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
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...
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...
Tweets a plenty were posted
announcing that Wikipedia and LinkedIn were down, but one tweet wondered what would happen
if Twitter also went down! We are so dependent on these Social Media tools that
when these sites go down the communications also...
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.
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...
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
Survey Conducted by LexisNexis and
Pro Bono Net Finds Lawyers Motivated by Personal Fulfillment to Use Their
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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...
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...
Google's newest Social Media adventure Google+
is getting rave reviews with millions of users yet not launched to the
public. Keep in mind that the Federal
Obama's Twitter account was hacked "offering his more than 150,000
followers a chance to win $500 in free gas." Twitter settled the FTC's charges "that it
deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing...
Google demonstrated its new
entertainment hub for TV with a browser which includes a joint effort with Sony, Intel and Logitech . As part of the
explained that "Google TV is a new experience made for television
Amazon filed a lawsuit in Texas state court as
part of its challenge of a $269 million claim for uncollected Internet sales
taxes dating back to 2005 when Amazon opened operations in Texas. In September 2010 the Texas
Comptroller of Public Accounts...
Two recent Pennsylvania State Court
rulings only make things more confusing as Social Media privacy disputes become
Bucks County Common Pleas Court
Judge Albert J. Cepparulo ruled in Piccolo v. Paterson denied a motion to require...
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 this edition, John L. Watkins
and Roy E. Hadley Jr. of Barnes & Thornburg LLP discuss some of the top
issues in cloud computing, the different types of cloud services and what
companies need to consider when considering cloud computing. Copyright...
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...
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....
In 2009 Google started offering l egal research and eDiscovery services ( Postini),
and now Google announced that it invested $18.5 million in
RocketLawyer.com which bills itself as the "fastest growing online
legal service." Forbes reported...
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
Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location
data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the
devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices
only, so the largest problem will...
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...
purchase of Palm for $1.2 billion seems too little too late for HP
to compete in the smart phone market? As the largest manufacturer of
computers in the world it does seem like HP should be in the smart phone
market, and yet few people...
Plagiarism is alive and well on college campuses
however it is no wonder since the Internet and Social Media have changed
communications. Without question Wikipedia has become a reliable source for
students and at least 16 US intelligence agencies...