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MySpace accused of using music without permission

MySpace accused of using music without permission

MySpace launched a refreshed version of its social network not long ago. Along with the launch of a refreshed version of the website also came a new single that was heavily promoted on the social network from minority MySpace partner Justin Timberlake. While MySpace certainly had permission to use the new Justin Timberlake single, one music association is accusing MySpace of using music without permission.

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Is every phone the Facebook phone?

Is every phone the Facebook phone?

Facebook may refuse to deliver what the rumor-mill wants - an own-brand smartphone to take on the iPhone - but that's not to say it isn't following a cuckoo-style mobile strategy, progressively infesting handsets from other vendors. The company's new free voice calling service, quietly revealed in the aftermath of the Facebook Graph Search announcement, is the latest in a growing suite of mobile products that, while lacking the eye-catching appeal of a glossy slab of hardware, nonetheless shows that the social network finally has a mobile strategy.

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Facebook privacy settings changes start to go live

Facebook privacy settings changes start to go live

Facebook has rolled out the first wave of privacy changes that it has had planned for awhile now. Users in New Zealand are seeing new notifications and menus that are part of the changes. According to a spokesperson who talked with The Next Web, other Facebook users will begin seeing the changes over the course of the next week as the social network wraps up its testing.

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“Cosmo the God” hacker takes over another Westboro Twitter account

“Cosmo the God” hacker takes over another Westboro Twitter account

The 15-year-old hacker who goes by the name of Cosmo and Cosmo the God was sentenced to probation in November for his part in a variety of large hacking incidents that happened throughout the year. That hasn't stopped him, however, with the hacker targeting the Westboro Baptist Church's members and picking their Twitter accounts off one by one. His current target? Fred Phelps Jr.

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Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

Twitter pulls the plug on Anonymous

This afternoon, Anonymous's Twitter account went offline to the horror of thousands of followers and supporters who expressed their collective outrage. Turns out the social network pulled the plug on the hackers' account for posting private info. The account came back a while later, with Anonymous sharing the letter it received from Twitter over the incident.

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Twitter begins full Tweet archive download roll-out

Twitter begins full Tweet archive download roll-out

Twitter has begun rolling out its tweet download option to all users, a full archive of all your messages shared with the micro-blogging service, beginning with English-language accounts. The feature, which was previewed in a trial-run over the weekend, allows Twitter users to request their archive via a new option in the settings page; the archive itself is delivered as a ZIP file with a useful browsing page showing activity over the lifetime of your account.

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Facebook to roll out video ads by summer 2013

Facebook to roll out video ads by summer 2013

Facebook is slated to introduce video advertisements in its users' news feeds during the first half of next year, meaning we should see them by summer. This information comes from a report by Ad Age, which says that this is the latest in the social network's attempts to score "TV dollars" by drawing in industry advertisers. The executives responsible for providing the information don't know all the details, they say, but what they do know gives us a decent peek into what's being discussed behind Facebook's doors.

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