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October 23, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Lebanese politics are notoriously cumbersome and convoluted. On Monday, squabbling politicians again delayed a decision on choosing a new president, this time putting it off until Nov. 12. The deadline before the country is hurtled into a constitutional crisis is Nov. 24, when President Emile Lahoud is scheduled to step down. But while the Lebanese have been slow to pick a president, they have been quick to take on new fads -- especially Facebook.
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BUSINESS
August 1, 2008 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Scrabulous is back on Facebook, but with a new name and a different look. The Scrabble knockoff that was pulled from Facebook by its creators over a copyright and trademark dispute was brought back to life late Wednesday. It's now called Wordscraper. The game play is very similar to Scrabulous, aside from a few tweaks such as round letter tiles instead of square, a new point system and a few different ways of playing. Hasbro Inc.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2009 | Kim Hart
Facebook Inc.'s newly minted lobbyist used to be one of the company's most formidable adversaries. As a prominent privacy advocate, Timothy Sparapani, former senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that Internet companies had too much control over consumers' data. The self-described "privacy zealot" didn't join Facebook until seven months ago because he was uneasy about revealing personal information on the site.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Mark Pincus may hold a winning hand with his latest Internet venture. More than 130,000 Facebook users a day play an online version of Texas Hold 'Em that the San Francisco entrepreneur created at his kitchen table while his American bulldog, Zinga, slept at his feet. This is not the poker of smoky backrooms or illicit gambling sites but a free, friendly game at one of the Internet's hottest hangouts, Facebook. Chips serve as social currency: The more you win, the bigger the swagger.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
albany, n.y. -- The social networking website Facebook has been warned that it could face a consumer fraud charge for failing to live up to claims that youngsters there were safer from sexual predators than at most sites and that it promptly responded to concerns, a spokesman for New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. "We expect an immediate correction eliminating the dangers exposed by our investigation," spokesman Jeffrey Lerner said.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2009 | Mark Milian
A slip-up by a law firm Tuesday revealed that Facebook Inc. paid $65 million to end its legal fight with a smaller social network, ConnectU. The founders of ConnectU had accused Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, a fellow Harvard University graduate, of stealing their ideas to create his site. The details of last year's settlement were supposed to be confidential.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org launched a campaign Tuesday on Facebook against Facebook, raising privacy concerns for users of the fast-growing social network. At issue is Facebook's new advertising program that lets its members notify friends about movies they rent, items they auction and movie tickets they buy at partner sites elsewhere on the Web. Facebook allows its members to opt out of the ad system, called Beacon. But MoveOn.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Now Facebook's cooking. The social networking upstart has been poaching top talent from Google Inc. for months. The catch of the day is Executive Chef Josef Desimone, who is sure to win hearts and stomachs at Facebook by substituting its steam-heated buffets with the fresh, healthy gourmet fare for which Google became famous. "Joey has the chops," said Charlie Ayers, author of "Food 2.0: Secrets From the Chef Who Fed Google."
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun notifying users that it plans on retiring its '@facebook.com' email addresses in a few days, bringing to a close a failed initiative by the company to replace users' email with its own messaging system. The company this week said it has begun notifying those who use "@facebook.com" that soon they will no longer be able to receive email in their Facebook Messages inbox. Come March, any emails sent to users' "@facebook.com" addresses will be forwarded to the address they have listed as their primary email.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Without asking for permission, Facebook has changed users' listed email address to one ending in "@facebook.com. " The changed was discovered Saturday, and has resulted in either users having their @facebook.com address being listed or simply having all of their other addresses be hidden, as happened in my case. The @facebook.com email service was announced in 2010, but it hasn't really gained traction as a replacement to other email service. It makes sense for the social network to want to promote its own service, but the way it's gone about it is sure to upset some people.
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