Monthly Archives: October 2010

John Gapper

The new benchmark for philanthropic gifts by billionaires in the US seems to be $100m.

That sum has been pledged by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for Newark schools, and it has been matched by Henry Kravis of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in his donation to Columbia University. Read more

John Gapper

What is it with Silicon Valley bosses and email? First it was Steve Jobs of Apple telling a student to “please leave us alone” and now Larry Ellison of Oracle has sent out his frank views of the appointment of Léo Apotheker as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.

Mr Ellison emailed the FT with the following blast: Read more

John Gapper

Further to my column this week about The Social Network, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film portraying the early days of Facebook, David Kirkpatrick has a good guide up at The Daily Beast as to what is and is not accurate about the film.

The Social Network, which opens today in the US, is a highly entertaining and thought-provoking film that will surely be an Oscar contender. However, as Mr Sorkin has admitted, it is drama rather than being intended as truth. Read more