Archive for the ‘Company News’ Category

New LinkedIn feature free for 30 days

October 2, 2009

Recently someone asked at a business gathering, why would someone purchase the paid version of LinkedIn.  I couldn’t give a compelling answer.  However, LinkedIn has just announced a couple features that make paying for the service seem plausible.  Now if you perform a search on contacts, you can save them to a folder for latter review.  Also, you can write notes to yourself about the contacts as well.

Who needs a social networking policy?

September 16, 2009

Everybody yet most companies don’t.   I’ve submitted an article to the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators on why a social networking policy is important for law firms but given the ease with which anyone can post anything to the Internet, it important for every institution to address these issues in a calm and deliberative manner rather than freaking out.

Brian Heidelberger addresses this issue in Ad Age, ” The 7 Biggest Legal Risks to Your Company When Using Social Media.”

Peer to peer ratings key to advertisings’ future – even lawyers!

September 1, 2009

Its not just Trip Advisor and Yelp anymore:

“No B2C sector is immune to the review virus. Expect every industry, every sector, every product to eventually succumb to reviews, Tripadvisor style…

Avvo profiles legal professionals, including their experience, areas of practice, and ratings from clients.”


TV anchor claims Facebook comment private in wrongful termination lawsuit

September 1, 2009

This lawsuit suggests that social media issues are a new gray area in employment law.  Is an employee who makes a private, negative  Facebook comment  about his workplace, subject to termination?  Is the free speech of employees now unreasonably restrained because of ease of publication on Facebook and the like?

“Griffin Scott, the former senior evening anchor of KTVE who was fired last month, filed a civil lawsuit against the station and its parent company in 4th Judicial District Court on Monday.

Scott alleges wrongful termination and breach of contract.

Scott alleges he was fired on Aug. 19 because he posted a message on his personal account on the Web site Facebook on Aug. 14.

“Griffin Scott knows what the Enola Gay was and that makes me the only person under 40 who knew that in our newsroom. Not sure whether to be proud or not…,” the message said.

The Enola Gay was the B-29 bomber used in the atomic mission that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan just before the end of World War II.”


Facebook agrees to improve security

August 30, 2009

“More than 200 million Facebook users around the world scored a great victory as the world’s most popular social-networking Web site, on Thursday, agreed in accordance with the Canadian Privacy Commissioner, announced to implement a major enhancement to its user privacy controls as well as its developer API, and agreed to improve the way personal information is collected and used, as a large number of third-party applications built on Facebook’s developer platform, Canada’s privacy commissioner said in a report from Ottawa.”


FTC says supplements don’t cure cancer

August 28, 2009


“The FTC ordered the makers of two diet supplements – “Supreme Greens” and “Coral Calcium” – and telemarketers to pay nearly $70 million for claiming that the stuff can cure cancer, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and other ailments. It also froze assets of some of the defendants.”


Skanks in NYC blogger wants to sue Google

August 28, 2009

Good luck!

“In August 2008, Port, a user of Google-owned, created “Skanks in NYC.” The site assailed Cohen, 37, a cover girl who has appeared in Vogue and other fashion magazines. The blog featured photos of Cohen accompanied by derogatory terms.

The judge rejected Port’s argument that blogs on the Internet “serve as a modern-day forum for conveying personal opinions” and should not be regarded as fact.

Cohen’s attorney, Steve Wagner, said he couldn’t believe Port’s nerve in suing Google.

“Her being a victim here? I have trouble understanding that in its entirety,” he said.

Legal experts said Port is not likely to win her case.”


Stroller danger prompts recall

August 28, 2009

“Baby Jogger Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Baby Jogger City Mini Strollers

Units: About 41,000

Distributor: Baby Jogger LLC, of Richmond, Va.

Hazard: The stroller’s restraint buckle could break or unlatch allowing the child or infant to fall out.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Baby Jogger City Mini single and double strollers. “City Mini” is printed on the stroller. Item numbers and date codes included in this recall are listed in the chart below along with stroller colors. The item number is printed on a sticker on the rear wheel crossbar. The manufacturing date code is engraved on the frame behind the rear wheel axle crossbar or on the back of the frame on the upright bar between the right rear wheel and the seat.

Item Numbers Color Manufacturing Date Codes
67100 Black 2007.11.1 through 2009.2.28(Nov.1, 2007 through

Feb. 28, 2009)

67102 Blue/Gray
67103 Red/Black
67104 Gray/Green
67105 Stone/Black
67109 Orange/Gray
67170 Black
67172 Blue/Gray
67173 Red/Black
67174 Gray/Green
67175 Stone/Black
67179 Orange/Gray

Sold at: Juvenile products stores, mass merchandisers, and department stores nationwide and on various Web sites including from November 2007 through July 2009 for between $220 and $400.”


Too big to fail banks even bigger

August 28, 2009

“J.P. Morgan Chase, an amalgam of some of Wall Street’s most storied institutions, now holds more than $1 of every $10 on deposit in this country. So does Bank of America, scarred by its acquisition of Merrill Lynch and partly government-owned as a result of the crisis, as does Wells Fargo, the biggest West Coast bank. Those three banks, plus government-rescued and -owned Citigroup, now issue one of every two mortgages and about two of every three credit cards, federal data show.”


Button for retweets

August 27, 2009

“Last week, Twitter announced that it will soon implement a button that will let users automatically repost someone else’s tweet. While this will make it quicker and easier for users to accurately retweet, the mockup of the new button does not appear to let users edit the retweet, so that commentary can be incorporated. Rather, the “retweet” button will add the image and name of the quoted person to the original tweet and post it for those who follow the retweeter.

The new retweet function “is not going to meet the needs of those who retweet. At the same time, I think it’s going to bring retweeting to a whole new population,” says Boyd. “Adding commentary is a huge element to why people retweet.” Instead of just replying privately to a person with an opinion, by retweeting and adding a comment, users can target a larger audience, sharing their opinions and inviting others to do the same, she says.”