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Facebook wins German case on pseudonym ban

German court says it has no jurisdiction over the social network because its European headquarters are in Ireland.

By Feb. 15, 2013


German state orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms

The data-protection agency in one German state ordered the social network to end its policy of requiring members to establish accounts under their real names. Other states may follow.

By Dec. 18, 2012


Facebook to launch verified accounts with pseudonyms

Celebrities and other public figures will soon have the chance to verify their accounts and display a preferred "alternative name," TechCrunch reports.

By Feb. 15, 2012


Google+ chief Vic Gundotra departs after 8 years

Google's social maestro Vic Gundotra leaves the company, raising questions about the future of the troubled Google+ social network.

By Apr. 24, 2014


Google+ updates policy to address identity crisis

Google's social network will now let users identify themselves with pseudonyms, as long as those alternative identities are "established."

By Jan. 23, 2012


Søren Kierkegaard celebrated with Google doodle

A new doodle has found its way onto the Google home page, this one celebrating a legendary philosopher and theologian.

By May. 5, 2013


YouTube gets the yuck out in comments cleanup

Comments on YouTube videos can be a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Now Google is arming uploaders with Google+ comment moderation powers.

By Sep. 24, 2013


Enhance privacy by being deliberately inaccurate

Devise a fake you that is close enough to the real you for friends to recognize, but that doesn't disclose personal information to strangers.

By Oct. 10, 2013


Facebook embraces stage names

The head of the Fair Labor Association calls a Foxconn factory "first class," Apple is stopping apps from snatching address book data, and celebrities don't need to go by their real names on Facebook.

By Feb. 16, 2012


Google+ to get brand pages soon

Google is set to allow people to create non-real identities on its Google+ social network, and it will open the service up to everyone using Google Apps, including businesses.

By Oct. 19, 2011