New York State Attorney General Eric T. Shneiderman announced this week that 19 search engine optimization firms and private companies agreed to pay fines exceeding $350,000 (in the aggregate) and cease writing fake reviews online. The year long “Operation Clean Turf” was targeted at cleaning up the growing problem of “astroturfing”, the practice of hiring ostensibly independent third parties to provide favorable reviews that appear to be unbiased and legitimate. Numerous fake reviews were created on popular websites such as Yelp.com, Google Local, InsiderPages.com and Citysearch.com. [Read more…]
Malware is a problem but it seems that, these days, the cure is far more dangerous than the disease. As I write this article, my safe and secure website that I have run since the 1990s is still wrongfully blocked from Internet browsing, apparently thanks to an inaccurate malware warning by Google and partner organization StopBadware. And there is little anyone can do to prevent this needless “cyberdefamation” or “cyberlibel.” [Read more…]
Google upgraded their flagship Nexus 4 mobile phone this past week to the long awaited Nexus 5 (also known as the LG D820.) This new Android phone sports a gorgeous 5 inch high resolution screen, LTE and a startling low price ($349) for an unlocked cell phone. I was unable to find many glaring weaknesses with the Nexus 5, which runs Google’s new Android operating system called “Kit Kat.” In this comprehensive review, I’ll explain the strengths and weaknesses of the phone and whether the Google Nexus 5 is recommended, especially for attorneys and law school students. [Read more…]
Let’s say you’re driving on the road to the Catskills and accidentally strike an animal or find a dead deer by the side of the road. What would you do? When you grow up in New York City, the last thing on your mind would be to take it away and skin it or eat it. But in Montana, there is a much different perspective. The legislature has just passed a bill that legalizes the salvage of certain types of roadkill. [Read more…]
M.I.A., the outspoken English-Sri-Lankan rapper has responded to a report that the National Football League (NFL) filed a $1.5 claim last year with the American Arbitration Association as a result of her Super Bowl XLVI antics. During the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Madonna and Nicki Minaj, Mathangi “MIA” Arulpragasam flipped her middle finger to the camera while mouthing “I don’t give a s**t” before television censors could act. The Super Bowl was broadcast to over an estimated 160 million viewers. In addition to monetary compensation, the NFL demanded that the rapper-singer provide a public apology. [Read more…]
Four LinkedIn members filed a stunning complaint in federal court last week, accusing the professional social networking giant of hacking members’ email accounts in an effort to increase membership and revenues. The plaintiffs, seeking class action status, claimed that LinkedIn will surreptitiously harvest email addresses using “open” connections to email accounts such as Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft Mail, Google Gmail, and a number of other web-based email service providers. After doing so, the company will send multiple reminders to the recipients to join, ostensibly on behalf of LinkedIn members.
As some of you know, I’m a hockey fan – a HUGE hockey fan. As a result of my soft spot, I have followed the continuing saga surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes, formerly known as the Winnipeg Jets, and their troubled attempts to finalize a “legal” deal to remain in the desert. After reading and listening to the results of the “Cupcake Summit” between the feuding parties in Glendale, it is clear that the Coyotes remaining in Glendale is remote. Eventually if a buyer is found, it is inevitable that it will be on terms that probably will not be favorable to the City of Glendale and high risk. Within a year or two of play, if the Coyotes are not playoff bound, the fate of the team may be sealed as well as an even bigger hole for the City. Kudos to Don Maloney for somehow fielding a competitive team on the sport’s most challenging budget. [Read more…]
If you’re a webmaster running any type of social networking or community website, there is no doubt that you’ve already heard the news. Internet Brands, the owner and developer of the highly popular vBulletin forum software, has commenced a lawsuit in the UK against several former employees who are about to release a highly touted competitive product – Xenforo. As of the moment, the best information available comes direct from the vBulletin customer support forum. In short, Internet Brands alleges that employment agreements have been breached and copyright infringement and unfair competition has ensued. Legitimate claim or underhanded attempt to stifle a competitor’s big day out of the gate? [Read more…]
This morning I saw the “mind blowing” and top grossing movie, Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page (of Juno), a host of other all-star actors and directed by Christopher Nolan. Supposedly this film was ten years in the making, the “genius” of Nolan working on a complicated, surreal plot as fresh and original as his Memento and as jolting as his Batman: The Dark Knight. While Inception possesses the same impressive visuals as The Dark Knight and is equally entertaining, it also contains the same flaws, the worst being convinced in its own conceit that it is far more original and smarter than it is. [Read more…]
Yesterday I read an article where a criminal defense lawyer, who met with Lindsay Lohan, had reportedly refused to take her case because he thinks she’s deluded. Apparently this criminal lawyer “ultimately decided to take the case” as reported by People Magazine. Still the question remains… how could a long standing member of the bar betray his client by going to People magazine and shamelessly exploiting what a potential client said in the confidence of a private legal consultation? Where is the conduct committee for lawyer ethics? Perhaps all is not as it seems.