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IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK CHARGING TO LET PEOPLE SEE POSTS THROUGH CLUTTER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Are you willing to pay Facebook to make sure your most important posts are being seen? The social medial outlet is offering a new feature in the U.S. that lets you do that. It allows users to pay to promote posts to their friends -- just like advertisers do. The feature has already been tested in New Zealand, where Facebook often test-drives some of its new wrinkles. Facebook says promoting a post -- like announcing a garage sale, charity drive or big news like an engagement -- will bump it higher in your friends' news feeds. Facebook didn't say how much it will cost to promote the posts, only that it's considering a range of prices as part of the test.

IN THE NEWS: FTC PROPOSING FINE FOR CELEB WEB SITES

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission says it wants to fine Warner Music Group over its fan Web sites for artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Rihanna. FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez says the music group violated a child privacy law in the way it ran fan sites for the artists. The FTC says site operator Artist Arena collected personal details like names, email addresses, street addresses and cell phone numbers of more than 100,000 children aged 12 or younger on sites such as BieberFever.com. Such actions violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

ON THE WEB: HELP WITH FACEBOOK

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- A lot of people are experts at using Facebook. But with all the changes, even a seasoned user can come up dry trying to figure out how to do things like report spam, un-tagging a photo or keeping up with privacy settings. Facebook is addressing those issues -- with a newly revamped help center. The help center is only fully accessible on the Facebook Web site, but it is designed to look and feel more like a mobile app.

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Online:

Facebook help site: http://www.facebook.com/help

IN STORES: NO DOUBT SETTLES SUIT AGAINST ACTIVISION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt and ActiVision have settled their lawsuit over the use of the band's likenesses in the video game "Band Hero." According to court records in Los Angeles, the suit was settled on Monday -- just a few weeks before trial was to begin on the band's claims of fraud. No Doubt also alleged ActiVision guilty of violation of publicity rights and breach of contract. Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed -- and neither the band's attorney or a lawyer for ActiVision commented on the case. No Doubt sued ActiVision over a feature in "Band Hero" that lets players perform the songs of other artists using the likenesses of No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani and other band members.

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Online:

No Doubt site: http://www.nodoubt.com

ActiVision site: http://www.activision.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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