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Problems With Facebook’s New Privacy Measures

As promised yesterday, Facebook has announced new privacy measures. The new features include long-sought for privacy controls based on friend lists (which were introduced in December).

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Facebook Acquiring IM Service?

I take one weekend off the Internet, and everything goes crazy. Can’t you people get on without me?

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The Internet Demographic

Do you feel that most content on the Internet is aimed at your age group?

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Ask.com Shifts Their Focus

ask logoA few headlines have popped up today with the good news. I spoke with Ask.com spokesman and VP Nicholas Graham in a personal interview today to clarify Ask’s announcement earlier this week.

The idea that we’re going to become a ‘women’s site’ is not correct,” says Graham. Ask says that the original AP report had an erroneous headline, and it’s pretty much been downhill from there.

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Google or MySpace to Grab Bebo?

TechCrunch speculates that there’s a 51% chance that Google might buy Bebo—or maybe MySpace will snap up the smaller social networking company.

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Yahoo Lifecasting

Earlier this month, Jerry Yang introduced Yahoo’s pending social-mail integration as “Yahoo Life” (though the company later clarified that the product was, in fact, nameless).

But it looks like they’ll make sure the name, or something like unto it, goes to good use. Valleywag reports that Yahoo will launch a new “lifecasting” service called Yahoo Live.

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WSJ Will Not Abandon Subscription Model

If rumors are to be believed, the Wall Street Journal has been considering abandoning the subscription model for months.

But alas, it’s not to be. Rupert Murdoch announced today that the Wall Street Journal, while expanding its free offerings, would not leave the subscription model. In fact, he stated that:

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Is Internet Use in Your Home Public?

In the United States, we have some pretty easy-to-remember guidelines on what constitutes “public” and “private.”

Areas like your home and your car are considered private. With a few notable exceptions, other areas are public. These legal definitions apply to entities like the police and the press—anything that happens (or is found) in public is “fair game,” but to intrude on your privacy, the police have to have at least a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity (or your permission).

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AskEraser Already Under Fire

Privacy watchdog groups have filed a complaint with the FTC about AskEraser, claiming that the six-week-old service doesn’t live up to its promises of erasing all user search data even when enabled.

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Some Interesting Online Video Ad Stats

 As marketers, we hear people complain all the time about advertising. It comes as no surprise that BurstMedia’s recent survey found that people don’t like ads—but it’s probably something we should think about.

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Google Goes Back Over Adsense Referral Program

Two weeks ago, Google announced some changes to their AdSense Referral Program.

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Google & Facebook See European Trouble

Google and Facebook, sweethearts of the Internet who would never face legal challenges on this

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