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Last Update on October 02, 2014 07:06 GMT

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK APOLOGIZES TO DRAG QUEENS AND TRANSGENDER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is trying to save face with drag queens and transgender persons. The world's biggest online social network now says it will no longer delete accounts from those who use drag names -- or other similar aliases -- rather than their legal names. Facebook has long required users to go by their "real names" for security purposes. Now the company is modifying the policy to take into account those who describe themselves as drag queens as well as gay, lesbian or bisexual -- or those who are transgender. Facebook says the spirit of the policy will now apply, not to a person's legal name, but -- as the site put it -- "the authentic name they use in real life."

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Facebook's blog post: http://on.fb.me/10lE5I1

IN THE NEWS: GPS EVIDENCE SUPPORTED ON APPEAL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has struck a blow in favor of prosecutors -- and against three Philadelphia brothers whose whereabouts were tracked after authorities slapped a GPS unit on their van without a warrant. The appeals court ruled it was OK for authorities to secretly use the GPS tracking device. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that GPS tracking amounts to a police search -- but left unresolved the issue of whether a warrant is always needed to use such devices. The attorney who argued the case for the American Civil Liberties Union says "it's disappointing" that the ruling lets law enforcement agents off the hook when it comes to such searches.

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