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Well that didn't take long: Google Buzz leads to class-action lawsuit

Yesterday, we took a look at how Google’s Buzz screwed with its customers’ privacy. Well, it turns out Google’s customers are screwing them right back, hitting the search giant with a lawsuit. Um… whoops.

Facebook learned this one the hard way, with its Beacon program, which “only” cost the company $9.5 million dollars. Plus lawyer’s fees, of course.

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