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Bulgarian Blogger Buys Data for 1.1 Million Facebook Users for $5 (VentureBeat)
A Bulgarian digital rights activist is the proud owner of your Facebook name, username and email address. Bogomil Shopov bought this information for 1.1 million Facebook users for $5. The Huffington Post According to a cached version of the for-sale page on Gigbucks, the information was harvested mostly from English-speaking Facebook users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. A long list of satisfied customers near the bottom of the page bears witness to the information’s accuracy. ReadWrite Shopov said he had been contacted by Facebook’s Platform Policy Team after revealing on his blog that he had acquired the list. He said officials with the social network were upset because they feared his public revelation would upend an internal investigation. NBCNews.com After getting wind of the transaction, Facebook said it would investigate how the data entries were obtained. “We have dedicated security engineers and teams that look into and take aggressive action on reports like those raised here,” a Facebook statement read. The Wall Street Journal A man who claimed he owned a major stake in Facebook was arrested on Friday and charged in what federal prosecutors described was a multibillion dollar scheme to defraud the social network site and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. Paul Ceglia allegedly “doctored, fabricated and destroyed evidence” to support his false claim that he was promised a 50 percent share in Facebook by Zuckerberg, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan, New York City, federal court on Friday. AllFacebook Earlier this year, a 101-year-old woman from Menlo Park, Calif. (in Facebook’s neighborhood) was crowned the oldest user on the social network. However, according to ABC News, a 105-year-old woman from New Mexico is the rightful owner of the title. Read more

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Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses (The New York Times / Bits)
Yesterday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing. The glasses are not yet for sale. Google will, however, be testing them in public. Cnet A video of this augmented-reality experiment was posted by Google on YouTube showing someone wearing the glasses as he made his way around a variety of Manhattan venues, receiving up-to-the-minute updates as information streamed into his glasses. The Wall Street Journal / Digits Instant walking routes on maps, video chat, voice notes and a camera may be included in the glasses, Google suggests. Wired / Epicenter It’s also a timely means for Google to remind the public that its engineers have visions that transcend the current spats with Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, the DOJ and the European Union. Read more

Facebook: Ceglia Contract a Forgery

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg smelled something fishy when New York state resident Paul Ceglia filed a lawsuit last month, claiming Zuckerberg owed him 84% of the company.

Ceglia produced a 2003 contract showing that Zuckerberg had hired him to design a social networking site that would later become Facebook in exchange for an ownership percentage. That contract is a complete fabrication, according to Facebook.

“Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that Ceglia’s claims are absurd and we strongly suspect the contract is forged,” said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes in an email to reporters. “We have not seen the original – no one has, including the court.”

In an ABC television interview, Zuckerberg said he was “quite sure” that he did not sign the contract.

Facebook pointed to a date discrepancy: Thefacebook.com, Facebook’s original domain name was not registered until January 2004.

SharesPost, a web site for trading shares of private companies estimated Facebook’s total value at about $11.5 billion.

Man claims 84% ownership of Facebook

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A state judge has issued a temporary restraining order against social networking giant Facebook, preventing it from selling any assets in the wake of a lawsuit filed by a man claiming that founder Mark Zuckerberg owes him 84% of the company.

New York resident Paul Ceglia claims that in 2003, Zuckerberg contracted him to build a web site in exchange for $1,000 and 50% ownership of the final product. He would get an additional 1% stake for every day after Jan. 1, 2004 until the site was completed. That site, according to the complaint, was Facebook.

The complaint can be read online, and the included copy of the 2003 contract, which refers to “The Face Book,” reads “It is agreed that [Ceglia] will own a half interest (50%) in the software, programming language, and business interests derived from the expansion of the service to a larger audience.”

The temporary injunction issued by New York Allegany County judge Thomas Brown prevents Facebook from raising capital by selling shares.

Facebook is fighting to dismiss the restraining order. The company issued a statement saying, “We believe this suit is completely frivolous and we will fight it vigorously.”