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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 …

U. of California Sues Facebook, Wal-Mart, Disney 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 …

Esurance Offering Discount to Texas Drivers for Facebook ‘Like’

Esurance announced it is now offering drivers in Texas a 10 percent discount on their car insurance for “liking” Esurance on Facebook. The company said “Like to Save” discount is a natural extension of Esurance’s heritage as a company born …

Facebook, Yahoo Settle Patent Claims

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 …

Maryland Insurance Regulators Set Up Facebook Page to Help Consumers

Maryland Insurance Administration announced this week that the agency has set up a new Facebook page to reach out to the state’s consumers.Maryland residents with questions about insurance now can follow the Maryland Insurance Administration on Facebook to find useful …

Facebook Fiasco, ‘Blank Check’ Companies Disrupt IPO Insurance Market

The Facebook initial public offering (IPO) fallout is just getting started, but its effects are already being felt in the insurance community when it comes to covering directors and officers for future social media IPOs. “D&O underwriters will view social …

Facebook, Banks Sued Over Pre-IPO Analyst Calls

Facebook Inc. and banks including Morgan Stanley were sued by the social networking leader’s shareholders, who claimed the defendants hid Facebook’s weakened growth forecasts ahead of its $16 billion initial public offering. The defendants, who also include Facebook CEO Mark …

18 Olympians Sue Over Alleged Misuse Of Names

Eighteen Olympians, including swimming greats Mark Spitz and Janet Evans, and diver Greg Louganis, have sued Samsung Corp. over a Facebook application they allege misuses their names and images. According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on …