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Facebook under real-name fire as Germany insists on pseudonyms

Facebook under real-name fire as Germany insists on pseudonyms

Facebook has been told to end its policy insisting that users give their real names, after a German privacy regulator highlighted that it contravenes local laws about pseudonyms. The social site has vowed to fight the demand "vigorously", though it has not yet been adopted across Germany. So far, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ULD) in the state of Schleswig-Holstein has demanded a change in policy, according to German data protection law, but the expectation is that other states will follow suit.

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Twitter archive download option begins roll-out

Twitter archive download option begins roll-out

Twitter has reportedly begun rolling out its "tweet archive download" option, allowing users of the micro-blogging service to save a cache of all of the messages they've ever posted. The feature, promised to be on the roadmap before 2012 was done by Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo, is still believed to be progressively rolling out to users - presumably to avoid a server storm of eager archivists - but will seemingly work much as Facebook's system works.

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Facebook privacy poll closes (turns out you didn’t care about privacy)

Facebook privacy poll closes (turns out you didn’t care about privacy)

Facebook's user poll on data privacy issues has closed with only a tiny percentage of the site's users actually taking the time to vote, despite the potential for the social site to increase personal information sharing with third-parties. The vote, which opened on December 3, saw around 669,000 users cast their opinion, the BBC reports, approximately 0.06-percent of the billion-plus membership Facebook claims.

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Facebook offers statement about site outage

Facebook offers statement about site outage

Earlier today, Facebook users experienced a site outage for about 20 minutes. The issue didn't affect mobile users, with smartphone and tablet access remaining unaffected. This issue originated after Google users were also affected by outages, prompting curiosity about whether the two issues were related. Turns out, Facebook was just tinkering.

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Twitter launches photo filters for iOS and Android apps

Twitter launches photo filters for iOS and Android apps

We've been anticipating the arrival of photo filters on Twitter's app for awhile now, with a rumor having surfaced back on November 2 that the social network was going to launch its own filters to compete against Instagram. The information came from inside sources, who stated that the filters would be launched "in the coming months." Now, a little over a month later, Twitter has officially announced the photo filters and rolled them out to its iOS and Android apps.

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Google+ Communities turns social upstart into discussion hub

Google+ Communities turns social upstart into discussion hub

Google has revealed its answer to Facebook Groups, Google+ Communities, a way for like-minded souls to create hubs of discussion and media on any topic they're interested in. Hitting all Google+ accounts today, Communities works as a topic-specific discussion board, with support for various sub-topics branching off from that, and with a choice of privacy settings to control whether anybody can participate, or if it's locked down.

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Twitterrific 5 for iOS available now via the App Store

Twitterrific 5 for iOS available now via the App Store

Despite the uncomfortable environment Twitter has created for third-party clients that compete with its own app, the Iconfactory has forged ahead and released Twitterrific 5 for iOS users. The app will be available for users on December 6, which accounts for most of the world at this point. Pacific time zone Apple users will have to wait two more hours to nab it.

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