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Google responds to privacy concerns, kills Buzz autofollow feature

Concerns about privacy on Google's new social network, Buzz, have resulted in some serious changes. Google will disable the autofollow feature that connects new Buzz users automatically to their most frequently-emailed contacts. These autofollows exposed users' information to everyone from annoying friends to abusive ex-husbands. They've been replaced with suggested friends instead, so you can...

Twitter is shutting down autofollow

You may have run across certain Twitter users who follow you back right away, as if they have some sort of autofollow feature turned on. They do, actually, but not for much longer. Autofollowing has never been available to everyone, it was only turned on for users who sent a special request to Twitter's support team. Now, Twitter's getting rid of it entirely. The email, sent by Twitter boss Biz...