MEN OF INFLUENCE ... He has conquered the world of social media and united 500 million people under his banner. It's no wonder then that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now tops Vanity Fair's list of 100 most influential people of the Information Age. In anointing Zuckerberg as its "new Caesar" this month, the magazine alludes to a toga party he threw two years ago, when the company attracted its 100 millionth user, and mentions his sweaty, uncomfortable June interview with Wall Street Journal columnists over privacy issues. Zuckerberg isn't the only notable local presence on the magazine's 16th annual list, the Vanity Fair 100. Palo Alto resident and Apple CEO Steve Jobs is second on the list, while Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page (who met at Stanford University and had their office in Palo Alto before moving into the company's current Mountain View headquarters) share third spot with the company's CEO Eric Scmidt. In its introduction, the magazine acknowledges Palo Alto's prominent role in the Information Age and calls the city "the Rome of our nascent millennium."
WANTED: A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE ... It's been a rough month for Friends of the Palo Alto Library, a group of volunteers that sells books and raises money for the city's library system. On Aug. 9, a fire damaged the group's headquarters at Cubberley Community Center, scorching walls, singeing thousands of books and leaving the group scrambling to find a new place for its book sales. Despite the setback, the plucky group will proceed with its monthly book sale, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday. The group announced that its main sale area would now be located next to the temporary Mitchell Park Library at Cubberley. In addition to this "main" room, the Friends group will also be selling books from the Children's Room and the Bargain Room. Meanwhile, the group is seeking a permanent headquarters to accommodate future sales. Friends want the new place to be about 4,000 square feet, to have parking and to be located near Cubberley so that books and volunteers could be easily transferred between sales locations. Anyone with knowledge of such space is asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.