A roundup of the latest high-tech news “Hot Off the Wire” from The Associated Press and Local Tech Wire:

Once-mighty MySpace deepens Facebook integration

The Associated Press

In a sign of the companies’ divergent fortunes, MySpace said Thursday it will let its users log in to their Facebook accounts through their MySpace pages.

Doing so will port the likes and interests they have listed on their Facebook profiles to MySpace, where they will get a stream of entertainment content based on these interests.

MySpace users have already been able to sync their status updates to their Facebook profiles. Thursday’s announcement is a deeper integration of Facebook’s technology into MySpace. It doesn’t involve any financial transactions.

The integration of Facebook Connect into MySpace’s home page will be followed by the addition of Facebook’s “Like” buttons across MySpace, the company said.

Once a mighty rival, MySpace has conceded that it is no longer a social network but a social entertainment destination – think MTV for the Web 2.0 generation.

Novan draws $3 million from investors

Local Tech Wire

DURHAM, N.C. — Novan, Inc., sold more than $3 million in options to investors this month, the company says in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

One of the company’s founders in UNC professor Mark Schoenfisch, who also helped start Clinical Sensors.

Novan sold $3,049,994 and has just short of $1 million remaining in this offering, the filing said.

The manta.com business information website lists Novan as having about seven employees.

Feds say airport full-body scanners are no risk

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — They look a little like giant refrigerators and pack a radiation dose big enough to peer through clothing for bombs or weapons yet too minuscule to be harmful, federal officials insist.

As the government rolls out hundreds more full-body scanners at airports just in time for crowds of holiday travelers, it is working to reassure the public that the machines are safe.

An independent group of experts agrees, as long as radiation doses are kept within the low limits set for the scanners. Still, a few scientists worry that machines might malfunction, raising the risk of cancer.

The Transportation Security Administration says radiation from one scan is about the same as a person would get from flying for about three minutes in an airplane at 30,000 feet, where atmospheric radiation levels are higher than on the ground. That amount is vastly lower than a single dental X-ray.

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