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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Facebook wins Germany lawsuit on naming policy #thecircuit

Facebook wins lawsuit in Germany: Facebook has won a lawsuit in Germany, affirming its right to require its users to register for accounts with their real names.

A court in Germany rejected an appeal from privacy groups who argued that Facebook’s policy violated privacy rules that protect online free speech, the Associated Press reported.

Bloomberg noted that the state regulator who issued the original order requiring Facebook to allow users to register pseudonyms said publicly that he will appeal the ruling.

Facebook said last year that it estimates that the network has around 83 million false accounts.

Graph Search and privacy: Facebook, in a company blog post, discussed privacy and privacy in its new Graph Search feature, saying that it has taken measures to protect younger Facebook users from inadvertently sharing more data than they anticipated.

The update, posted Thursday, says that the company has designed Graph Search to limit certain information to be shared, at a maximum with “Friends of Friends” and has also limited some queries to only show some age or location information to friends and friends of friends who are between the ages of 13 and 17.

The company also provided some tips to improve Graph Search safety, such as encouraging users to manage their activity logs to keep track of what they’ve posted on Facebook and using the company’s reporting and visibility tools to make sure information is being shared appropriately.

NYT reporter defends Tesla review: Tesla and The New York Times are continuing their dispute over a review the newspaper published last week that gave the range of the Tesla Model S and the company’s East Coast network of supercharge stations a poor grade.

Following a data-based attack on the article from the car company published with information from the review unit’s logs, the Times reviewer countered with his own point-by-point response to Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.

The main point John M. Broder tries to get across in his piece is that he certainly did not set out to sabotage Tesla’s reputation with his review — the heavy-hitting claim that Musk made in his post Tuesday, when implying that Broder changed facts to fit his opinion.

The reviewer explained some of the discrepancies between Tesla’s account and his report, but said he could not account for reported differences in the speed of portions of his test drive.

The New York Times’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said in a blog post of her ownthat she will continue looking into the car company’s complaints.

Universal strikes deal on cover videos: The Universal Music Group and Google’s YouTube video sharing site have struck a deal that allows the music company to generate revenue off cover videos that feature musicians playing songs in the Universal catalog. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the deal between Universal and two of the biggest YouTube-focused studios, Maker Studios and Fullscreen, will split revenue from ads that run on the cover videos.

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