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Facebook loses German privacy lawsuit over Friend Finder, personal data

A German regional court judge has ruled that Facebook's use of user content and its Friend Finder feature violate privacy laws, and that it must change its terms of service.

FourSquare drops Google Maps API for OpenStreetMap

Location-based social media service FourSquare has abruptly swapped the Google Maps technology underlying its product for the OpenStreetMap. However, FourSquare's mobile applications will continue to use the Google Maps API due to the tight integration between the mapping components present in iOS and Android.

Zynga to launch games platform, invites third-party developers

Zynga will launch its own social gaming platform and open it up to third-party game developers.

Getting started with the new Facebook Business Pages

Several months after Facebook first started rolling out Timeline to the public, the social network has formally announced Timeline's expansion to brand- and business-focused pages.

Yahoo, Facebook in intellectual property dispute

Yahoo is threatening action unless Facebook licenses some of its technologies, as other web and technology companies are said to have done.

Facebook pushes for HTML5 standards, mobile payments

Facebook is working with mobile operators to make phone-based payments easier and has launched an effort to standardize HTML5.

Apple's Mountain Lion share menu lacks Facebook option

Apple's new Mountain Lion OS, which was previewed Thursday, includes a sharing feature readily available in most apps, but notably absent from the list of services is Facebook.

FBI seeks social media monitoring tool

In a move that's unlikely to sit well with privacy advocates, the FBI has begun scouting for a tool that will allow it to gather and mine data from social networks like Facebook.

Weekly Wrap: iPad 3, Mission Control tips, and more

Each week, we round up our most significant stories from the past seven days, mostly because the powers that be refuse to let us write about the biggest news from the week ahead. This week, we covered App Store drama, iPad 3 rumors, and a typical slew of Mac advice.

Remains of the Day: Apropos of something

The first iTunes Match royalties have arrived, and they're music to artists' ears. Elsewhere, one pilot's lawsuit against his airline may not have enough lift for takeoff, and an iOS-based social network apologizes for getting just a bit too social.

EPIC sues FTC over Google's planned privacy changes

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking a court to force the agency to take action against Google.

New social site Pinterest attracts enthusiasm, scrutiny

Just as it enjoys an initial surge of popularity, a new social networking site called Pinterest is also experiencing its first bout of controversy.

Tapbots releases Tweetbot for iPad, updates iPhone app

On Wednesday, Tapbots expanded its Twitter client Tweetbot's reach by bringing it to the iPad, and updating Tweetbot for iPhone to version 2.0 at the same time.