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Facebook Changes Touch Privacy Nerve

Facebook has touched a nerve with a broad range of critics upset about the social network's latest batch of online sharing technology.

Ten consumer and privacy groups have joined Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Tex., in calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate new sharing mechanisms designed to accelerate the collection and dispersal of information about Facebook users' Internet activities.

State's Drivers Ease Up On The Gas

Fuel consumption declines even as the number of licensed motorists climbs.

California drivers, long a symbol of America's love affair with cars, areenamored with saving fuel these days, so much so that they're setting the national standard for burning less gasoline.

In the first six months of this year, Californians used nearly 7.3 billion gallons of gasoline, down 1.7% from the same period last year and off 3.5% from the first half of 2002.