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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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Facebook mobile ads incoming: Video and coupons tipped [Update: Denied]

Facebook mobile ads incoming: Video and coupons tipped [Update: Denied]

Facebook's mobile advertising push is incoming, marketing agencies suggest, as the social network attempts to close off one of its weak spots ahead of the much-anticipated IPO. The dramatic rise in mobile users who, currently, don't see any adverts whatsoever was cited in Facebook's IPO documentation as one of the company's key weaknesses, meaning paradoxically that even as membership increased, revenues could dip. Not for much longer, though, with agency Razorfish confirming to Digiday that it was involved in Facebook ad pilots for mobile.

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Facebook Premium Accounts coming says Telsyte

Facebook Premium Accounts coming says Telsyte

A subscription service may be in Facebook's cash-grabbing future if Australian analyst group Telsyte are to be believed. Speaking with News.com.au, the group via analyst Foad Fadaghi noted changes that may well be coming soon to the group that this week posted its Initial Public Offering looking for a bump in the money market in more ways than one. Better mobile apps, more invasive advertising, and "Facebook Premium" may all be on the plate for you social networkers out there inside the coming months or years.

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Harmonix game in the works for Xbox Live, PSN, and Facebook?

Harmonix game in the works for Xbox Live, PSN, and Facebook?

The guys at Harmonix are fairly occupied working on continuous downloadable content for Dance Central, but apparently there is something else in the works for the music game moguls. Brian Chan, who was the senior designer for Rock Band 3, has mentioned on his own public resume that he has begun working on a new Harmonix project, but nothing matching his description has yet been announced by the video game company.

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Facebook games are repetitive says Nintendo president

Facebook games are repetitive says Nintendo president

Nintendo North America president Reggie Fils-Aime has again dismissed speculation that the company will release versions of its titles for other platforms, including Facebook, though the chief exec does admit that Nintendo is experimenting with "other forms of monetization." Ever outspoken, Fils-Aime argues social gaming platforms like Zynga "deliver the same experience all the time"; "doing the same thing over and over again is no longer fine" he told AllThingsD.

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Beware Facebook Timeline: There’s no going back

Beware Facebook Timeline: There’s no going back

Facebook's Timeline feature went live worldwide earlier this week, in both your regular browser and in the Android and mobile web versions, but beware, once you activate the stream of memories, there's no going back. The new version turns your Facebook profile into a history lesson spanning all the years you've been active on the site, and while the social network has been at pains to point out the range of privacy settings, one big option is conspicuously absent: the ability to turn it all off.

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