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.
For several weeks during trial, juror Karen Krell apparently tried to add Brendan Cawley, a surviving firefighter and witness for the prosecution, as a Facebook friend. Cawley chose to ignore her requests claiming he did not recognize her, as per his testimony in Bronx Supreme Court. The day after the guilty verdict was delivered against building manager, Cesar Rios, Krell again attempted to contact Cawley, this time with the identification that she was a juror on the case. Cawley accepted the request, briefly discussed the case and, a week later, reported the incident to the District Attorney’s office. It’s difficult to believe that any juror would even think of such an action, which is unfortunately being exploited by counsel for the defense who are attempting to get the verdict overturned.
Every great invention is copied somewhere on this planet. No, I’m not talking about in China but about Germany. Yes, you read correctly – Germany – the fatherland of modern innovation. In a ruling this week in a copyright infringement case, the State Court in Cologne, Germany ruled against Facebook for in favor of its “clone”, StudiVZ, which is home to a reported 13+ million German speaking social networkers. [Read more…]
Man needs a date and isn’t getting the attention he seeks from women online. Man also needs money (you’re never too rich or too thin.) What should man do? File a class action lawsuit against a deep pocket, of course! In the case filed June 9, 2009 in the US Southern District Court of New York, Sean McGinn – forlorn single man – sued Match.com for deceptive practices that have caused him deep, emotional, lasting dating trauma. While the plaintiff’s attorneys make some understandable points regarding misleading practices online, it appears these class action lawyers missed the biggest legitimate complaint of all – and I’ll disclose what it is in this article. [Read more…]
Having trouble claiming your blog at Technorati? Getting a “Sorry, we can’t find that blog” error message? It’s difficult to say what’s happening at Technorati these days – their discussion forums have apparently been closed for almost two months and even their own blogs are barren. Precious little information has been released regarding the disastrous results from a decision to consolidate the server farm and reduce the “footprint.” [Read more…]