Facebook to give users say in new policies

Facebook is trying its hand at democracy.

The fast-growing online hangout, whose more than 175 million worldwide users could form the world’s sixth-largest country behind Brazil, said Thursday those users will play a “meaningful role” in deciding the site’s policies and voting on changes.

Facebook is trying to recover from last week’s policy-change blunder, which prompted tens of thousands to join online protests. At issue was who controls the information, like photos, posts and messages, that people share with their friends on the site.  http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/02/27/facebook-terms.html

Windows Vista lawsuit loses class-action status

A lawsuit claiming people were fleeced by the way Microsoft Corp. advertised some Windows XP computers as capable of running the new Vista operating system is no longer a class action, a federal judge has ruled.

The lawsuit, certified last February as a class action, argued that Microsoft’s designation of some PCs as “Windows Vista Capable” was misleading because many of those computers were not powerful enough to support all of Vista’s features, including the sleeker “Aero” user interface. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/02/19/windows-vista.html

Facebook backs off changes to terms of service

The founder of Facebook says the social networking website will return to its previous terms of service regarding user data, after critics complained recent changes had eroded user privacy.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, wrote early Wednesday morning that move back to the previous terms is temporary, and comes in response to questions and comments the website has received about changes made two weeks ago. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/02/18/facebook-terms.html