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FacebookPrivacy Groups Pan Facebook’s Site-Governance Changes In Letter To FTC (AllFacebook)
The changes Facebook announced last week to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities have drawn the ire of consumer privacy groups, as six of them sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday expressing concerns over the use of users’ personal data in advertising, The New York Times’ Bits blog reported. The privacy groups claimed that Facebook’s updated site-governance documents automatically grant the social network the rights to users’ information unless users specifically revoke those rights, adding that for users under 18, “you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to the terms of this section (and the use of your name, profile picture, content, and information) on your behalf.” The New York Times/Bits Blog Facebook has apparently decided to delay the new privacy policy. A spokeswoman for the F.T.C. confirmed Thursday that the agency had received the letter but had no further comment. Los Angeles Times “We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week,” Facebook said in an emailed statement. Facebook has insisted that it is not changing its policies, just clarifying the language in them. Facebook denied it delayed the policy update. Inside Facebook As the National Football League season kicked off Thursday night, it appeared that more Facebook users were posting about star quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos than their opponent, defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Facebook provided statistics to Sports Business Daily, showing that Manning was the most-talked about athlete in Thursday’s matchup by a wide margin.

Salesforce Unveils Files, a New Way to Map Files Across Services Like Dropbox, Box and SharePoint (The Next Web)
Salesforce has overhauled its file-sharing system to allows users to share files from any business unit on any device. Called Salesforce Files, this updated tool will work with services like Google Drive, Box and others — essentially acting like a map or directory to help people find their files through their different repositories. The service is available in private beta.

We Post Nothing About Our Daughter Online (Slate)
The problem is that Facebook is only one site. With every status update, YouTube video and birthday blog post, Kate’s parents are preventing her from any hope of future anonymity. That poses some obvious challenges for Kate’s future self.

The Syrian President Scripted and Staged on Instagram (SocialTimes)
As the conflict in Syria has grown more heated, social media has been used to spread awareness, particularly about the recent chemical attacks. Instead of cutting off access to the protest social media channels, the Syrian government is running a social media campaign of its own.

Russian Tech Giant Cashes in on Facebook’s Recovery (The New York Times/Dealbook)
On Thursday, the Russian Internet company Mail.ru, which is partly owned by the billionaire Alisher Usmanov, announced that it had sold its remaining stake in Facebook for around $525 million. The Russian company initially bought its stake in Facebook in 2009 for around $200 million.

NSA Can See Through Encryption, Including Your Private Emails, Says Report (CNET)
Despite losing a ’90s era debate over allowing a government back door into all encryption technologies, the U.S. National Security Agency set up a clandestine program code-named Bullrun and can now circumvent much of the virtual armor intended to protect digital communications — from everyday emails to financial and medical records — according to a report from The New York Times.

Storyful Verifies Social Media Video from Syria (USA Today)
Founded in 2010 by longtime Irish television journalist Mark Little, now its CEO, Storyful represents a new kind of news organization, one without reporters. Its mission is harnessing the power of social media.

How Are Hospitality Businesses Using Social Media? [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
If you work in the business of hospitality, here are a few key statistics that will open your eyes – both with the thought of opportunity and, in some cases, unbridled terror. By 2015, it is estimated that nine in 10 consumers will own a mobile phone.

Parse Announces Analytics, Email, and Gaming Features for Mobile Devs (VentureBeat)
Mobile backend-as-a-service Parse rolled out five new products Thuresday, all of them sure to be big hits with the developer community, from game devs to iPhone devs to analytics nerds and beyond. First, Parse is partnering with Unity to bring its mobile backend as a service to the Unity game engine, Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar announced Thuresday at his company’s Developer Day in San Francisco.

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