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Facebook fixes photo privacy bug

WASHINGTON — Facebook has fixed a bug that allowed the viewing of some private photographs of other members and which was reportedly used to access personal pictures of founder Mark Zuckerberg. The bug involved Facebook’s system of reporting inappropriate images on the social network. By reporting a member’s profile picture…

Facebook ‘likes’ New York high-tech scene

NEW YORK — New York City is already the US capital of advertising, fashion, finance and media. Now it wants to be its high-tech center too. The Big Apple’s ambition to rival Silicon Valley with its own Silicon Alley received a big boost when Facebook announced Friday that it will…

Facebook settles US privacy violation charges

Facebook agreed to tighten its privacy policies in order to settle charges that it abused users’ personal data, the US Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The social networking giant pledged to strengthen customer consent rules on privacy and to shut down all access to accounts deleted by customers in 30 days or less, the FTC said. Facebook did not…

Facebook gearing up for 2012 IPO: source

(Reuters) – Facebook, the world’s largest Internet social network, is preparing for a initial public stock offering next year, according to a source familiar with the matter. Facebook is exploring raising $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday. It hopes the offering will value the company at more…

Austrian student takes on Facebook

VIENNA — Austrian law student Max Schrems may be just one of about 800 million Facebook users, but that hasn’t stopped him tackling the US giant behind the social networking website over its privacy policy. The 24-year-old wasn’t sure what to expect when he requested Facebook provide him with a…

Sunny disinfectant

I'm sure many of you know that today has been declared an action day to pressure Facebook to take down sites that promote rape. Yes, I said promote rape. Change has a petition up that I urge you to sign, because while I generally am angsty about the idea of…

Facebook rolls out big changes to ‘lock in’ users

Facebook on Friday begins rolling out its biggest ever shake-up, in a move observers say will not only profoundly alter how its 800 million users interact with the site, but will keep them coming back for decades to come. The new “Timeline,” revealed last week by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will also likely…

Facebook rolling out ‘smart lists’ of friends

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Tuesday introduced “smart lists” that automatically sort friends into categories and prioritize news from those dearest to members of the world’s largest online social network. The rollout of smart lists commences on Wednesday and comes as rival Google+ seeks to win over users by providing…

Social networking top online activity in U.S.

US Internet users are spending nearly a quarter of their online time at blogs and social networks, with Facebook the most popular destination, according to a survey released by Nielsen. “Social media’s popularity continues to grow, connecting people with just about everything they watch and buy,” Nielsen said in a…

Facebook plans to become music platform

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is poised to pipe tunes into the world’s largest online social network in an alliance with streaming music services Rdio, MOG, and Spotify, technology blog Mashable said on Wednesday. People will be able to listen to music at Facebook.com, which will serve as a media platform…

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