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Corporations behaving badly are all the rage these days. While Sen. Carl Levin is dropping S-bombs talking about Goldman Sachs, Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown are engaged in a spirited game of You’re More Goldman Than I Am. Of course, Whitman made more than $2.2 million from Goldman in 2002 and paid the company more than $8 million for handling eBay’s banking needs, but that’s besides the point. Goldman is being persecuted for crimes against the housing industry while Whitman was caught up in the cloud over the last great economic depressant — the dot-com bubble burst. But all corporate crimes are created equal, it appears. Meanwhile, social networkers are all atwitter (get it? atwitter? social networkers?) about Facebook’s new privacy policy. Many Facebook users doesn’t like the fact that the site now shares users’ personal info with other Web sites, and now some U.S. Senators are involved. That has prompted the former person in charge of Facebook’s privacy policy, the artist currently known as Attorney General candidate Chris Kelly to distance himself from his former employer and join in the chorus of the concerned. Kelly said he would like to “strongly encourage Facebook to structure all its programs to allow Facebook users to give permission before their information is shared with third parties.” Here’s betting he’s forced to spend some of that $8 million he has given his campaign defending charges linking him to the new, unpopular Facebook policy in the weeks to come. 

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