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Saturday
Jul062013

Facebook COO Was Supposed to Take Plane that Crashed in San Francisco

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) – Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was originally supposed to have been on the Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday afternoon, Sandberg announced in a Facebook post.

“My family, colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We switched to United so we could use miles for my family's tickets,” She explained. “Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.”

Sandberg also said that her friend David Eun, a well-known tech executive and Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics, was on the Asiana flight and was fine. Eun tweeted a photo of the crash after safely getting off the plane.

Law enforcement agents say the crash appears to have been an accident.

It is unknown if there were any casualties at this time.

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Sunday
Apr142013

Facebook and State Attorneys General Team Up to Educate Teens and Parents about Privacy 

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While some reports indicate that teen Facebook use is on the decline, Facebook along with the National Association of Attorneys General are about to become laser focused on educating that younger demographic and their parents about privacy on the social networking community.

On April 15, Doug Gansler, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) president and Maryland's attorney general, plans to announce that the two groups will work together in the coming months to educate teens and their parents about Facebook safety and privacy through a number of different informational webpages and videos.

"There are more and more parents now who understand Facebook and how it works and how their children are using it, but don't necessarily understand the privacy settings and how they work," Gansler told ABC News in an interview.

The education will begin through the launch of a few different educational web tools, he said. A Facebook and NAGG "Safety and Privacy on Facebook" page on the social network will feature information on privacy settings, best practices and a tip sheet on how to set up privacy controls.

The page will also include "Ask the Safety Team" videos, in which members of Facebook's safety team answer questions about privacy, bullying and safety. It will also include a basic primer video explaining what Facebook is and how to use it.

In addition to those, state attorneys general Facebook pages will feature state-specific public service announcements and videos, in which participating attorneys general and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will offer tips. Gansler will appear in Maryland's video, which will be released on Tuesday.

While teens might not frequent those attorneys general sites or Facebook pages, Gansler said he is hoping their parents will, and said he is also relying on Facebook's advertising of the pages to get the word out. Facebook confirmed that over the next year, it would advertise those state-specific video PSAs to parents, teens, and families in participating states on Facebook.

"This program is designed to provide teens with tools and tips to manage their privacy and visibility on Facebook and across the internet," Sandberg said in a statement provided to ABC News. "We're grateful for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler's leadership on this issue, and we look forward to working with him and attorneys generals around the country."

Gansler will just be the first attorney general to work with Facebook; more than a dozen other attorneys general will share the new pages and videos with their constituents through their web and Facebook pages.

Sandberg is meeting privately today with Gansler and the other participating attorneys general in National Harbor, Md., to discuss the program. Sandberg, who recently released Lean In, a best-selling book about women in the workforce, has been extremely involved in the project.

While Gansler will formally announce the project Monday, the PSAs won't start popping up until Tuesday. Gansler's version for Maryland will appear on his official Facebook page and on his website. Other participating states, which have not yet been revealed, will also have the videos and information on their respective Facebook pages.

Gansler said that although Facebook is still the "800-pound gorilla," he is aware of the data that shows that the younger set is beginning to move to other messaging services and social networks.

"Five years ago it was MySpace. The attorneys general got involved with MySpace and we addressed the sexual predator issues on the site," Gansler said. "While there is some movement [away from Facebook] into other places, and we are aware of that, we are going to make sure we are involved in those as well. We will move along with the trends towards the next thing in a regulatory capacity."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar112013

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says Women Must Learn to 'Lean In'

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., said she hesitated to give the TED talk in December 2010 that has catapulted her as a major voice for women and served as the launching pad for her new book, Lean In.

Sandberg told ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas that she had never talked publicly about being a woman.

"Everyone told me not to.  They said, 'If you give a public talk on women, people are going to notice you're a woman.'  I was like, 'Okay, well.'  But I did it," she said.

Sandberg said she worried that others might think she was asking "for special treatment or about to sue them."

"But over the last 10 years in the work force I was so alarmed as more men were leaning in and progressing.  And women were working the same hours, working just as hard.  But not getting the promotion, not getting paid as much," Sandberg said.

Over two million views on YouTube later, a new book and a nonprofit LeanIn.org, Sandberg said she has received emails and letters from inspired women from all walks of life who "sat at the table."

On LeanIn.org, women are encouraged to tell their stories about speaking out, gaining more confidence and helping each other achieve their goals.

Of course, Sandberg shares her own experiences of splitting chores and childrearing with her husband, while her career skyrocketed from chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton to Google's vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations.  Sandberg is also a director of The Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC News.

