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Facebook Wants Your Liver

Facebook is about “connecting and sharing” - especially now it can help you donate your internal organs, Mark Zuckerberg announced today. Describing it as “a life-saving initiative”, the tousle-haired CEO officially announced a special button for people wanting to tell their friends that they are organ donors. “Became a organ donor” has been added to the list of health-related life events that a Facebooker can add to their “Timeline” alongside “buying new glasses” and “weight loss”. Logging your philanthropic wishes for your internals has been made easier and will automatically sync to your permanent profile information making it easier for your friends to see/Anna Leach, The Register. More here. (AP/ABC photo: Robin Roberts, host of “Good Morning America,” right, talks to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, during an interview in Menlo Park, Calif.)

Question: Do you want to share your organs with Facebook Friends?

MikeK: Facebook Changes? Meh

Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg smiles at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in this 2007 AP file photo. Facebook, the social network, is tweaking the home pages of its 750 million users, much to the chagrin of some very vocal folks. The world's largest online social network is expected to announce even more changes on Thursday, when it holds its annual f8 conference in San Francisco for developers who create games and other applications for its site. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
  

MikeK: Is it heresy to say I kinda don't care about the Facebook changes that seem to be angering everyone? It's a software product built on an eyeball advertising model that will either be interesting enough to sustain eyeballs or not. If not, something else will replace it. I spent about 13 minutes on Myspace 5 or 6 years ago and it wasn't for me. Google Plus hasn't connected for me either though I have been on it. I'm not that emotionally invested in any of them. The next billion dollar idea is waiting in the weeds somewhere to spring itself, and I'm intrigued at what that will be (hope it's mine).

Question: What do you make of all the recent Facebook changes?

Obama Appeals To Facebook Crowd

Hoping to rekindle excitement among younger voters, President Barack Obama spoke at a town hall-style meeting hosted by Facebook on Wednesday and asked for help in beating back “radical” Republican budget proposals. He sat on a stage next to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who served as moderator and funneled largely friendly questions to a president who makes extensive use of social media in reaching out to voters. Zuckerberg confessed to being nervous, but the two bantered easily. Obama made a light reference to the 26-year-old’s billionaire status. In describing his tax plan, Obama said that he and “frankly, you, Mark,” can afford to pay “a little more in taxes”/Associated Press. More here.  (AP photo: Mark Zuckerberg & President Barack Obama)

Question: Which politicians do you follow on Facebook? Why do you follow them?

Winklevoss Twins Lose FB Legal War

The billionaire's battle over the founding of Facebook is finally over. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss — the former Harvard University classmates of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — can't undo their settlement over the social networking site. The appeals court ruled that the twins were savvy enough to understand what they were agreeing to when they signed the agreement in 2008, a deal that called for a $20 million cash payment and a partial ownership of Facebook. “At some point, litigation must come to an end,” chief justice Alex Kozinksi wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel. “That point has now been reached”/Fox News. More here. (AP file photo of twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss attending a special screening of 'The Social Network' in New York)

Question (for those who saw “Social Network”): Did the Winklevosses make a significant contribution in the founding of Facebook?

‘Social Network’ Picks Up 4 Globes

The Facebook tale “The Social Network” won top honors Sunday at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director, solidifying its prospects as an Academy Awards favorite. Winning the dramatic lead-acting prizes were Colin Firth for the British monarchy saga “The King's Speech” and Natalie Portman for the psychosexual thriller “Black Swan.” Lead-acting honors for the Globes' musical or comedy categories went to Annette Bening for the lesbian-family story “The Kids Are All Right” and Paul Giamatti for the curmudgeon tale “Barney's Version.” The boxing drama “The Fighter” earned both supporting acting Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo/David Germain, AP. More here.

Question: Was “The Social Network” the best movie of 2010?

Facebook Revamps Online Messaging

Facebook unveiled a new messaging platform today that takes aim at one of the Internet’s first applications, e-mail. Although blogs had been speculating that Facebook would announce an e-mail service to rival Google Inc.’s Gmail and others, Facebook said e-mail was just one component of its plans. Declaring e-mail past its prime in the age of texts and instant messages, CEO Mark Zuckerberg (shown, left, in AP photo making announcement this AM in San Francisco) said the company doesn’t believe e-mail is going to be a modern messaging system/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Which do you use more for Internet messaging — e-mail or Facebook messaging?

Dem Senators To Facebook: Back Off

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., left, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are taped on Capitol Hill in Washington today, during a news conference to discuss Facebook’s new information policy. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Question: Are you concerned w/privacy changes that Facebook is making?