Archive for April, 2009

Twitter quitters rampant

April 30, 2009

“It seems that while people are joining the micro-blogging site in droves, a whole lot of them aren’t sticking around for long. A Nielsen Co. report released yesterday shows that 60% of Twitter users do not return to the microblogging site the next month. “

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Suit: Home Depot not paying promised rebates

April 30, 2009

“Home Depot refused to pay “thousands” of rebates it offered, of up to $1,000 apiece, or shortchanged customers after the administrator of the rebate programs declared bankruptcy, a class action claims in Federal Court.
     Named plaintiff Loretta Alkalay says the store has not paid her $1,000 rebate for special order kitchen countertops and major appliances (“the Kraftmaid/Thomasville Rebate Offer”).”

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Lewis out as Bank of America CEO

April 30, 2009

“Ken Lewis was voted out as chairman of Bank of America but remains president and CEO, because shareholders voted to have an independent chairman.”

No tear shed here.

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Norton anti-virus class action settlement

April 30, 2009

“If you purchased a Norton Anti-virus product between December 2001 and October of last year, you may be entitled to some money. Symantec has agreed to give those users a $15 voucher for a future purchase or $2.50 in cash. A class action suit alleged the company unlawfully terminated subscription time when consumers purchase upgrades. The plaintiffs demanded a credit or refund for that unused time, and there has been no admission of guilt.”

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Builder takes drastic measure against drywall

April 30, 2009

“Lennar Homes is moving Florida families out of homes built with tainted Chinese drywall. According to a report on abcactionnews.com the builder is planning to gut the homes and replace the defective material.”

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Facebook takes German knock-off to court

April 30, 2009

“According to Facebook, which filed for an injunction with the Cologne regional court, StudiVZ violated copyright laws by mimicking its logo, features and service. The company also claimed that StudiVZ secretly used Facebook code in order to copy the site.

A spokesperson for the German website, which launched about one year after Facebook in 2005, told the paper that the case was groundless. But the two sites do indeed look and function very similarly – with a few minor style differences. Facebook, which has some 2 million users within Germany, features blue as its main colour, meanwhile StudiVZ, with 5.5 million users in German-speaking countries, uses red. “

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Lawsuit: Western Union holding onto unclaimed $

April 29, 2009

“Western Union makes millions of dollars from money transfers by failing to inform senders if their money is not claimed, or waiting for “several years” before telling them, keeping the interest, and charging extra for holding the money all that time, a class action claims in Federal Court.”

Complaint courtesy Courthousenews

More on Facebook: marketers delight

April 29, 2009

“A company called Colligent mines social networks for data that it sells to record labels to help them decide which demographics or individual fans might like a particular artist, and those are just the very first nuggets marketers pull out of profiles. It and other companies track everything we publicly do on social networks and crunch it into marketing data. The company recently began signing clients outside the music industry, so your next household detergent could be marketed to you based on your appreciation of vintage Mister Clean ads.”

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Using Facebook while sick gets woman fired

April 29, 2009

“The unnamed woman said she had to be away from her monitor lying in the dark, but was then seen to be active on Facebook. Insurance company Nationale Suisse said in a statement that behavior had destroyed its trust in the employee.

“This abuse of trust, rather than the activity on Facebook, led to the ending of the work contract,” a spokesman for the firm said.

The woman admitted to having used Facebooked on her iPhone, but accused the insurance company of spying on her by sending a mysterious friend request that made the company see her activities. The company denied the accusation and said a colleague stumbled over her activity, before Nationale Suisse banned use of the popular site in the company.

But she said she is not suing the company and that she is happy to have gotten a neutral termination letter and doesn’t want to go back. “My trust for this employer is gone,” the 31-year-old woman told Swiss daily newspaper 20 Minuten. “

If she were American she would have sued!

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Your user name available? check here

April 28, 2009

A website, UserNameCheck.com, lets you check to see if a user name you want is being used on a bunch of social networking sites.

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