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Zynga, maker of "FarmVille," is trying to diversify beyond its signature Facebook games.

On Thursday, Google's much-discussed new privacy policy goes into effect. To say that the change has stirred concern on the Web would be an understatement. Public officials and Web watchdogs in the United States and elsewhere have expressed fears that it will mean less privacy for users of the Web giant's multitude of products, from search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Maps to smartphones powered by the Android operating system.

Do you know if Google is tracking your Web activity? If you have a Google account (for, say, Gmail) and have not specifically located and paused the Web History setting, then the search giant is keeping track of your searches and the sites you visited.

Facebook shot back at Yahoo Tuesday in the wake of Yahoo's patent battle against the social media company. Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) is trying to force Facebook into licensing 10 to 20 patents on various technologies involving advertising, messaging and social networking, according to media reports which have been confirmed by a source close to Yahoo.

What if one small gift to your favorite charity could become dozens, hundreds or thousands? That's the goal of Everyone Gives, an online fundraising campaign launched last week that seeks to harness the power of social media to help nonprofit groups around the world.

The website WikiLeaks has begun releasing what it says are 5 million e-mails from the private intelligence company Stratfor, starting with a company "glossary" that features unflattering descriptions of U.S. government agencies.

Internet giant Facebook is accessing smartphone users' personal text messages, an investigation revealed Sunday. Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app and said that it was accessing the data as part of a trial to launch its own messaging service, The (London) Sunday Times reported.

A set of guidelines on which types of images are acceptable for publication on Facebook has reportedly been leaked. According to the website, the rules tell staff specifically what should and shouldn't be removed when content has been flagged.

It's a truth of the modern digital age: If you're using a Web service for free, you're not the customer. You're probably the product.

The top government lawyers from three dozen states sent a letter to Google on Wednesday, expressing "strong concerns" with the privacy policy the Web giant intends to roll out soon.

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