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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Back in December, you might remember when Facebook offered to settle a class-action lawsuit that saw the social network illegally use its users' "Like" information on various Sponsored Stories. Instead of taking it to court, the company decided to settle to the tune of $20 million, and if you received an email about the settlement, it means that you're entitled to up to $10 if you fill out a claims form.

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Unlocking your phone becomes illegal starting tomorrow

Unlocking your phone becomes illegal starting tomorrow

Thanks to edits made to DMCA exemptions back in October, it will be illegal for you to unlock your phone without the consent of the carrier starting tomorrow, January 26. From then on, you’ll have to ask your carrier to unlock your phone if you want to use it on another network, which seems a lot like pulling teeth. Even if your contract runs out and you're cut loose, no such luck will be granted.

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French government replaces Twitter hashtag with “mot-dièse”

French government replaces Twitter hashtag with “mot-dièse”

This isn't the first time that the French have gotten involved with shenanigans on Twitter, but today the French government has announced that they're getting rid of the hashtag and replacing it with what they're calling the "mot-dièse," or "sharp-word." However, citizens of France won't be required to adopt the new style, but the government will be using it for now on in official documentation.

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Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Due to the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, the topic of gun violence and gun control has reached an all-time high. Many lawmakers are blaming violent video games as the culprit, while others think that we just need stricter gun control policies. Vice President Joe Biden will be addressing these kinds of concerns tomorrow during a Google+ Hangout at 1:45 PM ET.

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New House bill seeks stronger laws for video game ratings

New House bill seeks stronger laws for video game ratings

After the violent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut recently, many lawmakers are pointing at violent video games as the culprit. Just a couple of days ago, a Missouri lawmaker submitted a bill that seeks to levy a tax on violent video games sales. This time around, a Utah House Representative wants to ban video games that don't have an ESRB rating, as well as enforce stricter laws to prevent the sale of violent video games to minors.

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