Google CEO Eric Schmidt "fears that too much
information is shared online, and predicts that people will one day change
their name and reinvent themselves in order to escape their digital past." Not
a very surprising observation given the...
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
issued its second annual privacy report card with lower
grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties."
Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our...
Allowing Google to access your cell
GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to
try wherever you happen to be. Although Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently said
these autonomous search features were on the horizon...
Location Based apps such as Gowalla or Foursquare provides users with a social experience that not only shows where they are at the moment and what they are doing, but also who they are with or near. But at least one new app is taking things a few steps...
This may seem obvious to many or us,
but it is almost always better to be overly-cautious in the age of identity
theft. The Huffington Post just published a list of the 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends .
Why not? You might ask...
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7, 2010 at 12:30pm CST....
Many women attorneys who have seized the benefits of
social media to market their skills are seeing big benefits. The ABA Journal recently interviewed Sports Law practitioner
Carla Varriale who says she could not have built up her national presence...
No surprise that Facebook developed Credits
using a team of former PayPal folks that shows a clear path to allow
micropayments on Facebook and compete directly with PayPal. The New York Times recently reported that "Facebook
began testing its...
TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss
legal issues related to information technology.
In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss the different approaches to
privacy taken by the U.S. and European governments.
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
The European Union's (EU) Article 29
Working Party confirmed in documents released this week its "get-tough"
attitude on cookies ahead of a scheduled meeting with the advertising industry
to discuss Europe's new cookie transparency...
Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty...
Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook ,
and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that...
Google plans to buy ITA Software who provides
airline travel utilities to American, Continental, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz,
Microsoft's Bing, among other companies. Of course this purchase for $700
million will require federal scrutiny given the antitrust...
No surprise that Google's search engine continues to grow at the
expense of Yahoo! and Microsoft's Bing. Hitwise now reports April 2010: Google at 71.4%,
Yahoo! down 1% to to 14.96%, Bing down 2% to 9.43%, Ask down 37% to 2.18%, and
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...
Trademark owners must act to avoid
adult brands creating .xxx domains and can take advantage of the sunrise phase from
September 7 through October 28, 2011.
I welcome you to read the Gardere
Intellectual Property Alert entitled " Prevent...
United States Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a bill this
week that proposes greater protection of personal information for online
consumers. Under the Commercial
Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 , consumers have the right to be notified...
At the same time Lady Gaga takes over the Social Media
spotlight from the President, Prince announces that the Internet is nowhere and his next album will only
be a CD. No surprise what Lady Gaga is doing since "Gaga's Facebook fans
As 2010 comes to an end Facebook now
reports about $2B in revenue which is amazing for a number of
reasons, not the least of which is that Facebook estimated revenue of closer to
$1.5B (which was double the 2009 revenue) and not all that long ago Facebook...
A new lawsuit against Google for
Internet location tracking highlights my recent eCommerce Times column that Internet privacy may not be
possible . The new class action lawsuit brought by Jon Pessano and others asserts that Google uses its location...
VOIP is likely headed in a new
direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype .
It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion
range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an
A NY Times stock market report for
August 8, 2011 highlighed the fact that Apple's stock
was the most valuable company in the world ahead of Exxon Mobil, but by the
close of the day Exxon Mobil was still number one. Many stock analysts "expect...
On June 8th I attended Mashable
and CNN's conference about the intersection of digital media, news,
and entertainment. Among other notable presentations was CNN's medical
correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptap's (renowned neurosurgeon) interview...
A number of allegations that Google manipulates search engine results has led
to an investigation of possible antitrust violations. Google has now responded about its search engine
fairness about why some websites get higher rankings than others: "The...