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Today's HeadlinesThe FTC wants more privacy, less Zuckerberg at FacebookA 50-page complaint from the Federal Trade Commission landed today as it settled with Facebook to the tune of a record $5 billion. Facebook had to commit to make substantial changes to its structures and handling of privacy issues, and Zuckerberg himself will have to personally certify the company's compliance each year . “Mr. Zuckerberg does remain the controlling shareholder, but his power over privacy in particular will be more diffused, and his influence accordingly diminished,” an FTC commissioner said. But privacy advocates, as well as two FTC commissioners, decried the settlement as far too lenient.Actor Rutger Hauer has died The internet today lamented the death of actor Rutger Hauer at the age of 75. From his best-known role as Roy Batty in Blade Runner to Navarre in Ladyhawke, Hauer "brought that apparent heft, literal and metaphoric, to every movie he made." Our writer Adam Rogers remembers a genre great.
Cocktail ConversationOur writer Julie Muncy describes the benefits of hours spent on the seemingly more mundane side of videogames: "Grinding, in its imitation of forward movement, is catnip to a mind stuck in neutral … The constant forward movement, not demanding or exciting but still, inexorably, movement, has an effect on me. It clears out the cobwebs depression lays down, making my mind feel a little quicker, a little more awake. I can think about things better when I'm grinding. Playing games like this can help my mood ."
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“Millions of Americans entrusted personal information to Facebook with the understanding that Facebook would respect the laws governing consumer privacy, but Facebook’s many privacy missteps made clear that it lacked a culture of compliance in this area,” FTC commissioner Christine Wilson said at a press conference announcing the settlement Wednesday.