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Snapchat Makes Bad News Disappear in Six Seconds

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So did you hear Snapchat‘s big announcement yesterday? No? You’re not the only one — and there’s a good reason for that.

History’s frattiest startup confirmed yesterday that its third founding partner did, in fact, play a significant role in creating its app. By settling with “Reggie” Brown for what we can only assume was a multi-million dollar sum, the company effectively admitted that it had cut him out of the loop before hitting the big time and dissing Mark Zuckerberg.

The official statement from CEO Evan Spiegel goes against Snapchat’s years of official denials, in which it claimed that Brown had little to do with the company’s creation, launch and subsequent success:

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A Few Reasons Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Has Been So Popular with CEOs

jeff bezos ice bucketEvery time you turn on the internet, someone’s dumping a bucket of cold H2O over their heads. It’s the the ALS ice bucket challenge and it’s for a good cause so go right ahead. A million times yes. As of Sunday, the challenge has raised $70.2 million.

Lots of ordinary folk are doing it. Of course, celebrities are getting in on the action. But surprisingly, a ton of CEOs are also doing it. From Mark Zuckerberg to Jeff Bezos, top executives from some big companies are getting in on the viral philanthropy action. This isn’t normal. So what gives?

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Sheryl Sandberg Shrugs Off Facebook’s Latest Scandal

Mark Zuckerberg has yet to begin his apology tour for Facebook’s latest crossing of the invisible line with a research paper that did not get pre-approval from the ethics board at Cornell University.

Today, however, Sheryl Sandberg addressed the matter at a totally-not-related event. Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic sums up her reponse in popular emoji form:

That’s pretty much it. A quote after the jump…

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Tips on Pitching and Media Relations from Facebook’s Media Coach Bill McGowan

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Bill McGowan has held many titles throughout his career: journalist, “A Current Affair” reporter, author, founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group.

His most recent role is media coach for executives, celebrities and artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson and Eli Manning to Thomas Keller and Tim Gunn. He’s also worked with major firms to help PR professionals hone the art of the pitch.

Two of his most recent clients’ names might ring a bell: Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg.

In McGowan’s latest book Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time, he draws on decades of experience working both in front of and behind the camera to offer tips and tools on how to deliver a message efficiently and confidently.

We recently spoke to Bill to learn how that experience applies to PR.

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Mark Zuckerberg Is the World’s Most Generous Man

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That’s according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which just released its list of the 50 biggest givers in the world over the past year. This ranking does include a couple of qualifiers: Zuck’s donation came in the form of Facebook stock, and the $992 billion listed only went to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which is a very local organization.

Still, that’s quite a bit of theoretical money, and the listing solidifies Zuckerberg’s reputation as an all-around good guy (while mentioning his work with Startup: Education).

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Samsung Tones It Way Down for New Galaxy Launch

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Call off the brass section

Last week we asked whether tech companies should stop scheduling big events for every upgrade and “new” product launch. The answer was a nearly universal “no”—and Samsung seems to have gotten the message.

The New York Times tells us to expect less “singing and dancing” and more fawning over gizmos as the company introduces the public to the Galaxy S5.

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Snapchat’s Spiegel Applied Some Heavy Spin to His Zuckerberg Bromance

ht_evan_spiegel_jef_130416_wblog1This morning we bring you the five words Evan Spiegel needs to hear, via the 2008 Internet:

Dude. You’re doing it wrong.

Spiegel’s non-apology on the Snapchat data breach was lame enough, but last night we learned that he misled a Forbes interviewer about the nature of his relationship with Mark Zuckerberg.

It’s a pretty basic progression, really:

In other words, he was so ready to make himself look good that he made himself look worse.

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‘Duh’ Moment of the Day: Marketing Doesn’t Work on Facebook

like_icon_largeThere’s this tool called Mark Zuckerberg … eh, Facebook. Since Zuckerberg began comparing ugly women to pretty chicks with whom he couldn’t score, Facebook has always been an e-Storehouse for the ego. So, suffice to say this report from Facebook (via Ad Age) is not really breaking news.

According to the Big Eff Bomb (see what I did there), “Organic reach doesn’t work on our contraption so please — puh-lease — buy advertising.” Okay, that may be a slight paraphrase, but I know they are feeling it.

The thought is that fan posts are not being seen by fans. And now, people are speaking out about it and causing Eff-acebook to eat a nice, healthy batch of crow.

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The ‘Zuckerberg Selfie Stick’ Is the Gift You Need This Holiday Season

Today in Clever, Shameless Self-Promotion news, the CEO of an Australian tech retailer called Kogan has introduced the gift that you didn’t even know you needed: the “[Mark] Zuckerberg Selfie Stick.”

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What is this curiosity, and how does it relate to everyone’s favorite Jesse Eisenberg look-alike?

You know you want to click through.

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Facebook and Google Seem Serious About ‘Cheap Internet for All’ CSR Projects

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When Mark Zuckerberg first announced his plans to create a free wi-fi program for the third world, quite a few responded skeptically. Was this simply a stunt designed to make Facebook look more like a responsible corporate citizen and less like Grand Theft Auto’s “LifeInvader” while adding millions to membership rolls?

Now it seems that most of tech’s biggest names are on the same page, and various projects that look and sound very similar to Internet.org are moving forward with support from the big boys. The most prominent project to date is the Alliance for Affordable Internet, or A4AI, which gained a good bit of attention this week thanks to the backing of the largest names in tech: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and, yes, Facebook. The fact that Tim Berners-Lee, aka the inventor of the World Wide Web, serves as the project’s public face only adds to its credibility.

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