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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Reveals Crazy Paranoid Streak


We've heard some reasonable arguments (such as the recent kerfufel over Facebook's Terms of Service) that suggest that Mark Zuckerberg ought to bring his time as the head of Facebook to an end. After today's news, we're more confident than ever that Zuckerberg should quietly make the move into early retirement.

On March 31st, Zuckerberg sent out an internal memo announcing that Facebook's CFO Gideon Yu would be leaving the company. In his paranoia, Zuckerberg sent out slightly different versions of the memo to different people. Why? If an employee leaked the memo to the press, the Zuck would be able to identify the snitching employee by analyzing the language of the leak.

AllThingsD blogger Kara Swisher has noted that she received forwards of several versions of the memo. From one version to another, sentiments were phrased differently ("will report" vs. "will be reporting."), punctuation was changed, and contractions were swapped out for full phrases. This isn't the first time we've seen the trick, either. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, pulled the same move last month, as ValleyWag was quick to point out.

We'd say the famously anti-social Zuckerberg -- an obviously immature babe-in-the-corporate-woods at 24 -- may have finally lost it (unlike two famous also-young-tech-CEOs featured in the gallery below). Ultimately, however, here's all we care about: If Zuckerberg ends up leaving his company, will we get our old Facebook back? [From: ValleyWag and AllThingsD]


Jobs and Gates, When They Were Young

    Can you recognize Bill Gates in this Microsoft company photo from 1978?

    Gates and Wozniak show off the Apple I in 1976.

    Bill Gates Strikes a Pose for 'Teen Beat' Photospread in 1983...Meow!

    Steve Wozniak, left, and Steve Jobs hard at work at Apple in the early 1980s.

    A dapper Steve Jobs with the groundbreaking Mac Classic computer in the 1980s.

    This famous mugshot shows a young Bill Gates after getting caught for speeding outside Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1977.

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