CNBC Originals: The Facebook Obsession

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"The Facebook Obsession" is the real story behind the rise of the largest social-media site in the world, told through the company's founders, friends and foes. Correspondent Lester Holt delivers a comprehensive look at how this Internet phenomenon, with half a billion users, is affecting society in ways most people are unaware of.

From a girl who is reunited with her birth mother with the help of Facebook, to a woman who lost her job because of her online postings, "The Facebook Obsession" examines how the site is fundamentally altering American life for better or worse; even the White House and many police departments have their own Facebook pages. Holt explores the intense privacy debate that Facebook has provoked, and explains the business model that has turned a dorm-room venture into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

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  • Who says you need a college degree to start a business? Plenty of people can’t bear to wait that long, so they launch their companies long before graduation day.While the success of these dorm-room ventures can vary widely, there are plenty of student—and former student—entrepreneurs who have become household names. Of course, the most famous one these days is probably Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. But many more over the past 50 or so years have become so ingrained in American, if not worldwide, c

    While the success of dorm-room ventures can vary widely, there are plenty of student—and former student—entrepreneurs who have become household names. We collected a list of the best.

  • The Winklevosses’ First Discovery

    Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra discuss the betrayal they felt when they found out Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook without them.

  • Zuckerberg's First TV Appearance

    Harvard sophomore (at the time) Mark Zuckerberg introduces Facebook to a national audience on CNBC's now-defunct show "Bullseye."

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