Facebook CEO responds to critics

Facebook appeases critics, Gates and Bloomberg join forces for $500 million campaign, Steve Ballmer sends internal memo to Microsoft employees, and more.

Facebook appeased critics this week when it announced plans at its F8 developer conference to promote applications that are more productive and useful. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also used the event to alleviate increasing privacy concerns by assuring attendees that upcoming features will limit how much user information will be shared. "We have paid a lot of attention to making sure that… people have a lot of control," said Zuckerberg during his keynote. "We learned from last time." The last time likely referring to the company's Beacon PR disaster from last year.

Whether Zuckerberg has what it takes to become a charismatic PR machine like Steve Jobs also came under scrutiny as some bloggers panned his delivery of yesterday's keynote.

Also:

Billionaires Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg join forces for a $500 million campaign to curb smoking around the world.

Steve Ballmer's internal memo to Microsoft employees announces organizational changes at the company.

XM-Sirius merger nears approval. The Wall Street Journal points out that the combined companies, valued at $7.5 billion, will allow for a bigger marketing push.

A protester ensures his message isn't lost by supergluing himself to the British prime minister.

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