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IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK TO DELETE POSTS ON ILLEGAL GUN SALES
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Facebook is taking steps to fire back at critics that claim the Internet is being used to sell banned weapons. The social networking site has agreed to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally — or without a background check. The move was made under pressure from gun control advocates. Facebook says a similar policy will be applied to Instagram, the company's photo-sharing network. The new measures will be rolled out over the next few weeks. There has been growing alarm that the Internet is being used to sell banned weapons, evade restrictions on interstate sales, and put guns in the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill or others barred under federal law from obtaining firearms. Gun control advocates say Facebook has become a significant marketplace, with thousands of posts related to firearms. Google Plus and Craigslist already prohibit all gun sales, legal or illegal.
IN THE NEWS: MASS SUPREME COURT SAYS UPSKIRT SHOTS NOT ILLEGAL
BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts says it should be illegal for someone to take cell phone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway. But the Supreme Judicial Court says the way the law in Massachusetts is written, such actions are not illegal. And because of that, the court dismissed charges against a man charged with snapping cell phone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway. Michael Robertson was arrested in August, 2010 by transit police — who moved in after being tipped off that he was taking "upskirt" shots of female riders. The court notes the law says the ban on such shots apply to subjects who are "nude or partially nude" — and that a woman on public transit wearing clothing covering those parts of her body couldn't meet the legal standard of being "partially nude."
ON THE WEB: JIMI HENDRIX STAMP
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Look for a new stamp featuring Jimi Hendrix soon. The U.S. Postal Service will release a limited-edition Forever stamp featuring Hendrix's likeness. To go along with the stamp release a week from today, the USPS will hold a tribute performance for Hendrix.
United States Postal Service site: http://www.usps.com
IN STORES: GOOGLE GLASS BANNED AT ONE SAN FRANCISCO BAR
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — You've heard of people affected by beer goggles at a bar. But one tavern in San Francisco is taking steps to make sure no one is bothered by those fancy Google goggles that some have been testing. The Willows bar has banned Google Glass — the fancy optical device that mimics computers. A co-owner of The Willows says she's worried some that some users might try to record what goes on at the bar. Trista Bernasconi says she doesn't want her customers worrying about whether Google Glass owners may be using them to record what happens when they have a glass or two. Recently a woman told police she got into an altercation at another bar when several people thought she was recording them with her Google Glass. All this controversy, mind you, for a product that isn't yet available to the public.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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