A Letter from Mark Zuckerberg

I’m considering buying Greece, but that would still leave me with $18 billion. LOL.

A Letter from Mark Zuckerberg
http://www.borowitzreport.com/2012/05/17/a-letter-from-mark-zuckerberg/
MENLO PARK, CA (The Borowitz Report) – On the eve of Facebook’s IPO, Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg published the following letter to potential investors:
Dear Potential Investor:
For years, you’ve wasted your time on Facebook. Now here’s your chance to waste your money on it, too.
Tomorrow is Facebook’s IPO, and I know what some of you are thinking. How will Facebook be any different from the dot-com bubble of the early 2000’s?
For one thing, those bad dot-com stocks were all speculation and hype, and weren’t based on real businesses. Facebook, on the other hand, is based on a solid foundation of angry birds and imaginary sheep.
Second, Facebook is the most successful social network in the world, enabling millions to share information of no interest with people they barely know.
Third, every time someone clicks on a Facebook ad, Facebook makes money. And while no one has ever done this on purpose, millions have done it by mistake while drunk. We totally stole this idea from iTunes.
Finally, if you invest in Facebook, you’ll be far from alone. As a result of using Facebook for the past few years, over 900 million people in the world have suffered mild to moderate brain damage, impairing their ability to make reasoned judgments. These will be your fellow Facebook investors.
With your help, if all goes as planned tomorrow, Facebook’s IPO will net $100 billion. To put that number in context, it would take JP Morgan four or five trades to lose that much money.
One last thing: what will, I, Mark Zuckerberg, do with the $18 billion I’m expected to earn from Facebook’s IPO? Well, I’m considering buying Greece, but that would still leave me with $18 billion. LOL.
Friend me,
Mark

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Antivirus Firm: 75% Of Phone-Based Malware Now Targets Android
The phrase 3mobile malware how cybersecurity researchers describe
the small but growing number of nasty programs designed to infect
smartphones is quickly becoming synonymous with a more specific term:
Android malware. According to data released Monday by the Finnish
antivirus firm F-Secure, 37 of the 49 variants of malicious software
targeting smartphones in the last quarter were aimed at Android devices,
compared with just ten out of the 16 malware variants it found in the
same quarter last year.
http://ow.ly/aWPsk


Solar Eclipse: Ring of Fire Coming Sunday
The rare annular solar eclipse will be visible on the west coast of
North America and in parts of Asia on May 20 and 21.
http://ow.ly/aYoc7

#.GOV PAY ATTENTION CLEAN THE OCEANS & COLLECT PLASTIC GARBAGE
Plague of Plastic Chokes the Seas
http://t.co/KhRT45aW
JPMorgan’s Trading Loss Is Said to Rise at Least 50%
http://ow.ly/aYnZt
Oops! Five CEOs Who Should Have Already Been Fired (Cisco, GE, WalMart,
Sears, Microsoft) “a billion here, a billion there and pretty soon it all adds up to real money!”
http://ow.ly/aXGAO
Amnesty UK website hacked to serve lethal Gh0st RAT Trojan
Amnesty International=92s UK website was hacked to host the dangerous
Gh0st RAT Trojan for two days this week, security firm Websense has revealed.
http://ow.ly/aWOR2
Chinese hackers steal private data from 760 firms
China-based hackers are reportedly targeting US-based Google Inc and
Intel Corp. An attack hackers launched on iBahn could help them access
secret e-mails, even encrypted ones, according to a US senior
intelligence official familiar with the matter.
http://ow.ly/aWP0D
The Unknowns hack NASA, Air Force, Harvard, saying ‘We’re here to help’
After posting evidence of hacks against 10 organizations around the
world, including NASA and the U.S. Air Force, a new gray hat hacker
group going by the name The Unknowns said most of the vulnerabilities
the group exploited have been patched. The group, which claims to be
promoting Internet security, said closing those vulnerabilities was its goal.
http://ow.ly/aWP7E
Congress To Amend NDAA To Give DoD &amp; NSA Greater ‘Cyberwar’ Powers
from the say-what-now dept
Remember the NDAA? Yeah, for a variety of reasons that bill got a lot of
attention last year — mostly focused on the question of detainment of
terrorists. But there are some other nuggets in the bill, including one
tidbit about “military activities in cyberspace.” The existing version
of the NDAA does grant the Defense Department the ability to conduct
such military activities, but only “upon direction by the President” and
if the purpose is to “defend our Nation, Allies and interests,” subject
to existing laws.
http://ow.ly/aWPia
Oh boy just what we need. Google Search Just Got 1,000 Times Smarter
http://ow.ly/aXGbs
How to work with google.
http://ow.ly/aYxKQ
How to Get Off Facebook
http://bit.ly/GFtclQ
Judge: An IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate)
IP-Address Can’t Even Identify a State, BitTorrent Judge Rules
http://ow.ly/aXGtI
BitTorrent was NEVER the Performance Problem
http://ow.ly/aXGSS
Why Hollywood is doomed
These pieces of legislation assume guilt on the part of content
consumers while simultaneously erasing their rights to privacy. But,
before you cast aspersions, consider that Hollywood does this to protect
the industry’s ability to create jobs, art, and money.
The Avengers opening weekend ended with a record-annihilating $207
million box office total. That single weekend haul was larger than all but the largest of
blockbusters take in their entire multi-month run. Only legislation and
penalties can punish the pirates and give the studios their deserved riches!
http://ow.ly/aWPQB
NTIA: Companies, Agencies Will Need To Share Spectrum
http://ow.ly/aXGwf
Mind-controlled robotic arm
BrainGate2, seeks to aid the disabled by implanting a small microchip in
the motor cortex of their brains that effectively allows them to control
a robotic arm with their thoughts.
http://ow.ly/aYuBm
Euclid will keep detailed logs about the movements of millions of
Americans (or at least their mobile phones and perhaps laptops and other
gadgets) around cities and shopping malls
http://ow.ly/aYuWq
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NASA opportunities for the education community.

