Facebook is shutting down its much-maligned Beacon marketing program, which launched nearly two years ago amid fanfare only to generate a storm of privacy complaints over the tracking of user activities at partner web sites, reports the Associated Press. Facebook agreed to end Beacon and create a foundation to promote online privacy, safety, and security as part of a $9.5 million settlement in a lawsuit over the program. A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., still must approve the terms. Meanwhile, Facebook is teaming up with the Nielsen Co. to help advertisers grab the attention of the hordes that are...

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