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Can Judge Force Juror to Reveal Facebook Status Updates?

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California Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny believes that a juror in a recent gang-related attempted murder trial was posting to Facebook while serving on the jury, and he’s issued an order for that juror to consent to Facebook’s revelation of the activity. Juror Number One has responded by filing a complaint in federal court alleging […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 17th, 2011 at 9:39 am

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Facebook Sues Lamebook for Trademark Infringement

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Earlier this month, Lamebook, a website that features “the funniest and lamest of facebook,” filed a lawsuit in Texas seeking a declaration from the court that it doesn’t infringe on or dilute Facebook’s trademarks. Not surprisingly, Facebook has gone on the offensive and countered with a lawsuit of its own against Lamebook alleging — you […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 16th, 2010 at 8:54 am

Can You Get Fired for Making Disparaging Facebook Comments About Your Supervisor?

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According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), no. The NLRB has filed a complaint against a Connecticut ambulance company for firing an employee who made critical remarks about her supervisor on Facebook. Although employees are allowed to vent about working conditions and their employers in general, the specific issue of criticisms made over social […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 9th, 2010 at 9:36 am

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50+ Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

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Small biz guru and author Ja-Nae Duane wants to help you start your business! Just retweet this article with hashtag #bizwith100 for a chance to win a signed copy of Ja-Nae’s book How to Start Your Business with $100. (See below for full details.) Many small businesses are discovering the benefits of social media.  I […]

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Written by Ja-Naé Duane

November 4th, 2010 at 7:22 am

Facebook Game Thief May Face Real Prison Time in Italy

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When Paola Letizia’s “Pet Society” virtual home was broken into and cleaned out (except for the cat), she called the real Italian police — and they have responded by investigating this crime of “abusive and aggravated entry” into her Facebook and email accounts. “Pet Society” is a game by Playfish that allows players to furnish […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 29th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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Private Social Media Postings Fair Game in Personal Injury Suit

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A judge in Suffolk County, New York has ruled that a plaintiff’s private Facebook and MySpace postings are discoverable by the defendant in a personal injury claim. The crux of Acting Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner’s decision is that public postings on these social media accounts “contain material that is contrary to [the plaintiff's] claims and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 30th, 2010 at 9:53 am

Advice for Entrepreneurs: One Sentence. 10 Words or Less.

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We asked our 8,000 Facebook fans what ONE piece of advice they would give first-time entrepreneurs. The rules were simple: one sentence of 10 words or less. (A few of them cheated, but we let it slide.) Here’s a sample of what they had to say: Get paid for everything. Endurance! Keep putting money back […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

August 30th, 2010 at 9:04 am

Small Business News Roundup: 8/13/10

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This week we’re talking about the estate tax, community banks, and building your brand. Plenty of great reading, so let’s get started: How estate tax benefits small business: We’ve discussed the estate tax here before on the blog, but this article is one small business owner’s perspective on what the so-called “death tax” means to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 13th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Small Business News Roundup: Focus on Social Media 6/4/10

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This week’s roundup is heavy on the topic of social media for small businesses; we know many of you are interested in how to incorporate tools like Facebook and Twitter into your business, so what follows are recently published articles with great information to inspire you to get you started and also keep you going […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 4th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Is Social Media Included in Your Will?

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May is “National Make-A-Will Month,” so we’ll have lots to talk about regarding how you should manage your affairs to ensure everything is in order before your demise. In particular, you should pay special attention that you have considered the Big Four estate planning documents: 1. Last Will 2. Living Will 3. Living Trust 4. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 4th, 2010 at 10:59 am