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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

The Circuit: Twitter and WikiLeaks, Firefox Do Not Track, Google and Facebook users have privacy concerns

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: Twitter is at the heart of a debate in a WikiLeaks hearing as a judge considers whether or not Twitter account information from WikiLeaks volunteers can be obtained by the Justice Department. According to CNET, the hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15 at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. Lawyers for the WikiLeaks volunteers say the Justice Department cannot argue that the Twitter account information is relevant and material to the case, because their clients use Twitter for a wide range of activities, including for reasons unrelated to WikiLeaks.

Firefox beta launches with Do Not Track: Firefox 4 has launched the beta version of its Do Not Track header, after releasing it in its less stable, daily releases earlier this month. According to a blog post from Mozilla, beta testers can now enable the header by checking a box in the browser's "Advanced" settings.

The header will tell advertisers that users do not wish to participate in behavioral advertising. Mozilla said users may not notice a difference until advertisers start responding to that request.

Survey finds most Facebook, Google users worry about privacy: A recent poll from USA Today/Gallup found that nearly 70 percent of Facebook users and 52 percent of Google users are either somewhat or very concerned about their privacy when using those products. According to the article that accompanied the poll results, most users are concerned about how their data is collected and sold without their knowledge or permission.

Additionally, 65 percent of Facebook users and 54 percent of Google users expressed concern about Internet viruses.

Apple reportedly starts iPad 2 production: The Wall Street Journal says Apple has started production on the iPad 2. The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, seems to confirm many of the rumors that have been circulating about the tablet: it is described as thinner and lighter, will sport at least one camera for video conferencing and will have better graphics and more memory. The iPad 2's display, however, will reportedly be about the same as the display of its first-generation predecessor.

Smartphones outsell PCs: ReadWriteWeb pointed Tuesday that, according to data from market research firm IDC, smartphones have outsold PCs for the first time. IDC released numbers on Tuesday that showed manufacturers shipped 100.9 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2010, as compared to 92.1 million PC units. Smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 were up 87 percent over the fourth quarter of 2009.

Facebook opens new digs in Hong Kong: Facebook's move down the street from Palo Alto, Calif. to Menlo Park, Calif. may have made headlines yesterday, but the company announced that it has also opened a branch in Hong Kong. As Reuters reported, the social network is trying to build a stronger market share in Asia, and opened offices in Singapore and India in 2010. Facebook is blocked in mainland China.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 9, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, DOJ, FTC, Facebook, Google, International, Privacy, Social media, Twitter  
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