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Booting Up: Get PSYCHED For a Facebook News Feed Revamp

Zuck listening to the Black-Eyed Peas' "I Got a Feeling." (Photo: In the Capital)

Today Facebook will probably be unveiling a revamp of its News Feed, complete with content-specific streams like a photo feed. Also: bigger, better ads. [TechCrunch]

“Nightmare bacteria” are officially a thing, resistant to antibiotics and haunting your worst hospital-related dreams. So if anybody’s got any really clever public-health ideas, now’s the time. [Washington Post]

“Once I emerged from a coding bender with a fine, downy moss on my legs and trunk, a colony of moths in my hair. Are you honestly ready to bring such a symphony of efficiency to a halt?” [Tim Sniffen]

The EU has no intention of letting U.S.-based tech companies ignore its stringent data-protection laws. [Bloomberg]

But the EU might also be walking back some of its strictest rules. [ZD Net]

Apparently Carl Icahn is being a party-pooper about Dell’s attempt to go private. [Reuters]

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Booting Up: The $233,000 Beyonce Torrent Lawsuit

Do not steal form her. (Photo: Necole Betchie)

Well look who’s scroogling screwing people now. The European Union has fined Microsoft $731 million for violating its promise to offer consumers a choice of web browser. Probably because when given a choice, no one will pick Internet Explorer. [Reuters]

Facebook plans to announce better ways to filter News Feed content at tomorrow’s big press event, including being able to view just Instagram photos. Photos will also appear larger for posts and, of course, ads. [TechCrunch]

What happens when you share Beyonce files on BitTorrent? Sony smacks you with a $233,000 damages lawsuit. That’s what you get for stealing from Queen Bey, we suppose. [TorrentFreak]

The FBI is secretly spying on some Google users, though because of national security, Google can only give an estimate of how many accounts have been tapped. [Wired]

JFK employees reportedly saw a drone aircraft flying around yesterday, and now the FBI wants your help tracking it. [Motherboard]

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After Thumbs Down from Key Committee, ACTA is Likely Dead in the Water

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It’s been losing steam for months, but the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement might finally be down for the count. The BBC reports that INTA, the European Parliament’s trade committee, has ruled to reject the treaty, in a vote of 19 to 12.

After the vote, lead committee member and (and crusading ACTA opponent) David Martin explained that the document was simply too vague and the sanctions seemed disproportionate. Then he got a little grandiose, as parliamentarians have been known to do: “I’m glad that civil liberties won over,” he said. Read More