Stories about Mark Zuckerberg

If Twitter can have their site in Urdu, why can’t Facebook?

Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has been a revolution, an addiction, a maddening genius which took over websites like MySpace, Orkut, hi5 and revolutionized the dynamics of social interaction. To cater to its ever increasing user base, 1.11 billion (active March 2013), Facebook has revamped itself many times to keep a competitive edge and keep their user base intact. In 2008, it offered users a new experience- now Facebook could be used in one’s mother tongue. This breakthrough received immense positive feedback. The language barrier was felt no more and networking became simpler, authentic and increasingly intimate. However, with Facebook allowing over 50 languages across ...

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Why Facebook’s IPO flopped

The initial excitement associated with this biggest ever deal for Nasdaq has faded away. Facebook’s share prices continue to plummet with the share price reaching a new low of $26.9 today. The original price set by the Facebook team was $38. The drop in Facebook’s share price wiped more than $11 billion off the company’s market capitalisation with Bloomberg declaring that “the IPO produced the worst five-day return among the largest US deals of the past decade.” The latest news that disgruntled shareholders are furious over Facebook’s IPO performance, and cannot wrap their heads around how the country’s second largest IPO ...

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Is hacking always immoral?

Recently, two teenagers were tried for hacking the Pakistan Supreme Court’s website. Geo News reported that the hackers demanded the immediate release of detained Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui. This raises the question: is hacking morally wrong? Hacking then The old-school concept of hacking was taking something and making it do something it was not intended for. A perfect example of this is how a group of hackers managed to unlock Apple’s iPhone which, even after four years of its launch in the US, is still not officially meant to work outside a handful of countries, but hackers have bypassed this official clause. To ...

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Pakistan, a country where Zuckerberg can face death penalty

The news that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg may face a death penalty by the Lahore High Court (LHC) didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the facebook fiasco in Pakistan. Keeping in view the recent few verdicts by the LHC which ironically defied some basic laws of physics, geography and common sense, there is a major possibility that the young entrepreneur from New York is sentenced to a death penalty under Criminal Code 295-C on blasphemy laws. Now I am not here to discuss the global pitfall of such a verdict in the ...

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Millat Facebook: debunking the ‘facts’

The Facebook Blasphemy scandal seems to have died down but there are still some pretenders to the yet to be abdicated throne. The one I can think of is Millat Facebook which has tried to make inroads in our social network loving society (read: friendship please). The Millat Facebook topic has been discussed endlessly so there is no point of going into details about it. Their website was inaccessible before the ban was lifted so I assumed that the creators of the site had given up. I was proven wrong when I woke up this afternoon to find a tweet about ...

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