It appears Facebook, in its attempt to preserve its standing as the preeminent social media behemoth, has acquired yet another tech company. Face.com, a company devoted to face recognition software, has been purchased by Facebook for an undisclosed sum.
Internet Cases: “Plaintiff eventually got kicked off of Facebook because she allegedly harassed other users, doing things like sending friend requests to people she did not know. When Facebook refused to reactivate plaintiff’s account (even after she drove from her home in Maryland to Facebook’s California offices twice), she sued. Facebook moved to dismiss the lawsuit. The court granted the motion.”
Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen Sues Google, Facebook, Apple, eBay & Other Web Giants for Patent Infringement
Wall St. Journal: “They’re the everyday fixtures of the Internet experience: pop-up stock quotes on a website, suggestions for related reading near a news article, videos along the side of your screen. Now, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen says he owns the technology behind all these ideas, and he’s demanding that some of the world’s top Web companies pay up to use them.”
Findlaw: “In this column, I’ll focus not on the CDA holding dismissing Facebook as a defendant, but instead on the subsequent decision dismissing the defamation claim against the teenagers who posted to the Facebook group, and thus ending the case. I’ll argue that the judge did the right thing in dismissing the defamation claim, but I’ll also contend that future Facebook defamation cases are likely to be much more difficult to resolve than this one proved to be.”
See also part two of this column.
From the was that wrong department: A 16 year old boy alleges in charges filed against his mother, Denise New, that mom hacked into his Facebook account, changed his password and wrote defamatory material about him. The kid is asking for a no contact order from the court. Mom says she was just trying to monitor her son’s activities. The prosecutor won’t comment on the case.
Gizmodo: “One day, you’re going to die. And when you do, you online presence—like your social network profiles, your blog comments, and your web services—will serve as your very first memorial. Here’s how it’ll play out. . . . And Facebook knows this. They’ve got a healthy help section for the bereaved, which lays out what how one can deal with a dead profile. Here are the options:”
Electronic Frontier Foundation: “Five months after it first announced coming privacy changes this past summer, Facebook is finally rolling out a new set of revamped privacy settings for its 350 million users. The social networking site has rightly been criticized for its confusing privacy settings, most notably in a must-read report by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner issued in July and most recently by a Norwegian consumer protection agency. We’re glad to see Facebook is attempting to respond to those privacy criticisms with these changes, which are going live this evening. Unfortunately, several of the claimed privacy “improvements” have created new and serious privacy problems for users of the popular social network service. The new changes are intended to simplify Facebook’s notoriously complex privacy settings“