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ABC News Exclusive: Facebook to Help Find Organ Donors

Rick Rowell/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Conversations over the dinner table with his med-student girlfriend helped Mark Zuckerberg formulate his latest big idea — harnessing the power of Facebook to help eliminate the critical shortage of organs for patients desperately in need of life-saving transplants.

And it was his friendship with Apple founder Steve Jobs, whose life was extended by years following a liver transplant, in part, that spurred the 27-year-old Facebook founder and CEO to help put that idea into practice.

“Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories… We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that’s out there,” Zuckerberg told ABC’s Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview at Facebook’s headquarters.

Starting Tuesday, users in the United States and U.K. will be able to add that they’re organ donors to their Timelines, and if they’re not organ donors, they can find links to official organ donation registries and instantly enroll.

“We want to make it simple,” said Zuckerberg. “You just put in the state or country that you’re from, so that we can help link you to the official registries.”

In the “health and wellness” section of users’ timelines, users can list their status as organ donors and explain the decision to their friends, in an effort to raise awareness about the need for donors.

More than 112,000 Americans are awaiting organs, and 18 people die every day from the lack of available organs, according to Donate Life America, a non-profit alliance partnering with Facebook.

Zuckerberg, 27, has made a fortune on the idea that people want to share everything – from photos, to the intimate details of their romantic lives. Yet, Zuckerberg himself is famously private, keeping details of his personal life – not to mention a much-anticipated Facebook IPO — under tight wraps.

In conversation with Roberts, Zuckerberg kept the door on the IPO tightly shut – citing the government-mandated quiet period before the IPO — and saying only “we try to keep very focused on the long term… We’ll be judged by how good the things are that we build and whether people like them.”

But he revealed some small details of his personal life, lighting up when talking about the dinnertime chats he had with girlfriend Priscilla Chan that helped lead to the donation initiative.

“She’s in medical school now,” Zuckerberg said of Chan. “She’s going to be a pediatrician, so our dinner conversations are often about Facebook and the kids that she’s meeting.”

Chan told him stories about patients she meets “getting sicker as they don’t have the organ that they need.” But there were other stories too, of children who ultimately received transplants. Stories, Zuckerberg called, “unbelievable.”

From Chan he learned of one boy in need of a heart transplant. His skin had turned blue from lack of oxygen, but within weeks of receiving a transplant he was out again playing sports.

“How can that not make you happy?” he asked.

Chan inspired Zuckerberg to try to learn Mandarin Chinese in one year. That venture, he admitted, was unsuccessful, but he picked up enough to natter with Chan’s elderly grandmother.

Zuckerberg said he was further prompted to make Facebook an important tool to encourage donors to register following the death of Steve Jobs, whom he called a “friend.” Though Zuckerberg never talked with Jobs specifically about a Facebook donation tool, he said many of the people involved in the project were inspired after Jobs’ death.

“That definitely, I think, was something that we all had in mind as we were building this out… His story is just one of many, of people who both were able to have an organ transplant that made his life longer and he was extremely thankful for that,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook was initially developed by Zuckerberg while still an undergraduate at Harvard. The site was initially conceived as place for college students to socialize. Recently, however, Zuckerberg said he’s been surprised by the power of the network and the way users use its tools creatively in times of crisis, like finding loved-ones following tornadoes in the Midwest or the tsunami in Japan.

“People are using the same social tools that they’re using just to keep in touch with people on a day-to-day basis to solve these important issues,” he said.

The technology behind the donation application, Zuckerberg said, is a “pretty simple thing.” But the ability to link people across hundreds of miles and save their lives? That, he called, “amazing.”

Both the company and organ donation advocates are hopeful the new tool could change the landscape of the organ donation process.

“I think it’s possible that we will see an impact over the next couple of years, where we would imagine eliminating the transplant waiting list,” said Dr. Andrew Cameron, Transplant Surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Founder and Animal Butcher

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of Facebook, has taken on a new hobby, according to Fortune, which reported that Zuckerberg updated his status on his personal Facebook page: "I just killed a pig and a goat."

