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Facebook's Mobile Problem

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We’ve been talking all week about Facebook’s looming step into public life, set to take place this Friday. But since the social networking giant filed for its IPO back in February, there’s been one issue that’s come up time and time again: mobile monetization. Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, analyzes the magnitude of Facebook’s mobile problem.

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The Takeaway

How Risky is Investing in Facebook?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On Friday, Facebook begins tapping into the public market and hits the Nasdaq Exchange in what will be one of the largest initial public offerings in history. Eric Jackson, founder and managing member of investment firm Ironfire Capital LLC discusses whether investing in the social networking giant is a financially savvy decision.

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The Takeaway

Facebook IPO: Take It or Leave It?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Questions surrounding Facebook's IPO will finally be answered on Friday, when the company begins publicly trading its stock. Doubts about CEO Mark Zuckerberg's managerial skills and concerns that the company is being overvalued have dampened the hype, but the business and technology worlds are still buzzing in anticipation of Friday's announcement. However the IPO turns out, Facebook will see some serious changes in the near future.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Facebook IPO Explained

Friday, May 11, 2012

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, discusses the Facebook IPO: how it works, who gets to invest, and whether it's a good investment in the first place.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your 20s: My Life Should Look Better on Facebook

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Each week in May, Meg Jay, clinical psychologist, assistant clinical professor at the University of Virginia, and author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now, looks at different aspects of life in your twenties. This week: why twentysomethings think their peers are doing better than they really are.

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The Takeaway

Klout Scores Rank Online Influence: How Do You Measure Up?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

President Obama’s score is 91. Lady Gaga’s is 94. But Justin Bieber is the man to beat, with an all-time high score of 100. On what metric does the President of the United States lose out to pop stars? It’s not about style, humor or staying in key. It’s about Klout. As Anthony Wing Kosner, web developer and contributor to Forbes.com explains, and we hear from Sam Fiorella who failed to get a job because of his low Klout score.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: George Zimmerman Arraignment and Facebook IPO Buzz

Monday, May 07, 2012

Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, explore the stories for the week ahead, including George Zimmerman's arraignment in court, the John Edwards trial, and Facebook's campaign to justify the company's projected IPO.

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WNYC News

Facebook Valued at Up to $95B in IPO Price Range

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Facebook, the company that turned the social Web into a cultural and business phenomenon, is worth as much as $95 billion, according to the price range for its upcoming initial public offering of stock.

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The Takeaway

Organ Donation in the Age of Social Networking

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A new plan from Facebook encourages everyone on the social network to advertise their donor status on their pages, along with their birth dates and schools. Could the plan be a slippery slope linking medical information and social media? Jeff Jarvis is professor of journalism at City University of New York. Art Caplan is a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Should We Be Scared of $1 Trillion in Student Loans?

Friday, April 27, 2012

May 1 is the deadline for millions of high school seniors to choose where they will go to college in the fall.  To pay for it, many will take out thousands of dollars in student loans, only adding to the country’s more than $1 trillion in existing student debt. All this debt is having enormous consequences on economic growth.  Could student loans be the next financial bubble?

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest, Dangly Bits Edition

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Rupaul's Drag Race, the legacy of Dick Clark, and whether Facebook is making us lonely.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Calls for Investigation of Legality of Asking Job Applicants for Facebook Passwords

Monday, March 26, 2012

Senators Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut and Charles Schumer of New York wrote to the Department of Justice and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on March 25 asking them to investigate whether requesting and using prospective employees' social network passwords violates current federal law. We're joined by Sen. Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to find out why he chose to take action on the issue.

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The Takeaway

Would You Give Out Your Facebook Password in a Job Interview?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

As much as most Americans might like to think that their social networking profiles are part of their personal life, increasingly, that’s not the case. Chris Kukulski, city manager of Bozeman, Montana, tells The Takeaway why the city used to ask new hires to fill out a form providing the usernames and passwords to their social networking accounts — and why it stopped that practice. Chandlee Bryan is a career coach, former recruiter, and author of the “Twitter Job Search Guide.”

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The Takeaway

The Controversy Around Facebook Parenting

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tommy Jordan, an ordinary dad from North Carolina, launched himself into internet fame when he uploaded an eight-minute YouTube video in response to a whiny letter his daughter posted on Facebook. Viewed 28 million times, Tommy's video outlines his anger with his daughter's online complaints about household chores, and as a finale, he shoots eight rounds at her laptop. The divisive video sparked much controversy across the country around parenting and social media.

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Features

Man Is Dog's Best 'Friend'

Monday, February 13, 2012

America’s leading show dogs have their own Facebook pages and they're getting lots of traffic.

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Schoolbook

Will Giants Fever Strike at City Schools?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The parade and tribute to the Giants' Super Bowl victory is likely to draw thousands of students -- and maybe a few teachers? -- to the celebration in Lower Manhattan, and though every day of school is important, it will be difficult for many to resist.

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On The Media

That Little Thing Called "Like"

Friday, February 03, 2012

The Facebook "Like" button has ventured beyond the pages of Facebook. Now, not only can you tell your friends that you "Like" their comments, photos and status updates, you can also tell third-party site how much you "Like" a blog post or news article. Bob explores the meaning of a Facebook "Like."

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On The Media

The Facebook Show

Friday, February 03, 2012

An Austrian man who got Facebook to give him everything they had on him, a writer whose rapist friended her on Facebook, the value of a "Like."

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On The Media

Friend Request

Friday, February 03, 2012

Not long ago, writer Emily McCombs received a friend request from a man who had raped her in her adolescence. She talks to Brooke about how you handle that particular social networking quandary, and about how the interaction was ultimately a surprisingly positive one for her.

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On The Media

Facebook versus the Epiphanator

Friday, February 03, 2012

As popular as Facebook is, it has its share of detractors, especially among public intellectuals. Novelist Jonathan Franzen spoke for many when he said that platforms like Facebook are “great allies and enablers of narcissism" and that "to friend a person is merely to include the person in our private hall of flattering mirrors.” Where’s this frustration coming from? Is it fair? Writer Paul Ford talks to Brooke about an essay he wrote last year that sought to answer that question.

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