Posts Tagged ‘Power.com’

Power.com amends claims in Facebook case

December 5, 2009

In a case where originally Facebook sued Power.com for copyright infringement, now Power.com is grabbing the headlines in counterclaims.  However, that maybe all that Power.com gets as its original counterclaims that Facebook had engaged in unfair competition violated antitrust laws were dismissed by Judge Jeremy Fogel the federal judge in San Jose California. 

Power.com has now amended its counterclaims and is saying that Facebook’s obvious success in gaining market share and the fact that new competitors haven’t been able to make significant in roads,  shows that the company has engaged in “anti-scrapping tactics” with its competitors.  Some antitrust legal experts are dubious about the merits of these claims (see article linked above).

Facebook hit with more lawsuits

July 11, 2009

TechCrunch reports that Power.com has now filed a countersuit, claiming Facebook is “unlawfully withholding the data that users own (as stated in Facebook’s own ToS), and is stifling competition by refusing to allow third party services like Power.com to access the data, among other things.”

Facebook also faces legal action from RootZoo, an erstwhile advertiser. After analytics from their Nov 2007-June 2008 campaign varied greatly from Facebook’s reported data, RootZoo requested Facebook’s logs and a refund. Facebook said no to both.”

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Power.com and Facebook and MySpace

January 17, 2009

Power.com seems to have dodged a lawsuit with Facebook, having settled on undisclosed terms with the social networking giant.  Now they are in trouble with MySpace, prompting that site to issue this statement: 

“MySpace has been in talks with Brazilian Website Power.com to express our objections with how the company has been collecting user data from the global MySpace community and to persuade Power.com to implement MySpace?s secure log-in authentication process.From the home page of their site, Power.com is soliciting MySpace users for their private credentials including username and password in order to gain access to MySpace profiles and is using the MySpace trademark in doing so. Power.com?s actions violate our Terms of Service and their methodology to collect this information implies an affiliation with MySpace that confuses our community and gives our users a false sense of security that MySpace has endorsed the practices of Power.com. In fact no official partnership or other affiliation between the two companies exists. While we are in conversations with Power.com, their failure to implement MySpace?s secure log-in authentication process in accordance with our Terms of Service presents us with a unique set of security challenges. Per our stringent safety policies created to protect sensitive user information, effective immediately, MySpace will no longer allow Power.com to gain access to user accounts.It?s imperative that MySpace is able to effectively manage site security. The tactics being used by Power.com are compromising our ability to keep user data safe, private, and within our users? control. Our goal is to help create a more social Web but key functionalities such as a simplified and secure log-in authentication process must be protected and maintained. As of today, Power.com is refusing to implement a simple technology provided by MySpace that would secure this process for our global users. We are confident that we?ll come to a resolution with Power.com quickly.”

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