The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

Goldman’s old-school Facebook deal sets new tests

January 3, 2011

Goldman Sachs' old-school Facebook deal brings a new set of challenges. The bank is raising up to $1.5 billion from clients to invest in the social network while putting in $450 million itself. Like Morgan Stanley's reported deal with online coupon service Groupon, it looks like classic merchant banking. With hot firms in the driver's seat, however, the banks could find themselves in for a wild ride.

from Breakingviews:

Will 2011 be the year that Facebook’s value gets real?

December 28, 2010

By Robert Cyran and Rob Cox

Facebook may at last become a real, rather than virtual, money spinner in 2011. The social network doesn't need capital to grow, but expectations from backers and employees for an IPO are too high for founder Mark Zuckerberg to ignore. There's just one challenge: trading in Facebook's unlisted shares values the website at more than $40 billion. Getting to that number requires some astonishing growth assumptions.

from MediaFile:

Berners-Lee: Apple, Facebook are enemies of the web

November 22, 2010

2010 is a great time for the web. Innovation is thriving as new services and content flourish on smartphones and laptops, thanks in good part to industry leaders like Apple and Facebook.

Facebook group defends “harassed” BP

June 18, 2010


BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward branded “the most hated man in America” may be surprised to find himself cast in the role of victim by a growing clan of web-based supporters on Facebook.

from Breakingviews:

Facebook’s strength may be its greatest weakness

By Rob Cox
May 26, 2010

Witness the power of Facebook. About a month ago, one of the social networking site's users set up a discussion forum entitled "No I will not pay $3.98 a month to use Facebook as of July 10th 2010!" Within a few weeks, more than 825,000 people joined his page. Trouble is the whole thing was based on a faulty premise: Facebook has no such intention to charge.

from Breakingviews:

Skype looks like Silicon Valley’s best IPO hope

March 15, 2010

Skype looks like Silicon Valley's best hope for a blockbuster initial stock offering in 2010. With Facebook determined to stay private until next year, the former eBay orphan could steal the scene with a quick flip. Moreover, as a result of clarifying copyright issues and rewriting its code to attack the business market, the company may be worth twice its $2.75 billion price tag when eBay sold all but 30 percent of its stake last year.

The meeting of young minds

February 10, 2010

IMG01410-20100209-1350A sedate group of more than 1,000 young people brought together in London to discuss socio-political issues makes a sharp contrast to those who challenge the status quo via demonstrations, rallies and picket lines.

One Young World: let’s hear it from the under-25s

February 4, 2010


Amid the ongoing global conversation about the economy, and projections about when — and in which markets — the world might emerge from financial crisis, the collective voice of the 25-and-under age group is hard to hear.

Are publication bans outdated in the Internet era?

January 25, 2010

IMG01299-20100115-2004The debate over freedom of expression and the impact of social networking on democratic rights in the courts is in focus in Canada after a Facebook group became the centre of controversy when it may have violated a publication ban.