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Facebook Beacon comes to an end

Beacon, Facebook’s ill-fated advertising program that was launched with splashy Madison Avenue fanfare nearly two years ago meets an end. The social network has settled a year-old class action lawsuit that targeted the social network’s alleged failure to provide adequate information and privacy controls to users with regard to Beacon, which shared information about users’ information on third-party partner sites in Facebook news feeds. Also as part of the settlement, which is still pending approval from a judge, a $9.5 million “settlement fund” has been established to set up an independent foundation to “fund projects and initiatives that promote the cause of online privacy, safety, and security,” according to a release.

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