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By Steve Hendershot
(Crain's) -- Beginning tomorrow, you'll have a chance to join an exclusive club: the Chicago Social Network, powered by Chicago.com Inc.
As the name implies, it's a social network aimed at Chicagoans and based on the open-source Diaspora framework. Unlike Facebook, the network won't sell your data to advertisers (or include advertising at all), and you even can pack up your data and port it to other Diaspora-powered communities.
Just one catch: unlike Facebook, this new network isn't free. There's no subscription fee per se, but to join you need an @chicago.com email address — the other product offered by Chicago.com Inc.
Read all about it on Crain's blog for Chicago entrepreneurs.
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