Facebook Settles FTC Privacy Complaints, Battlefield 3 Banned In Iran, Buyers Circle Yahoo

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Facebook Settles FTC Privacy Complaints. The Federal Trade Commission says the social network has agreed to settle charges that it deceived consumers over its privacy policies. The settlement requires Facebook to subject itself to privacy audits for the next 20 years. It also bars the company from making any further "deceptive privacy claims" and to get users' approval before changing the way it handles their data. In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is appointing two new privacy executives—Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, and Michael Richter, Chief Privacy Officer, Products. —EBB

— Updated 2:45 p.m. EST

"Battlefield 3" Banned In Iran. Electronic Arts' game Battlefield 3, which depicts a U.S. invasion of Iran, has been banned in the Islamic Republic. According to local reports, shops carrying imported and pirated copies of the game have been raided. In related news, the British government is considering a ban on the sale of cell phone tracking software to Iran and Syria. —NU

—Updated 11:10 a.m. EST

British Library Digitizes 300 Years of Newspapers Online. The British Library has just launched a new online service that has 65 million newspaper articles over 300 years of history in a searchable database for the first time. The list of newspapers includes local and regional editions, and thus creates a valuable database for historians and genealogists. —KE 

Europe Court Adviser Limits Software Copyright. An adviser to the EU's highest court has stated that under current rules, software copyrights cannot extend to the functions provided by a computer program. The statement is part of the complex case between SAS Institute and World Programming Limited, with WPL alleged to be infringing on SAS IP by producing similar-function code. The ruling could have massive implications. —KE

Daredevil Jetman Yves Rossy flew recently his jet-powered wings in one of the most daring maneuvers yet: In tight formation with jet aircraft from the Breitling team.

Buyers Circle Yahoo. A consortium led by Silver Lake (a P-E firm) and Microsoft is said to be planning a bid for 20% of Yahoo's operations—ahead of an imminent Yahoo board meeting (expected today) to discuss possible sales. Meanwhile Thomas H. Lee Partners is hoping to perform a leveraged buyout of Yahoo's U.S. operations, possibly for as much as $6 billion. —KE

RIM Brings BlackBerry Servers To Android and iOS. RIM, makers of the enterprise-friendly BlackBerry system, are extending the capabilities of one of their prime services—the ultra-secure BlackBerry Enterprise System—to users of competing smartphones running iOS or Android, as well as to their own failing PlayBook tablet PC. It's called Mobile Fusion, and it'll work via a web interface to deliver familiar BES experiences, dependant on what capabilities the platform managers permit. —KE

ARM's Android Development Kit. ARM, keen to promote developers to optimize smartphone code for its own platform, has released a software development kit that it claims can boost native operation of apps on the Android platform (as well as the existing Linux SDK). The ASDK can also boost energy efficiency, which may be a very attractive draw...but the entire suite works only if the relevant handset is running an ARM chip inside. —KE

—Updated 5:45 a.m. EST

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