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Michael Arrington’s Ex-Girlfriend Makes Abuse Allegations on Facebook Michael Arrington’s Ex-Girlfriend Makes Abuse Allegations on Facebook
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TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is facing some serious allegations made in a Facebook post. Jenn Allen, founder and CEO of RTist.com, claims in a recent post that Arrington was physically and emotionally abusive in a past relationship. She also claims …

Is Foxconn Really Helping The Chinese Economy Or Are They Evil? Is Foxconn Really Helping The Chinese Economy Or Are They Evil?

There are many who believe that corporations like Foxconn are evil. Apple contracts components from them and they turn around and pinch pennies while their employees are slaving away for long hours, working with hazardous chemicals, taking no breaks, and …

Twitter Squatters Have Brands Upset At Twitter

If you were the folks at Twitter and you are talking about offering commercial level services that are going to eventually generate the mythical revenue that everyone is yapping about wouldn’t hate to hear about enterprise unrest among the ranks? The issue of Twitter account squatting is nothing new. There has also been little mention of it in the news as of late.

YouTube Provides a Support Resource for Abuse
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YouTube is introducing an Abuse and Safety Center at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference in Washington, D.C. today. This provides users with a place to report problems as well as learn about ways to deal with different issues.

Increasing Reports of Child Sexual Abuse Sites

More than seven Web sites showing images of child sexual abuse are reported to police every 24 hours according to the UK based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

Viacom Once Abusing DMCA Again?

It appears Viacom hasn’t learned its lesson after its last abuse of the DMCA takedown notice. It’s now targeting a YouTube video that includes a clip of a VH1 show, which includes the unauthorized use of video created by the person who uploaded the YouTube clip.

Confused? This should help:

DoFollow and No Nofollow – Highs and Lows

Having spent so much time over the last 6 months evangelising the adoption of dofollow plugins and solutions to remove nofollow from comments, the last week has been filled with highs and lows.

Web Cam Creep Goes To Jail
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Warning: the following story is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies and the creepy-crawlies for the rest of the day. Afterward, you’ll want to take a shower and pledge to never, ever, buy your teenage daughter a Webcam.

EFF Sues For Release of NSL Abuse Records

On the heels of Congressional hearings and extensive media coverage of a Justice Department report documenting abuse of privacy measures, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking an emergency order that would require the FBI to surrender and make public all records regarding the misuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect private information from American citizens.

BBC Picks Up Sierra Threat Story
Kathy Sierra, author of the brilliant blog Creating Passionate Users wrote a post yesterday describing some incredibly disturbing, horrible, abuse and death threats she has been receiving from some other blogs and bloggers.
EFF Sues Viacom to Prevent DMCA Abuse
You already know that Viacom is suing YouTube for a gazillion dollars for copyright infringement, but now the cable company is facing a backlash over its careless use of the DMCA.

Nate Anderson reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation – a nonprofit group that looks to protect digital rights and free speech – is suing Viacom for its misuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Among thousands of DMCA takedown notices sent out, is one of a Stephen Colbert parody video that the EFF claims doesn’t violate any copyright laws.

MySpace Looks To Dethrone ‘Spam King’

MySpace has filed a federal lawsuit against well-known spammer, Scott Richter also known as the “Spam King” for the reputation he has earned. The suit filed in the Central District of California, says Richter’s companies OptInRealBig, CPA Empire and Media Breakaway are responsible for millions of MySpace bulletins being sent through its system between July and December of last year.

Feedback Abuse Happening At eBay

Some users of the online marketplace have been buying and selling positive feedback as a Berkeley business professor found in his studies, with the aim of becoming a trusted seller and getting better prices from buyers.

Roundup: Digg Spam Policy

I wasn’t sure about posting about getting the nix from digg earlier this week, but apparently it was on many people’s minds.

Scrooge Returns, Opens Shop On eBay

Of all the humbug things to do at Christmas. A seller on eBay taught his kids a lesson last year (one they’ll be describing to a therapist one day) by putting an empty Nintendo GameCube box under the tree, wrapped up in sadism, and is encouraging others to do the same to fix their spoiled kids. This year, he’s selling a Wii box. The starting bid is $1.29, plus $20 for shipping the rocks that come with.

Google’s Click To Call Ripe For Abuse

Google is testing a new service called Click-to-Call. It allows users to be connected to businesses they are searching for on the results page. When you click on a business you then enter your phone number. Google then connects you to that business.

CORRECTION: Mozilla Did Not ‘Abuse’ Oats

Yesterday, we published an article that mentioned Mozilla’s creation of an Oregon crop circle in the shape of the Firefox logo. Someone involved in the project contacted us, appalled at the idea Mozilla had “abused” 45,000 square feet of oats. The representative insists that no oats were harmed in the making of the crop circle.

Ill Take eBay Abuse For $200, Alex

Though some people do willingly pay for abuse, like dealing with the local post office, harassing and threatening your customers on eBay is most likely a bad way to do business. It may even lead the press to your front door, which is worse.

Employee Internet Abuse Hyperbole

Here we go again. Will nobody stop these idiots? An article in the Maryland Business Gazette succumbs without challenge to the same stastical nonsense …

Trading Abuse at Putnam Leads to Big Loss for Investors

Investors have lost nearly $100 million due to mutual fund trading abuses at Putnam Investments, a consultant figured out.

Pinging Builds Blog Traffic, But Risks Abuse

The common practice of “pinging” enables you to alert major blog indexes like …

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