Peter Kafka

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One More New York Acqhire for Facebook: Zenbe

If you’re a big Internet company in a hurry, you can go out and hire engineers one by one. Or you can just buy their start-up. That’s one of Facebook’s favorite tactics, and it did it again earlier this year by buying Zenbe, a small email company that Facebook used to build its “don’t call it email” platform, Caroline McCarthy reports. Zenbe says the deal closed “a few months ago”; I’m reasonably sure it was done last spring. If you’re counting, that’s the third New York-based start-up Facebook has picked up for talent reasons, following Hot Potato and Drop.io.


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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