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How Zuck wrested control of Facebook from shareholders

Mark Zuckerberg controls a majority of Facebook’s voting rights, and will continue to enjoy that control after it goes public, according to an unusual arrangement he struck with some key investors and colleagues among Facebook’s shareholders. A string of voting arrangements outlined

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Facebook tops 845m users

Facebook filed for an initial public offering on Wednesdsay and included an updated report on the giant social network’s user and usage data. The company’s total number of active monthly users, which it defines as registered Facebook users who have logged in and visited the

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Facebook’s IPO by the numbers

Facebook has filed its S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), announcing its intention to go public. The stock ticker symbol will be FB. No starting price has yet been named, but Facebook did say in the filing it expects to raise

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How hacker culture propelled Facebook to dominance

Facebook’s core values include a powerful, results-orientated, anti-theoretical philosophy called the “Hacker Way”, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. “The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration,” Zuckerberg writes

Alistair Fairweather
Searching for privacy

You could almost feel sorry for Google’s management team lately. Their every move draws stinging criticism from the media, regulators and customers. The latest kerfuffle? Google is changing its privacy policies on 1 March. Now, website privacy policies are generally like Ayn Rand novels and the Government Gazette

Alistair Fairweather
A mouthful of Sopa

It seems such an obvious truth now: the Internet can be catalyst for political and social change. But until the Arab Spring of 2011 few people fully realised or believed quite how powerful it could be. Now the US government, accustomed to celebrating the democratising power of the Internet, is getting a taste of

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Matt Waddell: how ‘social’ is reinventing Google

Online social networking is “broken”, Google+ is Google’s attempt to fix this, and the service will change fundamentally all of the Internet giant’s products, from search to YouTube. These are the key messages to come out of a recent Q&A session between TechCentral and Google+ chief of staff Matt Waddell

Alistair Fairweather
Anti-trust or anti-Google?

It’s become a rite of passage for the world’s biggest technology companies. As soon as you’ve fought your way to the top and become the darling of both stock markets and customers, regulators begin to cry “monopoly”. It happened to IBM in the 1960s

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Social media strengthen democracy, US says

The role and importance of social media in world politics are growing and will continue to do so, says Alec Ross, senior advisor on innovation and technology at the US department of state in the office of secretary of state Hilary Clinton. Ross was

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SA banks’ NFC trials ‘farcical’

Well-known entrepreneur and investor and former Google SA boss Stafford Masie believes near-field communication (NFC) technology will fail as a mainstream transactional platform and local banks’ attempts to implement systems based on it are “farcical” and offer “no value”. NFC is a set of standards that

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