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Facebook defends CISPA with talk of protection

Facebook defends CISPA with talk of protection

Just like SOPA, Facebook has responded to the growing concerns rising around an internet "security" bill presented to the House of Representatives this week - only this time they're taking the opposite stance. If you'll recall, SOPA (and its twin PIPA) were bills that allowed the US Government to effectively shut down any website it saw illegally sharing content - this set of bills was much too broad and were relatively quickly axed amid a giant bit of outcry on the part of the greater web. Now that CISPA has arrived, Facebook is seeing things differently.

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Facebook Offers hits your news feed today [UPDATED]

Facebook Offers hits your news feed today [UPDATED]

Everyone on Facebook will start seeing Facebook Offers in their news feeds today, a program initiated by Facebook in collaboration with business small and large several months ago. These offers will have users clicking in on "Get Offer" links left and right in a fashion that should, if businesses hopes become reality, have users spending loads of cash in the very near future. Facebook users on the other hand are likely to be split over this new addition to news feeds, with a certain sacred and unspoken "do not touch" clause on their minds for the center of their Facebook experience.

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Facebook’s ‘Download Your Information’ in three easy steps

Facebook’s ‘Download Your Information’ in three easy steps

Those of you hearing about Facebook's ability to allow you one big download of all* of your information from the social networking site will be interested in knowing that it's been active for a while, and it's really quite simple to work with. The newest update to Download Your Information includes such new gems as your relationship status changes and Poke info. What it doesn't include is what the fuss is all about in the news today: the rest can be had with just a couple of button clicks.

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Mobile Facebook app security threat very real [UPDATED: Facebook Responds]

Mobile Facebook app security threat very real [UPDATED: Facebook Responds]

This week a startling discovery has been made by developer and writer Gareth Wright which has the potential to allow any rogue app to take control of your Facebook app and therefor your Facebook account. The method seems almost too simple - within the package of files you get with either the Android or iOS version of Facebook comes a file called a plist. This plist contains unencrypted information about your Facebook account - including your name and password. Facebook is reportedly searching for a fix now, but they've not yet addressed the fact that a similar plist sits in every app you've allowed access to your Facebook account.

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Facebook fires back at Yahoo with 10 patent countersuit

Facebook fires back at Yahoo with 10 patent countersuit

It's a tit-for-tat world in patent lawsuits, and Facebook has fired back at Yahoo with a countersuit arguing the aging search company violates its tech in advertising, photo sharing and more. The response comes on the heels of Yahoo's case against Facebook last month, in which it was claimed the social network infringed on multiple patents and refused to pay license fees; Facebook described the suit as "puzzling" and embarked on a patent shopping spree, picking up 750 to bolster its defense. Ten patents are cited in the counter-claim.

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Facebook slips “Book” trademark grab into password-protecting policy tweak

Facebook slips “Book” trademark grab into password-protecting policy tweak

Facebook's recent privacy policy changes may have made it tougher for employers to demand users' passwords and could indeed spark a federal investigation, but the site also took the opportunity to slip in a spurious trademark claim. Among the tweaks was the addition of "Book" to the copyrights and trademarks section, ZDNet spotted, suggesting that by using Facebook you concede that they hold the rights to the term.

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Facebook at eye of privacy firestorm

Facebook at eye of privacy firestorm

Facebook's recent changes to its privacy policy was meant to be a vote of support for furious job applicants reluctant to hand over their passwords to potential employers; in actual fact they've reignited a firestorm. The social network amended its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities in the aftermath of reports that some companies and schools were demanding Facebook access as an extended background check, threatening legal action for sharing or soliciting a password. However, the tweaks drew focus to just what, exactly, the privacy policy spells out, and neither users nor privacy regulators are liking what they read.

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Facebook: No “immediate plans” for password legal action

Facebook: No “immediate plans” for password legal action

Facebook may have updated its policies to stop employers demanding user's passwords for the social network, but the company says it has "no current plans" to follow through on the legal action it originally threatened. The change to the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities followed widespread reports earlier this month that some companies were requesting access to new job applicants' accounts, so as to comb through for signs of unwanted behavior. Although the policy update was announced with plenty of fighting talk, Facebook now tells us that it will be looking to negotiation around best-practice before resorting to the courts.

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Facebook still on the wrong side of EU privacy law fence

Facebook still on the wrong side of EU privacy law fence

Privacy on Facebook has been a huge topic as the giant social network makes moves to squeeze as much profit out of its huge user base as possible. As the social network grows many feel privacy is going by the wayside for users of the network. In fact, to German privacy advocacy firms are not satisfied with Facebook's new privacy guidelines and claim the social network still violates German and European privacy laws.

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Deleted Facebook pics still available after three years in some cases

Deleted Facebook pics still available after three years in some cases

I think many people understand today that the photos they put on Facebook and other social networking sites can be used against them by employers when searching for a new job. I'm sure a lot of people posting pictures to Facebook have thought better of it after a few hours, days, or weeks and then went back and deleted the photo. The catch is that the photo may be deleted from your profile and as it turns out, often the photos are still the Facebook servers and accessible.

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