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Imagining Google As Government

In the latest edition of speculation and hyperbole over the search advertising company and its impact on society, we consider the prospect of one nation, under a big G, with information and access for all.

States Define Law Blogs As Advertising

Another indication that the law is struggling to keep up with technology in a useful way, proposed restrictions in New York could prevent lawyers from setting blogs about law.

BlogHer Aftershocks Rumble Through Blogosphere

The aftershocks of BlogHer rumble through the blogosphere…the confidence, the insights, the diversity, (and even the vitriol and invective), 700++ voices from the individuals who were there, as well as the multitudes who followed the conference online.

US Passes Misleading Hyperlink Law

The US Congress passed a bill into law this week aimed at protecting children from online predators. The law dictates how hyperlinks and domain names leading to sexual content may be presented. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 prohibits “misleading” domain names and links.

Edge PR

A recent Pew survey reports:

Sales Using The Law Of Expectancy

Studies in persuasion technology show that what you expect tends to be realized. I call this the Law of Expectation, which is also one of the tenants of sales.

Schmidt: Google Has Just Begun

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt told media attendees at Press Day that search is the inevitable outcome of what is and will happen on the Internet. The Internet has started a new phase, according to Schmidt, and Google is ready to lead the way to it.

Patent Office Preps Peer Review

Critics of the US Patent Office get their chance to put their expertise where their blogs are and participate in a new peer review initiative aimed at finding patents that are obvious creations and thus not qualified for a patent.

Power Law of Participation

Social software brings groups together to discover and create value. The problem is, users only have so much time for social software.

Pixsy.com Scours RSS Feeds for Images

I’m not sure if publishers are going to like Pixsy.com or not, but the new image search engine hopes to index millions of thumbnail images collected from RSS feeds, according to CNET.

Blogging Power Law Dynamics

Great article on blogs and power law dynamics that showed up on my desk this morning, from New York magazine.

Are Bloggers In Legal Jeopardy?

So let me get this straight: if someone annoys me online, via a web site or in an email, and doesn’t disclose their real name, I can have them hauled off to SuperMax?

Publishing on the Edge will Change the Game

Keith Teare has published The first law of RSS (updated) which says:

Wall Street Journal Legally Blogging

It took the Journal 106 years to make color a part of the print edition, but the publishers have integrated blogging relatively quickly to the online version of the paper.

Did Google Earth Violate US Law?
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Google has agreed to make changes to the resolution of images of sites in Israel, after concerns about security against terrorism surfaced.

Long-Armed Law of the Wiki

I’m just an amateur, but it seems to me that Mike Langberg is afraid of loosing his job. Can’t blame him, The Mercury News just went through a round of layoffs and print media economics are in shambles.

New Law: Auctioneer School For Ebayers?

All around the United States, state regulators are increasingly miffed at the revenue loss due to eBay auctioneers’ insistence they don’t need to go to auctioneer school to peddle their (or somebody else’s) wares online. Every few months, another state says enough is enough and the various Sheriffs of Nottingham want their cuts.

RIAA Countersued, Accused Of RICO Violations

A disabled single mother in Oregon has filed a lawsuit in response to a RIAA action accusing her of illegal downloading.

Blog Law: Queen Of Skies Vs. Delta

A disgruntled Delta flight attendant has taken legal issue with Delta pushing her out the airlock in the form of a lawsuit. Ellen Simonetti claims sexual discrimination over scandalous photos she posted on her blog.

This Week On Google Law

The line to sue Google begins on Wall Street and, like Google stock, has been growing exponentially since the company went public. The latest pair of Jack Horners trying to get their thumbs in the Google pie are Miami-based Updated.com and Minnesota-based CLRB Hanson Industries, both filing in California courts last week amid allegations of advertising misconduct.

Small Business Debt Collections Law Trap
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When someone owes your small business money, you certainly feel like a victim. But did you know that if you aren’t careful, you could break the law by trying to get the money back?