Facebook IPO Update of the Day

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Facebook's first day of public trading, by the numbers: 571 million shares traded, a 23 cent gain in share price (up to $38.23 from an initial price of $38), and one hilarious parody video from the Taiwanese animation wizards at Next Media.

And how did all of this affect Mark Zuckerberg's personal wealth? The Wall Street Journal is glad you asked. You can refer to their live tracker of the kid billionaire's fortunes for all your Zuckwatch 2012 needs.

[wsj / nma]

Facebook Musical of the Day

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With Facebook's IPO fast approaching (and estimates of its value continuing to grow), the folks at CDZA (of "History of Whistling" fame) couldn't have picked a better time to unleash "Zuckerberg: The Musical" on the world.

Looks like someone saw Sweeney Todd and took "My Friends" a bit too literally.

[aggregate.]

Facebook Rollout of the Day

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Facebook Rollout of the Day
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced today a potentially life-saving -- and possibly TMI -- new feature: Facebook users now have the option to share their organ donor status on their timelines. In a post on the site, Facebook points out that there are 114,000 people currently awaiting transplants in the U.S., and millions around the world.

"Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you're an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role."

The new timeline feature provides links to organ donation registries in the event that someone wants to sign up, and currently is only available in the U.S. and the U.K. Widespread rollout is planned in the coming months.

[thenextweb]

Criminally Dumb Criminal of the Day

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Criminally Dumb Criminal of the Day
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20-year-old Michael Baker of Jenkens, Kentucky, was charged last month with stealing gasoline from a police cruiser after he posted photographic evidence of the theft -- complete with grin and bird-flip -- on Facebook, where it was passed around town and eventually seen by local police.

The photo has since been taken down, but Baker's Facebook page is still up. On his wall, he told a friend, "yea lol i went too (sic) jail over facebook."

Baker posted bail yesterday.

[22words.]

Facebook Timeline of the Day

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Facebook Timeline of the Day
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Ernie Smith, the founder of ShortFormBlog, a breaking news website, stole a (Facebook) page from the New York Times and its terrifically detailed timeline, spending a month or so with illustrator Ben Claassen III to create a backstory for the "face" of the blog, Julius the laid-off RSS robot. Says Smith: "It's as though Julius is at the forefront of publishing, even if he kind of fails along the way."

Not to be missed: Julius gets scooped by Drudge in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

[shortformblog]

Follow-Up of the Day: Facebook Defends Its Support of CISPA

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Follow-Up of the Day: Facebook Defends Its Support of CISPA
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Prompted by widespread Internet outcry against Facebook's support of CISPA, Joel Kaplan, the site's VP of U.S. Public Policy, has taken to the Facebook blog to defend his company's position, exlaining the difference between SOPA and CISPA and why the latter would help protect Facebook.

"One challenge we and other companies have had is in our ability to share information with each other about cyber attacks. When one company detects an attack, sharing information about that attack promptly with other companies can help protect those other companies and their users from being victimized by the same attack," Kaplan writes. "Similarly, if the government learns of an intrusion or other attack, the more it can share about that attack with private companies (and the faster it can share the information), the better the protection for users and our systems."

Kaplan made sure to address Facebook users' worries about privacy: "The concern is that companies will share sensitive personal information with the government in the name of protecting cybersecurity. Facebook has no intention of doing this."

CISPA will likely go to a full vote on the House floor later this month.

[mashable]

Follow-Up of the Day: Internets Revolt as Facebook Backs CISPA

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Facebook (and also Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T, Intel...) has come out in support of CISPA -- SOPA's evil twin that essentially would obliterate online privacy -- and the wrath of the web has reached a fever pitch.

What's the best way to fight back?

Sign the petition by Demand Progress:

"Internet users were able to push GoDaddy to withdraw its support of SOPA. Now it's time to make sure Facebook knows we're furious."

And/or share your opposition on Facebook, natch.

[knowyourmeme]