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IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK CHANGE RAISING ISSUES
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ It's a change that affects Facebook users who list their ages as between 13 and 17. And it's a policy that is leading to concerns about how the popular social networking site lets people share information. Facebook will now allow teens to share their posts with anyone on the Internet. Until now, such younger Facebook users had been limited to sharing information and photos only to their own friends or friends of those friends. The change is raising concerns that minors could leave a digital trail that could lead to trouble. For its part, Facebook says it decided to revise its privacy rules to make its service more enjoyable for teens and to provide them with a more powerful forum when they believe they have an important point to make or a cause to support.
IN THE NEWS: POSTED PHOTOS AID IN RAPE REPORT
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) _ It's the kind of thing that happens increasingly in this age of smartphones: someone sees something odd going on _ and whips out a cellphone to record the scene. In Athens, Ohio, some such images are central to what may turn out to be a rape. Authorities say onlookers took images of what they may have seen as consensual sex in public _ and posted the images online. But now that there has been a rape report in a Sunday night incident near Ohio University. Authorities say they'd like those who posted the photos to come forward _ and others who may recorded the scene to share what them might have. Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle tells the Athens News the witnesses who took the images might not have realized what they were seeing _ or recording.
ON THE WEB: SXSW LINEUP REVEALED
CYBERSPACE (AP) _ In all, there will be nearly 200 acts from more than two dozen nations. But for now, the first few acts for next year's South by Southwest Music Festival are being announced. Among the first wave of performers being made public range from New Orleans rapper Vockah Redu to Texas country singer Rodney Crowell and Swedish rock band INVSN. In 2013, more than 25,000 people saw 2,278 acts during the festival that takes over downtown Austin, Texas every spring.
South by Southwest Festival site: http://sxsw.com
IN STORES: MICROSOFT RELEASES WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ It's the Windows 8 for people who didn't really care for the way Windows 8 worked. Microsoft today releases its upgrade to its latest operating system. The release of Windows 8.1 tries to address some of the gripes that came along with the company's effort for an OS that bridges the gap between tablets and personal computers. When the software came out last October, it featured a touch-enabled tile interface similar to the kind found in tablet computers. But for many desktops, the keyboard and mouse still reign and some users found the learning curve a bit steep. The update adds some new finger- and gesture-friendly shortcuts for touch-based apps, while restoring some of the features that billions of PC users have become accustomed to throughout the various incarnations of the Windows operating software.
Microsoft Windows site: http://windows.microsoft.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Oscar Gabriel can be reached at ogabriel(at)ap.org.
(The Associated Press)