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Google Faces Another Complaint From German Publishers

Google Faces Another Complaint From German Publishers

Google is still battling German publishers over including their content among Google News links as it faces a new legal complaint related to a war that just won’t end. Will this end up with Google shutting Google News down in Germany? Time will tell. VG Media, a consortium of German news publishers, has reportedly filed a new complaint against the …

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Yahoo Faces Class Action Suit Over Alleged Text Message Spam

Yahoo Faces Class Action Suit Over Alleged Text Message Spam

Yahoo will face a class action lawsuit related to unwanted text messages it allegedly sent to Sprint customers. According to reports, the company was ordered by a federal judge on Monday to face the suit, which claims it sent unsolicited messages to over 500,000 customers, who could potentially be part of the class. The messages in question were “welcome” messages …

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Yelp Reviews Under Government Spotlight

Yelp Reviews Under Government Spotlight

On Tuesday, Yelp and other members of the Consumer Electronics Association, including Zenefits and R Street Institute, briefed Congressional staff, businesses, and advocacy organizations on SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) and what it calls “chilling impacts” of lawsuits filed “to censor or intimidate critics.” In September, a Yelp reviewer was ordered to pay a business owner $1,000 after leaving …

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Being A Yelp Reviewer Doesn’t Make You A Yelp Employee , Rules Federal Judge

It’s hard to believe that anybody thinks Yelp should pay them for the reviews they write, but some do, and some even banded together in a class action lawsuit against the company to try and seek out wages for reviews posted. The suit was filed last year by reviewers who claimed they should be paid for performing “the exact same …

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Uber Sued Again Over Employee / Contractor Issue

Uber’s stance has always been that it’s a software company. Uber connects people wanting a ride to those offering a ride. It’s a logistics company. Uber simply connects third-party contractors with customers. Its drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That notion is being challenged quite a bit as of late, and it looks like Uber is facing another lawsuit over …

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Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber is facing yet another lawsuit after one of its drivers assaulted a passenger. The mother of a 13-year-old Virginia girl is suing the ridesharing company for $2 million, claiming that Uber and its lax screening processes are responsible for her daughter’s sexual assault. The assault itself is not in dispute. In April, 39-year-old former Uber driver Isagani Morin was …

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Yelp Wants Users To Speak Up About Nevada Bill

Yelp is encouraging its users around the country, but particularly in Nevada, to let members of the Nevada State Assembly and Governor Brian Sandoval’s office know that they oppose a bill sponsored by casino Mogul Steve Wynn, which the company says would roll back the state’s anti-SLAPP law. If you’re unfamiliar with the term SLAPP, it stands for Strategic Lawsuit …

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Google Sued over Alleged Age Discrimination

Google, once again, finds itself the target of an age discrimination lawsuit. This time the claim comes from a 64-year-old engineer, who says Google never even considered hiring him due to his age. From the Wall Street Journal: Robert Heath says in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., that Google unfairly dismissed his application for …

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HBO Is Going After Bars Hosting Game of Thrones Parties

If you live in a town with a good bar or brewery, it’s likely that come 9pm on Sunday, it’s packed with people gearing up for the new episode of Game of Thrones. Public viewing parties of popular shows have taken off in recent years – people sharing beers and tears over shows like Games of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and …

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Yelp Gets Legal Victory In Privacy Case (Because Subpoena Was Issued In Wrong State)

Yelp has been embroiled in a legal battle for the past couple years as a Virginia carpet cleaning service has sought to get the names of reviewers it alleges left reviews without using the service in order to name them in a defamation suit. Things haven’t always gone Yelp’s way. It lost in the initial trial and in appeals court, …

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HBO Is Mad at Periscope over Game of Thrones Streams

HBO isn’t happy with Periscope, Twitter’s live-broadcasting app. The company has sent takedown notices, following reports that users were live-streaming the season five premiere of Game of Thrones for their followers to see. “We are aware of Periscope and have sent takedown notices,” an HBO spokeswoman said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “In general, we feel developers should …

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Revenge Porn Now a Specific Offense in the UK, Punishable by Up to Two Years in Jail

Revenge porn has been a hot topic in legislatures and courtrooms both across the US and abroad. Now, the UK is poised to pass a new law that will make the sharing of images without one’s consent a specific criminal offense. By changing the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill (currently making its way through Parliament), the UK will make the …

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Getty Images & Microsoft Bury Hatchet, Partner

It appears that Getty Images and Microsoft have buried the hatchet after legal issues last fall, as the two just announced a new partnership, which will see Microsoft taking advantage of Getty’s imagery. The two companies will work together to develop “image-rich, compelling products and services” for Microsoft products like Bing and Cortana, which use Getty’s library of images. Both …

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Court: Woman Can Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook

If you’re trying to dodge divorce papers, stay off Facebook. The Manhattan Supreme Court has just issued a ruling that will allow a 26-year-old nurse to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook message, according to The New York Daily News. Ellanora Baidoo and her husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, are both from Ghana. Baidoo’s lawyer said the relationship went south …

