As for the bar in the first scene, that is the Thirsty Scholar Pub located in Somerville, Massachusetts (CBS4).
Did Mark really upload his high school project Synapse for free rather than selling it for over a million dollars? Synapse was a plug-in for the MP3 player Winamp that Mark and his friend Adam D’Angelo created for their final project at Phillips Exeter Academy.
The software looked at what music you enjoyed listening to and then suggested more music that it thought you would like.
Despite being offered as much as $2 million for their creation from companies like Microsoft, AOL and Winamp, they instead decided to put Synapse up on the internet for free.
All the book reviews of that book from people who know it say that it's fiction. I don't really know how much else there is to say about it.” - Computer History Museum Mark Zuckerberg Interview by David Kirkpatrick is more in line with the Facebook true story, “You know, honestly, I wish that when people tried to do journalism or write stuff about Facebook that they at least tried to get it right.
So, I mean that's why having not read all of your book (speaking to author David Kirkpatrick), and I read a part of it when you sent it to me, I at least appreciate the effort that you put in, in terms of spending all those hours and days talking to dozens of people in the ecosystem around us, at least trying to understand what's going on.
Later, they decided to try to make a deal, but the offers were no longer the same since their software was already readily available.