Politics & Law

Death Threats and Privacy: Judge Orders Apple Reveal More Info in Tracking Lawsuit

Death Threats and Privacy: Judge Orders Apple Reveal More Info in Tracking Lawsuit

Todd Haselton

A judge in May ordered Apple to show all of its location tracking documents after it was discovered that the firm was keeping a log of user location data without express permission. Now Apple is facing the music yet again in the case, because the judge isn't sure that Apple has supplied all of the data that it has on the matter, Bloomberg said Friday. Apple thinks it needs to withhold...

Did Facebook Rip Off Its "Like" Button? Social Giant Sued For Infringing on Dead Programmer's Patent

Did Facebook Rip Off Its "Like" Button? Social Giant Sued For Infringing on Dead Programmer's Patent

Adriana Lee

Did Facebook poach its iconic “like” button? That’s the heart of a case being brought to court on behalf of deceased Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer. The key argument is a simple matter of timeline. (No pun intended.) Six years before his death in 2004, Van Der Meer patented the “like” button for his budding social diary, Surfbook. Facebook, however, didn’t exist...

Square COO Keith Rabois Quits Over Sexual Harassment Accusation, Posts His Side of Story

Square COO Keith Rabois Quits Over Sexual Harassment Accusation, Posts His Side of Story

Adriana Lee

Politicians and Hollywood actors aren’t the only ones who get caught in sex scandals. Turns out, the technorati aren’t immune to it either. Chief Operating Officer Keith Rabois resigned from his position at mobile payment processing company Square after being accused of sexual harassment. New York attorney Steven Berger contacted the company a couple of weeks ago claiming that...

Sex Offenders' Right To Use Facebook Falls Under Free Speech, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Sex Offenders' Right To Use Facebook Falls Under Free Speech, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Adriana Lee

The latest from a federal appeals court in Chicago may make civil liberties advocates cheer, but will likely unsettle parents of children who frequent social networks: The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that barring registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networks is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union in Indiana had filed...