After a long debate finally Facebook filed the S1 registration with the Security & Exchange Commission (SEC). It will make Facebook get much closer to its IPO on the stock exchange. It also means people got insight to company ownership, operations and vice versa. Besides the fantastic number of its profit with monthly 845 users, there’s a surprising fact related with a graffiti artist. David Choe now has a mutual relationship with the company.
Back in the early days of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Facebook, asked artist David Choe to paint the interiors of their offices. Seemingly it isn’t a cash payment. Zuckerberg offered stock options which Choe finally deal with that. Now, Facebook is filling for an IPO and the filling potentially could value the company at $50 billion. If Choe then prefer the cash way, he would earn…equivalent to $200 million. The number making him equal with Damien Hirst as one of the richest artist and certainly the richest graffiti artist around.
According to The New York Times, Choe first got involved back in 2005 when then Facebook President Sean Parker (also of Napster fame) asked the artist to paint murals at its Palo Alto headquarter. He asked whether he wanted cash or stocks for the work, the talented artist wisely chosen stocks even when he thought Facebook would come to little success. Choe was praised he’s wise enough to keep his stock until now.
Alec Baldwin refused to stop playing the interactive game Words With Friends,a Scrabble-like game, when instructed by an American Airlines flight attendant to shut down electronic devices. After ignoring the flight crew, “30 Rock” star stood up “with the seat belt light still on for departure” and took his phone into the plane’s lavatory. Unlike the other customer of the airlines, he’s hardly the only passenger who has refused to shut down a favored device just because a flight crew says to do so. Continue
Adam Carolla blasts his disagreement on the Occupy Wall Street movement. In the comedian’s podcast from Oct. 11, which has increasingly been going viral since it was posted to YouTube last week, Carolla demes the protestors that they are “self-entitled monsters” created by an “everyone is a winner” upbringing. The funnyman went off on the popular political movement in a rant full of swearing during an interview with the right-leaning Media Research Center. This view is not new for Carolla, whose last book was called “In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks: . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy.” Continue
Retail sales broke records during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving a needed boost to a long-suffering economy and raising retailers’ hopes for the best holiday shopping season ever. Retailers pulled out all the stops to lure foot traffic on Black Friday. Now, they’ve battling for consumer dollars in cyberspace for Cyber Monday. Last year, more than 100 million consumers shopped online on Cyber Monday to get the best deals and things they want, according to personal finance security service, BillGuard. Thus, if you don’t want miss the opportunity and leave Cyber Monday with empty hand, you have to be sharp in observing the deal and goods you want to take home online. Continue
Being aroused with the battle between Apple and Samsung around the globe, Samsung has decided to take its battle by releasing an advertisement. The campaign is made of a number of TV commercials that are set on a city street with people waiting in line for a new phone to be released. Though Samsung doesn’t come out and actually use the words “Apple iPhone”, it is obvious what the people are in line for. Although the latest advert for the Samsung Galaxy S II was not exactly subtle about which phone it mocked, the advertisement showed the iPhone 4S head to head with Samsung’s new device at the end of the scene. Continue
Black Friday got down to its earliest start in history when shoppers left their Thanksgiving Day Thursday night and went down to the mall, shop and department store. The many retailers’ advertisements were leaked to transaction sites Friday morning with a number of sale prices that are sure to have shoppers lining up Thanksgiving night. Crowds lined up for midnight openings at Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Macy’s as retailers went down to get first break at consumers’ tight holiday financial plans. Wal-Mart opened even earlier at 10 p.m. and Toys ‘R’ Us started at 9 p.m. Continue
As a usual Thanksgiving tradition, Google posted a special Google Doodle to mark the holiday in the U.S., with this year’s interactive and shareable logo arriving a couple days early. A tradition as American as apple pie, Google has decided to give thanks this year by paying homage to the turkeys that elementary school kids make by tracing their hands. By using the interactive logo, people can change and decorate the hand and turn it into a chicken. You can go to this link and can visit the doodle past thanksgiving after it has been taken off: http://g.co/doodle/pwg74g. Continue
The Internet has been on fire with false reports that the rapper died from a heart attack today and several pranksters have already attempted to change the guy’s Wiki page to reflect his death. The social networking site, which has a way of killing off people incorrectly here and there, made the vertically-challenged rapper its latest death hoax victim. After the rumor spread via Twitter, Too Short himself cleared them up on his Twitter account: “Stop calling my phone. I’m not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album #NoTrespassing in stores Feb 2012.” Continue
Hearings in the House of Representatives on the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) began Wednesday is sparking amongst many companies which prevent and oppose against the bill to become a law. Google, eBAy, AOL, Facebook, Yahoo, Zynga, LinkedIn, Mozilla and Twitter continue their protest against the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the “PROTECT IP Act” by putting their effort by attaching an add on the New York Times. Next days earlier the tech giants sent a letter to senate which state what they stand by. “We support the bill’s stated goals,” says an open letter signed by nine Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL and eBay. Continue
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which was introduced last month in the House to make allegedly copyright-infringing Web sites, sometimes called “rogue” Web sites disappear from the Internet, arouses many criticisms and protests. The web community is currently in a worried upheaval over SOPA, which threatens to create an Internet blacklist that operates at the DNS level in an injudicious attempt to control piracy. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, and other giant Web companies have joined to oppose the bill. Continue
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