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The Ceglia v Facebook War Rages On
Posted on 7 Jun 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

In April 2011, Paul Ceglia brought suit against Facebook for a second time, but this time with bigger and better representation. He says he has solid evidence in the form of emails from Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, and that the emails will show... Read More

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook
Posted on 31 Aug 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current... Read More

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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 IPO... Read More

Courts Give Mixed Signals about Privacy in Social Media
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

Two recent Pennsylvania State Court rulings only make things more confusing as Social Media privacy disputes become more prevalent. Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Albert J. Cepparulo ruled in Piccolo v. Paterson denied a motion to require... Read More

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: Social Media in the City
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Tina George

Starts: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 09:00AM GMT Ends: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 12:30PM GMT Event Type: Training/Seminar Location: One America Square London... Read More

Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Doctrine through Social Media
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 by Lisa McManus

Social media provides the potential for both client and attorney to waive work-product doctrine protection and attorney-client privilege by publicly disclosing confidential information. Voluntary disclosure of the content of a privileged attorney... Read More

Divorce, Facebook-style
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

Divorce attorneys are seeing more and more social media involvement, in particular Facebook, in the cases they take on. Sure Facebook might not be the reason the marriage ended but as an ever-increasing source of evidence of infidelity, it might deserve... Read More

LinkedIn - Worth $2.51 Billion?
Posted on 31 Jan 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

LinkedIn now has 90 million users and the IPO information about the Social Media site is most interesting, including revenue over $161 million for the first 9 months of 2010 which was twice the total revenue for 2009. The current estimated IPO value... Read More

LinkedIn IPO is a $9.1 Billion Success - How Much is Facebook Worth?
Posted on 23 May 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

With 2010 revenue of about $240 million LinkedIn's IPO $9.1 billion foreshadows an unbelievable value for Facebook when it has an IPO. Particularly since Facebook had 2010 revenue of about $2 billion, and that Hitwise most recent report of the... Read More

Service of Process through Facebook
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 by Lisa McManus

International courts increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook when other methods fail. Australia Rule 116(1) of the Australian Uniform Civil Procedure Rules permit substituted service "where, in effect, there is a practical... Read More

Facebook - 500 Million, But What Happens When Friends Die?
Posted on 20 Jul 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Growth at Facebook has been unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million , but last fall a childhood friend died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to post on his wall. Since so many new... Read More

Feds Declare that Blogs and Social Networks are Public Meetings
Posted on 12 Apr 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

For purposes of dealing with web 2.0 the White House Memo released on April 7, 2010 about social media specifically states that "interactive meeting tools-including but not limited to public conference calls, webinars, blogs, discussion boards... Read More

Facebook CEO is Time's Person of the Year for "Wiring Together a 12th of Humanity"
Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by Tina George

Despite a less-than-flattering depiction in this year's hit movie "The Social Network," 26-year old CEO and creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has just been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2010 . He is among the youngest... Read More

Facebook Plans to Compete with PayPal
Posted on 27 Sep 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Update - Facebook Surpasses Google

    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...
  • Blog Post: Feds Declare that Blogs and Social Networks are Public Meetings

    For purposes of dealing with web 2.0 the White House Memo released on April 7, 2010 about social media specifically states that "interactive meeting tools-including but not limited to public conference calls, webinars, blogs, discussion boards, forums, message boards, chat sessions, social...
  • Blog Post: f8 - Facebook's Play to Take Over the Entire 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Facebook - 500 Million, But What Happens When Friends Die?

    Growth at Facebook has been unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million , but last fall a childhood friend died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to post on his wall. Since so many new Facebook users are grandparents and over 60 more...
  • Blog Post: IRS Scored Better Customer Satisfaction than Facebook!

    A new report shows that customers are not that happy with Facebook and MySpace also showed that social media was ranked lower than property & casualty insurance. Also not a surprise that airlines were lower in customer satisfaction than social media. The 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index...
  • Blog Post: PRIVACY: Should the FBI Get Records about Your Internet Activity Without a Subpoena

    A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments about privacy, last winter Zuckerberg...
  • Blog Post: GPS Tracking Required Warrant

    A court recently ruled that the use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant's constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that his expectation of privacy was violated by the...
  • Blog Post: Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook

    A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current guidelines in Germany about employer's use...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Plans to Compete with PayPal

    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 virtual currency, called Credits, more than a year...
  • Blog Post: Google Wants to Search Before You Even Ask

    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, we're pretty close to that point already...
  • Blog Post: Privacy Update - Frankly Most Social Media Users Don't Care

    Facebook now offers users the ability to download all of their content in a simple zip file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores lots of valuable information about users. Let's...
  • Blog Post: Things You Shouldn't Share with Your Facebook Friends

    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? According to the article, your page is subject...
  • Blog Post: Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

    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 bottom-line assessment is that with respect to...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Now Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

    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 the second place, and far behind Facebook, is YouTube...
  • Blog Post: Legal Issues Concerning Social Media Use by Employees

    Please join the webcast about Social Media Use with my good friends Michelle Cheng , Yvonne Gierczyk-Skasko , and me sponsor by the ALI-ABA (American Law Institute - American Bar Association) which will be live on December 7, 2010 at 12:30pm CST. Michelle, Yvonne, and I will discuss our experiences...
  • Blog Post: Facebook CEO is Time's Person of the Year for "Wiring Together a 12th of Humanity"

    Despite a less-than-flattering depiction in this year's hit movie "The Social Network," 26-year old CEO and creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has just been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2010 . He is among the youngest winners of this honor, Charles Lindbergh was...
  • Blog Post: Facebook has $2B Revenue in 2010

    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 was criticized for not being about to monetize...
  • Blog Post: Facebook is the most popular site on the Internet!

    All indicators were headed to this new headline that as 2010 ends Facebook overtook Google as the most popular Internet site . Experian Hitwise reported that "8.9 percent of unique online visits were to Facebook this year, compared with Google's 7.2 percent," and ComScore estimates ...
  • Blog Post: LinkedIn - Worth $2.51 Billion?

    LinkedIn now has 90 million users and the IPO information about the Social Media site is most interesting, including revenue over $161 million for the first 9 months of 2010 which was twice the total revenue for 2009. The current estimated IPO value of $2.51 billion is pretty astonishing with only...
  • Blog Post: “Friending” Adverse Witnesses

    You represent the defendant in a personal injury case in which the 20-year-old plaintiff claims that she can no longer enjoy the pleasures of life and is confined to her home. During the course of examining plaintiff's witness in deposition, the witness mentions communicating with the plaintiff...
  • Blog Post: Service of Process through Facebook

    International courts increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook when other methods fail. Australia Rule 116(1) of the Australian Uniform Civil Procedure Rules permit substituted service "where, in effect, there is a practical impossibility of personal service and that...
  • Blog Post: Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Doctrine through Social Media

    Social media provides the potential for both client and attorney to waive work-product doctrine protection and attorney-client privilege by publicly disclosing confidential information. Voluntary disclosure of the content of a privileged attorney communication constitutes waiver of the privilege...
  • Blog Post: Bing Now Offers Links from Search to Facebook & Twitter

    Microsoft's Bing search engine is trying desperately to keep up with Google and its approximate 70% of the US search market. Bing recently added links to Facebook and Twitter from search results with the hope that these Social Media links will impact search traffic. Since Microsoft does not have...
  • Blog Post: Jump In! The Social Media Waters are Not (that) Cold

    There's been so much press about Facebook privacy of late that it makes even the average Joe consider hitting the "Deactivate" link. As an attorney or anyone related to the legal industry, you may feel a greater degree of responsibility regarding what you post and tweet. In fact, the...