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.
January 2, 2013 |
High school sophomore Thanasis Narliotis needed cash. So he spread some baseball team caps, old skateboards, a boom box, sunglasses, and a few shirts out on his bed and snapped a quick photo. Minutes after he posted it on Facebook with the caption "See what u want. Make me an offer," the bids started rolling in. Narliotis posted on "One Man's S- is Another Man's Treasure," a Facebook group dedicated to the buying and selling of the necessities of a teenage boy's life: video games, gaming systems, sneakers, headphones, T-shirts, sports equipment, and phones.
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.
December 17, 2012
Steve Welch was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate this year The Sunday morning before the election, my daughter and I attended a candidates' breakfast in Chester County. The room was packed with passionate Republican volunteers. The energy level bordered on exuberance, as people believed Pennsylvania was in play in the presidential race. In fact, one ardent political operative for the Pennsylvania Pastors Network told me he believed Mitt Romney would likely win Pennsylvania by 10 points.
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?
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.
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.
February 5, 2013 |
SETH WILLIAMS isn't liking Facebook too much at the moment. On Monday, the district attorney called a news conference to ask the social-media site to remove a Philadelphia man's page that urges people to "kill rats. " Williams said that the man, Freddie Henriquez, used the site to solicit the killing of a witness in a criminal case involving purchases of illegal firearms. Williams said that he sent a letter to Facebook founder and chief executive Marc Zuckerberg asking him to remove the page and deactivate the Facebook account.