July 22nd, 2010
10:16 AM ET

On the Radar: Facebook's half-a-bil, Sherrod's battle

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the 500 million milestone.

500 million - Facebook has reached its half-billion member mark, with an online population larger than the combined population of the U.S., Mexico and France. CNN.com asks who isn't on Facebook while the site's 26-year-old creator and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is talking about the member milestone. He also tackles the many criticisms leveled over how Facebook handles user privacy.

Going beyond Sherrod - The spotlight has not dimmed on Shirley Sherrod, the ex-USDA worker who was pressured to resign from her job Monday after a conservative blogger posted a misleading video of her discussing a white farmer. Sherrod, it turns out, has had quite an interesting life before all the brouhaha about her this week (here's a recap).

The story is still all about race, but Sherrod now appears to be saying the USDA has a history of widespread discrimination. Asked whether she would go back to working for the department, which is reportedly offering her a civil rights-related job, Sherrod said: "I would not want to be the one person at USDA that's responsible for issues of discrimination within the agency. ... There's a lawsuit by black farmers, there's a lawsuit by Hispanic and Native American and women farmers. ... There are changes that would need to happen in order to once and for all really deal with discrimination." She appears to be, in part, referring to a years-long legal battle between black farmers and the USDA.

Sherrod is considering filing a lawsuit, too, against the blogger who posted the video clip.

Bad weather, oil spill - Poor weather could jeopardize efforts to contain the Gulf oil spill. A tropical depression or tropical storm that formed near the Bahamas on Thursday morning could head into the Gulf, forecasters are saying, and the National Hurricane Center reported that it would probably initiate tropical storm warnings and watches for portions of the Bahamas and southern Florida at 11 a.m. ET.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who's leading the federal response to the spill, said a tropical storm could disrupt capping operations for 10 to 14 days.

Barefoot in court - Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "barefoot bandit" suspect, will appear before a U.S. magistrate in Washington state at about 2:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET).  Jesse James to some, a simple criminal to others, the teenager is famous for allegedly stealing cars, burglarizing homes and stealing and crash landing airplanes. He eluded police and the FBI for two years. A CNN story later Thursday will delve into Harris-Moore's turbulent upbringing.

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  1. truthie

    Sherrod said: "I would not want to be the one person at USDA that's responsible for issues of discrimination within the agency. Yes, that would be against your true feelings and way to much like work wouldn't it.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      assuming Mark will not lose 84% of his company... why he's still waiting to enter in the big Google-like business of the search engines and in a larger (and not-FB-only) online and mobile advertising? how, he thinks to allow FB grow more from today's 500M users without fight the big battle against Google???
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      July 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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      everyday more, the rumors say that Google wants to try again to build its own FB-like social network... of corse, Google could fail again... or, this time, it might succeed... and, if Google will win the new battle, the current, $15 billion, FB value will fall quickly...
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      July 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    July 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bertina

    CNN- your spotlight continuously on the victim is making her more of the victim by allowing bigots to comment on her story as if she is an amoeba to be poked.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come on!

      Really who cares to hear anymore about this woman.

      July 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pamD

    Just saw the interview with Ms. Sherrod who was upstaged by a small roach crawling along the mantle of her fireplace, Yikes! I give her credit for finishing the interview without acknowledging the little critter!! USDA needs to exterminate her home!!

    July 23, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. pamD

    I can see labeling latinos as a minority but how can we still label African Americans and women as minorities. I think if you look at the population women and blacks make up a majority. Who is recognized as the majority white anglo saxon men?? Get real. If you're born white male does that make you special right off the bat??

    July 23, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |