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Now that Goldman Sachs has vested interest in the company, Facebook is now valued at $50 Billion Dollars.



Goldman Sachs got a good deal in getting Facebook user information for a little over 90 cents per member. Too bad it was a private deal not available to the public.

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Dear Red:


Do you know precisely how IPO's work? There's nothing public about an IPO even though "public" is in the IPO name. It's a good ole' boys club: insider style! Do the research on how it works and you'll want to get in on it too.


Just because something is "legal" doesn't make it "right."


What GS did to the economy and housing market was "legal" too don't forget.




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According to the Private Equity Industry Dictionary an IPO stands for 'Initial Public Offering' is defined as the sale or distribution of a company’s shares to the public for the first time. An IPO of the investee company’s shares is one of the ways in which a private equity fund can exit from an investment.



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March 11, 2010

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Guest EnronEx

Goldman customers seeking to buy shares in the privately held Facebook will invest money in a newly formed Delaware entity called FBDC Investors LP, according to the Goldman customer.


Corporate records show that FBDC Investors was incorporated in Delaware on January 5.


Goldman customers have until Friday to commit to investing in the new entity and until next Tuesday to wire money to the Wall Street firm.

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Guest BlackSun

A security alert has come out on how Facebook is allowing developers access to its members names, addresses, and telephone numbers.


In a move that could herald a new level of danger for Facebook users, third party application developers are now able to access your home address and mobile phone number.



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A security alert has come out on how Facebook is allowing developers access to its members names, addresses, and telephone numbers.



Who the hell puts their address on facebook?? Or phone number for that matter? :lol:

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A few days ago I published an article named Is Zuckerberg Mossad? It was cited even by the forums of the Russian Pravda. The article analyzed Mark Zuckerberg and concluded that he is probably a “sayan” of the Mossad. “Sayanim” (“helpers” in Hebrew) are people that provide help to Mossad operations. Usually they belong to Jewish communities. The activities of Facebook and the way Zuckerberg stole the basic technology and the initial database of the company, point out at an intelligence services operation. Neither Mark Zuckerberg nor the Mossad complained about my claim. Not even one reader did so. That probably means it is safe to assume the claim is true: Mark Zuckerberg is a sayan of the Mossad.



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What do you think?




Facebook was caught red-handed last week being socially unfriendly to Google, its Silicon Valley competitor. It hired a public relations firm to plant negative stories about Google's privacy policies, and then it tried to hide its involvement in the whisper campaign. This is ironic, considering that Facebook is all about getting people to disclose everything about themselves.


This episode could be chalked up to corporate clumsiness, except that, in beating up on Google, Facebook was encouraging the same federal regulators it tries to keep away from its own business. Facebook needs to be more careful in choosing its friends and enemies.


Facebook and Google have been sparring for months over what level of access to information about their respective consumers each would allow the other. Some 600 million people give Facebook personal details about themselves in exchange for the ability to communicate instantly with relatives, friends and colleagues. Google, meanwhile, is trying to build a competitive social-media service to add to its core of search advertising.


Last year, Google began to block Facebook users from automatically populating their lists of online friends with the contacts in their Google Gmail address books. Facebook then told its users how to do this manually. Google responded by upgrading a service it launched in 2009 called Social Circle, which lets Gmail users find contacts on Facebook and other services.


Facebook next hired Burson-Marsteller to pitch stories on how Google is violating people's privacy through Social Circle. But the journalists and privacy commentators the PR firm contacted concluded that Google has done nothing wrong: If people freely provide information online, this information can be used by Google in the same way Google News is free to link to news articles that publishers make available for the taking.

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Guest Bernie

via The Onion - a news parody… if you didn’t already know – but my saying it’s a news parody kind-of spoils the fun… if you didn’t know… either way this is still pretty amusing – if you’re not on Facebook, perhaps. Oh and no, I’m not on Facebook ;^)


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