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Controversy over Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie abated Friday as he turned investors' attention to more important matters at a presentation in Palo Alto, Calif.

Chief among them? Improving Facebook's mobile application.

About 200 investors showed up at an IPO presentation to quiz Zuckerberg about generating revenue from mobile users, crucial for long-term fiscal growth.

Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, said overall advertising is gaining steam, with most marketers increasing their spending with Facebook.


The executives, who appeared on stage alongside CFO David Ebersman, highlighted social ads as an important tool for Facebook to tackle mobile challenges.

The ads, incorporating information about Facebook users' friends who "like" certain products, are better-suited to the smaller screens of smartphones.

More than half of Facebook's users currently use it from phones.

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This is probably not what Geraldo Rivera meant when he bashed hoodies.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly not impressed investors with his business savvy this week, and his signature sweatshirt has become emblematic of some long-held criticisms plaguing the online wunderkind.

In New York to woo investors for Facebook's IPO, Zuckerberg hasn't won over fans, fueling long-held rumors that for all his technical, innovative brilliance, Mark is an aloof, awkward guy who can't get it together for the suits.

Mark Zuckerberg, Hoodie

He shows up late for meetings or not at all. And when he does make it, his laid-back outfits (see hoodie above) haven't helped, coming off as shlubby.

"Mark and his signature hoodie: He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s just going to be him," Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities said in an interview on Bloomberg TV.

"I think that’s a mark of immaturity. I think that he has to realize he’s bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he’s got to show them the respect that they deserve because he’s asking them for money."

Hoodies seem to have a lot of "meaning" these days, as we know, but this is a new spin. What do you think? Should Zuck wear 'em to meetings?


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With the tease from Mark Zuckerberg that he would "launch something awesome" at 1 p.m. EST, Facebook users were introduced to a few new features today.

Chief among them is what Zuckerberg referred to as "video calling" during an announcement from Palo Alto. The chat system will combine with Skype to work as an application within Facebook; there won't be any separate download required.

FB Lettering

Instead, you can just click the button on a friend's profile page and - presto! - a video call is initiated.

Not exactly ground-breaking, we know. But Facebook must soon compete with Google+, which has already announced its own video chatting service.

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Is Mark Zuckerberg engaged to girlfriend Priscilla Chan? That's the rumor going around - a rumor traced to a comment by none other than Bill Gates.

The Microsoft founder may have just used the wrong word in reference to his fellow computer entrepreneur, but he definitely called her his "fiancee."

In an interview with the Daily Mail (UK), Gates discussed the philanthropic efforts of Zuckerberg, who recently reached out to Gates and his foundation.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Like Gates, Zuckerberg has pledged to give away most of his fortune.

"I didn't say to Mark, 'Give me all your money!' He was predisposed to do it and he came to me seeking advice. His fiancée Priscilla thought about education and he gave money to Newark, New Jersey," Gates said.

The head of the Gates Foundation said, "We did a co-grant so that some of our people who had some expertise in that field could help him out."

It could have been nothing more than a slip of the tongue, saying fiancee instead of girlfriend, but Zuckerberg has been dating Chan since 2003.

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Despite losing their appeal, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are STILL going after Mark Zuckerberg, saying he and Facebook ruthlessly defrauded them.

The Winkelevoss twins are not giving up on their claims against Zuckerberg and the social networking site, which they claim was there idea originally.

They point to two damning IMs as proof that Zuck f*%ked them.

Winklevii and Zuck

Zuckerberg and Facebook settled with the genetic freaks for $65 million, but they've been trying to undo the deal, on grounds of fraud, to obtain more.

The Winklevii want a federal appellate court to reexamine their settlement with Facebook, acknowledge that the IMs are proof of fraud and nullify it.

Tyler and Cameron claim Facebook intentionally withheld messages sent by Mark saying, "Yeah, I'm going to f**k them ... probably in the [ear]."

In another IM, Zuckerberg allegedly told a friend:

"But [the twins] made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I'm like delaying it so it won't be ready until after the facebook comes out."

Maybe The Social Network was more accurate than we thought ...

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Despite their claims that Facebook did not provide an accurate valuation, a judge ruled that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss must accept their $65 million settlement from the social networking behemoth and move on. SUCKS for them.

A U.S. appeals court ruled that the settlement stands.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

The Winklevoss twins (seen here with the actor who portrayed them in The Social Network, Armie Hammer) say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea.

Zuckerberg and Facebook settled with the twins in '08. The Winklevii have since tried to secure more $$ by claiming that Facebook is guilty of securities fraud.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in Monday’s ruling that the twins already settled the dispute and signed a release of all claims against Facebook. End of story.

With both the district court and appeals court in agreement, it seems this may be the end of the Winklevosses’ claim to any additional shares of Facebook.

They will therefore have to cope with a mere $65 million to go with their genetically freakish good looks and Harvard degrees. Talk about getting shafted.

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Facebook CEO and world's youngest billionaire Mark Zuckerberg sure has found a new way to soften his image, which took a pounding in The Social Network:

Get a new puppy!

"Beast" looks like anything but. The two-month-old ball of fluff adopted by Mark and longtime partner Priscilla Chan is sure to elicit more than a few awwwws ...

Beast on Facebook

NOTE: We're not as cute, but we are fun to look at in a different sense, and a beast of sorts in the celebrity gossip game. Become a fan of THG on Facebook!

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Facebook stalking is one thing. We've all done it, am I right guys? Hello?

Okay then. Well, it's better than literal stalking, i.e. lurking at someone's house like a bona fide nut job. We're talking to you, Pradeep Manukonda. Creep.

Mark Zuckerberg obtained a restraining order against that man, who at first was badgering the Facebook CEO on his very site, then took it beyond that.

Manukonda is accused of leaving flowers and a handwritten note at his home, walking up to said home, and showing up at several Facebook offices looking for him.

According to the handwritten note and Facebook wall posts, Manukonda consistently referenced some problem that he wanted Mark Zuckerberg to help him with.

Probably couldn't figure out the privacy settings - those are beyond confusing.

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Three 'Bergs, one awkwardly funny opening SNL skit.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg personally appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend during host Jesse Eisenberg's opening monologue.

Eisenberg is nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Mark. Andy Samberg? No Oscar nominations, but he was also present.

After all the controversy surrounding The Social Network and its portrayal of the billionaire, it's nice to see there's no bad blood between them ...

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Mark Zuckerberg has beaten out an assortment of trapped miners, a group of bitter voters and a shady Internet activist for the title of Time's Person of the Year.

Handed out since 1927, this honor is described by the magazine as the individual who "has done the most to change the news, for better or worse." Past recipients have ranged from Adolf Hitler to The Computer to Bill Clinton.

Kim Cover

Did Mark Zuckerberg have a greater societal impact  this year than Kim Kardashian? Discuss now!

Writes Time in its profile: "In less than seven years, Mark Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity in a single network... It's a permanent fact of our global social reality. We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here."

Runners-up in 2010 included the Tea Party, Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai and the Chilean Miners. Think this publication made the right choice?


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