Will LinkedIn luck out?
LinkedIn recently asked the judge presiding over its case to dismiss a lawsuit which accuses the social networking site of misappropriating member names and images in an effort to expand membership.
The lawsuit was filed a year ago as a potential class-action. The case centers on allegations that LinkedIn emails users’ friends, soliciting them to join up with the professionally-oriented site. The plaintiffs who are suing contend that “LinkedIn violated a California law about endorsements by using their names and images in emails to their friends,” according to a story on the matter at MediaPost.
Posted in Announcements, Legal, News
SMS spammers are every bit as irritating as they are plentiful.
And Jared Reitzin, the CEO of mobileStorm, is fed up with it.
“Anyone else get super annoying SMS spam trying to sell sunglasses?” Reitzin asks in a recent post to the Digital Marketing Blog, the official blog of mobileStorm.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Advertising, Mobile Advertising Campaigns, Mobile Marketing, Mobile Spam, News, Platforms, Smartphones, SMS / Text
Google will settle charges and repay $19 million to consumers whose children were allegedly deceived into making mobile purchases through the Android app store, according to Federal officials.
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit, alleging that since 2011, Google “made it too easy for children to use Android phones to buy items ranging from 99 cents to $200 in kids-oriented games without a parent’s permission.”
According to a story on the lawsuit at the Washington Post, “The settlement is the latest in the FTC’s three-year investigation into so-called “in-app purchases” on devices running software by Apple, Amazon and Google. The enforcement agency has said the purchases are deceptive and particularly harmful for children. Apple agreed to a $32.5 million settlement last January. Amazon in July said it would fight similar charges brought by the FTC.”
Posted in Legal, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Platforms
Following the recent celebrity photo leak believed to be the result of an iCloud security breach, Apple is going to great lengths to ensure that iCloud users are confident in the security of the storage service.
Specifically, Apple is stepping up measures to help iCloud users relax a bit.
On Monday, MMW readers began reaching out to us with information regarding Apple’s latest efforts. As it turns out, Apple now emails users whenever their iCloud account is accessed through a web browser.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Privacy, Technology
Just as search engines must employ consumer privacy safeguards when it comes to consumer search habits related to health conditions, concerns arise with the personal information gathered by mobile apps and their third-party advertisers.
This is an area that is not yet fully regulated, but Apple for example has made the decision to advise app developers to implement consumers privacy safeguards.
Posted in Announcements, iOS, mHealth, Mobile Apps, News, Platforms, Predictions, Privacy
There’s just no backing down for Apple.
Despite a federal judge’s ruling in the opposite opinion, Apple believes Samsung’s infringing products should be banned.
According to The New York Times, Apple is now moving forward with an appeal even though it won the legal battle against Samsung.
Posted in Announcements, Legal, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Predictions, Technology
This isn’t going to look good on LinkedIn’s resume.
Professional Social Network LinkedIn Corp. has paid nearly $6 million in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees. It settles a suit brought by the U.S. Labor Department, which said workers were not properly paid for overtime worked between February, 2012 and February, 2014.
According to the terms of the agreement, LinkedIn also agreed to instruct managers about overtime work policies and admonish them not to retaliate against employees who express concerns regarding workplace issues.
Posted in Announcements, Legal, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Technology