Mark Zuckerberg once lost a game of Scrabble to a teenager on a corporate jet. This frustrated him so much that he built a computer program to find him all the word options for his letters

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One day in the autumn of 2015, a small but significant change was implemented at the Instagram offices in Menlo Park, California. Employees arrived at work to discover the rubbish bins under each desk had disappeared. The bins had allowed people to work efficiently – no one had to stand up to throw away a coconut water carton or wasabi pea wrapper after they’d enjoyed the company’s free food. But the bins weren’t really Instagram’s – they were installed by Facebook, which had purchased the photo-sharing app for $1bn in 2012. Continue Reading (11 minute read)

7 thoughts on “Mark Zuckerberg once lost a game of Scrabble to a teenager on a corporate jet. This frustrated him so much that he built a computer program to find him all the word options for his letters”

  1. 660trail

    I thought the whole point of the game was to not use any thesaurus or other help. Surely it’s pointless if we all have access to computer generated data like that.

  2. Gingrpenguin

    Why did he have a teenager on his jet?

  3. FoodTrafficker

    Um, Scrabble Word Builder already exists on Hasbro’s site.

  4. mrpickleby

    Ace programmer there. /S

    That’s perhaps one of the easiest programs to write.

  5. BLKush22

    Poor loser.. or rich poor loser

  6. Vast_Heat

    That’s a common problem assigned in entry-level programming classes.

    People impressed by that were probably impressed with Clock-Boy’s clock.

  7. ShadeScapes

    what’s funny is The Social Network (movie) was only realistic and grounded in reality in some of its telling of the Zuckerberg story, but THIS action (losing scrabble, making a program to learn faster as a result of being pissed that he lost, etc) sounds *exactly* like it could have been a scene in that movie.

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