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D'oh! Mark Zuckerberg Set to Befriend Simpsons in Fall Cameo

A half-billion users is cool. But a guest spot on “The Simpsons” is cooler! New York Magazine says Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear, as himself, on the show’s upcoming season. Plot summary: “In the episode, dubbed ‘Loan-A Lisa,’ Lisa decides to help fund Nelson’s new bike company. While attending an entrepreneurs convention, the two encounter Zuckerberg, who reminds the kids just how many famous billionaires–including himself–have dropped out of school.” The magazine thinks the episode may air in October–right around the release of “The Social Network.”

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald