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Posted at 8:52 AM ET, 01/24/2011

The Circuit: Firefox and Chrome include do-not-track, Facebook fundraising and privacy, what's next for net neutrality

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: Mozilla announced it will put a do-not-track feature in its Firefox browser to allow users to opt-out of online behavioral advertising. The company has said it does not know whether the feature, an HTTP header, will ship with Firefox 4.0. Mozilla Technology and Privacy Officer Alex Fowler posted an outline of the feature to his personal blog on Sunday, explaining the background of the feature and how the company thinks it will affect users. "We believe the header-based approach has the potential to be better for the web in the long run because it is a clearer and more universal opt-out mechanism than cookies or blacklists," Fowler wrote.

Politico is reporting that Google Chrome will implement a similar feature today, in the form of an extension called “Keep My Opt-Outs," based on the National Advertising Initiative's existing opt-out tool.

Facebook raises $1.5 billion, reaches agreement with Germans on privacy: The social network announced Friday that it has raised $1.5 billion at a valuation of $50 billion. The money includes $1 billion raised through Goldman Sachs's offering to its non-U.S. clients and $500 million from Goldman and Russian partner Digital Sky Technologies.

Facebook also reached an agreement with the German government on how the social network can comply with privacy laws in that country. Facebook had come under fire in Germany for perceived security problems with its Friend Finder feature, which gives users the option to send invitations to Facebook using their e-mail address books.

Verizon's FCC Lawsuit: The Post's Cecilia Kang has a look at what's next Verizon's case versus the FCC and the net neutrality debate. Experts say that the FCC will likely try to move the case out of the D.C. court system, while Verizon will try to keep the case in the nation's capital.

Traceability law lets consumers scan, trace food: A new provision in the food safety passed last year has allowed consumers to use their cellphones to scan products and find out where they come from. The Washington Post reported Monday morning that the law requires that all parts of the country's food supply chain provide information on how grocery item travels "one step forward and one step back." The move is connecting consumers and food producers.

Study outlines Internet use among Americans with disabilities: A study from the Pew Center's Internet and American Life Project has profiled the technology use of Americans with disabilities. The study found that only 54 percent of adults living with disabilities use the Internet, compared with 81 percent of adults who do not report living with a disability. Two percent of adults with disabilities report that their condition prevents them from using the Internet altogether.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  FCC, FTC, Facebook, Google, International, Net Neutrality, Privacy, Social media  
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