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It's taken a while but Facebook has faked concern over the TimeLine debacle - basically it now has a three column layout: the stuff you want to post; the stuff FB wants to publicise about you and the stuff others want to pester you with. Firefox users have had some fixes but this one is the best yet.

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US listed Wireless Matrix Corporation has agreed to sell all of the shares of its wholly-owned subsidiary Wireless Matrix USA Inc. It's what happens next that's interesting.

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An Australian Court is the latest to say that a US headquartered company cannot refuse to produce information as to users who post defamatory statements. This time it's Google's "Blogger" / "Blogspot" service.

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For all the criticism (mainly from the USA, it has to be said) of China's approach to the internet, there are actually lessons that the anarchic world of the global internet can learn. One is a stellar initiative from the Beijing Police.

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It's a dream, a bad dream. I'm standing on a street corner, it's late, it's dark, I know my location but I don't know where I am. There are figures in the shadows. I am not comfortable. I decide to call a cab and I reach into my pocket, pick up my phone, the latest model from a leading manufacturer, click to wake it up - but it's dead. And it's only six hours since I unplugged it from the USB cable that it spends most of its life attached to in the office. It might still be a cellphone, but it's hardly mobile, says Pete Jackson.

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Hot on the heels of Facebook's decision to reduce user's ability to hide their public profile comes the commercial reason why: Facebook is testing a system that will enable non-contacts to send messages to users if they pay USD1. Thanks for the spam but will users be allowed to say "No thanks?" And will FB breach the Can Spam Act and, even, risk the company and its officers being prosecuted for money laundering?

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Facebook is to remove the facility for users to hide their profile from public searches. And that's not the only change the company is making in its latest round of alterations.

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We're going to have to wait for regulatory filings, leaks or careless whispers to find out exactly what's happened. But there's what seems to be good news from the warzone where Apple and HTC have been butting heads.

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Internet fraudsters migrate from service to service, using the safety and security provided by anonymous e-mail services. A review of fraudulent accounts at a number of sites has shown that the current favourite is hotmail.com. Nigel Morris-Cotterill, a money laundering risk management strategist, calls for proper policing of free e-mail accounts and domain registrations, saying that the present free-for-all should end.

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An email purporting to come from Apple's iTunes frightens victims into clicking on a malicious link - it tells them their credit card has just been hit with a large charge.

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