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Submission + - Germany: Facebook's Facial Recognition is illegal (gizmodo.com)

fysdt writes: "Although we think it's generally a pretty nifty feature, valid concerns over the misuse of Facebook's auto-recognition tagging have lead Germany to ban it entirely. That's right—Facebook in its current state is now illegal. Deep Scheiße, Zuckerberg.

The German government—which possesses perhaps the world's most adamant privacy laws as a result of postwar abuse—considers The Book's facial recognition a violation of "the right to anonymity," The Atlantic reports."

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Submission + - Microsoft, Facebook could use Skype against Google (computerworld.com)

fysdt writes: "Facebook may not have bought Skype, but the social networking company may still reap the benefits.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it had reached a deal to buy Skype to buy the voice and video communications company for $8.5 billion in cash.

In a press conference Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the software maker will connect Skype to major Microsoft services, like the Outlook email client and its Xbox and Kinect gaming systems."

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Submission + - Facebook caught exposing millions of credentials (theregister.co.uk)

fysdt writes: "Facebook has leaked photographs, profiles and other personal information for millions of its users because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from Symantec said.

The flaw, which the researchers estimate has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others. The tokens serve as a spare set of keys that Facebook apps use to perform certain actions on behalf of the user, such as posting messages to a Facebook wall or sending RSVP replies to invitations. For years, many apps that rely on an older form of user authentication turned over these keys to third parties, giving them the ability to access information users specifically designated as off limits."

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