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Tweeting For His Generation

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According to a report by Pew Research, Millennials are “confident, connected and open to change.” They were “born after 1980” and are the “first generation to come of age in the new millennium.” This past February, a high school senior may have taken it upon himself to show us just what this new generation is […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

April 16th, 2014 at 7:56 am

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If I Had a Dollar for Every Tweet

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Nobody needs a little birdie to tell them that Twitter went public recently. According to PrivCo, Twitter’s initial public offering created 1,600 new millionaires. All that new money is also a financial boon for the state of California to the tune of approximately $479 million in taxes. The IRS may get close to two billion dollars […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

November 26th, 2013 at 8:00 am

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‘Hashtag’ Banned from France, Kind Of

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To stop English words from seeping into the French language, a French government agency has replaced the word “hashtag” with “mot-dièse,” which means “sharp word.” The French language police, erm, the Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie, is charged with promoting French and the battle against allowing technology-related English words into the French lexicon […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 31st, 2013 at 10:09 am

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Government Seeks Twitter Info of Occupy Wall Street Protester

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Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has written an excellent account of the story of Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protester who was arrested for alleged disorderly conduct on October 1, 2011 on the Brooklyn Bridge — and whose Twitter account information is being sought by the government. As Fakhoury reports, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 22nd, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Quantifying the Value of a Twitter Follower

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The New York Times reports that Phonedog.com is suing a former employee for the value of Twitter followers he accumulated during the course of their business relationship. According to what Noah Kravitz told the NY Times, he ended his tenure with Phonedog on good terms, so when the company asked him to send out the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 30th, 2011 at 5:48 am

Journalist Live-Tweeting in English Courtrooms OK

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Excellent news, tweeting journalists: if you happen to find yourself in a courtroom in England or Wales with the urge to tweet, you’re free to do so! Non-journalists, however, will still have to seek permission of the court, and don’t go crazy with the Twitpics either, as photos are still prohibited. Sound recording devices are […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 15th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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AP and NBA Referee Reach Settlement Over Tweet

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Another entry in the “Be Careful What You Tweet” file: an NBA referee and the Associated Press have reached a deal over a sports writer’s tweet that suggested the ref had promised a coach a make-up call after a contested call that went in favor of the opposing team. AP sports writer Jon Krawczynski was […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 13th, 2011 at 10:52 am

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First Amendment Takes Spotlight Over Teen’s Negative Tweet About Governor

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High school senior Emma Sullivan may not have intended to become a symbol for the freedom of speech, but she has tweeted her way into history. The now-infamous message posted to Twitter was, “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person, #heblowsalot.” When a communications director for Kansas Governor […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 1st, 2011 at 10:49 am

Twitter Must Turn Over Data in WikiLeaks Case

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A federal court judge has ruled that the private Twitter information of three WikiLeaks associates must be handed over to a grand jury investigating the case; the 60-page memorandum opinion (PDF) penned by Judge Liam O’Grady upheld a previous decision by a Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan. Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament, and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 11th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Twitter Gains “Tweet” Trademark

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Remember when we told you about Twitter’s battle to trademark “tweet?” Well sleep tight, tweeps, because there’s a settlement in the works. Twitter has reportedly agreed to drop its lawsuit against Twittad, current owner of a trademarked phrase that includes the word “tweet,” so long as Twittad transfers “tweet” trademark ownership to Twitter. Twemendously confused […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 12th, 2011 at 2:06 pm