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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus