Kara Swisher

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Mirror, Mirror on the Super Wall: Who's the Leakiest One of All?


We know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is all hot and bothered about the news and quotes that have been appearing in BoomTown–like this post from yesterday–especially related to the recent round of funding the social-networking start-up has been pursuing at a $15 billion valuation and most especially if it comes from a “Facebook exec” or “someone close to the company.”

But after slapping hands all around–likely the wrong people, Mark!–it’s more than a little ironic that he is the one with the loosest lips of all. Yesterday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Zuckerberg apparently wasn’t being very circumspect about the sale of a small piece of Facebook when asked about it by conference host John Battelle.

“Great,” said Zuckerberg, as reported by many (sadly, BoomTown was on a plane back from Los Angeles and missed the interview). “It’s almost wrapped up.”

Thanks, Mark! Or shall we say, “a Facebook exec close to the company.”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work