June 15, 2011 |
After a bitter fight with her child's father, police said, a Southwest Philadelphia woman took to her Facebook wall and offered $1,000 to anyone who would murder her ex. London Eley, 20, didn't have to wait long. Timothy Bynum, 18, of Darby, soon volunteered for the job. The hit was never carried out, but police believe the plot was more than just idle talk. When officers arrested Bynum on Friday, they found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his apartment, with the serial number partially obliterated.
October 22, 2010 |
Authorities in South Jersey have issued subpoenas to Facebook as they investigate menacing threats made earlier this week over the social networking site to students attending a Gloucester County high school. The postings - made by someone calling himself David Prezet - were reported on Tuesday to police in Harrison Township. According to students at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, "Prezet" threatened to "blast everyone in the school. " Students said yesterday they were on edge because the poster indicated he was coming to the school that day. Superintendent John Horchak III said the poster claimed he was going to enroll that day. That did not happen.
April 27, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I recently attended a baby shower for a dear high-school friend and his wife. The day after the shower, she posted a slide show on Facebook titled "Thanks for All Our Gifts" with a picture of each gift and who gave it. She has had numerous miscarriages and held this shower at five months, knowing the baby is not yet at a viable stage. Although I feel sympathy for her fertility issues, and especially for her husband who desperately wants to be a father, I think this is a bid for attention.
May 16, 2012 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When Facebook goes public — as it's expected to do this week in what is almost certain to be the biggest stock debut for an Internet company — it will be more than a financial milestone. It will also reflect how tightly a company launched eight years ago in a college dorm room has been woven into the fabric of society. In its ability to shape how people around the world communicate, debate, shop, entertain, and inform themselves, Facebook may be the biggest technological advance since broadcast television.
October 1, 2010 |
How do you distinguish yourself in a roomful of people where everyone has 1600s on their SATs? One answer is offered by The Social Network , the enthralling, near-perfect comedy of manners from David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin: Create the next big thing that everyone in that room - not to mention the known universe - finds indispensable. The Social Network is many things. It is the origin story of Facebook, an incisive portrait of the dorm hermit who can't read social cues but built the social mousetrap that caught millions, and an acid-etched picture of friends unfriended.
June 27, 2012 |
This story has been modified. When it began, Facebook was the world's greatest free high school yearbook. Now, for some, it's gone pay-to-play. A Facebook policy announced in late April called Promoted Posts invites owners of some Facebook pages (those with more than 400 "likes," expressions of interest from other users) to pay for expanded "reach" to their audience. Hobbyists, enthusiasts, musicians, and other individuals run these pages, as do sports teams, political campaigns, nonprofits, and businesses (including The Inquirer)
August 24, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Tom Byron used to spend a couple of hours each day playing games on Facebook, attending to his virtual diners in "Restaurant City" and waging war against the Raven in "Empires & Allies. " "I'd check into these games every chance I got," said the 50-year-old marketing executive in San Rafael, Calif., who played four or more Facebook games at a time. "Now I spend most of my game time on my iPhone. It's just more convenient to be able to grab my phone. " It's not just players such as Byron who have wandered away from Facebook.
July 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Facebook Inc.'s first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user numbers Thursday. But investors weren't impressed, and, after a brief spike, its stock fell more than 10 percent, or $2.74, to $24.10 in after-hours trading. That means Facebook's stock will most likely open Friday at its lowest level since going public.
August 23, 2012 |
Plenty of people liked Facebook Inc. enough to buy shares of its common stock when the social-media network went public May 17. But now that those shares are worth about half the $38 price of the initial public offering and company insiders are selling, what are investors and investment advisers saying? Pretty much the same things they were saying before the Menlo Park, Calif., company became the most-hyped IPO of 2012. It may be a cultural phenomenon with a large base of users, profits, and growing revenue, but Facebook as an investment?
August 15, 2012 |
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook's early investors and a handful of directors will become eligible Thursday to sell stock they own in the social-networking company. It marks the beginning of a time-honored process for public companies, one that will give many Facebook employees the same right to sell their shares this fall. It's conceivable that none of them will sell. But if they do, up to 1.91 billion more shares could flood the stock market over the next several months - more than four times the 421 million shares that have been trading since Facebook's initial public offering in May. So-called lockup periods, which prevent insiders from unloading shares too close to an IPO, generally start to expire 90 days after a stock makes its public debut.