Facebook Closes Beacon

21 Sep 2009
 Facebook just announced that its two-year-old Beacon ad program that prompted a privacy lawsuit will be shut down.  Beacon's original design informed Facebook members about what their friends were buying online, with no opt-in feature. As part of settlement of this 2008 privacy-invasion litigation brought by several Facebook members, the social site will contribute $9.5 million, primaril

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Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker joined the AIM Group as sales director in March 2009. His career in newspapers spans 30 years as a reporter, editor and online manager. He spent seven years as online managing editor and online director for PittsburghLive.com and the Tribune-Review Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, and later worked as interactive media director for Beaver Newspapers Inc. in suburban Pittsburgh. At Beaver Newspapers, he was responsible for day-to-day advertising, design and operation of the company’s Web sites, supervising a staff of eight. At Tribune-Review, he oversaw about 20 Web sites, including ad sales, coordination between the Web sites and affiliated newspapers, and negotiating partnership agreements. He is based near Pittsburgh.