Business Diary: Facebook job just a walk in the woods

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Are you hopeful of securing a job with Facebook, the social networking giant?

Well, here's an inside tip – try hanging out in the woods in Palo Alto, where the company is based. The New York Times reports that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and chief executive, has taken to asking potential recruits to join him on a walk through the woods, onto which the company car park backs, often choosing the same lookout point to offer the job (or not, as the case may be).

Ron Rocks up for an unlikely award

Here's a headline you don't see every day: "Northern Rock highly commended for responsible business practice". And it's all true: the once-bust bank has indeed just picked up a gong for its work in the Tyneside community, where it helps support a local credit union. Ron Sandler, the Northern Rock executive chairman, was even on hand at a posh bash at the Royal Albert Hall to take receipt. All we've got to do now is flog the state-owned bank.

Krugman's priority is a cat not a crisis

So what does Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, have on his mind just now as the world economy stutters? Well, judging from his blog, his cat is the priority: Krugman has just posted a picture of the feline in question lazing in the Sunday-afternoon sun. Its called Albert Einstein, by the way, and has a sister called Doris Lessing.

Ad stand pleases Mark's bosses

Shop Direct's boss, Mark Newton-Jones, took a strong stand on the Today programme over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal yesterday. He insisted that the Littlewoods owner, which was one of the title's top 10 advertisers, would not be using any News International papers until police investigations are completed, even if that takes until after the peak Christmas trading period. An inbox bulging with customer pleas not to advertise was, Mr Newton-Jones said, evidence of "the power of the crowd". Obviously all very interesting and perhaps even commendable. The one thing no one happened to mention was that Shop Direct is owned by the Barclay brothers, who also own the Telegraph papers, which are fierce rivals to News Corp's titles.

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