Quick News: Facebook Goes 3rd Party and More

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Social networking site Facebook announced that it will begin to allow anyone to upload user-created applications to the site through the evolution of what they call Facebook Platform. You'll even be able to grab revenue off of your own ad space.

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And speaking of user-generated content, a US court ruled that websites can be held responsible for illegal or discriminating content hosted on their site. We just might have opened a big old can of worms.

Best Buy has begun testing Geek Squad support centers inside of FedEx/Kinkos. This marks the first time Best Buy has shown interest in moving the company into other locations.

A new lawsuit was filed against Microsoft and Wal-Mart. They claimed that the fire that killed their baby in December 2004, was caused directly by an overheating Xbox 360. Oddly enough the fire took place a full 11 months before the 360 launched.

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Wow; I love that court ruling. People are only legally responsible for user-generated content if they try and get it to comply with the law; if they don't touch it at all, then they're off the hook.

That's the most idiotic ruling I've ever seen; it only rewards user-generated content hosters to take a totally hands-off approach, rather than risking legal action themselves. What a way to prompt enforcement of the law.