So, according to the WSJ, there are lots of companies now trying to wrench Facebook out of Zuckerberg’s greasy hands:
Facebook.com is apparently in serious talks with Yahoo! to be acquired for up to $1 billion. The social-networking site, staple of college kids everywhere, has also spoken with Microsoft and Viacom (though it’s a bit out of Viacom’s current price range), says the WSJ, which notes that Yahoo! has been feeling the Google pinch in search advertising and in general global hegemony (well, except in Belgium). (source)
Also, Zuckerberg is really lame:
During one series of talks with Microsoft, Facebook executives told their Microsoft peers they couldn’t do an 8 a.m. conference call because the company’s 22-year-old founder and chief executive, Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, wouldn’t be awake, says a person familiar with the talks. Microsoft executives were incredulous.
In an interview, Mr. Zuckerberg declines to comment on any talks. The young entrepreneur says he generally works late — he recalls eating French fries recently in the parking lot of a local McDonald’s restaurant at 3 a.m. — and doesn’t get to work early. “I’m in the office at 10:30 a.m. sometimes,” he says.
As Facebook’s popularity swelled, Mr. Zuckerberg, who wears Adidas sandals to work many days, dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year and moved to Palo Alto. The former computer-science and psychology major quickly set a brash tone, joking with colleagues about Facebook’s goal of “world domination” and once distributed business cards that read, “I’m CEO…bitch.” A Facebook spokeswoman says the cards were a joke.
Around March, Yahoo was weighing a roughly $1 billion offer, according to people familiar with the matter. Facebook’s Mr. Zuckerberg met with executives at Yahoo’s headquarters in late March to discuss a possible deal.
At one point in the Yahoo negotiations, the talks extended into the weekend, says a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Zuckerberg, this account continues, said he couldn’t take part because his girlfriend was in town. Others pointed out they were closing in on a billion-dollar deal. Mr. Zuckerberg said it didn’t matter: his cellphone would be off, this person says.
Mr. Zuckerberg says he doesn’t “remember anything like that.” He adds: “I have a girlfriend; when I’m hanging out with her I tend to not be that engaged.”
More from the article:
Facebook says its site is so integral to the lives of college students and others that it has become more like a service such as email, instead of merely a place to chat about parties and find dates.
Fuck you, facebook. And fuck you, too, Zuckerberg. Who the hell finds dates on facebook anyway. WHO THE HELL DATES!?