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Facebook Loses Face Against Google
It never seems to end, when it comes to rivalry of Facebook vs. Google. Yesterday, Facebook got busted admitting that they secretly hired a PR firm to spread negative stories about Google violating user privacy.
The PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, even offered to help blogger Chris Soghoian write a critical op-ed piece about Social Circle -- a service that allows Gmail users to access information on so-called "secondary connections," or friends of their friends. Social Circle, in fact, seems to have been at the epicenter of Facebook's smear campaign. In a pitch to journalists, Burson described the tool in borderline apocalyptic terms:
The American people must be made aware of the now immediate intrusions into their deeply personal lives Google is cataloging and broadcasting every minute of every day-without their permission.