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TODAY's Takeaway: Bell and Shepard fight paparazzi, Zuckerberg talks Facebook's success

Jan. 31, 2014 at 6:05 PM ET

Actor Dax Shepard had some words for the paparazzi, Carson Daly held a pep rally on the plaza and Mark Zuckerberg talked Facebook with Savannah.
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Actor Dax Shepard had some words for the paparazzi, Carson Daly held a pep rally on the plaza and Mark Zuckerberg talked Facebook with Savannah.

1. Actors Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard have a message for paparazzi photographers: Their child is off-limits.

"You see a lot of paparazzi blackmailing celebrities, saying if you pose for a few pictures we'll leave you alone for the rest of the day,” said Shepard on TODAY. “And I just don't think that that's the best option that we have in this world."

Video: Celebrity couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard want a boycott of unauthorized paparazzi photos of their children, saying that while they understand their own newsworthiness as celebrities, they don’t believe their children should have to suffer for it. NBC’s Tamron Hall reports.

2. It's been 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, and the soon-to-be 30-year-old CEO sat down for an exclusive interview with Savannah airing Tuesday to reflect on how far the social network has come, and what made it successful.

"When I look back over the last 10 years, one of the questions that I ask myself is, why were we the ones to help do this?" he said. "And I think a lot of what it comes down to is, we just cared more." Tune in for the rest of his interview next week!

Video: 10 years after Mark Zuckerberg created the wildly popular social network, he sits down with Savannah Guthrie to reflect on his site’s evolution from college startup to Internet juggernaut with one billion users. The full interview airs Tuesday.

3. It was an old-fashioned pep rally on the TODAY plaza this morning, with fans from Seattle, Wash. and Denver, Colo. showing off their Super Bowl spirit, while cheerleaders for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks joined in on the fun. Speaking of the Super Bowl, you also helped us choose your favorite Super Bowl ad of all time.

Video: Cheerleaders for the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are on the TODAY Plaza for a pep rally and NBC reporters Kerry Sanders and Joe Fryer are in Denver and Seattle as football fans prepare for the Super Bowl.

4. We asked why you "like" TODAY - and you answered! Thanks to the nearly 16,000 fans who submitted creative entries on Facebook explaining "Why I Like TODAY."

Meet the five finalists, including this viewer, who wrote a song especially for TODAY including the rap: "If the day will be soaker, I get a warning from Al Roker."

Video: Carson Daly presents some of the biggest fans of TODAY, including one viewer who decided to use her rapping skills to show her appreciation.

5. Six years ago, on a bitterly cold January morning, Jonny Benjamin was coaxed away from a ledge on London's Waterloo Bridge by a total stranger walking to work. The chance interaction saved his life — and now he's been able to reunite with the man who helped him, thanks to an online campaign that went viral.

"I always thought of that time as being very negative, I thought of that place as being the worst in my life,” he says. “I feel that I can look at it a very different way now. I’ve overcome that. I’ve come full circle and am able to close that chapter.”

Jonny Benjamin with Good Samaritan Neil Laybourn, who convinced him not to commit suicide.
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Jonny Benjamin with Good Samaritan Neil Laybourn, who convinced him not to commit suicide.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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