Facebook Addiction Leads To Ten Years In Prison For Arizona Man. Facebook Like Can Get You Fired, Says Judge. Your First Amendment rights are probably the last thing you think about when you click the Like button on Facebook.
But just in case you were wondering, that innocent little blue thumbs-up logo is not constitutionally protected free speech. At least, not according to a district court judge in Virginia, who was the first to decide such a question in federal court. The case before Judge Raymond Jackson was this: a local sheriff had fired six of his employees, some because their actions "hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office," according to the New York Times. One of those employees, it turned out, had clicked the Like button on the page of the sheriff's political opponent. That may sound like a firing offense. SEE ALSO: How Facebook Will Fix Its Like Button Problem So Jackson threaded the needle this way: He said the Like button isn't the same as expressing yourself verbally.
"Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient," the judge wrote. Facebook Will Pay $10 Million To Make Its 'Sponsored Stories' Problem Go Away. State Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Facebook. Louisiana has enacted a new law requiring sex offenders and child predators to disclose their criminal status on their Facebook and other social networking profiles.
The law — a first of its kind in the U.S. — says sex offenders must include the crime for which they were convicted, the jurisdiction of their conviction, a description of their physical characteristics and a residential address within their profile. It will go into effect August 1. Facebook already refuses to let registered sex offenders create profiles, according to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. But this new law, according to State Rep. Jeff Thompson, a Republican who sponsored the bill, is meant to catch any predators who slip through the cracks. "It provides the same notice to persons in whose home you are injecting yourself via the Internet," Thompson told CNN. Violators of the law face imprisonment with hard labor for a term between two and 10 years without parole, and a fine of up to $1,000. Judge Dislikes Facebook's 'Sponsored Stories' Settlement. STUDY: Bullies Outnumber Victims 4:1 On Facebook. Only about half of all parents are aware of cyberbullying incidents involving their children, in part because more kids are accessing Facebook using chat applications and cell phones away from their family.
A joint survey by SocialShield and comScore of 2,000 parents with children between the ages of eight and 17 reveals that only about nine percent of parents reported knowing about cyberbullying involving their kids, while other data shows that as many as twice that number of children claim to be the victims of cyberbullying. For example, a survey by the Cyberbullying Research Center found that 21 percent of children claim to have been victimized by cyberbullying, and a Pew Research Center report found that as many as 15 percent of teenagers have had “online meanness” directed at them. One reason adults may be in the dark about bullying behavior is a result of how they use the social networking site. Following are the highlights: Facebook Murder-For-Hire Plot Lands Two People in Prison. A murder-for-hire plot that started with a Facebook message resulted in a prison sentence for Ohio residents Christine Metter and her 77-year-old father.
Metter stared at the courtroom floor on Thursday when a judge sentenced her to 10 years in prison for attempting to hire a man on Facebook to kill her ex-husband. Metter, 41, of Ohio and her father Al Zombory, 77, were convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder in January. Zombory was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday. It all started with a conversation Metter had on Facebook with a friend from high school.
Metter complained about her ex-husband to the friend, saying he had custody of her oldest daughter and planned to fight for custody of the other three children. Sabo, a former Army Ranger, agreed to meet Metter and her father for dinner. After the dinner, Sabo contacted the local police department. Metter's attorney placed the blame on her father saying he coerced her during a vulnerable time in her life. Facebook Denies Looking At Your Text Messages. Facebook denied a report Monday from the UK's Sunday Times that the company is reading text messages sent by users that have installed its popular app on their mobile phones.
"The Sunday Times has done some creative conspiracy theorizing but the suggestion that we’re secretly reading people’s texts is ridiculous,” said Iian Mackenzie, Facebook's head of European communications in a post entitled "Today's Bad Journalism. " An earlier report in the Sunday Times suggested that Facebook was ogling users' private texts based on the Facebook for Android app's permissions. Those permissions seem to allow the Facebook app to view text messages stored on the installer's phone.
However, Facebook has now strongly denied that it reads users' text messages. Instead, Facebook says, the text-reading permission was put into place in anticipation of a text-integration feature currently being tested by the company. "Just as an aside... we didn't say we're launching a messenger product," said Mackenzie. Yahoo threatens Facebook as patent war looms. Apr Wei-Yin Chen starts strong, offense wakes up in Orioles' 7-1 win over Rays In the eyes of Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen battled some tough luck in his first two starts of the season.
