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Zuckerberg: Moving Fast ‘Gets Us into Tons of Trouble’ (Mashable)
One of Facebook’s core values, Move Fast, isn’t always successful for the company. “It gets us into tons of trouble,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during an interview at TechCrunch Disrupt, a technology conference held in San Francisco, on Wednesday. The sentiment, however, encourages employees to try out new things and see what works with the Facebook audience, a trait that Zuckerberg says is important for innovation. TechCrunch It’s also led Facebook to 1 billion active users. But Zuckerberg says “A billion isn’t a magical number. No one wakes up and says ‘I want to get one-seventh of the world to do something.’” Yet in a moment of humility, when Michael Arrington asked if Zuckerberg wants everyone on Facebook, he said, “Of course we do, but I don’t think that’s realistic.” AllThingsD Perhaps Twitter, which is gearing up for its IPO to come early next year, could learn something from Facebook’s experience: Don’t be scared. “I’ve been very outspoken about staying private as long as possible,” Zuckerberg said. “But in retrospect, I was too afraid of going public. I don’t think it’s necessary to do that.” The Wall Street Journal/Digits Zuckerberg said that the company’s heavily touted Home app for Android-based phones was “slower in rolling out” than he would have wanted. But he defended the software, describing it as a work-in-progress that more users would find valuable over time. Forbes Zuckerberg said the U.S. government “blew it” in communicating what was happening with the NSA leaks. “I think they did a bad job balancing those things here,” Zuckerberg said. “Frankly I think the government blew it – communicating the balance of what they were going for here with this.”
CEO Marissa Mayer: Yahoo Has Passed 800 Million Monthly Active Users (GigaOM)
“We have passed 800 million monthly active users,” Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said Wednesday in an onstage conversation with Arrington on the closing day of Techcrunch Disrupt 2013. While it is not clear what Yahoo means by monthly active users, the number doesn’t include Tumblr users.
Tumblr Founder David Karp: ‘You’d Have to Be Out Of Your Mind to Live in Palo Alto’ Where All Those Rich Tech Execs Live (Business Insider)
Tumblr founder David Karp has strong feelings about living in Palo Alto, Calif., which is home to Silicon Valley tech executives like Zuckerberg and Google CEO Larry Page. “If there’s any broader issue I have with the Valley,” Karp told Tim Wu of T Magazine, it’s that “you’d have to be out of your mind to live in Palo Alto.”
Is Social Media the Wrong Place for 9/11 Tributes? (SocialTimes)
As the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks comes and goes, we’re left with a number of big misses by some pretty major brands who tried, and I would argue, frequently failed, in getting the tone just right. It’s a tricky day for social media managers.
Zynga Settles Lawsuit Over ‘Wholesale Theft’ of Data (CNET)
Zynga has settled a pair of lawsuits with rival game maker Kixeye over a former Zynga employee who was accused of “wholesale theft” of Zynga trade secrets before joining Kixeye. Alan Patmore, the former general manager on Zynga’s CityVille, left the game maker in August 2012 to become vice president of product at Kixeye, a rival social-gaming company also based in San Francisco. In a lawsuit filed last October, Zynga sued Patmore and Kixeye, alleging Patmore nabbed 763 files from the game maker, including confidential game designs, and brought them to Kixeye.
Infographic: Don’t Drink and Facebook (AllFacebook)
Don’t drink and Facebook, or tweet: While the consequences may not be deadly, like they are for drinking and driving, they can still be damaging. Addvocate shared this infographic, which takes a humorous look at how social media dangers increase in tandem with alcohol consumption.
Pandora Taps Former Microsoft Exec Brian McAndrews as its new CEO (VentureBeat)
Internet radio company Pandora has appointed Brian McAndrews as its new head honcho, the company announced Wednesday. Pandora has been looking for a new CEO since (now former) chief exec Joe Kennedy announced he would be stepping down from the role back in March after nearly a decade of leading the company.
Internet Milestones, from the First Domain Name to the First Tweet [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
What began as an experiment turned into a technological innovation that transformed our culture, connecting people across the globe and enabling instantaneous communication and dissemination of ideas like nothing before it. In this infographic, Evevo documents major milestones in the history of the Internet, from the first spam email to the first tweet sent.
Google Alerts Regains RSS Delivery Option it Lost After Google Reader’s Demise (The Next Web)
Google has quietly added back a Feed delivery option to its Google Alerts service. The return of the feature means you can once again receive alerts for Web search results via RSS, rather than just email.