Facebook, finally responded to the privacy issues that had plagued the social networking giant for a long time. To address this issue, Facebook now requires outside applications and websites to specify the private information they want from the people's online profile. The applications or websites then will have to get permissions from the users for specific data.

Previously, applications such as games and online greeting cards which have been very popular on Facebook were required to get permission to access profile information but without specifying any particular data.

Bret Taylor of Facebook said in his blog,"Today, we're taking the next step by providing more transparency and control over the information you share with third-party applications and websites."

"With this new authorization process, when you log into an application with your Facebook account, the application will only be able to access the public parts of your profile by default."

"The majority of people on Facebook actively interact with applications and Facebook-integrated websites every month," Taylor said.
"In order for these applications and websites to provide social and customized experiences, they need to know a little bit about you."

The move to revamp Facebook's privacy setting is to appease critics and privacy activists who complained that the company was not properly safeguarding the users' personal information and also to give users more control over the use of their personal data.
Mozilla labs has launched it's new project sudoSocial, a stream publishing platform. In a nut shell, sudoSocial is a distributed life stream service similar to FriendFeed, Google reader and other similar services that aggregates any content that can send information via RSS feeds.

Developed by Austin King, sudosocial.me is an open-sourced, self-hosted web app that enables you to personalize content and presentation of streams. sudoSocial enables users to get full access to their profile stream such as they can import, export, and delete streams anytime they want.

Youtube, has launched a new feature that enables you to edit your videos online and directly publish them to YouTube. The YouTube video editor can help you edit your videos easily, without having to install third party video editing applications. You can try out this new feature on TestTube, a place where YouTube engineers and developers test new features.

Today, Gmail has announced a new feature that makes it easier to see maps of all the addresses you receive in Gmail and Google Buzz. This feature comes in handy to find out the exact location of the addresses that appear in some of the e-mails you receive.

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Google is introducing a new feature that brings the personalization of Google a notch higher. Now, Google lets you add your favorite photo or image as the background of the Google homepage, replacing the plain white default of Google. Photos can be chosen from your computer, your own Picasa Web Album or a public gallery hosted by Picasa which includes a selection of beautiful photos.

Mozilla has announced that the release candidate build for the next version of Firefox (3.6.4) is now available for download and public testing. This release includes features that may protect users from a significant number of browser crashes due to some plug-ins.

With Firefox 3.6.4's Crash Protection feature, Windows and Linux users can enjoy uninterrupted browsing even when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime, or Microsoft Silverlight plugins. If a crash in one of these plugins happens, Firefox will continue to run and users will be able to submit a crash report before reloading the page to try again.
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The App Store is one place where you can find lots of apps for your iPhone. Some of them are free whereas some come with a price tag (you can try "jailbreaking" if you don't wanna pay). But with so many apps available, it becomes difficult to choose.

To help you out, we cut through the clutter to bring you the some of the must have apps for your iPhone.

Today, Google have released an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many mobile devices, including those running Android pre-2.0, Blackberry, Nokia S60, and Windows Mobile. When Google Buzz for mobile was first launched, it was only available for devices running Android 2.0+ and iPhone.