Are Being Violated

Mr. Ceglia. (facebook.com)

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