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Facebook cited in 20% of U.S. divorces

Facebook use has been cited in 1 of 5 U.S. divorce cases, according to a recent survey among American marriage lawyers. Moreover, more than 80 per cent of divorce lawyers reported a rising number of people using social media for extramarital affairs,...

Facebook allows users to download their info

Facebook is attempting to answer critics who say it is maintaining a "walled garden" by adding a feature that lets users download all of their information from the social-networking website, to do with as they please. The company introduced...

Facebook's Canadian users top 16 million

Privacy concerns don't seem to have scared Canadians off Facebook. Canada passed the 16 million users mark in May, according to research firm Inside Network. More than 912,000 Canadians signed up for the social networking site last month, a six per...

Facebook announces new privacy settings

Social-networking site Facebook has introduced a number of new policies and settings amid growing concerns over how it uses members' private information. The website will allow users to completely opt out of the Facebook platform, which will block...

Google warned by EU over Street View photos

European Union data privacy regulators are telling Google to warn people before it sends cameras out into cities to take pictures for its Street View maps, adding to the company's legal worries in Europe. Google should shorten the time it keeps the...

Google vital for Chinese scientists: survey

A survey of scientists in China has found that a large majority of them use Google in their research and their work would be hampered if the search engine left the country. The journal Nature surveyed 784 Chinese researchers and found that more than three...

Privacy watchdog rebukes Google for Buzz

Canada's privacy commissioner has chastised Google for not consulting with her before launching its Buzz social-networking service. “We have seen a storm of protest and outrage over alleged privacy violations and my office also has questions...

Yahoo-Microsoft ad deal gets OK (finally)

Microsoft and Yahoo have received clearance from regulators in Washington and Europe to proceed with a search partnership intended to challenge Google. The companies announced Thursday that the partnership has been approved without restrictions by the...

Microsoft adds Facebook, MySpace to Outlook

Microsoft is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop email program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. On Wednesday, Microsoft is releasing a "beta" test version of the...

Canadian Privacy commissioner reviewing Google Buzz

Concerns around Google's recently unveiled Buzz feature are deepening with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada looking into the social-networking tool. Valerie Lawton, a spokeswoman for the privacy office, said the office is looking into...

Bill Gates joins Twitter

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has officially joined Twitter and is amassing followers quickly. The 54-year-old Gates, who stepped down from full-time duties at Microsoft last year to concentrate on philanthropical efforts, had more than 150,000 followers...

Canadian Commissioner takes data collection probe to public

Canada's privacy commissioner is launching a series of public consultations to investigate online data collection through social networking and consumer profiling. Jennifer Stoddart will examine the privacy risks associated with the online tracking...

CES Looks to regain Lustre

All eyes at the Consumer Electronics Show will be on Google, Apple and Microsoft The Microsoft question The world's biggest software company and main CES supporter kicks off the event with a keynote from chief executive Steve Ballmer, his second after...
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Microsoft loses Word patent appeal

A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld a $290-million US judgment against Microsoft Corp. in a patent case launched by Toronto-based i4i Inc., and issued an injunction that will prevent the sale of its popular Word software. The court injunction is set...

Google takes aim at browser redirection

Google has announced a service that it says will speed up web surfing and prevent browser redirection by malicious programs or internet providers. The service takes aim at how the web addresses users type in, such as www.cbc.ca, are translated into the...

Facebook fine-tunes privacy controls

Facebook says it is boosting privacy by giving users control over who sees each bit of information they put on the social-networking site, and by doing away with regional and group networks. "We're adding something that many of you have asked...

Google to limit free access to some news content

Google Inc. is allowing publishers of paid content to limit the number of free news articles accessed by people using its internet search engine. The concession follows mounting criticism of Google's practices from media publishers — most notably...

Canadian copyright law to trump Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Industry Minister Tony Clement, responding to accusations that an international anti-counterfeiting agreement will criminalize everyday activity by Canadians, says any such pact will be "subservient" to copyright rules created domestically....

Mininova removes links to copyrighted files

Mininova, one of the biggest torrent file-sharing websites in the world, has removed links to all copyrighted content that it does not have official agreements for. Thursday's move is a win for the entertainment industry as users of the site are now...

Online advertising regaining momentum

After bogging down in the recession, internet advertising is regaining the momentum that has made it the decade's most disruptive marketing machine. The signs of an online revival are emerging even while advertising in print and broadcasts remains...
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