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The business heroes and villains of 2010

Who were the good guys and who were the bad guys in business and economics in 2010? James Moore is your guide to <i>The Independent's</i> halls of fame, and shame

Zuckerberg's China visit fuels Facebook rumours

In the rest of the world he's a precocious mogul and Time magazine's person of the year; in China, though, Mark Zuckerberg is almost unknown. Now, after pictures of him visiting Beijing's biggest internet company have appeared online, feverish speculation has erupted over whether he could be set to change that by taking his social networking site, Facebook, into the one country that has resisted its charms.

First Night: Lady Gaga, 02 Arena, London

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Sarah Churchwell: 'Time' waits for no woman

Time magazine has named its 2010 "Person of the Year" – the individual judged by the editors to have most influenced the world over the past 12 months. Despite its readers having voted for Julian Assange by an overwhelming majority, Time's editors chose Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, calling him "The Connector" – "for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives".

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Mark Zuckerberg edges out Julian Assange, the Tea Party and the Chilean miners to become Time Magazine's face of 2010.

Mark Zuckerberg is Time's person of the year

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year".

They sued Mark Zuckerberg for $65m. But it was not enough

A court settlement of $65m (£41m) would put an end to most disputes, but not when it stacks two of the most aggrieved men in corporate history against their sworn enemy, the billionaire founder of Facebook.

Sarah Sands: What drives a man to be a cyber martyr?

Julian Assange took advantage of a loner

Facebook film wins friends &ndash; and awards

First blood in the long battle that will end at the Oscars in late February was drawn by the film The Social Network, which picked up the lion's share of honours at the opening event of the Hollywood awards "season".

Bush and Zuckerberg bond on 'the Facebook'

One of them sometimes gets called the most powerful man in the world; the other is George W Bush. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has broken bread with the retired President of the US, revealing that despite their 40-year age gap and divergent political backgrounds, the duo have more in common than you might expect.

Food for thought: how one young entrepreneur turned a drunken idea into a tasty business

While recent graduates everywhere are busy panicking about their lack of job opportunities, 24-year-old Josh Magidson is feeling pretty smug. After all, Londoner Josh has just sold the website he set up at university to the e-commerce giant Just Eat for £500,000.

The middle men making a killing out of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg may not yet earn anything from his invention, but for a shadowy group of investors it's a goldmine

Talent tug of war makes Silicon a happy valley

As web giants fight over top geek talent, bonuses are booming. Guy Adams reports

Facebook strengthens mobile push

Facebook, revving up its mobile services for the 200 million people who now use the world's largest social network on their phones, has created an avenue for retailers from Macy's to Gap Inc to offer deals to nearby customers.

Sarah Sands: Zuckerberg is the master of a universe he has invented

For Mark Zuckerberg, the most irritating aspect of The Social Network was the way in which it cast him as a social reject and misogynist; a student who created his own online club, Facebook, because he was a failure with girls.

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