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Nine things you need to know by 9am: Facebook leak allowed advertisers to access users’ private photos and chats; Irish “ho-hum bandit” shopped to the FBI by his ex; and bin Laden’s sons don’t believe their father is dead.

Every day, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #FACEBOOK: An “accidental” security leak meant advertisers had access to Facebook users’ data – including profiles, photographs and chats – “for years”, according to Symantec. As of April, Symantec estimated that the flaw affected close to 100,000 Facebook apps – and that since Facebook introduced apps in 2007, potentially hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties. Facebook claims the leak has been fixed (at least that’s what we think this says).

2. #HO-HUM BANDIT: A trial date has been set for the Irishman who was allegedly known as the “ho-ho hum bandit” after he was suspected of carrying out 24 bank robberies in the US. Adam Lynch was turned in to the FBI after two years on the run …. by his ex-girlfriend. He outed himself when he showed her his photo on the FBI’s Most Wanted list – apparently he thought it might win her back. Now he could spend up to 20 years in jail if he’s convicted.

3. #SHORT SHARP SHOCK: The ESRI has said the government should aim for a rapid reduction in the budget deficit – cutting it entirely by 2014. It also says a “European solution” is needed to the banking crisis, RTÉ reports.

4. #HYSTERICAL: Michael Noonan has defended the government’s plans to introduce a levy on pension funds to finance the jobs creations budget, accusing the pensions industry of acting in a “quasi-hysterical” manner, the Irish Times reports.

5. #ANGLO DEADLINE: Justice Peter Kelly has once again hit out at the failure of the director of corporate enforcement to deal quickly with criminal cases against those involved in wrongdoing against Anglo – and has given the authorities a deadline of 28 July to complete the inquiry, the Examiner reports.

6. #US IMMIGRATION: The US president Barack Obama has called for sweeping reform of the immigration system. The BBC reports that he plans to create a path to legal status for illegal immigrants, which will be good news for the over 50,000 Irish living illegally in the US.

7. #BIN LADEN: The sons of Osama bin Laden have protested in a statement to the New York Times over the “arbitrary killing” of their father. They also said they are “not convinced on the available evidence in the absence of dead body, photographs, and video evidence that our natural father is dead” and that they wish to see “conclusive evidence”. Meanwhile, the US Senator John Kerry is to travel to Pakistan this week to get the dialgoue between the two nations back “on the right track” after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

8. #GANLEY: Economist Constantin Gurdgiev and the anti-Lisbon campaigner Declan Ganely – two of the country’s most outspoken critics of the bailout – are to launch a new asset management company in Switzerland, which they claim will manage clients’ funds in a “conservative, transparent” manner.

9. #SNUBBED: Sarah Ferguson has spoken to Oprah Winfrey of her hurt at being snubbed by Prince William, who failed to invite her to his wedding. She said she would have liked to have been there with her daughters, Beatrix and Eugenie, and her ex-husband – but blamed herself that she wasn’t. “It was so difficult because I wanted to be there with my girls,” she said, adding “it was quite right that they didn’t invite me. Why would they?” Ferguson fell out of favour with the British royals last year, when she was filmed by an undercover reporter posing as an Indian businessman, offering access to her former husband for £500,000.

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