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June 9, 2012

Betabeat

This is neither here nor there but strange enough to note: a screengrab from a Chinese documentary, Chinese Police, which features at exactly 30 seconds in a photobomb from no less than Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Zuckerberg, who reportedly visited Shanghai at the end of March, is shown walking with Ms. Chan behind a pair of grim-faced Chinese cops, looking oddly amused if not downright tickled by the scene in front of him.

The site that originally reported the photobomb (docu-bomb?) translated the subtitle on-screen during Mr. Zuckerberg’s appearance as “Many problems impelled the Chinese police to find way (sic) to increase efficiency.”

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June 9, 2012

Gigaom

Fancy, the social discovery and commerce site that competes with Pinterest, just picked up a big name user: Mark Zuckerberg. Fancy said Zuckerberg joined the site Friday morning under the name zuckd.

It may just be that Zuckerberg is interested in finding some gift ideas for his new bride. But it also prompts some interesting questions about Facebook’s (s fb) potential interest in Fancy. As we’ve reported before, Fancy is growing quickly, bringing the self-expression and social discovery of Pinterest together with the commerce component of Amazon (s amzn). It allows retailers and merchants to see what people are Fancying and allows them to sell those products directly through the site. Fancy now has about a million users and recently launched its commerce platform for iOS (s ios).

Zuckerberg could be interested to see how you can fuse social discovery with commerce. Others are also looking at…

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June 9, 2012

TechCrunch

Gizmodo posted a “story” yesterday entitled “We’ll Pay You for Photos of Mark Zuckerberg.” Desperation aside, this is as crazy as it is stupid (And we’re not even sure it’s legal).

See, Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of a company. Sure, that company is all about sharing with friends, but when you have more than 14 million people subscribed to your page, sharing a photo or a link on Facebook becomes an entirely different beast. He’s scrutinized on everything that he’s ever publicly shared. Just take a look at the IPO hoodie bonanza.

So it makes sense that a CEO, a businessman in its truest sense, wouldn’t want to be splashed across magazine covers and speculated about on gossip columns (which is essentially what Gizmodo’s media network, Gawker Media, is centered around). He kept his wedding fiercely private because marrying your long-time girlfriend, and likely one of the only…

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June 9, 2012

TechCrunch

Hear that noise? That’s the sound of a hundred press releases and announcements being ground to a pulp, the pulp being formed into a sort of hollow, vapid blog arrow, and that arrow being aimed squarely at Techmeme.

I don’t know, but ever since some of our most prolific writers left the blog game to either a) become entrepreneurs or b) become investors, the tech blogosphere has been quiet — too quiet. And by quiet I mean so noisy that it’s difficult for anything of any substance (or signal) to come through.

Gone are the days of “Facebook PR: Tonight We Dine In Hell!” or “How The Hell Is This My Fault?” or “SXSWi: Because Hell Doesn’t Have Enough Promotional Stickers” or “Delta Flight 1843 From JFK To Hell” or any TC post with “Hell” in the title really.

Instead, the TechCrunch homepage has become so tame the…

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