Leading Off (2/11/10)

1. Remember six years ago when Facebook was brand new and a couple Harvard students weren’t sure what they were doing with this start-up networking site? Well. It’s changed a lot since then (actually, it changes just about every other month with homepage layouts and news feeds and whatnot). One woman learned that the Internet is a dangerous place when her account was hijacked. Her friend, Mike Rhyner, co-host on the Hardline, responded to a desperate Facebook message by wiring her more than $1,000.

“This woman is on my no questions asked list. If she needs something from me, I’m there; period, case closed,” [Rhyner says].

One question: how can I get on that list?

2. Ralph Janvey has the worst job ever. He is trying to get back $1.8 million in donations from R. Allen Stanford, who was indicted in June for a scheme with high-interest certificates of deposit. Only $88,000 has been returned so far. Some people promised to give the money to charity, but not even that has happened. So, Janvey’s mailing out a new round of letters asking for the money to be returned. Yeah, letters, that’ll do it.

3. Booting companies are now required to give customers a receipt, thanks to a vote by Dallas City Council yesterday. I don’t really understand why this is a new thing. I feel like it should have been in place before, but it’ll go into effect in time for the festivities this weekend. I wonder if the sticker-removing fairy had something to do with this.

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