Technologist: April 2011 Archives
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April 2011 Archives

Apple Free Apps: Kids Making Big In-App Purchases

Apple is facing another lawsuit, except this time it's coming from a consumer, not a competitor.

The class action suit alleges that Apple is providing free games in order to dupe children into making expensive in-app purchases without their parents' permission.

Should Apple have to stand in for parental vigilance?

Judge Bars Creditor from Debtor's Facebook Page

Facebook isn't only changing the practice of law, it's changing the world of debt collection. But, unfortunately for debt collectors, it seems that one judge isn't too keen on letting them in on the action.

In an unprecedented decision, a Florida judge has ordered a debt collection firm to stop contacting a woman, her friends, and her family on Facebook.

She's currently suing the firm for harassment.

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

Can people who seek to find the love of their life on Internet dating sites rest assured that their potential dates have been vetted and do not present any threat of physical danger? This is a good question that has been sparked by recent developments involving Match.com.

As reported here on FindLaw's Injured, Match.com will screen for sex offenders listed on the National Sex Offender Registry.

This comes in the wake of a recent California lawsuit filed against the dating site by a woman who alleges that she was raped by a convicted offender who she met on Match.com.

Court Days Pro Rules-Based Legal Calendaring App Now Available

There's an app for that. Or at least now there is.

Court Days Pro is the newest app in the field of iPhone legal technology, and as the first rules-based legal calendaring app, its goal is to make calendaring an easier part of every attorney's professional life.

The only question remaining is whether or not you need it.

Could Paul Ceglia's Email Prove He Owns Half of Facebook?

Paul Ceglia, who has been steadfast in his claims that a 2003 investment and programming contract entitles him to a portion of Facebook, amended his lawsuit against Mark Zuckerburg last week to include new evidence.

The evidence? A series of emails from 2003 and 2004 that purportedly demonstrate that Ceglia is entitled to 50% of the social network.

Facebook maintains that the emails are fake.

Supreme Court Justice Breyer is on Twitter, but Don't Friend Him

No one can resist social media. The urge to tweet and post on Facebook walls reaches to the highest levels of our nation, as Justice Stephen Breyer is taking advantage of Twitter and Facebook. What would you expect a Supreme Court Justice to tweet about?

"Can't believe Scalia isn't going to fight that fender bender ticket in traffic court!

Or maybe "What has Clarence Thomas' wife been up to lately? Haven't heard much about her in a while."

A Lawyer's iPad Needs a Remote PC Control App

Lawyering on the go with your iPad?

Want an app that will allow you to view your office computer screen just as though you were sitting on your desk?

Of course you do.

All you iPad-centric attorneys should consider a remote PC control app, perfect for when you leave a file behind or need to check on something back at the office with a tap of the iPad screen.

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

Initially, some companies were reluctant to embrace social media, perhaps being concerned about lack of control and other issues.

However, as the world truly has migrated to social media sites (with Facebook boasting hundreds of millions of users), there now is little doubt that most companies now want to embrace social networking as a way to get the word out about their products and services.

But, what are the best strategies for businesses to employ in the social media context?

Is Your Law Practice Suffering From Software Overload?

You are running a law practice, and you want to buy the latest, greatest technology to get the job done. You order new software online regularly.

You want these tech tools to help your law practice.

Beware of having too many cooks on your desktop, though. More or new isn't always better. There's often no need to take on the expense and time necessary to change or install new software. 

Oftentimes, the software isn't the problem, but the human is.

Pandora Subpoenaed over Privacy of Apple, Android Apps

When internet radio giant Pandora updated its SEC filing recently, it announced to the world that the mobile app market could potentially be in for a big change.

Pandora disclosed that a grand jury in New Jersey had issued the company a subpoena to produce information about data collection methods for its Android and iPhone mobile applications.

The subpoena is allegedly part of an industry-wide criminal investigation into how mobile apps collect and utilize user information, reports Ars Technica. Other developers have also been subpoenaed.

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

Google has entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to address perceived privacy violations relating to the social network, Google Buzz.

The Google Buzz settlement requires Google to implement a comprehensive privacy program and to be subject to independent privacy audits for the next 20 years.

Why could this end up being a big deal?