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A face-lift for Facebook (week in review)

An excited CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off Facebook's new look this week at a developer's conference in San Francisco, just as Meg Whitman took the help at HP. Also, more Netflix turbulence.

A more poised and animated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off a new look for his social network this week, gushing in a keynote address to developers about an enhanced profile page called Timeline and a new version of Facebook's Open Graph platform that will enable a "completely new class of social apps."

Timeline, he explained, is "the story of your life," significantly altering the way people's information is displayed on the site, presenting "all your stories, all your apps, and a new way to express who you are." And Open Graph's most prominent new feature, Ticker, gives users a way to express "lightweight" actions, thoughts, and likes anytime they want, without cluttering other friends' feeds, Zuckerberg explained.

While the changes are some of the most drastic ever made to the site, not everyone likes them. Some are a bitcreeped out by the potential privacy invasion. And users who discovered the Twitter-like Ticker in their news feeds Wednesday--before Zuckerberg's announcement of the feature at F8--complained about clutter and confusion.

As CNET's Rafe Needleman points out, Google should also be worried. Google's algorithm has always connected people to information. Facebook's has traditionally connected people to people. But now Facebook is moving onto Google's turf.

Open Graph and Ticker will be rolled out slowly, giving developers a chance to create apps for Timeline. However, the new elements of Open Graph that help people discover media content like music, movies, TV, and news will be available immediately.

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Meg Whitman takes over at HP (roundup)

Leo Apotheker is ousted after less than a year at the helm. But are Hewlett-Packard's problems too deep and too tangled for anyone to fix?
• Would Meg Whitman be up to running HP?
• In Whitman, HP gets a CEO used to the spotlight
• HP's Whitman: PC spinoff, Autonomy deal still on
• Apotheker bids farewell; did he see it coming?

Netflix DVD spinoff adds to woes (roundup)

CEO Reed Hastings issues an apology for the way the company handled recent pricing changes, but it's his other announcement--that Netflix is splitting off its DVD business--that surprises and dismays many.
• Blockbuster Movie Pass no Netflix killer
• Netflix split to set up Amazon streaming merger?
• Netflix CEO's apology brings new backlash
• Netflix continues to receive market beatdown

Microsoft hands Rustock botnet case over to FBI

After winning a summary judgment against the perpetrators of the massive spamming network, the software giant hands evidence to federal law enforcement, including clues about the alleged ringleader.
• How Microsoft sped up the Windows 8 boot process
• Windows Phone Mango rolls out early as next week

iPhone 5 to debut Oct. 4, ATD says

Apple's flagship smartphone should appear 13 days from now and go on sale a few weeks after, All Things Digital says.
• Al Gore confirms multiple iPhones coming
• Sprint CEO dances around iPhone rumors
• Keeping tabs on next iPhone
•Trade-in service sees big boost ahead of new iPhone

Google 'rigs' search results, rivals tell senators

Google competitors such as Yelp and Nextag testify to the U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee looking into the search giant's market power that the company doesn't play fair.
• Schmidt avoids a Gates-like disaster in D.C.
• Schmidt to senators: Google is no Microsoft
• Google gets antitrust scrutiny in Congress (roundup)

Solyndra's burnout burdens other solar upstarts

The political uproar over failed solar company Solyndra risks eroding support for valuable clean-energy technology programs and could starve promising solar companies of financing.

Adobe fights back with Flash 11

The new version brings fast 3D graphics and a packaging technology to build Flash directly into apps. Also: Adobe adjusts to new Web technologies.
• Adobe posts mixed third-quarter earnings

Google opens its social network to all

Just three months after launching Google+, the search giant drops the requirement of receiving an invitation to use the service. It also adds new features to its video Hangouts.

Anonymous planning 'Day of Vengeance' on Sept. 24

A letter posted on Pastebin says Anonymous will combine cyberattacks with peaceful protests on September 24 "at High Noon."
•  Alleged LulzSec, Anonymous hackers arrested in Ariz., Calif.

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