Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is “Person of the Year”; Gawker Hack Update; No Funeral for Mark Madoff


• Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old Facebook founder, is Time‘s person of the year, beating out crowd favorite WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange (who’s still currently in jail until Thursday), Hamid Karzai, the Chilean miners, and even the entire Tea Party!

Zuckerberg’s response via his Facebook page: “Being named as TIME Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.” Hm, maybe mom and dad will finally get on Facebook now. [Time]

• About that Gawker hack: “”I’m confident they have his entire email,” one Gawker Media insider said of Mr. Denton to the Observer. “I’m fairly confident they have my email.” We watch and wait. Meanwhile, staffers push for…a 401K? [Observer]

• Gunman Clay Duke is dead after opening fire at a school board meeting in Panama City, Florida, and ultimately turning the gun on himself, according to the police. Among his complaints were the firing of his wife and sales taxes. CNN has the (disturbing) video of the event. No one else was hurt. [CNN]

• Mark Madoff’s body was transferred yesterday to a Manhattan funeral parlor for cremation. He will have no funeral or wake, according to sources who spoke to the New York Post, because “The family doesn’t want to have anything to do with the body.” Madoff had apparently attempted suicide twice before his last, successful attempt. [NYP]

• Victor Fong, the 18-year-old tutor charged in the Chinatown murder of Nelson Pena, was found not guilty yesterday after video surveillance showed he’d been on the opposite side of the street from where Pena was stabbed outside a middle school. Fong wants to become a cop. [NYDN]

Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village residents may be up for rent increases after a temporary reduction following the 2009 Court of Appeals ruling that owners had wrongfully raised rents on some 4,000 apartments. [NYT]