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Facebook: New Timeline Feature Makes It Easier to Find Who ‘Defriended’ You

ABC News Radio’s @cohanjosh and Mashable’s @PetersMeg discuss the recent changes to Facebook profiles.

ABC News’ Josh Cohan reports:

If Facebook’s recent changes have left you angry and perplexed, brace yourself for some more unsettling news.

When Facebook fully rolls out its latest overhaul in the coming weeks, anonymous “defriending” – or the simple act of removing someone from your Facebook friends list without their knowledge – will become a thing of the past. Sort of.

On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced a new feature called timeline, which aims to provide users with a visual display of their lives, as documented on the social media site.

“[A]ll your stories, all your apps, a new way to express who you are,” Zuckerberg said at the company’s annual developers conference in San Francisco.

But the timeline will also let you see older versions of your friends list and a button that not-so-subtly indicates whether you’re still “friends,”  BuzzFeedreported Friday.

“There is a way where you can go in to a certain point in time and basically, if you look at your friends tab, maybe from three years ago, and you see the ‘Add Friend’ button from someone in that list, that will basically tell you that they have defriended you since you became their friend,” said Meghan Peters, community manager at Mashable.

Steve Jobs' Words Rushed Into Print

(EVANSTON, Ill) — Steve Jobs, who brought the world the iPhone, the iPad, the iPod and so much more, has left a rich history, both of technological innovations and of thoughts about what people want from them. Agate Publishing of Evanston, Ill., has assembled a 160-page volume of Jobs’ quotations, culled from interviews, public appearances and writings after he co-founded Apple Inc. The book, edited by George Beahm, is due out in November. Its full title: I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words.

Social Network for Gut Bacteria?

(NEW YORK) — Finally, you can share the status of your gut bacteria with your friends. In exchange for $2,100 and a bit of “poop,” My.Microbes will sequence your gut microbiome, the genetic blueprints for the throng of organisms lining your digestive tract.

UN and Taliban Engaged in Twitter Battle

"Re: Taliban [spokesperson] on #Kabul attack: the outcome is inevitable. Question is how much longer will terrorist[s] put innocent Afghans in harm’s way?" said the Twitter feed @ISAFmedia, a usually subdued stream of NATO announcements.

Apple iPhone 5 Prototype: Lost in San Francisco Bar?

(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in as many years, it’s been reported that an Apple employee misplaced a prototype of its newest iPhone in a San Francisco-area bar. In Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District, CNET says, “the errant iPhone” made off without its owner in late July, setting off a scramble by Apple security to recover it. CNET cites “a source familiar with the investigation.”

Discount iPad Turns Out to Be Made of Wood

(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) — A South Carolina woman’s desire to purchase an Apple iPad at a discount came back to bite her Monday when she forked over $180 dollars to strangers for an “iPad” that turned out to be a painted block of wood.

Steve Jobs' Biological Dad Regrets Adoption

(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — In the wake of Steve Jobs’ resignation as Apple CEO last week, the billionaire’s biological father has told media outlets that he regrets giving up his son for adoption some fifty years ago. 

Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian immigrant who now works as a vice-president at a casino in a Reno, Nev., was quoted by the New York Post as saying he didn’t know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple’s CEO. Jandali has emailed his son a few times, he said, but did not call Jobs for fear that he would think Jandali was after his fortune.

I come out of my room and they’ve got their guns pointed at me and stuff…I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to die.