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According to a current study by Bank of America, Americans are very closely attached to their smartphones. Of those surveyed, 85 percent said they check their phone at least a few times a day and 35 percent say they check it constantly. 47 percent of Americans say they couldn’t last more than one day without… Continue Reading

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 The average millennial checks his or her smartphone 45 times a day and learns about news online primarily through Facebook and Twitter, according to a new survey. Search engines and email, the “more traditional” venues, rank well below social media as a source of information. The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in Cynk… Continue Reading

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Since launching its Google+ social network three years ago, Google has insisted that Google+ users use only their real names on the network — no pseudonyms.  Perhaps in an effort to attract more users to Google+, the company has now abandoned its real-name policy — but has this change arrived too late to have an impact? Airbnb,… Continue Reading

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A St. Louis juror’s use of Google to learn something about punitive damages during a trial, while qualifying as “knucklehead misconduct,” was not a sufficient basis for overturning the jury’s verdict, a judge has held. A new report on the “sharing economy” indicates that peer-to-peer sites such as Airbnb that facilitate private accommodation rentals are… Continue Reading

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According to a consumer survey, more than 70% of time spent in social media takes place on mobile devices, including tablets. Total mobile engagement on social networks is up 55% in the last year. Of the social networks, Twitter and Pinterest are the most mobile-centric. The U.S. government issued about 150,000 requests for customer information… Continue Reading

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YouTube has started pointing out to users that service slowness or interruptions are occurring on its videos — a thinly veiled allusion to ISPs, whom YouTube blames for online slowness. Some refer to this as a form of “public shaming.” Although most Americans either don’t realize that their purchasing decisions are affected by social media marketing… Continue Reading

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A relatively new site called Wanelo combines the features of a social media site and an e-commerce site by permitting users to “save” products that they are interested in, and showing them to their online friends. The site now claims a 50 percent saturation rate among college-age women. In a dramatic and tragic case in… Continue Reading

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The New York Court of Appeals has struck down that state’s “cyberbullying” law in a 5-2 decision, finding that it is overly broad and chills First Amendment-protected speech. The case arose when a 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty under the law to creating a Facebook page that included graphic sexual comments alongside photos of classmates at… Continue Reading

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Twitter is rolling out a new type of advertising that reportedly has been very successful for Facebook’s mobile business — mobile-app install ads, which link directly to games and other apps in popular mobile app stores. An Idaho state court affirmed the Idaho Industrial Commission’s denial of unemployment benefits to a nurse who was discharged after… Continue Reading

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Facebook’s deputy general counsel describes the company’s pushback since last summer against sweeping search warrants issued by a court in New York for private data from no fewer than 381 Facebook users. The company regards the warrants as overbroad and unconstitutional. The San Francisco city attorney has ordered the developer of a new mobile app… Continue Reading

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A Gallup survey found that a majority of Americans do not turn to social media when making purchasing decisions — but the survey appears to be flawed in several respects, especially because the information was gathered 18 months ago, which, let’s face it, is a virtual lifetime in social media marketing. Google has begun to implement… Continue Reading

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In the top news story of the day, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Aereo in a closely watched copyright dispute with broadcasters; the Court found that Aereo engages in unauthorized public performances in violation of U.S. copyright law. Will cloud storage models survive this decision? What remains, if anything, of the Second Circuit’s landmark… Continue Reading

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Debt collectors are using social media more and more frequently to try to track down people who owe money, but they are bound by restrictions in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when they do so, just as if they used traditional means. The controversial “right to be forgotten” recently received another boost when a… Continue Reading

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Lately, when Facebook has wanted to increase its users’ engagement on its site, it has turned to taking out ads—on Facebook. The theme is “Where will your friends take you?” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told audiences at the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes that Tumblr, which is owned by Yahoo, is the best place… Continue Reading

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Are threats made on social media protected free speech, or potentially criminal acts? The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to examine the constitutionality of a federal law making it a crime to transmit communications containing “any threat to injure the person of another.” In this case, the “threats” were in a series of Facebook postings…. Continue Reading

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Twitter’s leadership was thrown into disarray on June 12 after Ali Rowghani resigned suddenly as the company’s chief operating officer amid a dispute with Chief Executive Dick Costolo. Twitter’s stock has fallen about 42 percent this year as concerns have arisen that the company is not signing up enough new users. More and more couples are… Continue Reading

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Some freelancers are turning to social media to try to get paid for their work, often by making postings on vendors’ Facebook pages asking for overdue payments. This online shaming tactic is often successful but in some cases may lead to legal jeopardy for the freelancers. Arkansas legislators are considering changing a 2013 law after… Continue Reading

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The CIA has entered the realm of social media, setting up a Twitter presence and a Facebook account. There one can find, among other things, reflections on intelligence history and fun facts from the CIA World Factbook. On May 23, Louisiana became the latest state to enact a law prohibiting employers and public and private… Continue Reading

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The U.S. Secret Service is looking for software developers who can write programs that are capable of detecting sarcasm in postings on social media sites in order to distinguish real threats from facetious ones; some critics said that this is intrinsically a futile effort and that programs can’t effectively make the distinction. On May 30, a… Continue Reading

Bieber’s New Record, The Most Expensive Tweet Ever, and More

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Not Hot For Teachbook In the latest chapter of an ongoing dispute, Judge Marvin E. Aspen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois was not hot for Teachbook.com’s motion to dismiss Facebook’s trademark infringement action. The court denied the motion, holding that the suffix “book” was not necessarily generic as used… Continue Reading

Social Media Policies for IRS, Veterans Affairs, Distilled Spirits Council and More

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IRS Personal Use Policy Your tax dollars at work:  The IRS has issued a new personal computer use policy that prohibits employees from using government computers to access social networking sites.  Other personal-use websites, such as Craigslist, dating sites, and pornographic sites are also off-limits according to the new policy. Department of Veterans Affairs Social… Continue Reading

Twitter Milestones, Threatening Social Media Posts, Sexyback Singer buys Myspace, and More

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Facebook’s Motion to Dismiss Denied A federal court in Texas denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss or transfer to California a declaratory judgment suit filed by Lamebook, a self-described parody website that Facebook asserts is infringing its trademarks. New Jersey Supreme Court on Defamatory Comments The New Jersey Supreme court held recently that a person who… Continue Reading

Twitter World Records, Social Widgets as Data Tools, and More

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10 Million Monsters! Marking a truly historic social media milestone, Lady Gaga became the first Twitter user with more than 10 million followers.  According to reports, the entertainer noted this achievement with a Tweet saying “10MillionMonsters!  I’m speechless, we did it!  Its an illness how I love you.  Leaving London smiling.” Netflix Traffic Reports are… Continue Reading