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Olbermann mocks GOP lawmaker for linking to satirical ‘Abortionplex’ article

On his show Monday night, Current TV host Keith Olbermann lampooned Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) for mistaking an article from the satirical news outlet The Onion for real news. Fleming or his staff posted a link to the article, titled “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex,” on the conservative congressman’s…

Catholic univ. backs down, allows lesbians in Valentine’s contest

A Catholic college in in Pennsylvania has reversed their decision not to allow a same sex couple to enter an alumni Valentine’s Day contest. In a posting on Facebook Wednesday, Megan Lynn explained that she and her partner, Katie MacTurk, had entered The Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association’s “How I…

Facebook stocks up for Google fight

WASHINGTON — As Facebook and Google jockey for dominance of the Web, the social networking titan’s $5 billion stock offering will give it a hefty warchest for the ongoing fight, analysts said. “It gives Facebook the ability to roll out more services,” Gartner technology analyst Michael Gartenberg said. “It’s going…

Facebook goes public, seeks to raise $5 bn in IPO

Investors came down with Facebook fever after the social networking titan filed to go public and seek to raise $5 billion in the largest flotation ever by an Internet company on Wall Street. The paperwork filed on Wednesday for the initial public offering provided the first glimpse of the financial…

User privacy key as Facebook goes public

NEW YORK — Respect for privacy and the personal data of of its hundreds of millions of users is going to be an even greater concern for Facebook as the booming social network prepares to list on Wall Street. “We might see a public Facebook that’s now facing more scrutiny…

Facebook’s Sandberg claims women have ‘ambition gap’

Facebook’s chief operating officer said last week that women around the world are plagued by an “ambition gap.” Speaking in Davos at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Sheryl Sandberg explained that in the developing world, there was “an ambition gap at the societal level.” “We say we want to…

EU takes on Internet giants over people’s personal data

The European Commission launches Wednesday a controversial bid to compel Internet giants such as Google or Facebook to give users more control over their personal data or face fines. The proposal championed by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding would force web companies to get consent from customers to collect their data, explain how it will be used, and…

Koobface computer virus gang unmasked

WASHINGTON — Online security researchers claimed Tuesday to have identified the members of a Russian gang of cyber criminals behind the Koobface computer virus which has attacked Facebook and other sites. Facebook said meanwhile that its security team had helped knock out a computer server which controlled a Koobface “botnet”…

Google, Facebook battle Indian criminal charges

NEW DELHI — Google and Facebook on Monday fought in the Delhi High Court to quash criminal charges that they are responsible for obscene online content. The companies, which are set to be joined in their action by Microsoft and Yahoo!, have filed petitions asking for a lower court case…

India seeks to censor ‘offensive’ images on Google, Facebook

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government on Friday threw its weight behind a case against internet giants including Google and Facebook, who are embroiled in a battle over offensive content after a judge warned websites may be blocked “like in China.” The case, which has stoked worries about freedom…

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