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Under fire, Facebook promises privacy changes

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics. “We’ve spent the last couple of weeks listening to users and consulting with experts in California; Washington, DC, and around the world,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in response to an AFP…

GOP-linked company tracks online users’ ‘loan-worthiness’

Want a bank loan? Get yourself more Facebook friends — but make sure they pay their bills on time. Banks are beginning to look at user accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to determine if an applicant is loan-worthy, raising privacy concerns as well as questions over…

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