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Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Facebook founder, Newark schools benefactor back in Jersey mix
NEWARK, NJ -- Say what you will about Mark Zuckerberg, but the youthful Facebook billionaire certainly seems to have a soft spot for the Garden State. Media outlets reported Thursday that Zuckerberg and his wife will hold a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie at their California home Feb. 13. The tough-talking Republican governor, who angered many in his party by praising President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy, has already announced his intention to seek reelection in 2013. Another Zuckerberg pal, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, last year announced he would not be seeking the seat, but plans instead to run for US Senate. Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the city’s schools in 2010 after he and Booker bonded at a West Coast conference. …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Students use online resources to communicate and demonstrate
Adults who bemoan the emerging organizational skills typical of middle school students take note: the eighth graders who have demonstrated at South Orange Middle School (SOMS) in recent weeks have used social media to organize their protests. Shortly after news spread around South Orange Middle School that two eighth grade Social Studies teachers, Steven Cohen and Kathleen McKort, were to be denied tenure, students shared the news with Columbia High School students via email. Many of those students, who had the teachers while they were at SOMS, spread the news further and joined a newly-established "closed" Facebook group. Several of the students credit the Facebook group with sharing the information. "I learned about Mr. Cohen and Ms. …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
It became a publicly-traded company this week and is making billions for its shareholders.
From its humble beginnings as an idea in a Harvard dorm room, to a social media site with an estimated 900 million users worldwide - Facebook has become a huge part of our popular culture. Privately held since 2004, Facebook became a publicly-traded company this week. That means all of its shares will be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and sold to the public, though some investors criticized that it was hard to get their hands on the stock. Once trading began, Facebook sold 421 million shares at $38 each and raised an estimated $16 billion in one day, setting records for valuation and volume of first-day trading. Friday's trading set a record for the number of shares sold, 567 million.The company's total valuation is now estimated at $…
Friday, May 11, 2012
A state legislative committee approved a bill this week that would bar the practice.
Can an employer force you to reveal your Facebook or other social media password as a condition for getting hired or keeping your job? That issue began to get some attention in March after a statistician in New York reported that during an interview with a potential employer, the woman interviewing him had searched for his Facebook and, upon discovering that it was private, asked him for the password. The statistician, Justin Bassett refused and left the interview, according to the Associated Press. But the story brought to light other instances where employers have sought similar access to social media accounts, and have led several states to consider legislation to ban the practice. California's assembly voted Thursday to approve such …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The new "life event" option also lets users search for donor registries.
Facebook users can now add when they became an organ donor to their Facebook Timeline, a move that founder Mark Zuckerberg said could help spread awareness and get more people to become donors. Users simply click on adding a “Life Event” to their timeline, and can find the organ donor option under “Health and Wellness.” There they can add the state, date and story on their decision to become a donor. If you are not a donor, you can search your local registry right on Facebook. "Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories… We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that's out there," …