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Facebook falls flat on its face, but blaming CFO not on

The recriminations over the Facebook float continue, with The New York Times and the owner of a basketball team weighing in on the villains and victims of the float.

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Who profited from Facebook’s flop?

As Facebook shares continue to plummet, it turns out not everyone is disappointed by the dour share price performance.

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It’s all about Craig Thomson…

MP Craig Thomson has reached new heights in our weekly charts.

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Financial Times | LINKS|

The ‘Facebook president’ and his need for more ‘likes’

Voters are cynical of Barack Obama’s “change you can believe in” rhetoric, just as they are leery of Facebook’s privacy policies. There are some compelling parallels, writes Edward Luce.

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Kohler: a media machine to distract Facebook

There was plenty of commentary over the weekend that the Facebook IPO was a big flop because the underwriters had to support the price.

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Bloomberg | LINKS|

Zuckerberg to officially become one of the world’s richest men

Facebook’s public offering will provide Mark Zuckerberg his ultimate ‘like’, cementing the 27-year-old social media guru as one of the world’s richest men, reports Brian Womack and Lee Spears.

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Facebook buys Instagram’s buzz in lead-up to share float

Facebook’s billion-dollar purchase of Instagram may look extravagant, but it makes sense if you consider scale, strategy, timing and the not-talked-about streams of personal data.

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Mashable | LINKS|

Will Facebook ruin Instagram?

Instagram is Christina Warren’s favourite social and photo network. She responded cautiously to news that Facebook has snapped it up for a billion dollars — and in this Mashable op-ed implores Zuckerberg and co. not to ruin it.

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Can Zuckerberg keep his Facebook baby afloat?

Reading Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to investors in the Facebook prospectus, which was released this morning, you get the distinct impression that taking the business public is really the last thing he wants to do, given the choice.

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Bartholomeusz: will the market ‘like’ Facebook?

With Facebook apparently set to launch an initial public offering this week, valuing it at $US75 billion-$US100 billion, the market’s willingness to capitalise the optimism around social networking businesses is about to be tested.

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All Things Digital | LINKS|

Zuckberg’s methodology: launch, apologise, wash, dry, repeat

The pattern for how Facebook rolls out changes and how Mark Zuckerberg responds to them, often with half-baked apologies, has been finessed over the years. Liz Gannes takes a look back.

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Hey Facebook, we want to share, but this is ridiculous

Sharing is good. We teach our kids to share their toys and chocolate. But, Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, that does’t mean sharing everything with everybody automatically is really such a good idea.

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Huffington Post | LINKS|

Zuckerberg in ’05: ‘I still don’t know if we have something’

A never aired in full interview with Mark Zuckerberg in 2005 depicts the social media pioneer on a velour couch, beer in hand, talking uncertainly about the company’s future and downplaying its success, reports Bianca Bosker.

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The Guardian | JOURNALISM|

The 100 most powerful people in the media

It’s time for The Guardian’s annual list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the media, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg taking the number one spot from Steve Jobes.

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Reuters | LINKS|

Facebook to launch “something awesome” next week

King of the kids, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, told a group of journos that Facebook is launching “something awesome” next week. Is it the long awaited iPad app or an app for photo-sharing?

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Gawker | LINKS|

The world has more than one Mark Zuckerberg

If you had Googled “Mark Zuckerberg” in 2004 you would have been directed to bankruptcy lawyer Mark S Zuckerberg. Now, his name overtaken by a far more famous man, the Indianapolis resident is marketing himself as “Other Zuckerberg.”

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Ten, Seven in legal stoush …. tabloid journo tell-all …

Hang Ten: Warburton might wait … Journo admits: I made it up … Facebook makes six people billionaires. …

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Winklevoss & Winklevoss on Mark Zuckerberg

The Oscar-nominated “Facebook movie” The Social Network brought the Winklevoss twins to public attention, but what do they think of Mark Zuckerberg these days? All is revealed in a new interview for The Daily.

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Facebook face-off: the lawsuit continues beyond the film

Despite a US$65 million (now worth US$140 million) legal settlement and a movie generating plenty of Oscar buzz, there appears to be plenty left to write about the Facebook imbroglio between the world’s youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, and the wealthy scions who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea.

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The cultural revolution was online in 2010

The most important arts and “cultural” events of 2010 happened online, writes Ben Eltham, in his final My Cup of Tea column for the year.

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The Guardian | FILM & TV|

Is Mark Zuckberg’s cinema’s most influential figure?

Tron: Legacy is the latest in a trend of Hollywood movies that depict alternate virtual worlds infinitely more interesting than reality. Andrew Lowry believes one man is ultimately responsible, whether he knows it or not: Mark Zuckerberg.

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ReadWriteWeb | JOURNALISM|

Mark Zuckerberg’s thoughts on WikiLeaks

TIME Magazine editors have given Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg their coveted Person of the Year award despite Zuckerberg placing 10th in the readers’ vote. What has Zuckerberg told TIME about WikiLeaks? Not a great deal, writes Marshall Kirkpatrick.

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Gawker | LINKS|

Want to rent Mark Zuckerberg’s old house?

It’s got a huge family room, a wood-burning fireplace and presumably a pretty good internet connection. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has moved out of his old shack in Palo Alto and it’s now on the rental market. Price? US$7850 a month.

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The Independent | LINKS|

Strange social media bedfellows: Dubya and Zuckerberg buddy up

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a new pal in George W. Bush, who visited Facebook HQ and claimed to be an avid user of the social networking website. Bush did however repeatedly refer to the site using its original name: “the Facebook,” reports Guy Adams.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

The Social Network — morally ambiguous and thoroughly engrossing

On a conceptual level a movie about Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by David Fincher and starring Justin Timebrlake looked borderline ridiculous, but The Social Network nevertheless became of the most engrossing legal thrillers in years, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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