Zuckerberg chooses a new challenge each year that helps him get away from all things Facebook.

In an email to Fortune, Zuckerberg said he chooses a "personal challenge -- something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline." This year Zuckerberg decided he would appreciate his food more if he learned the process of killing the animal and cooking it.

"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have," Zuckerberg said.

He also wrote that he would only eat animals that he has killed himself, which would mean he'd be a vegetarian when eating out at restaurants.

"So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said he first started on the idea when he held a pig roast at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was surprised by his guests' comments about eating the pig.

"A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me," Zuckerberg said. "I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from."

To assist him with his new hobby was chef and neighbor Jesse Cool, who owns Flea Street Cafe, a restaurant that uses only sustainable goods and organic, locally grown food. Cool introduced Zuckerberg to slaughtering the livestock and then taking it to a local butcher for processing.

A representative from Facebook said they would not comment beyond what had already appeared in Fortune.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Zuckerberg Gets Restraining Order Against 'Stalker'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg obtained a restraining order against 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda, claiming he is a threat to Zuckerberg, his sister Randi Zuckerberg, and girlfriend, Priscilla Chan.

In legal papers, Zuckerberg said Manukonda tried to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety," the entertainment website TMZ reported. Not only did Manukonda send Zuckerberg Facebook messages, he allegedly sent flowers to his home and went to Facebook's Palo Alto offices to ask Zuckerberg for money, according to TMZ.

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Man Says Twins Who Sued Facebook 'Backstabbed' Him, Sues for Settlement Money

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SUFFOLK, Mass.) -- Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the 29-year-old twin Harvard graduates, Olympic rowers and multimillionaire entrepreneurs, make no secret of their belief that Facebook founder and former colleague Mark Zuckerberg swindled them out of a fortune.

Despite taking a reported $65 million from the billionaire in a 2008 legal settlement, the twins are chasing a bigger legal payout from a partnership they say they forged with Facebook's "toddler CEO" when the three were students at Harvard.

"I'm not sure anybody can quite put themselves in our shoes and understand what it must have felt like to start an idea in 2002, to approach a fellow student in 2004, to have it stolen, sabotaged, ripped off," one of the Winklevoss brothers said in a recent interview with CBS' 60 Minutes.

But Wayne Chang said he knows exactly what it feels like to be cheated by a partner, because, he said, the Winklevoss brothers did the same to him.

"They pretty much treated me the way they say Facebook treated them," said the 27-year-old entrepreneur. "I got backstabbed."

Last December, in a complaint filed with the Superior Court in Suffolk, Mass., Chang claimed he is owed a part of the Winklevoss' settlement money from Facebook because his Web company had merged with the brothers' social network ConnectU to create the Winklevoss Chang Group.

And he's going after a piece of the $65 million. Chang said because the Facebook litigation was a shared asset of the company, he said he is entitled to a piece of the Facebook settlement. The Winklevosses filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, which Chang has formally opposed. A January hearing is scheduled regarding the motion to dismiss, Chang said.

"I just want what was rightfully mine," he said. "I just want to go for my share of the company, my share of the partnership."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Zuckerberg's Donation: Good PR or Just Generosity?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to announce a $100 million charitable donation to Newark, N.J. public schools.  News broke Wednesday that Zuckerberg, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are expected to announce the philanthropic effort, believed to be Zuckerberg's largest-ever public charitable donation, on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday.  But the timing of Zuckerberg's announcement has led some to speculate whether the donation could be part of an effort to help bolster the young CEO's public profile, as well as the image of a company that's weathered a few PR storms over the past couple of years.  The Oprah-worthy announcement comes just one week before the release of "The Social Network," a Hollywood movie expected to depict Zuckerberg as a socially-awkward genius hungry for power and prestige.

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