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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Zuckerberg’

Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Randi Starting Social Media Site

Interesting. Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg director of marketing for his company, is leaving her brother’s umbrella and starting her own social media site. All Things D got a hold of Zuckerberg’s resignation letter.

“I have spent my years at Facebook pouring my heart and soul into innovating and pushing the media industry forward by introducing new concepts around live, social, participatory viewing that the media industry has since adopted. We have made incredible progress, but there is still much to be done and other ways I can affect change. Now is the perfect time for me to move outside of Facebook to build a company focused on the exciting trends underway in the media industry.”

No word yet on what the fairer Zuckerberg has in mind. And no public comments yet from her brother. No matter what she does, it’s bound to get plenty of attention. Especially if there is even the slightest whiff of family strife.

LA Times Posts Snapshot of Instagram Co-Founder

Are you ready to be sickened? It took 27-year-old Kevin Systrom (pictured) and a colleague just eight weeks to put together Instagram, the online platform that enables Apple device users to share digital photos. In short order, the service has attracted five million users and $7.5 million in venture capital.

Via boxed out profile put together by San Francisco based LA Times technology reporter Jessica Guynn, Systrom also proves that indoor summer camp electives can be as key for future tech nerds as those outdoor basketball workouts are for fellow would-be future NBA stars:

Systrom came to appreciate digital photography after taking a Photoshop software class at summer camp. Photography remained a hobby while Systrom attended Stanford University. There he created a service called Photobox, which caught the attention of Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg and one of his top lieutenants, Adam D’Angelo.

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Radhika Jones is Named an Executive Editor at TIME

Radhika Jones has been promoted to executive editor at TIME magazine. Jones, who has been with the pub three years today, has edited the last two TIME 100 issues and the Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” issue.

Jones joined TIME from Paris Review where she was managing editor. She began her journalism career at the Moscow Times, where she started as a copy editor.

Jones joins TIME’s two other Executive Editors, Nancy Gibbs and Jim Frederick, who is also the Managing Editor of

Memo from Time Inc. EIC John Huey and TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel, after the jump…

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Reveals He’s an Illegal Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, has told ABC News that he is an illegal immigrant. Vargas has decided to unveil this secret because he hopes that the spotlight that will inevitably follow him will lead to Congress passing the DREAM act, a bill that would allow immigrant children to become citizens if they go to college or serve in the military.

Vargas’ success makes his confession that much more powerful. He won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings for The Washington Post and at one point got the elusive Mark Zuckerberg to agree to an interview. Despite all of that, his citizenship status weighed heavily on him:

I wasn’t supposed to be there. I wasn’t supposed to be walking with Mark Zuckerberg. I wasn’t supposed to be interviewing Romney’s sons. Why was I doing it? Because I wanted to survive. I wanted to live. I wanted to earn what it means to be an American.

Vargas’ story is one that needs to be highlighted. It helps erase the stereotype that proponents of anti-immigration laws push.

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Facebook and Google in Talks for a Deal with Skype

If there’s one service more people should be using, in FishbowlNY’s humble opinion, it’s Skype. Few people Stateside really care about Skype, but whenever FishbowlNY goes on vacation, it notes that the rest of the world can’t seem to live without it.

But Facebook and Google are catching on, and both are reportedly in talks to strike a deal with Skype, sources have told Reuters. If Skype will have them! Mark Zuckerberg has been in internal talks about buying Skype, and Google has been having separate discussions.

Skype was planning an IPO, until it was pushed back to the second half of 2011. An IPO, according to one source, could raise about $1 billion. Other sources indicated that a deal with Facebook or Google could approach $3 to $4 billion. Or, as FishbowlNY has noted, 300-400 times what The Daily lost in the first quarter.

Arianna Huffington, Betty White, and Rosie O’Donnell Celebrate with the Top Women in Media at the Matrix Awards

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The 2011 Matrix Awards were held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Monday, and it was a chance to see the top women in media honor the achievements of each other.

The Matrix Awards take a broad look at the media industry, and recipients include women in television, advertising, public relations, and technology. “I didn’t even know I was in the media until today!” said Broadway actress and Matrix award recipient Idina Menzel.

The lifetime achievement award was given, deservedly, to Betty White, who spoke via satellite from Los Angeles. “It’s wonderful to be a role model at 89… it’s wonderful to be anything at 89,” said White with characteristic good humor.

Her advice to other women: keep doing what you are passionate about, said White, “long after people assume you’re dead.”

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Live from the Oscars Press Room…

Thanks to this year’s nifty “All Access” app (pictured), it was possible to watch winners visit the backstage press room without actually having to be in the press room, suited up in journalist formal wear. So bravo to the Academy for giving FishbowlLA the ability – from the comfort of home – to track the various reporter tactics attempted deep in the bowels of the Kodak Theater.

NPR’s Amy Walters tried to get Best Adapted Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin to bite on a Mark Zuckerberg tease, wondering how the writer felt about his subject now. But Sorkin expertly dodged the Q-trap, commending Zuckerberg for his Saturday Night Live appearance and suggesting that no one would want to have a film made about their behavior at age 19.

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The Taiwanese Take on Mark Zuckerberg’s Stalker

Courtesy of Taiwan’s Next Media Animation we get this take on TMZ’s Mark Zuckerberg stalker story. Here’s hoping the Taiwanese start animating Matt Tabbi‘s stories on the financial crisis next. Ordinary people might actually pay attention to news this fun.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Mark Zuckerberg Has a Facebook Stalker

Bloomberg Donated $279 Million to Charities Last Year

Yesterday Slate published its “Slate 60” list, an annual compilation of the most philanthropic Americans, and our very own media mogul/mayor Michael Bloomberg came in second overall, by donating almost $280 million to various charities and causes.

Bloomberg spread that money out too, donating to over 950 different groups. Some of the more local ones included Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, El Museo del Barrio, Food Bank for New York City, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Metropolitan Opera Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Nice to see Bloomberg on the list, especially coming in at number two (behind George Soros). Another notable name – though not New York related – was Mark Zuckerberg, who donated the 10th most, at $100 million. Someone that young donating so much is unusual. FishbowlNY was also surprised to see that Oprah wasn’t on the list at all. C’mon Oprah – that’s not the way to impress a new half-sister.

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Facebook Stalker*

If “The Social Network” and his appearance on SNL didn’t do it, Mark Zuckerberg can now officially say he’s a celebrity. Zuckerberg, his sister Randi, and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan have a stalker. TMZ got a hold of a restraining order Zuckerberg successfully received against 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda, which alleges Manukonda has tried to “follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety.”

You can’t say Zuckerberg is chasing headlines on this one. Aside from the fact Manukonda actually showed up at Zuck’s house, check out Manukonda’s Facebook messages to Zuckerberg and his family.

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