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Submission + - Facebook Calls All-hands Meeting on Privacy (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: A Facebook spokesman said that the company will hold an all-staff meeting on Thursday to discuss privacy issues, but would not say whether executives are looking to make significant changes to to the popular site's highly contentious privacy policies following a bevy of changes to the service. In an interview with Computerworld last week, Ethan Beard, director of the site's developer network, defended Facebook's policies and even said users love the changes that Facebook has made. However, it seems calls for people to delete their Facebook accounts, which have gathered momentum, have not fallen on deaf ears at Facebook. Adding to the perception of a crisis on hand, the NY Times profiled on Wednesday a project called Diaspora*, which is creating a more private, decentralized alternative to Facebook.
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Submission + - Russian Subs Seek Glory at North Pole (forbes.com)

PatPending writes: MOSCOW — Two small manned Russian submarines completed a voyage of 2 1/2 miles to the Arctic shelf below the North Pole Thursday, planting a titanium capsule on the Arctic Ocean floor to symbolically claim what could be vast energy reserves beneath the seabed. The dive was part serious scientific expedition and part political theater. But it could mark the start of a fierce legal scramble for control of the sea bed among nations that border the Arctic, including Russia, the U.S., Canada, Norway and Denmark, through its territory Greenland.

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