Around Town | December 17, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - December 17, 2010

Around Town

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS ... Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's reputation as a brilliant, if somewhat awkward, visionary snowballed this year, with Vanity Fair naming him the most influential person of the year, the blockbuster film "Social Network" dramatizing his singular genius, and Facebook membership passing the 500 million mark. This week, Zuckerberg joined a pantheon that also includes John F. Kennedy, Joseph Stalin and the Apollo 8 astronauts when Time Magazine declared him its "Person of the Year" for 2010. The award recognizes the individual who, for better or worse, had the most influence on the world. Zuckerberg responded on Facebook by calling Time's announcement "a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I'm happy to be a part of that."

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