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Do you want Facebook to know where you are?

Posted: 08/20/10 06:00 AM

Facebook already wanted to know what you were doing, now they want to know where you’re doing it  Facebook Places is a new service that lets you report where you are as you go through your day. It’s the company’s long anticipate foray into geolocation, a sort of melding of cyberspace and “meatspace” that a lot of people think will become very popular.

But it’s probably a good idea to know exactly what you’re sharing and what you’re keeping private, especially since that’s a line that has been a bit shaky on Facebook in the past.

We talk to CNET’s Molly Wood about how Places work so you can get a better handle on how to use it.  We also talk to video editor Bill Cammack who posted on his web site instructions on opting out of the “location tagging” section of Places. He walks us through that.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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