Facebook Users Shoot the Lights Out of 'Beacon' The popular social network's Beacon application revealed users' online purchases. After a revolt by Facebook consumers, the website is backpedaling.
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Facebook Users Shoot the Lights Out of 'Beacon'

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Facebook Users Shoot the Lights Out of 'Beacon'

Facebook Users Shoot the Lights Out of 'Beacon'

Facebook Users Shoot the Lights Out of 'Beacon'

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Sean Lane went online and bought his wife a big ring for Christmas. Sean was a Facebook user (us, too), and he soon discovered that his purchase was listed on the site for all of his friends to see — including, of course, his wife, reports the Washington Post.

Lane wasn't too happy about his first encounter with Facebook's so-called Beacon system, and neither are the thousands of people who signed a petition telling the popular social networking site to back off on its new marketing plan. Facebook now says Beacon won't publish the contents of your cart unless you give the OK.

On the Web, an open thread — and the Bryant Park Facebook group!