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NASA opportunities for the education community.

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#datanerds all around the world. The nerd movement is on.

The future of the economy and economic recovery lies with the ‘nerds’- specifically, those nerds that code.

#datanerds all around the world. The nerd movement is on.

A New Crop of Companies Is Emerging
This isn’t the first time software and technology has been at the forefront.  But it’s the first time developers are front and center.  Not CIOs. Not IT solution sellers. DEVELOPERS. Redmonk has been talking about how developers are the new kingmakers and wielding unprecedented power thanks to the cloud, open source, and other macro trends as Andreessen wrote about. I agree. We see it every day.

Are you an illegal victim of an Unpaid Internship?

Are you an illegal victim of an Unpaid Internship?

Actually, if the internship is unpaid and the intern is contributing to your organization, then your organization is breaking the law!

The US Dept of Labor has very specific guidelines about what qualifies as legal for unpaid internships.

Here’s the test:
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Inclusive Social Media for Civic Engagement Evaluation Report, May 16 Webinar

Our goal is to _inclusively_ engage 10,000 residents ~daily across a network of online neighbors forums. By inclusion we mean forums that reflect the local racial and ethnic diversity in each of the 16 neighborhood forums we host led by local volunteers.

Inclusive Social Media for Civic Engagement Evaluation Report, May 16 Webinar

I wanted to let you know we’ve published our 60 page evaluation report
on inclusive online community engagement in lower income, highly
diverse, high immigrant neighborhoods. The Inclusive Social Media
pilot project was funded by the Ford Foundation.
Read the executive summary and full report here:
http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1420
RSVP for an online event/teleconference on May 16 for a Q and A discussion here:
http://inclusivesocialmedia.eventbrite.com
Also, we’ve just launched a “take it to scale” project in St. Paul
with major funding from the Knight Foundation! Our goal is to
_inclusively_ engage 10,000 residents ~daily across a network of
online neighbors forums. By inclusion we mean forums that reflect the
local racial and ethnic diversity in each of the 16 neighborhood
forums we host led by local volunteers. Reaching lower income residents
is important as well. St. Paul is 44% people of color. It is all about
creating _bridges_ among diverse neighbors.
http://beneighbors.org – Public outreach
http://e-democracy.org/inclusion – Dry project info, grant details
http://e-democracy.org/se – Example Minneapolis forum with about
1,000 members or 20%+ of households
Part of the three year grant also includes lesson sharing. We are
planning future webinars and exploring e-training options for 2013.
While we will host neighbors forums based on volunteer capacity in
communities beyond the 17 we currently serve (US, UK, and NZ
currently), we see sharing lessons for independent adaptation as key
to our mission.
Our “free” option for peer to peer knowledge sharing that is open now
is the Locals Online community of practice. I encourage you to join us
if you either host a local online group, blog, social net, etc. or if
you’d like to start one and have access to 300+ of your peers.
http://e-democracy.org/locals
We also host the global Digital Inclusion Network online community
which is related:
http://e-democracy.org/di
We look forward to your input and questions on the report.
** Please reply to: clift@e-democracy.org
Sincerely,
Steven Clift
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Federal Communications Commission Report on Google WiFi Spying

The following report is a less redacted version of the FCC’s findings on Google’s widespread collection of data from wireless networks in the United States and around the world. The version released by the FCC contained a number of redactions that concealed key portions of the report. The full version of the report was first published by the Los Angeles Times.

Federal Communications Commission Report on Google WiFi Spying

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