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Oklahoman Published: November 27, 2012

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Mobile device workshops offered

Since surveys show mobile devices — including tablets and smartphones — top Christmas wish lists, U.S. Cellular is hosting free one-hour workshops for anyone interested in learning how to maximize features on Android-powered, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices, including using a free app to connect to Wi-Fi hot spots, setting up email or syncing multiple accounts, and sending pictures. Workshops will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at stores at 9200 S Pennsylvania and 627 12th Ave. NE, Norman; 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at 7000 Northwest Expressway, Suite A; 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at 6310 SW 3; 9 a.m. Dec. 15 at 6406 N May and 101 N Douglas Blvd., Suite J, Midwest City. Tommy Arens, director of sales in Oklahoma, said U.S. Cellular offers unique wireless benefits, including no new contract after the first and an exclusive points-based rewards program. “You can use your points for faster phone upgrades and free ringtones, which a lot of customers take advantage of this time of year,” he said. U.S. Cellular provides a tailored customer experience for buying a phone as a gift and activating it later by calling a Customer Care associate, even on Christmas Day, Arens said.

Facebook battles copyright hoax

After a hoax post went viral, Facebook has reassured its users that they, not the company, own the copyrights to the content they post on the social network. Over the weekend, a number of users on the site began reposting a viral status update proclaiming that users, not Facebook, own the copyrights to their content. The post implies that Facebook owns the copyright and users have to make a legal declaration to regain it. “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details,” the viral post says. “For commercial use of the above, my written consent is needed at all times!” The post is similar to others that have floated around in the past, particularly after Facebook's initial public offering in May. What appears to have set off the latest viral post was an announcement by Facebook last week that it was proposing to amend parts of its privacy policy. But the policy change involves Facebook users' rights to vote on proposed changes in its site governance, not the copyrights for their content. Facebook's copyright terms remain the same as those on the terms of service that users agree to when they join the site. Those terms say users own the copyright to their content but license it to Facebook so that the social network can share it with your friends.

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