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  • Dropbox and the privacy revolution – DropBox the cloud storage and syncing service has changed its terms and conditions of use once again following outrage from bloggers when it seemed that they were trying to grab IP and copyright from their users. The new terms state: By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services…" GigaOm suggests that: "Dropbox’s newfound focus on transparency could turn out to be a great thing. Especially if it triggers an avalanche of other web-service providers following in its footsteps." The move could also pre-empty government regulation in the US, which can only be a good thing for users.
  • British PayPal Twitter account hacked – In another high-profile Twitter attack, hackers have hijacked PayPal UK's Twitter account and posted tweets critical of the online payment processing company. The tweets, posted on Tuesday, criticised the eBay subsidiary for its poor security and provided links to anti-PayPal website PayPal Sucks, which provides forums to post complaints and tips on how to resolve disputes.
  • Create dynamic twitter lists – Formulists is a list creation and management tool that allows users to effortlessly generate dynamic and personalized Twitter lists that continuously self-update. Formulists-generated lists can be viewed or deleted from any Twitter client and will continue to self-update without the need to return to the Formulists website.
  • Gershwin in the summertime – On July 4, 2011, WordPress Version 3.2 "Gershwin", named in honor of the composer and pianist George Gershwin, was released to the public. For more information on this enhancement and bug release, read the WordPress Blog.
  • Fitbit users kiss and tell and more… – Whether they know it or not, Fitbit users' activity is set to public by default and a quick Google search provides a wealth of personal data about what people get up to…even in the sack and we are not talking just about time and date, there is info about "effort" and even specifics like huggin' and a kissin'.
  • Extend your wi-fi range with an old router – You can easily extend your Wi-Fi network with some additional hardware – like Wi-Fi repeaters and Wireless Access Points – but if you want to save a few bucks, just get hold of an old wireless router that you no longer use and connect it to your existing router using an inexpensive Ethernet cable.

David Bradley selects six stories from the technology sector