Facebook, Zuckerberg to Face a Jury over rights to “Timeline” trademark issue

Source: Bloomberg.com

 

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Facebook Inc. (FB) (FB), owner of the world’s largest social-networking service, lost bid to end a trademark infringement lawsuit over its use of “timeline” and related terms.

Timelines Inc. started a Web site in 2009 that lets users create chronologies tracing historical events such as wars, sporting events and advances in science. It sued Facebook for infringement and unfair competition in September 2011, a week after the social-network announced it was adding a “timeline” feature to its user pages.

Facebook counter-sued, claiming Timelines’ registered marks weren’t sufficiently distinctive to warrant protection and asking for judgments of non-infringement and a cancellation of the registrations.

Read the full article about Facebook Timeline Trademark battle at Bloomberg.com

Is “yes” to Instagram a “no” to Facebook privacy?

Source: MSNBC Technology [Helen A.S. Popkin]

People are so steamed up about Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram that they are vowing to purge their smartphones of the old-timey photo sharing app.

“Facebook,” “Instagram,” and “uninstall” were the three words littering Twitter — the place where everyone posts their Instagram images — soon after news of the deal broke on Monday. 

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of FB, touted the many benefits of the acquisition. But less information was forthcoming about how location privacy would be handled (and by less I mean none).

Read the complete article about Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and what it means for FB user privacy.

Read the announcement posted by Instagram.