Sandberg admits in her book that before she became the COO of Facebook in March 2008, she almost readily accepted Mark Zuckerberg's first salary offer.

"When Mark offered me the job at Facebook, I had been interviewing with him for six weeks.  I was dying to get this job.  And when he made the first offer, I thought it was fair.  And I was about to take it gratefully," Sandberg told Vargas.  But Sandberg's brother-in-law advised her, "No one takes the first offer."

"And I said, 'Well, if I negotiate, maybe he won't like me.  Maybe I won't get the job.  It won't work out,'" Sandberg said.  "And he said to me, 'Why are you going to take this job and make less than any man would take?'  And that was motivating.  And it turned out that I was able to negotiate."

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Thursday
Sep152011

Facebook Is Friend to Jobless and Small Business, Says Company COO

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Sheryl Sandberg is widely considered the most powerful woman in Silicon Valley, and it's little wonder why. Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook, which could soon have 1 billion users and be worth $100 billion. A Harvard MBA and former chief of staff of the Treasury Department under Bill Clinton, Sandberg left Google to be CEO's Mark Zuckerberg's partner in crime, tasked with helping him take Facebook from scrappy startup to Internet powerhouse.

The 42-year-old married mother of two rarely gives interviews, but she's speaking out about Facebook's role in trying to solve one of the most intractable problems of the day: unemployment. To start with, she's hiring.

"Great [software] engineers in this economy...are in hugely high demand. And we all fight...for them," Sandberg said in an exclusive interview with Nightline anchor Bill Weir. "More students should study computer science. It's a great way to make sure you can be employed for the rest of your life."

But even if you didn't go to Harvard or can barely work a mouse, Sandberg says Facebook could be the key to your next job.

As everyone says, getting a job is all about "who you know." And chances are, most people you know are on Facebook.

"More than 60 percent of people who find jobs find them through people they know or people those people know. ... If you're looking for a job, you should be telling the people you know you're looking. But if you do that on Facebook ... you can tell all of your friends, and then they can pass it on to their friends," Sandberg said.

There are also job-seeking apps developed specifically for Facebook. Simply Hired, for example, has 5 million listings, Sandberg said.

Sandberg says Facebook helps people actually land jobs by researching potential employers. Over 9 million American business use Facebook to promote their businesses, allowing job seekers to contact companies before they put out the "help wanted" sign, and tailor their approach to what the company needs.

Sandberg says they've seen great success among freelancers or small business owners who use Facebook Ads to help grow their businesses. Chris Meyer, a wedding photographer in the Twin Cities, bought ads targeting women who changed their Facebook relationship status to "engaged." The strategy worked.

"This year will be, hands down, the largest year that we've had. We're due to turn about 250 percent, 300 percent of what we did last year," said Meyer.

Targeted ads, however, can raise fears of privacy violation, perhaps Facebook's biggest albatross. For every new fiancee who welcomed Meyer's ad, there may have been others who were creeped out by it. Sandberg is quick to point out that users' information is never shared with advertisers.

"Privacy is one of the most important things we do, and it's a very firm commitment we have to all of our users. We took his ad, and we showed it to all of those women. But we never gave a single bit of information on any of those women to Chris Meyer. We just show them something they're interested in," said Sandberg.

Sandberg said Facebook, by helping businesses grow, does something the economy has struggled to do: create jobs "in the ecosystem around us," she said.

Citing third-party studies with which the company has collaborated, Sandberg said "the Facebook economy" -- the ripple effect of the company's success that has spawned developers, programmers, and others -- had created "about 250,000 jobs."

As for the overall economy, Sandberg said we need to restore confidence: "consumer confidence to spend money, business confidence to hire."

How? First, a regulatory environment that encourages business and creates "the kind of entrepreneurs America has created: the Sam Waltons and Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfreys," she said.

Second, greatly improved education: "Our education system used to be one of the world's best, or the world's best. It is so far from that. We are failing our children, and we're failing the next generation. And over the long run, our competitiveness will be completely tied to how well we educate our children."

Sandberg has become a prominent role model for women in business, partly as a result of several of her speeches going viral.

Today her wish and advice for women is the same as when she was at Treasury, when as reported in the New Yorker, she would invite junior staffmembers, many of them women, to join the senior officials at the main conference table.

"Women should sit at the table. Don't sit in the back of the room ... Really be there, leaning forward in your career," she said.

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