The site that functions as one big popularity contest looks a little unpopular today. After a series of changes that eroded its users' privacy, Facebook has been getting smacked around in public, the Washington Post reports. A Wired blog post declared the widely-used social network "Gone Rogue." A team of programmers looking to develop an open alternative to Facebook quickly raised tens of thousands of dollars from strangers. A series of bold-face names in technology have canceled their Facebook accounts. I am neither terribly surprised about this nor too sympathetic for Facebook. The Palo Alto, Calif., company has earned this...

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