Some things defy your ability to describe them. One of them is this portrait of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, created by a "Brooklyn-based artist and hacker" called Katsu. He made the painting with his own shit. It is now on display at The Hole, in New York — yes, a painting made of shit is being displayed in a place called The Hole; I know, irony abounds here — as part of a show called, "Remember the Future." Katsu apparently does not like Mark Zuckerberg. Thank you, Mashable, for alerting the world to this. [h/t to Michael for sending me a link to this story which now I will never be able to forget as long as I live.] [Photo: The Hole]
Mark Zuckerberg is already paying dozens of kids to hold parking spots overnight outside the construction site for his San Francisco mansion. But he's now taken street occupation a step further: Capp Street Crap tweets that this is a "photo of one of the cranes that shut down [21st Street] to hoist fully mature trees into Zuckerberg's yard."
In recent months, companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo have dialed back their most egregious political donations, pulling support from climate change-denying groups like ALEC and the Chamber of Commerce. But tech firms continue funneling money into right-wing campaigns, and the Silicon Valley liberals who financed them are pissed.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, whose teen smartphone sensation was recently valued at $10 billion, spoke at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit yesterday. The 24-year-old wore a $220 sweatshirt from Acne Studios that said "You First." He cooly deflected his frat boy rep. He brushed off the haters. It was a chill sitch.
The extravagant renovation of Mark Zuckerberg's $10 million San Francisco "fixer-upper" has already aggravated neighbors with months of noise and parking concerns. But Zuckerberg's own actions are making the impacts of the ongoing 17 month project worse. According to CBS, the boy billionaire has been paying a squad of squatters to hold parking spots so his construction workers have somewhere to park.
Facebook's IPO and stock market ascension has left the company's board with a big wad of cash—which is great news for the company's directors, who choose their own pay rate. Now Bloomberg reports an investor is suing Facebook and its hoodied founder for "[wasting] corporate assets" and "unjust enrichment."
It's difficult to further debase an annual event commemorating the moral failings of the media industry. But Silicon Valley is nothing if not innovative. Re/code reports that tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft are hosting some of the largest parties during White House Correspondents' weekend.
Mark Zuckerberg is holding a very fancy private event today to celebrate his company. But it's not much of a celebration—he kicked it off by going onstage and acting like an optimistic dad. It was the performance of a dull man who's become the leader of a dull company, and is fine with being boring.
Right now, you read this (very possibly having arrived via Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest, influential, and world-historically diabolical figures in the history of American commerce. Just nine years ago, he gave a guest lecture at Harvard to a mostly empty room, and today we can watch in disbelief.