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Allegations Against Facebook

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Facebook is getting a little friendly with some of its biggest critics.

This week Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg met with prominent conservatives in the media. This comes after a former employee said the social networking site omitted conservative political stories from its list of trending stories. An allegation that anyone connected to those types of stories was unhappy to hear, especially when you consider the audience.  read more »

Artificial Intelligence

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Mark Zuckerberg is looking to live like a super hero.

For his new year’s resolution the CEO of Facebook said he’s planning to build his own artificial intelligence assistant to help him around the house and at the office. He says it will be like JARVIS, the robotic butler in Marvel’s “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies.

Zuckerberg says he will begin by teaching it skills such as understanding his voice to control functions that include lighting, temperature and music. Then he plans on kicking things up a notch. He says he plans to teach his robotic assistant to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the bell; and show it how to tell if anything unusual is going on in his daughter’s room.  read more »

Family Leave

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One of the most important executives in Silicon Valley is making a strong statement on the importance of family leave.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. This comes as most Silicon Valley companies rush to extend their family leave plans as a way of recruiting and retaining top talent. However most new parents choose not to take advantage of it for fear they will miss out on possible promotions.

As far as Facebook goes, the social media giants offers four months of paid maternity or paternity leave which can be taken all at once or throughout the first year of the child's life. Zuckerberg says studies show a more positive outcome for the family when working parents take time to be with their newborns.  read more »

Zuckerberg's Book Club

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Mark Zuckerberg is taking a cue from Oprah, and cracking open a few books with strangers.

As his new year’s resolution the Facebook founder vowed to read a new book every other week. And in what could be the largest book club in the world, he’s inviting all his Facebook followers to join in. Despite building a fortune on connecting people online, Zuckerberg says he finds books very intellectually fulfilling. He says books allow people to explore a topic and immerse yourself in information in ways that technology doesn’t allow.  read more »

Zuckerberg's Uniform

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Mark Zuckerberg created the most popular social site around; but he didn’t necessarily look good doing it.

After years of sporting jeans and a grey t-shirt Zuckerberg is explaining his refusal to switch up his wardrobe choices. In a Facebook question and answer session he says he wears the t-shirt every day because he thinks “what to wear” is a silly decision. He says he wants to clear his life so that he has to make as few decisions as possible except how to best serve the Facebook community. He also considers deciding what to eat for breakfast each morning a silly decision but hasn’t found a way to simplify that.  read more »

Social Media Major

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College degrees are going social.

Soon some college students will have an excuse for all the Facebook comments, tweets and pictures they spend hours posting. They can call it homework thanks to a new social media major offered by Newberry College in South Carolina.

But the workload isn’t all friend requests and Farmville. An associate professor says the major is a combination of graphic design, communications, business, marketing, psychology and statistics.

It’s also designed to give entrepreneurial minded students a reason to stay in school and not emulate past do-it-yourselfers. For example, Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard to focus on Facebook. Bill Gates left to start Microsoft.  read more »

The New Hollywood

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There is a new Hollywood emerging and it’s a little further north.

According to the New York Times more people are becoming fascinated with the lives of the people ruling over Silicon Valley. For example the wedding of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan made the cover of People magazine and the paparazzi have followed them on every leg of their Italian honeymoon.

Ryan Tate a former gossip blogger for Gawker says more interest is being spent on people such as Zuckerberg, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the heads of companies such as Google and Dropbox. He says when the economic news is so bad people want to be distracted by the lives of celebrities. And these days those celebrities reside in Silicon Valley where some of the richest people are under 35.  read more »

Online Organ Donors

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Facebook is expanding its network to the medical field.

Starting now users in the U.S. and Britain can enroll as organ donors via links to official registries on the site. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he hopes this will make it easier and more convenient for people to sign up to be donors. And if someone is already a registered donor they can add that information to their profile page, now known as their timeline.

Zuckerberg says his friendship with late Apple founder Steve Jobs who received a liver transplant before he died helped spark the idea. He says his longtime girlfriend who is a medical student also contributed to the donor program. And with 800 million users spreading the word this is good news for everyone on the transplant list.  read more »

Now Hiring

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Looking for a job; because Facebook is looking for some more friends.

Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg is on the road looking for some new talent. Earlier this week he made his pitch to students at Harvard, the university he dropped out of after launching the billion dollar company. The visit to Harvard followed a similar scouting trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  read more »

A New King in Town

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For the past few years Google has been king of the online kingdom but one connected company is looking to steal its throne.

Facebook is challenging Google’s supremacy with a new approach to how people live, work, play and search online. Currently, Google delivers search results to people based on their web history. Facebook is stepping up to the plate by personalizing the user’s web experience with their own “likes” and recommendations from their Facebook friends.  read more »