Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called aWednesday to unveil major changes to the massive social network's much-maligned member privacy controls.
But Facebook certainly wasn't the only tech company whose business practices were called into question this week: The feds are looking into. And politicians are related to its Street View service.
Dominating the news, however, was arguably the Facebook about-face. The centerpiece of the new, simpler privacy controls include a single page for setting Facebook information visible to just friends, friends of friends, or the Web at large. It sliced the number of settings from 50 to about 15 and consolidating seven pages of choices into three pages. A post on the Facebook blog details the changes in full or see our .
The new controls, which Zuckerberg said will be rolling out "over the next few days or weeks"members have had about how the company handles the vast amount of personal data stored on its servers.
But Facebook's sharpest critics say the
Government wants to know what role Apple played when Amazon stopped offering discounted music prices.
Three influential House members ask Google to answer detailed questions about Street View and data collection practices by June 7.
Politicians press Google on Street View Wi-Fi flap
Although Redmond frequently shuffles its executive ranks, Tuesday's departure of Robbie Bach and J. Allard is a big deal. CNET's Ina Fried takes a look at the implications and fallout.
Making sense of Microsoft's reorg
After 111 members of Congress tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to back off, new Net neutrality regulations are looking a lot less likely.
Congress rebukes FCC on Net neutrality rules
The FCC is digging into those pesky overage charges that keep showing up on phone bills, putting wireless companies on the defensive.
FCC takes aim at the wireless industry
As more users get hit by "drive-by downloads" and "malvertising," companies like Armorize and Dasient offer services to help keep surfers safe.
Firms tackle virus-laden Web sites, ads
As investors wonder if Yahoo's stock is ever going to take off, CEO Carol Bartz tries to reassure them Wednesday that the company is focused and improving.
Google's video codec, part of the WebM project, has its share of support, but building it into the standard language for Web pages would be a big boost.
Mozilla eyes VP8
for HTML5 video
File-sharing service asks court to reconsider decision and appeals to labels to cut a deal. But is it too little, too late?
Lime Wire scrambles to save itself
iRobot says its Seaglider, an unmanned underwater vehicle, will be used to track the presence of oil droplets from the BP oil spill in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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