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Social Technologies – Facebook and Privacy

If you are a regular Facebook user, you will have noticed that they upgrade the privacy features a couple of weeks ago. We were given a much wider ability to select what we want to expose publicly and to whom. Of course, some people were annoyed because the default setting if you took no action was to make everything you do public.

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Breakfast briefing: Twitter cashes in, Google opens up

The year ends with a shock as reports suggest that Twitter may be making a profit after deals with Google and Microsoft.

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The BBC’s digital rights plans will wreak havoc on open source software

The BBC is trying to dictate what kinds of televisions and set-top boxes we use to watch its programmes

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Breakfast briefing: Dark matters for physicists, but a burst of light for BlackBerry

Scientists think they may have detected dark matter for the first time; More than 10m BlackBerry handsets were sold in the last three months; and Ubuntu’s benevolent dictator steps back.

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MySQL founder protests against Oracle takeover

One of the creators of a technology that underpins millions of websites is asking people to protest against Oracle’s attempted takeover of Silicon Valley rival Sun Microsystems.

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