TECH BYTES: Customized Facebook addresses

June 10, 2009 8:30:14 AM PDT
Facebook will soon let its members customize their web addresses.

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Starting at midnight eastern on Saturday, Facebook users will be able to choose their own username as long as no one else picks it first. The changes make it easier for friends and family to connect with you whether it's directly on Facebook or through a search engine. But pick carefully -- you won't be able to change it.

Microsoft's new search engine "Bing" got off to a fast start in its first week. Bing accounted for just over 11 percent of U.S. searches after launching last week-- the first time Microsoft has been in double-digits for search in two years. It's too early to tell if this success will stick or it's just a product of people trying something new. Even if Bing hangs on to its gains it has a long way to go to catch Google which was used for more than 60 percent of searches in April.

Finally, your computer may be more dangerous than you think. No, we're not talking about identity theft... or hackers, but computer-related injuries. Every year more and more Americans are tripping over cords, dropping monitors, banging heads and snagging limbs. A new study finds that between 1994 and 2006 emergency room visits from computer injuries soared more than 700 percent. Surprisingly the rate of injuries is increasing much faster than the rate of computer ownership which grew about 300-percent over the same time.

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