E-Commerce News: IT Management: The Stunning Impact of E-Discovery on IT (via TweetALink.com)

Social Media in 2009 : Video

Check out this video:

Video: 2009 in social media

AIG’s General Counsel Scores Millions In Severance Pay – Law Blog – WSJ

Ten Predictions for 2010 – Financial Adviser – WSJ

Facebook and Privacy : FTC complaint says Facebook’s privacy changes are deceptive

Facebook faces an FTC complaint. As headlined by Jacqui Cheng at ars technica: FTC complaint says Facebook’s privacy changes are deceptive. The suit involves EPIC – the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Cheng writes:

The basic premise of the complaint is that most users either don’t understand the changes they are being prompted to make, or that the changes are so complex that even experienced users are confused by them.

Copyright Law : Google Books : Google is sued by Chinese author Mian Mian, China’s Literary Wild Child : Sex Drugs Rock & Roll

Everybody is now getting into the act of suing search engines for including scanned excerpts of their books in search results. See, for example:

BBC News – Google is sued by Chinese author Mian Mian

My own book, Stars, Stones and Scholars is found at Google Books and I am very pleased about it, since it makes that book much more accessible to millions of potential readers. Indeed, links are offered to major online booksellers where the book can be purchased. Below is a scan of the front cover website page at Google Books of Stars Stones and Scholars by Andis Kaulins:


People who are interested in the book’s amazing subject matter buy the book.

European Union EU approves Microsoft ballot screen for choice of browsers

The European Union (EU) has approved a Microsoft ballot screen for choosing web browsers.

As Peter Sayer writes at PCAdvisor.co.uk:

The EU has accepted Microsoft’s ‘ballot screen’ offer, which will allow Windows users to choose the web browser they want, ending the commission’s antitrust investigation.”

Paris court rules against Google in book copyright case | The Industry Standard

Paris court rules against Google in book copyright case | The Industry Standard:

Google’s book search project suffered a legal setback in Paris on Friday, as a court ordered it to pay €300,000 (US$432,000) in damages for breach of copyright, and to stop distributing digital copies of French books to French Internet users without the permission of their publishers.

The decision in the case continues a string of anachronistic laws and equally antiquated judicial decisions – especially in France – regarding the exercise of individual rights and freedom of information on the Internet.

That anyone has been damaged to the tune of €300,000 in the instant case is of course idiotic. Who has ever even heard of the decaying (-45% in 2008) French publisher La Martinière Groupe?

The best way to deal with publishers like this is simply to refuse to buy their books – who needs them?

Leading-Edge Law: Congress made patent situation worse | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Leading-Edge Law: Congress made patent situation worse | Richmond Times-Dispatch:
JOHN FARMER, TIMES-DISPATCH GUEST COLUMNIST, December 28, 2009

Inventing a New Economy: What patent applications can tell us about America’s economic prospects. – By Eliot Spitzer – Slate Magazine