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A federal court said an online site has to comply with a subpoena demanding identities of people who posted anonymous comments online, a ruling that critics said will have a chilling effect on free-speech rights online.

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Court: Online service must identify anonymous users to grand jury

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that an online job-rating site has to turn over the identities of anonymous users who posted comments about a company being investigated for its handling of a Department of Veterans Affairs contract.