He pitched well enough to win, his skipper said, but was victimized by seeing-eye hits that led to some early exits.... searching... loading... advertisement Contact Us Subscribe Manage Subscription Site Map Advertise Mobile/Apps A Tribune Newspaper website Advanced Search Advanced Search. Patent Wars: Yahoo Claims Facebook Is Infringing. Yahoo, desperately in need of new revenue models, has hit upon the patent litigation stratgy and is now alleging that deep-pocketed Facebook is infringing 10-20 Yahoo patents including things that cover "the technical mechanisms in the Facebook's ads, privacy controls, news feed and messaging service.
" As Tim Lee wrote for Slate on Monday, it's important to understand that these infringement suits don't need to claim deliberate copying and, indeed, generally don't allege any such thing. And because of the logistics involved "most software firms don't even try to avoid infringement. " But when a firm gets as big and successful as Facebook that makes it a ripe target for litigation over issues the company probably ignored back when it was busy building its product and its business. Did Yahoo! Tip The Press To Force Facebook's Hand In Patent Dispute? Yahoo is playing the press while trying to force Facebook into licensing between 10 and 20 of its patents.
Yahoo is making fairly standard claims in Web tech circles: that a hotter, younger company is infringing on patents Yahoo registered years ago and now needs to cut the former Web behemoth in on some of the action. But how Yahoo is going about its fight reads more like the script from a political thriller, complete with reportedly dropping a dime to the New York Times.
"Yahoo contacted us the same time they called The New York Times and so we haven't had the opportunity to fully evaluate their claims," Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for Facebook, said in a statement to the newspaper in other media outlets. Publicly, neither company is commenting on the patent dispute but the Times, which appears to have inside access to the story, quoted unnamed sources as saying the two companies met Monday. But it also may have been part of an effort to set the stage for the attack on Facebook. Yahoo To Facebook: Pay Up for Your Patents. Yahoo wants Facebook to start paying for its right to use various Internet technologies that Yahoo says it holds patents for.
If Yahoo aggressively pursues a strategy of asserting its intellectual-property rights, it could lead to a new phase of patent wars, this one involving some of the biggest names in social networking. In a statement first reported by The New York Times, Yahoo told Mashable it "has a responsibility to its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders to protect its intellectual property. " "We have invested substantial resources into these innovations," the statement continued.
"We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be compelled to move forward unilaterally to protect our rights.” Yahoo also said other "web and technology companies" had licensed its technology, but it refused to name any of them when asked. The patents Yahoo holds involve many different technologies for helping websites deal with data and multiple users. Hollywood Pressures D.C. Lobbyists To Cut Ties With Facebook. Three of the four Washington, D.C. lobbying firms Facebook had hired abruptly terminated their contracts with the social networking giant.
Citing conflicts of interest, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, the Glover Park Group and TeleMedia Policy Group have all walked away from contracts with Facebook, which upped its spending on lobbying efforts to $1.4 million last year from $351,000 in 2010. While all of the firms and Facebook declined comment, Politico is reporting that the firms are siding with content providers over Internet firms in the growing battle on Capitol Hill. Only one firm, Elmendorf Ryan, remains under contract with Facebook, according to Senate filings. But the Palo Alto, Calif. -based firm probably won't have to look hard to replace the three firms that left; with a initial public offering in the works that could value the company at more than $100 billion, D.C. lobbyists see Facebook as being flush with cash. Student who Hacked into Facebook Employee Account Gets Jail Time. A 26-year-old software development student will spend eight months in jail for hacking Facebook, which his judge said could have been "utterly disastrous" for the company.
Glenn Mangham hacked a Facebook employee's account last spring from his parents' home in Britain. He gained access to valuable intellectual property, although he didn't sell the information. Mangham, who described himself to a London court as a computer nerd who didn't mean any harm, told the jury he hacked Facebook to help the social media company find holes in its security. He also said he had helped Yahoo improve its security in a similar way. The prosecution said the hack was a sophisticated threat to the social media site and was not the least bit helpful. SEE ALSO: Anonymous Threatens Facebook Shutdown Jan. 28 Prosecutor Sandip Patel told the Telegraph that the incident "represents the most extensive and grave incident of social media hacking to be brought before the British courts.''
