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Facebook to make profile URL usernames and email handles the same

Facebook members who have customized their profile webpage with a unique name will have to use that same name as the handle of their Facebook.com email address, according to the social networking firm.

Weekly Wrap: Flashback malware, ebook litigation, and iPads for kids

The Department of Justice threw the book at Apple. Apple and several others threw their technical resources up against the Flashback virus. And Lex Friedman threw together this very edition of the Weekly Wrap, highlighting our most interesting and important stories from the past week.

Google+ update irks developers

When Google rolled out significant changes to Google+ on Wednesday, it did so without first warning developers on the platform.

Google+ gets 'more functional, flexible' design

Google says it's rolling out a redesign of its Google+ social network.

Hands On: Drafts makes quick work of quick notes

Drafts lets you jot down and share short bits of text.

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

Since its debut in 2010 as an iPhone application, Instagram has been one of the most-popular photo-sharing services around. Monday, that popularity paid off: Facebook bought the service for $1 billion.

Path tightens mobile app security

Social networking service Path has upgraded the security of its mobile application in apparent response to a recent outcry over its data gathering practices...

Activists allege Facebook dragging its feet on privacy changes

Privacy activists are alleging Facebook hasn't met a deadline set by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to make changes to its privacy controls.

Analysis: Girls Around Me shows a dark side of social networks

The furor surrounding the Girls Around Me App reveals how much users still have to learn about what social networks reveal about them.

Tweet Marker Plus brings Web interface, optimized search

The new premium Tweet Marker Plus offering introduces a Web-based Twitter timeline that stays in sync with your other Twitter apps, along with a unique search option.

Four answers to common Facebook Timeline questions

As Facebook switches another wave of resistant users over to Timeline, CIO's Kristin Burnham has been hit with a few common questions. If you've recently switched to Timeline, or are still resisting the change, here are answers to four of the more common questions she's gotten.

Google enables third-party apps in video Hangouts

Google has opened its Google+ Hangout service to third-party applications, and is adding an apps menu to the video chat application to help people find them.

Facebook warns employers not to ask job applicants for log-in credentials

Facebook on Friday warned employers about trying to gain inappropriate access to Facebook accounts to check out private information about potential employees, citing possible legal liability.