News bites: Facebook looks to avoid Google backlash

Facebook's IPO roadshow isn't the only campaign the company is conducting — it's making an attempt to avoid the backlash Google received when it changed its privacy policy by rolling out its new data use policy. Facebook will hold a live Q&A featuring chief privacy officer Erin Egan, to be live-streamed from Facebook's D.C. office, starting at noon today.

Scott Thompson, the embattled Yahoo CEO who resigned over the weekend after questions were raised about a false computer science degree on his resume, told the company's board that he is suffering from thyroid cancer, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Next Web has a report on Iran banning companies from even corresponding with users of GMail or other email services based outside of the Islamic Republic.

And a new service looks to track patrons at bars and other establishments to let you know how many men or women are at a given location, and how old they are. VentureBeat reports on the new service, which will surely raise the hackles of some privacy advocates.