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States Seek to Fill Privacy Law Gaps in Wake of Social Media

When a loved one dies, laws cover how their houses, cars, and other property are passed on to relatives. But the rules are murkier – and currently far more restrictive – when it comes to pictures on Facebook, emails to …

Alabama Couple’s Wedding Ring Found with Help from Fans, Facebook

A couple celebrating their first anniversary had nearly given up hope of finding their lost wedding band. Rob and Dari Roden had attended last Saturday’s Birmingham Barons baseball game, where Rob’s band went missing. A 5-year-old boy found the ring, …

Judge Names Lead Plaintiffs in Facebook Litigation

A group of investors including state pension funds in North Carolina and Arkansas will be the lead plaintiffs in securities lawsuits arising out of Facebook Inc’s $16 billion initial public offering, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday. The investors, in …

University of California Sues Facebook, Wal-Mart Over Patents

A University of California patent licensee which has sued some of the biggest U.S. companies is taking on three more — Facebook Inc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc and the Walt Disney Co. Eolas Technologies Inc and the Regents of the University …

Nasdaq, Facebook Diverge Over IPO Lawsuits

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc and investors who sued the exchange operator over Facebook Inc’s $16 billion initial public offering have asked a judicial panel to keep their dispute separate from dozens of related shareholder lawsuits. The No. 1 social network …

Facebook and Yahoo Tie Up, Settle Lawsuits

Facebook Inc and Yahoo Inc agreed to forge a broad Internet advertising and licensing partnership on Friday, laying to rest their dueling patent lawsuits. The pact settles accusations of technology patent infringement that began under the stewardship of ex-Yahoo CEO …

Yahoo Escalates Patent Battle With Facebook

Yahoo is bringing out more artillery in its patent battle with Facebook. It is adding new allegations of intellectual property theft to its six-week-old lawsuit against Facebook. In court papers filed Friday, Yahoo Inc. now says Facebook’s online social network …

Facebook, Lawmakers Warn Employers Not to Demand Passwords

Facebook and lawmakers have warned employers against requesting Facebook passwords while screening job applicants, a controversial practice that underscores the blurring distinction between personal and professional lives the era of social media. The practice has reportedly grown more commonplace as …

Facebook’s Newest Frontier: The Car

At restaurants, at movies and at the office, checking Facebook has become a regular habit for many of the Internet social network’s more than 800 million users. Now that habit has reached a new frontier: the automobile. Mercedes-Benz USA is …

Alabama Woman to Discontinue Tornado Facebook Site

In the weeks and months after tornadoes tore through homes across the South, pictures and documents rained on yards hundreds of miles away. An Alabama woman began collecting them in an online database, posting the cherished scraps of people’s lives …