Mark Zuckerberg Welcomes Baby Max, Announces He's Giving Away 99% of his Facebook Stock

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have welcomed their first child – a daughter named Max – into the world. Zuckerberg announced Max’s arrival in a Facebook post, using the updated Notes platform to publish a letter to his newborn daughter, noting in his introspective and thoughtful post, that he and his wife are planning to give away 99% of their Facebook stock – currently valued at around $ 45 billion – to charitable causes in order to make the world a better place for Max and all children of the future.

Facebook has followed Zuckerberg’s post, announcing that Zuckerberg will give away no more than $ 1 billion of his shares per year for at least the next three years, which means Zuckerberg will maintain voting control of Facebook for the foreseeable future. It’s an admirable move, and one which also, in some ways, highlights Zuckerberg’s eventually exit plan from the social giant he created in a dorm room many years ago. In his 2,200 word post, Zuckerberg explains that personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities will be their initial areas of focus for investment. Zuckerberg’s impassioned and thoughtful essay focuses on realizing the full potential of humanity and promoting equality in order to create a world where people can become whoever and whatever they dream to be.

“We must make long term investments over 25, 50 or even 100 years. The greatest challenges require very long time horizons and cannot be solved by short term thinking.

We must engage directly with the people we serve. We can’t empower people if we don’t understand the needs and desires of their communities.

We must build technology to make change. Many institutions invest money in these challenges, but most progress comes from productivity gains through innovation.

We must participate in policy and advocacy to shape debates. Many institutions are unwilling to do this, but progress must be supported by movements to be sustainable.

We must back the strongest and most independent leaders in each field. Partnering with experts is more effective for the mission than trying to lead efforts ourselves.

We must take risks today to learn lessons for tomorrow. We’re early in our learning and many things we try won’t work, but we’ll listen and learn and keep improving.”

It’s an interesting read, and an interesting insight into the mind of a man who has risen to one of the most powerful positions in modern media. And while Zuckerberg’s announcement doesn’t flag any imminent changes at The Social Network, it does go someway towards further underlining his ambition for Facebook, and his mission to make the network a central part of everyday life. For everyone. And if that helps us get closer to the goals laid out in Zuckerberg’s vision, I’m all for it. 

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Free or Inexpensive Stock Photo Sites You Haven’t Heard of Yet

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The Internet is a visually rich medium and we all need beautiful images to create our online content. Finding images that are beautiful, evocative and fit the feel of our brand can be difficult. Finding ones that are free or inexpensive can be very difficult.

Here’s a list of a few sites that you probably haven’t heard of yet that provide free or inexpensive images. Check them out.

Free

Stock Up

http://www.sitebuilderreport.com/stock-up/

Stock Up lets you search 26 high-quality, free stock photo websites in one place. Each website is indexed every week, so new photos are always being added.
“We only include stock photo websites with high quality photos and that give us permission to include them,” says the Stock Up webpage.

Pexels

https://www.pexels.com

It’s hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

“Currently we cover over 3,800 free stock photos. And every week at least 70 new high resolution photos will be added,” says the site’s “about” page. “All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by our users or sourced from free image websites. We make sure all published pictures are high-quality and licensed under CC0. Only creative commons photos from reliable photographers and sources like Unsplash, Gratisography, Little Visuals and many more are added to our photo database.”

Stocksnap

https://stocksnap.io/about

All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons and do not require attribution. No more hassle trying to figure out whether you can use photos for commercial use and whether you need to provide attribution.

“We curate the best stock photos from around the web and we also upload photos from select photographers within our network. The end result is a bad ass repository of beautiful stock photography,” says Stocksnap’s website.

New Old Stock at The Stocks

http://thestocks.im/

Vintage photos from the Public Archives. Free of known copyright restrictions. Recapturing history.

“All photos are at the very least available for personal and non-commercial use (Medium articles, blog posts, personal projects, hero image for your 404 page). If you are curious of whether or not you can use it, check the institution’s rights statement through the link I provide to the original Flickr posting. Most prefer that you link back to the original flickr photo and mention the institution by name,” says the website.

My Stock Photos

http://mystock.photos/

All photos on this blog are under creative commons CC0 license. “That means you can edit, copy, distribute or use the photos for commercial purposes. Not everything in life has a price. Just enjoy!” says the website.

Cheap

Public Domain Archive

http://publicdomainarchive.com/

The website says, “With the Public Domain Archive Premium Membership you‘ll have access to download all of the high resolution photos on our website every month. $ 10 a month.”

Death to Stock

http://deathtothestockphoto.com/

The website says, “For $ 15/month, you get:

Total access to all of our photos, past and future. Yours to use whenever you like.

An exclusive new premium-only image pack in your inbox, monthly. (Yep, you get the free members’ pack too.)

A ticket to our top-secret cloud storage, for easy breezy 1-click downloads.

Big love + gratitude, from us to you.”

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