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Involving users in advertisements without their consent has been a thorny issue for Facebook. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said in this case the company is making money off a person's name or likeness without their consent. He calls it "subtle and misleading" and says users should object.
A variety of reports find that online communities designed for women are more trustworthy and meet needs better, eMarketer reports.
The owner of the world's largest Internet social network, privately held since it started in a Harvard University dorm room seven years ago, will be forced to open its books because it expects to have more than 500 shareholders at some point this year.
Analysis: Facebook remains a private company and does not have to disclose its financial performance yet, but estimates of its annual revenue have been in the $2-3 billion range, and with only one viable revenue stream (advertising) open to date, Facebook seems to be poised to rapidly accelerate its revenue and profitability in the years ahead.
A reported investment by Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor of $500 million in Facebook is a further sign that the social networking behemoth is becoming a powerful force even outside tech circles, even as the company tries to push off going public as long as possible.
A series of updates to the Microsoft search engine are designed to help Bing gain ground on Google.
Even if it's approved, Facebook wouldn't have a trademark on "face" in every instance, only in online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for the "transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter," according to the Patent and Trademark Office's database entry on the application.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said it reached out to Facebook last week after Internet bullies flooded a page set up to honor teens who recently killed themselves in response to anti-gay hate.