StraightUpSocial News Links for 12/2/2009

Facebook To Roll Out New Privacy Controls To Its 350 Million Users, Kills Regional Networks

Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch shares an open letter from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who says the social network has grown to 350 million users, regional networks are being removed entirely, and privacy controls will be updated within the next few weeks.

EFF Sues Feds For Info On Social-Network Surveillance

Elinor Mills at CNET News tells us that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued the CIA, the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and three other government agencies for “allegedly refusing to release information about how they are using social networks in surveillance and investigations.”

Searching Facebook More Intimately

David Talbot at Technology Review takes a closer look at Cuil’s deal with Facebook that allows the search engine to index content from a user’s network, such as your friends’ posts, when that user allows Cuil to access their profile.