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Rocker Courtney Love is being sued by a fashion designer who claims Love libeled her on Twitter. Designer Dawn Simorangkir and Love disagreed over the amount the singer should pay for clothes she designed. According to the lawsuit, Love followed up by allegedly posting derogatory comments on her Twitter...

Facebook Surpasses Google in Visits

Hitwise reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook just went over 400 million users this was probably inevitable, but since...

White House Memo Declares Blogs and Social Media to be “Public Meetings”

A White House memo released last week takes an interesting view of social media. What it appears to mean is that web 2.0 and social media conversations and communications are considered equivalent to in-person public meetings. The memo was issued in order to clarify the impact of the Paperwork Reduction...

Facebook Terminations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Smack About Their Jobs

Written by Virginia Herschell, VP, Applied Discovery In a swirl of continuing controversy, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania terminated an undisclosed number of its professional staff for Facebook postings that may, or may not have, violated HIPAA. Pennsylvania is an "at will" employment...

Complaint Filed with the FTC Regarding "advertisers' use of digital data"

A report that a number of privacy groups filed a complaint with the FTC to investigate includes this quote "Internet ad exchanges... are basically markets for eyeballs on the Web. Advertisers bid against each other in real-time for the ability to direct a message at a single Web surfer. The trades...

Facebook's Plans to Revolutionize the Internet

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman recently announced significant changes to Facebook expanding 100's of websites with "open graph" and "like" which may revolutionize the Internet . At the annual f8 Facebook outside developers' conference on April 21, 2010 Zuckerman demonstrated...

Government Involvement in Social Media: How Much Is Too Much?

A recent Texas Senate review of social media regulation brings up many of the questions federal and state governments are considering as social media begins to play a larger part in our lives and communication methods. Texas senators are studying the Public Information (Open Records) Act and the Open...

Law Blogs: How To Combine Information and Compassion

I recently came across a post by 16-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur named Onibalusi Bamidele on www.ariwriter.com called Blogging with Influence in 5 Easy Steps. Besides being so moved by the fact that such a young man has been able to comprehend and distill the elements of a good blog, I was left with...

Google Street View Cars Collect WiFi Network Information

To the surprise of many, Google confirmed that since 2006 its Street View Cars captured WiFi network information in addition to Street View Photos. Google uses this WiFi network information to improve location-based services like search and maps. Specifically Google confessed that the WiFi information...

Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin v...

SHOULD LAW FIRMS BAN USE OF FACEBOOK AT WORK?

I predict that we will look back on this discussion in a few years, and find it hard to believe we were dealing with this. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Martindale-Hubbell Connected, or any of a number of other Social Media networking sites, when managed strategically, they have the...