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The creators of Diaspora are touting their new social network as a privacy conscious, open-source alternative to Facebook, but it'll take more than good will to win over any of Mark Zuckerberg's 500 million social drones.

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have studied the consequences of 200 American college students unhooking from all media -- cell phones, social media, Internet -- for 24 hours, finding that many suffered symptoms of withdrawal similar to those in drug and alcohol addictions.

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Buzz, Google's answer to Twitter, is getting a lot of bad looks from privacy advocates. The service, which allows users to share short messages or "tweets" (buzzers?) with a network of friends, is faulted for an alleged invasion of privacy that uses e-mail data to automatically create a preconfigured friends list.

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