Facebook Acquires Face.com

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.

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.”

Defamation on Facebook: Why a New York Court Dismissed a Recent Suit

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.

Judge Convicts Mother in Facebook Flap with Son

Los Angeles Times:  “A woman who locked her son out of his Facebook account and posted vulgarities and other items on it was convicted . . . of misdemeanor harassment and ordered not to have contact with the teenager.”

16 Year Files Harrassment Charges Against His Mom for Her Facebook Posts

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.

Status of a Facebook Account After the Owner Dies

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:”

Facebook’s New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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

Prying Into a Teen’s Private Facebook Pages

Law.com:  “Imagine gaining access to a teenager’s diary.  Confidentiality is violated when an outsider turns the pages.  These days, those personal thoughts are more likely to be documented electronically on social networking sites rather than on paper.  But the same level of confidentiality can exist if someone wants to restrict access to just one person or a select circle of friends.   That doesn’t mean all of those supposedly private communications won’t become public.   Consider the case of Tatum Bass.”