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Facebook Unveils Simplified Privacy Policy Draft, Asks Users for Feedback

Facebook is trying to streamline its notoriously baroque privacy policy -- and it's looking to its users for help. On Friday, the social network unveiled a revised version of its policy, which was put together in consultation with a variety of privacy groups, policy makers and regulators. Though the substance of the document remains unchanged, Facebook's revamped policy is now presented in a no...

Facebook Offers App Makers Your Home Address and Phone Number

Update: Facebook has temporarily suspended contact information sharing with developers. Share On Friday, Facebook quietly announced that app developers will now be able to access users' home addresses and mobile numbers, in a move that has already raised concerns among privacy advocates and security experts alike. Developers who take advantage of this new feature will still have to request ...

Make the New Facebook Profile Work For You

Share Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature or tweaks its layout, it usually faces an uproar of criticism from users who had grown oh-so-accustomed to its previous format. The notable exception to this rule, however, is the social network's new profile page layout. Unveiled earlier this month, the new profile pages haven't stirred a whole lot of controversy among Facebook's loyal users -...

How to Customize and Perfect Your Facebook Privacy Settings

Privacy is, without question, the number one concern of virtually every Facebook user. We tend to share a lot on the social network, but we don't necessarily want everyone peering into our lives -- especially not the co-workers, family members and ex-flames scattered throughout our lists. When Facebook unveiled its new Open Graph and Instant Personalization services earlier this year, these conce...

Massachusetts School Board Bans Teacher-Student Facebook Friending

As Facebook has grown in popularity, we've gotten some slightly surprising friend requests. There are the long-lost kindergarten classmates, the relative strangers and the former coworkers. But our favorites have always been the teachers. If we're lucky, we all had one or two teachers between grade school and high school that really spoke to us, whether bestowing upon us a love for their favored s...

Facebook's New Groups Demystified: What They Are and How to Use Them

Share Facebook, for many users, has always been something of a digital mosh pit -- an amorphous sphere where friends, family and acquaintances from all corners of our lives converge to form the silky strands of our social webs. Simply browsing through a News Feed, to a certain extent, is like leafing through the pages of a living scrapbook. One minute, you're carefully deciphering your ex-girlfri...

Teen Invites 15 Friends to Birthday Party, Ends up With 21K Facebook RSVPs

Rebecca Javeleau's 15th birthday party was supposed to be a relatively intimate affair with just 15 friends on the guest list. As it turns out, though, a full 21,000 people ended up adding their names to the list, all because of a casual Facebook faux pas. To publicize her party, Javeleau, like most teens, created an event listing on Facebook. Instead of limiting the invitation to her close cot...

Facebook's 'Not Now' Friend Request Option Makes It Easier to Be Indecisive

Facebook friendship has always been an annoyingly binary phenomenon; you either accept someone into the fold of your online network, or choose to ignore them, effectively shutting them out of your life forever. Sure, you could delay your decision and bide your time, but the request would still pop up in your 'Friends' list, persistently tapping you on the shoulder and reminding you of its existen...

Germany Proposes Law to Ban Employers From Spying on Facebook Profiles

Our commenters give us a lot of heat for hating on Facebook (e.g., "Whassamatta, AOL? Jealouz??"), but we have to admit that, from time to time, we love to use the social network to stalk. And, frankly, who doesn't? Employers have known for a few years now that some of the best insight into a job applicant's life is through their unvarnished Facebook profile. Those knee-jerk rants and party pics c...

How to Disable Facebook Places and Protect Your Location

Share When Facebook launched its Places feature, it was, for some, just another chink in their online privacy armor. The world's most popular social network is quickly creeping into everything we do and turning our lives into easily digestible status updates. Understandably, there are some who would very much prefer that their personal information, especially their location at any given moment, r...

Teacher Fired After Criticizing Colleagues, Parents on Facebook, We Say 'Duh'

Share Here's a great way to get yourself fired: logging onto Facebook, and letting the world know how much you hate your job -- and the people you work for -- especially if you work with kids. That's exactly what Dr. June Talvitie-Siple did, and it totally worked. Dr. Talvitie-Siple, supervisor of the math and science program at Massachusetts's Cohasset High School, recently used the social n...

How to Hide from Your Fake Facebook Friends, Google Chrome 6 Out

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The New York Times offers a detailed tutorial on how to hide from "friends" you don't like on Facebook. [From: Gadgetwise] Google unveiled the newest beta of its b...

Facebook Login Loophole Reveals User Names and Profile Pictures

Share A recently discovered loophole on Facebook could reveal your personal information to complete strangers. And, for the moment, there's nothing you can do about it. As CNET explains, the loophole arises from one of Facebook's quirky log-in features. Usually, if you enter your e-mail address along with an incorrect password, Facebook will automatically open an error page, where you can try aga...

Facebook's Arab Problem? Network Blocks 'Palestinian' and 'Arab' From Profiles

Last week, Facebook accidentally deleted Sarah Palin's rant at/plea to Muslims (depending on your side of the fence) to oppose the construction of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. On Sunday, a group called The Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet tried to make a Facebook fan page for its supporters, but wasn't allowed because a glitch in the system blocked the world "Palestinian" from page titles. (...

Facebook Rolls Out 'Delete Account' Option for Select Few

As we all know, deleting your Facebook account can involve some pretty intensive leg work. Disgruntled users often find themselves trapped in the social network's labyrinth of procedures, and, in the event that they actually find a way out, must then wait a full 14 days before their accounts completely disappear from this Earth. Facebook euthanasia is certainly an arduous ordeal, but that may ...