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With Timeline, Facebook Bids To Reinvent The Social Biography

As a Harvard buddy of Mark Zuckerberg, Samuel Lessin had early access to Facebook in 2004. The then-nascent web site instantly became a part of his life. “The sum of those conversations was how I expressed myself,” he says, “it’s how people express themselves.”

So it’s not surprising that when Lessin took a job at Facebook last year he became product manager of Timeline, which transmogrifies one’s Facebook profile to a linear self-account that accumulates the moments of your life — via communications among friends, photos, videos, links, check-in and other data — in a chronological presentation.

Facebook execs explain that while the previous profile was like a five-minute conversation between acquaintances, Timeline is like meeting a friend for drinks and spilling your soul until the bar lights flicker for closing time.MORE

Man suing for half of Facebook loses another lawyer

Paul Ceglia, the man who claims he has a contract that entitles him to a half ownership in Facebook, is again changing legal representation in his lawsuit against the social-networking giant and its co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

Ceglia filed a motion today in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., to delay proceedings for three weeks while he finds new legal representation after allowing Jeffrey Lake to withdraw from the case.

Ceglia is in the “final stages of obtaining new counsel,” the filing said. Co-counsel Paul Argentieri will remain on the case, according to the filing.

Lake, who took on the case in June, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Ceglia has reportedly relocated his family to Ireland as a result of the attention the case has attracted and could not be reached for comment.

Ceglia claimed in a lawsuit filed last year against Facebook and its CEO that Zuckerberg entered into a contract with Ceglia in 2003 to design and develop the Web site that would ultimately become Facebook–a company now with an estimated value of more than $70 billion.MORE


Zuckerberg: Privacy anxiety is fleeting

Mark Zuckerberg at e-G8 Forum, May 2011Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sits down for an on-stage interview at the e-G8 Forum in Paris.

(Credit: Screenshot of e-G8 Forum video by Jonathan Skillings)

Facebook products in the past have created controversy over privacy, but people get used to new features that initially scare them, founder Mark Zuckerberg has told the e-G8 Forum.

Facebook services that have increasingly allowed “friends” to keep track of each other have drawn criticism from users, who then begin to use them, Zuckerberg told the e-G8 Forum conference in Paris this week.

“We’ll roll it out, and pretty often there’ll be this backlash, and people will say, ok, we don’t like this new thing,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s I think a real anxiety. People were really afraid of more people being able to be involved in the social network.”

Zuckerberg said that 1 million people, or 10 percent of the Facebook user base, in 2006 protested against Facebook’s news feed service, which gives updates about what “friends” are doing.

“People thought that, you know, it was just too much, right, they wanted to share stuff on the site but they didn’t want it to be so much in people’s face,” said Zuckerberg. “You know now it’s just part of the site that I think most people in a way would be like ‘What’s going on? How can there be Facebook without this?'”

Zuckerberg said that Platform, which gives third-party developers access to people’s “friends,” was “fairly controversial.” He said that Facebook took steps so that “everything is under good control, and there isn’t a lot of abuse.”

He added that “one of the good things about the Internet is you can just kind of build something, and people will choose to use it or not, and that’s how we win debates.”

Privacy campaign group Privacy International told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that Zuckerberg should recognize that privacy encroachment can become normalized.

“Human behavior is peer-driven,” Privacy International director Simon Davies said. “People will go along with what their peers believe is the norm. People will continue to feel uncomfortable about sharing information, and it won’t do Facebook any favors in the long term not to recognize that.”

Davies said it was possible to have strong privacy safeguards and still have fluid data sharing.

Also during the G8 forum, Zuckerberg addressed the topic of pro-democracy uprisings this spring in a number of Arab countries, and the role of social media in political movements.

“People tell me: ‘It’s great you played such a big role in the Arab spring, but it’s also kind of scary because you enable all this sharing and collect information on people,'” Zuckerberg said, as quoted in the U.K.’s Guardian. “But it’s hard to have one without the other. You can’t isolate some things you like about the Internet, and control other things you don’t.”

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Facebook founder: ‘The man from the future’

Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg

President Obama recently held a town hall meeting on the economy at Facebook’s headquarters

In Paris for the next couple of days, the world’s most powerful leaders meet for a summit. No, not the G8 – Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron et al meet in Deauville later.

I’m talking about the e-G8, which has assembled a stellar cast list to discuss how the internet can contribute to economic growth.

Along with the likes of Google’s Eric Schmidt and News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch will be the man who’s arguably more powerful than any of them, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Just seven years ago he was a geeky student at Harvard with a vision of a new way of connecting people on the internet.

Now he has the ear of prime ministers and presidents, who understand and perhaps fear the power of the social network where more than 600 million share their lives.

So what made Facebook what it is today – and was its rise inevitable? How did Mark Zuckerberg – described by a colleague as “the man from the future” – steer the company through repeated crises?