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Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers
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Once again, the subject of free speech with regard to Yelp reviews has been brought up in court. A new decision has proven controversial because if the court is wrong (which is very possible due to an apparent lack of …

Facebook Offers 70 Million More Shares, Heads To Court Over IPO Facebook Offers 70 Million More Shares, Heads To Court Over IPO

Facebook announced on Thursday that it is offering 70,000,000 new shares of its Class A common stock, with 27,004,761 shares being offered by the company itself and 42,995,239 shares being offered by certain selling stockholders, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who …

Life Sentence For Pot: Jeff Mizanskey Seeks Support Life Sentence For Pot: Jeff Mizanskey Seeks Support
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A Missouri newspaper tells us of a man named Jeff Mizanskey who was convicted of an intent to distribute about five pounds of marijuana charge in 1993. Today, Mizanskey seeks support to gain clemency from the resulting life sentence. Although …

Jury Awards Apple $290 Million In Samsung Lawsuit Jury Awards Apple $290 Million In Samsung Lawsuit

The AFP and the San Jose Mercury News reported an important update today on the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung: an eight-person jury from Silicon Valley has awarded Apple $290 million for Samsung’s apparent copying of iPhone and iPad designs, …

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR
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Last month, Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced that over 250 Wikipedia accounts had been blocked or banned as editors investigated accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. Wiki-PR is a company …

Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’ Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’
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Last year, Google was handed the largest fine for a single company in FTC history when it was penalized to the tune of $22.5 million in relation to the tracking of Safari users. Critics felt the fine didn’t go far …

John McAfee Responds To Wrongful Death Lawsuit John McAfee Responds To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Last week, news came out that eccentric McAfee Antivirus founder John McAfee is being sued by the daughter of his neighbor in Belize, Gregory Faull, whose death began a multi-national manhunt for McAfee last year. McAfee has remained wanted for …

Fair Use Prevails As Google Wins Book-Scanning Case Fair Use Prevails As Google Wins Book-Scanning Case
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So, you know that book-scanning legal battle that Google has been fighting for the past eight years against the Authors Guild? Google just won. In a New York court, Judge Denny Chin ruled that Google can continue its book-scanning ways …

49ers Aldon Smith Turns Himself In To Authorities 49ers Aldon Smith Turns Himself In To Authorities

Things just aren’t going Aldon Smith’s way, as the San Francisco pass rusher surrendered to authorities Tuesday night in connection with felony weapons charges. After being processed, Smith immediately posted $75,000 bail. NFL.com is reporting that Smith is scheduled to …

Yahoo Microsoft ‘Search Alliance’ Encounters More Friction Yahoo Microsoft ‘Search Alliance’ Encounters More Friction

More friction between Microsoft and Yahoo regarding the two companies’ “Search Alliance” has been made public thanks to court documents obtained by Reuters. The two companies have been having a quiet legal battle about rolling out Microsoft’s Bing search technology …

Mark Cuban Innocent In Insider Trading Case, Jury Finds Mark Cuban Innocent In Insider Trading Case, Jury Finds

A federal jury has reportedly found billionaire Mark Cuban not guilty of insider trading. The trial began last month, stemming from accusations that he engaged in insider trading when selling shares of Mamma.com back in 2004. The SEC had filed …

Judge Says Gmail Might Be Breaking The Law Judge Says Gmail Might Be Breaking The Law
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Google continues to battle a class action lawsuit filed in may, claiming that the company is violating laws when it “opens” and “reads” emails. Earlier this month, Google asked a judge to dismiss the suit, but that didn’t happen. This …

Yelp: We’d Love To Work With More Law Enforcement Officials To Crack Down On Fake Reviews Yelp: We’d Love To Work With More Law Enforcement Officials To Crack Down On Fake Reviews
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This week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that nineteen companies agreed to stop writing fake Yelp reviews and pay over $350,000 of fines. “Consumers rely on reviews from their peers to make daily purchasing decisions on anything …

LinkedIn Aims To Clear Up ‘False Accusations’ LinkedIn Aims To Clear Up ‘False Accusations’
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Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn, alleging that it breaks into users’ email accounts. The company says the suit is “without merit”, and that accusations are false. Main St. (part of TheStreet Network) reported on the …

Messiah Baby Name Ruling Overturned Messiah Baby Name Ruling Overturned

After telling Tennessee parents that they couldn’t legally call their infant son Messiah last month, Judge Lu Ann Ballew’s ruling was overturned on Wednesday. When parents of 8-month-old Messiah Deshawn Martin went to court in August to argue over what …

Don’t Fire Employees Over Facebook ‘Likes’ Don’t Fire Employees Over Facebook ‘Likes’
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In the United States, Facebook likes are protected by the first amendment. Liking something on Facebook is the same as using your right to free speech to actually say, “I like this.” That means that employers should think twice before …

Facebook Likes Found By Federal Court To Be Protected As Free Speech Facebook Likes Found By Federal Court To Be Protected As Free Speech

Remember that case where the guy got fired for liking the “wrong” political candidate on Facebook? Well, good news for people who think a Facebook like should be considered an act of free speech. Today, a federal court ruled that …

Google Loses Street View Data Collection Appeal Google Loses Street View Data Collection Appeal

Google has lost its appeal in the big Street View privacy case stemming from when it collected personal data from people as its Street View cars drove around from 2008 to 2010. No word from the company on its Public …

Former Formula One Head Wants Google To Remove Results Showcasing Infamous Orgy Former Formula One Head Wants Google To Remove Results Showcasing Infamous Orgy
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Google went to court in France on Wednesday because of a suit filed by Max Mosley, former head of Formula One racing. The battle is similar to others Google has fought in the past. There is undesirable content about Mosley …

Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court
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Remember that decade when people were using Gmail, and not caring about Google algorithmically scanning messages and delivering ads based on them? It recently ended when Microsoft launched a campaign to promote its competing webmail product and trying to scare …

Allen Iverson: Ex Wants Child Support Upfront Allen Iverson: Ex Wants Child Support Upfront
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Allen Iverson, father of five, is waiting on a ruling from the court system on whether or not he should pay his ex, Tawanna Turner, upfront for the next 13 years. Iverson dodged jail time less than two months ago …