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Chelsea Manning Wins Fight to Be Called “She”

In a legal fight overs pronouns, chalk one up for gender rights. Chelsea Manning, the Wikileaks leaker formerly known as Bradley Manning, will now be referred to as “she” or a gender-neutral pronoun in all future court proceedings. “This is an important victory for Chelsea, who has been mistreated by the government for years,” said Manning’s attorney Nancy Hollander in …

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Revleap Wants Businesses Wronged By Yelp To Help Fund Its Legal Defense

As previously reported, Yelp recently filed a lawsuit against a company called Revleap, claiming to “take a stand against misleading ‘reputation management’ companies”. Revleap, which seeks to get businesses a “large constant flow of positive reviews that stay on top of your profile” and to “remove fake reviews,” says Yelp’s allegations, which include trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, cybersquatting, …

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Revleap: Yelp’s Allegations Completely False, Unsubstantiated

Last week, Yelp said it was “taking a stand against misleading ‘reputation management’ companies,” as it filed a lawsuit against a company called Revleap, which it said is a scam, and puts small businesses at risk because of the Yelp Consumer Alert program in addition to federal and state regulations. Yelp said has Revleap had operated under various names like …

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Yelp ‘Takes A Stand To Protect Business Owners’

Yelp filed a lawsuit against a company called Revleap, which it says is a scam, and puts small businesses at risk because of the Yelp Consumer Alert program as well as federal and state regulation. Revleap has fired back, saying it’s doing nothing wrong, and is looking for businesses wronged by Yelp to help crowfund its legal defense. Is Yelp …

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Interactive Advertising Bureau Weighs In On Obama Proposals

During Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Obama briefly touched on some proposals that may have an impact on the digital advertising industry. These include laws to combat cyber attacks and to protect the data of minors. Here’s the full speech in case you didn’t watch it: From the prepared remarks: We are making sure our government integrates intelligence …

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Another Publisher Goes After Google For Unpaid AdSense Earnings

There’s been a lot of this going around lately. Publishers are getting banned from Google AdSense after Google tells them they’re in violation of their rules. This happens after the publisher accrues a sizable amount of earnings and readies for the payday. It also happens after Google reps have indicated that the sites were in compliance in the first place. …

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Should Google News Be Shut Down In Spain?

Publishers aren’t fond of the idea of not having Google News to send them traffic, it would seem. Who knew? Last week, Google announced it would shut down Google News in Spain on December 16. The day is here, and as of the time of this writing, the site is operational, but it may be gone soon. The company’s hand …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Dangerous, According To Web’s Inventor

A lot of people (especially those not trying to hide information about themselves) agree that the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe is problematic for a variety of reasons, including the censorship of information. The latest to speak out against the current situation is none other than Tim Berners-Lee, the guy responsible for the World Wide Web. Via CNET: “This …

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Yahoo Angers Photographers By Selling Their Work

How would you feel if the photo storage service you use decided to start selling your photos, and not share the profits with you? That’s what Yahoo’s Flickr is doing, and it’s leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some. Assuming the provider is within its legal bounds to be able to do so, would you mind if they …

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Google Breakup Approved By European Parliament

As previously reported, the European Parliament was considering a proposal to call for a breakup of Google. More specifically, it wants to separate the company’s search business from the rest of its offerings. When the subject came up for a vote, the proposal was approved. Don’t get too excited just yet though. The Parliament doesn’t exactly have the authority to …

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Microsoft Sues IRS For Not Delivering On FOIA Request

Microsoft has sued the IRS in relation to a Freedom of Information Act request. The company wants information related to an IRS investigation into its tax records as it conducts an audit. The audit focuses on a fee charged between Microsoft’s subsidiaries, or transfer pricing, used between 2004 and 2009. Specifically, the company wants details on a contract and proposals …

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Google Agrees To Remove Defaming Links In UK

Google has settled a defamation suit in the UK, which was filed in response to content Google simply indexed in its search results. The settlement is noteworthy as historically Google has not claimed responsibility for the content in its results. It is, after all, just pointing to websites. Things have gotten trickier on that front in Europe, however, since the …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Going Global?

Links removed from Google’s European search engines may end up having to be removed from Google’s other search engines. As you may know, Google has been removing links from its European search results because of what has come to be known as the “Right to Be Forgotten” law. The law enables people to request Google get rid of search results …

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EU Court: Video Embeds Don’t Violate Copyright Law

When it comes to the usage of media on the Internet, there has always been a lot of debate about what’s acceptable versus what’s unacceptable. Here we are in 2014 still trying to hammer out exactly what all falls into “fair use,” and who is ultimately responsible when copyrighted material is used in ways unintended by the copyright holder. It …

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Celeb Nude Photo Leak Victims Threaten to Sue Google for $100M

More than a dozen female celebrities – actresses, models, and athletes – who were recently victimized by the iCloud nude photo leak debacle are now threatening to sue Apple Google for “failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images” and well as “knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuation the unlawful conduct”. Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Google …

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