You Can't Sue Family Over Unwanted Facebook Photos, Says Judge. Whether we look too young, too old or too inebriated, we've all been there — tagged in unflattering Facebook photos. But if you're thinking of filing a lawsuit about it, think again. Uploading an unflattering photo is not grounds for a harassment suit, a Minnesota district court has ruled. Aaron Olson of Chisago City, Minn. figured this out the hard way, on behalf of every Facebook user who has ever been embarrassed by a photo tag. Olson sued his uncle Randall LaBrie for harassment, after LeBrie posted a childhood photo of him posing in front of a Christmas tree, along with a snarky caption. Olson requested his uncle remove the photos or edit them to remove Olson from the images. Judge Natalie E. Translation: You are safe under U.S. law to embarrass your family members.
SEE ALSO: Awkward Family Photos Website Launches Board Game. Judge Strikes Down Law Banning Sexual Offenders from Facebook - Law Blog. Facebook Wins Three-Year-Old Suit Against Power.com. In yet another example of our speedy justice system, Facebook was declared the winner of a lawsuit originally filed in December 2008 against Power Ventures and Power.com, which accessed and stored users’ login information without permission. Bloomberg reported that U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled in favor of the social network, and the next step will be a hearing on damages.
Meanwhile, time has not been kind to Cayman Islands-based Power Ventures, as Bloomberg reported that Power.com is on the block. Facebook said in the lawsuit that Power.com allowed its users to access their Facebook messages and other information from Facebook’s servers, without permission, according to Bloomberg. The social network also accused Power.com of copyright infringement, computer fraud, and violating unfair competition laws.
Ware said in his ruling, as reported by Bloomberg: The undisputed facts establish that defendants circumvented technical barriers. Juror Jailed For 'Friending' Defendant on Facebook. Word to the wise: If you're a juror in a trial, don't friend the defendant on Facebook, or worse, brag about being kicked off the jury committee for said friend request. Jacob Jock, a 29-year-old man living in Sarasota, Florida, was sentenced to three days in jail on Thursday for criminal contempt of court by Circuit Judge Nancy Donnellan. The misdemeanor charge stemmed from a message he posted on his Facebook page after being dismissed from jury duty for sending a friend request to the defendant: "Score ...
I got dismissed!! Apparently they frown upon sending a friend request to the defendant ... haha. " The incident began in December when Jock sent a friend request to Violetta Milerman, the defendant in an auto negligence case. Donnellan reprimanded Jock for his actions, reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, concluding a two-hour contempt-of-court hearing by saying, "I cannot think of a more insidious threat to the erosion of democracy than citizens who do not care. " Facebook Takes the Fight Against Clickjacking to the Courts. Facebook is turning to the courts to fight the "clickjacking" scourge which sometimes plagues the social networking site. The news comes as rumors are circulating that Facebook's initial public offering (IPO) could be happening as early as this week, with a possible offering of up to $10 billion in shares.
If you've ever clicked on a Facebook link only to have that same link get instantly (and seemingly magically) sent out to your entire network of friends without your approval, you have been clickjacked. Facebook's finally saying "enough is enough. " It's accusing Washington-based marketing company Adscend Media of the unwanted spam-causing practice in a lawsuit announced Thursday. “Security is an arms race," said Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot said in a post on the site. The Attorney General of Washington state filed a separate lawsuit, also accusing Adscend Media of clickjacking.
Adscend Media denies the claims. Facebook Spent More than $1 Million on Lobbying in 2011 [REPORT] Some Scolding, No Fines For Facebook After Irish Privacy Investigation. Privacy Lawsuit Over Facebook Like Ads Can Proceed.
"California law mandates payments of $750 for wrongful endorsements, but paidContent points out that before Facebook users start spending that money, the plaintiffs must still establish during the trial that they are entitled to the payouts, and only Facebook users in California can benefit due to the state’s more stringent laws and its celebrity-driven economy." – pattychanman
"U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose rejected Facebook’s bid for dismissal of the suit Friday, ruling that the social network’s use of members’ images in targeted advertising and sponsored stories may run afoul of California’s Right of Publicity Statute, which prohibits the non-consensual use of another person’s name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness for advertising purposes." – pattychanman
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