German court rules Facebook may block pseudonyms

Facebook may prevent its users from using fake names, a German court said on Thursday, overturning a previous order from the Hamburg data protection authority.The ruling is a coup for the social network firm which has long argued its real-name policy ensures people know who they are sharing and connecting with and protects them from the abuse of the wide-open Internet.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-germany-pseudonymns-idUKKCN0W521V
http://in.reuters.com/article/facebook-germany-pseudonymns-idINKCN0W625JAlso see:Raymond Tomlinson, Who Put the @ Sign in Email, Is Dead at 74
Raymond Tomlinson, the computer programmer who in 1971 invented email as it is known today and in the process transformed the “at” sign — @ — from a sparely used price symbol to a permanent fixture in the lives of millions of computer users around the world, died on Saturday at his home in Lincoln, Mass. He was 74.His daughter Brooke Tomlinson McKenzie confirmed the death but said that the cause had not been determined.In the late 1960s and early 1970s Mr. Tomlinson was working at a research and development company, Bolt, Beranek and Newman, on projects for the Arpanet, a forerunner of the Internet that was created for the Defense Department. At the time, the company had developed a messaging program, Sndmsg, that allowed multiple users of a time-share computer to send messages to one another. But it was a closed system, limited to users of a single computer.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/technology/raymond-tomlinson-email-obituary.htmlRay Tomlinson, email inventor and selector of @ symbol, dies aged 74
Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email and the man who picked the @ symbol for addresses, has died aged 74.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/07/ray-tomlinson-email-inventor-and-selector-of-symbol-dies-aged-74

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