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California Agents Get Creative to Sell Rideshare Endorsement

Kathy Lamm, an insurance agent in Costa Mesa, Calif., over the past month has been busy selling a ridesharing endorsement that Farmers Insurance Group introduced in California in late May. Lamm started spreading the word soon after the product became …

Mobile App Data Flaw Leaves ‘Billions’ of Records at Risk: Security Researchers

Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in the way thousands of popular mobile applications store data online, leaving users’ personal information, including passwords, addresses, door codes and location data, vulnerable to hackers. The team of German researchers found 56 million …

Vince Neil Files Suit in Las Vegas Against Social Media Consultant

Rock ‘n’ roller Vince Neil is taking a fight over his Internet persona to state court in Las Vegas, with a lawsuit accusing an Oregon social media consultant of refusing to give him control of his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. …

Facebook Sued by California Woman Discrimination, Harassment

A former Facebook employee is suing the company on allegations that she was discriminated against, harassed and belittled during her brief employment there. Chia Hong filed the lawsuit this week in a San Francisco Bay Area superior court, the Los …

Other Social Media Back Facebook in New York Privacy Case

Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians. Lawyers for Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup, and Tumblr said Monday they were seeking to join …

Facebook User Data Sought by New York D.A. in Disability-Fraud Probe

Facebook Inc. was ordered by a judge last year to turn over account information of 381 users who were investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney in New York for cheating to obtain disability benefits. Facebook, the world’s most popular social-networking …

Worker Settles Lawsuit Over Facebook Page With Maui

Maui County in Hawaii is settling a federal lawsuit that alleged unconstitutional interference with a Facebook page. Settlement terms include the county paying $25,000 in attorneys’ fees and damages and re-writing its anti-harassment policy, the American Civil Liberties Union of …

South Carolina Police Officer Loses Facebook Firing Suit

A federal judge has ruled against a former police officer who argued in a lawsuit that Greenville officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments posted on a social networking site. Former Sgt. Susan Graziosi was fired …

Silicon Valley At Front Line Of Global Cyber War

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state’s Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas …

Oregon Trooper uses Facebook to ID driver

Oregon State Police say a trooper checked Facebook to determine that a driver whose face didn’t match his license was really a fugitive wanted on felony warrants. Lt. Gregg Hastings says an equipment violation prompted Trooper Travis Neubauer to stop …