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Facebook Strikes Deal to Create New Social Network in China

Facebook is reportedly working with China's largest search engine to create a new, jointly owned social network. The collaboration with Baidu would allow Facebook to get a foothold in the Chinese market while giving Baidu the chance to capitalize on Mark Zuckerberg's network-building expertise. The new site would still need to be approved by Chinese's Internet regulators, who retain final say o...

Lawyer Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against Facebook, Zuckerberg Over Palestinian Intifada Page

Earlier this week, Facebook pulled a controversial page calling for a Third Palestinian Intifada after facing intense pressure and criticism from Israeli politicians and organizations like the Anti-Defamation League. When it eventually decided to remove the page, the social network explained the decision by pointing out that comments on the page had "deteriorated to direct calls for violence," the...

Six Facebook Investors, Co-Founders Make Forbes' List of Billionaires

A billionaire isn't cool. You know what's cool? Six billionaires. That's what Facebook has produced, according to Forbes' annual list, published yesterday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg came in at number 52 on the list, with an estimated worth of $13.5 billion, followed by five other Facebook founders and investors. At 26, co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is the youngest billionaire on this year's list, wh...

Feel-Good Beats Out Facebook at the Oscars, but 'The Social Network' Takes Three

In case you missed it, 'The King's Speech' took home top honors at the Academy Awards last night, beating out 'The Social Network,' 'Black Swan' and good taste to win the award for Best Picture. Colin Firth's ability to stutter and be British earned him the Best Actor award he should've won for 'A Single Man,' while 'King's Speech' director Tom Hooper (inexplicably) won the award for Best Director...

On Making 'The Social Network': "We Got Shunned by Harvard"

For our viewing pleasure, IMDB has posted all 93 minutes of a documentary on the making of David Fincher's 'The Social Network.' Titled 'How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?,' the film offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin sculpted their Oscar-nominated movie, along with interviews from Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and other cast members. F...

The Eyes of 'The Social Network'

Jesse Eisenberg joked during his SNL monologue that he plays Mark Zuckerberg by speaking "in short clipped sentences" and keeping his head very still, but Professor (and must-read film blogger) David Bordwell digs deeper by exploring the eyes, eyebrows and facial behavior in Fincher's 'The Social Network.' Crucial to this moment is that nothing but Mark's eyes and lids move; he doesn't even turn ...

Mark Zuckerberg Confronts the 'Zuckerbergs' on Saturday Night Live

Last night, 'Social Network' star Jesse Eisenberg kicked off the Saturday Night Live monologue (video after the break). A sweatshirted Andy Samberg joined the Academy Award nominee onstage to compare Zuckerberg acting techniques -- "I speak in short clipped sentences, and keep my head very still" -- while the show cut to Lorne Michaels and Mark Zuckerberg himself offstage. Sure enough, the real M...

'The Social Network' Grabs 8 Oscar Nominations, Eisenberg Gets Nod

Oscar nominations were officially doled out this morning, and, as expected, 'The Social Network' picked up plenty of them -- eight, to be exact, including one in the vaunted Best Picture category. Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earned him a nomination for Best Actor, David Fincher is in the running for Best Director, and Aaron Sorkin earned a nod for his original scre...

Student Ranks Female Classmates on Facebook, But the Ladies Fight Back

A suburban Illinois student is facing expulsion for ranking 50 of his female classmates, and posting the list to Facebook. The unnamed Oak Park-River Forest High School student, who has since been suspended, also gave other male students hard copies of the list, which ranked girls based on their physical attractiveness and level of alleged promiscuity, and labeled them with names such as "Fallen A...

The Slow-Photography Movement, Palm's webOS Tablets

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: The slow-photography movement asks what is the point of taking pictures? What gets lost is the idea that photography might force you to spend time looking at what is in front of you, noticing what you might otherwise ignore. Film score report The main-title music returns at c...

'The Social Network' Sweeps Golden Globes, Road To Oscar Ahead

We said, ages ago, 'The Social Network' might actually be a great movie. It seems that the Hollywood Foreign Press are apt to agree. (For the record: we are available for any of your critical/predictive needs, Hollywood. Just throwing that out there.) Last night, 'The Social Network' took home the Golden Globe for Best Picture -- Drama, which is an impressive feat, especially since the Globes are...

'The Social Network' Begins Its Awards Sweep, Bags Best Picture From NSFC

Big 'ol surprise: 'The Social Network' just bagged four National Society of Film Critics awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Actor (to Eisenberg, natch). Look forward to the 'The Social Network' taking home every trophy thrown at it. Did anyone even see 'I Am Love'? Or 'True Grit'? Or 'Winter's Bone,' or 'The King's Speech,' or 'Animal Kingdom'.......

Winklevii Want More Money From Zuckerberg, Because They Really Need It

Poor Winklevoss twins. First, Mark Zuckerberg "stole" their idea for Facebook, and turned it into a billion-dollar social networking empire. Then, in 2008, Zuck had the gall to compromise on a $65 million settlement -- which, in these troubled economic times, isn't nearly enough to put bread on Tyler and Cameron's dinner table. That's why the square-jawed twins have relaunched their legal campaig...

'Social Network' XP Bloopers, Windows Phone 7 Handsets Compared

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. If you weren't paying attention during 'The Social Network,' you may have missed that it features what must have been time-traveling PCs, since they were running Windows XP Service Pack 3 four years before it was released by Microsoft. [From: David Pogue, via: Geekosystem] Still...

Trent Reznor Talks 'The Social Network' and Social Networking, Is Skeptical

"In the age of over-sharing and hyper-real versions of people presenting and representing themselves on the Web," says Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, "that if as many people really listened to Joy Division as list them on their Facebook page, Joy Division would be bigger than U2." The goth god has been making headlines recently for his critically acclaimed soundtrack to David Fincher's 'Th...