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If you Like that, you won’t like getting fired

Like or not like on Facebook?How can clicking a Facebook Like button get you fired? When you like the Facebook page of your boss’s rival, that’s how. Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia, was fired from his job because he clicked Like on the page of Jim Adams, who was running for election to the post of sheriff against Carter’s incumbent boss BJ Roberts. After Roberts won the election and retained his job, he fired Carter. Carter sued on the grounds of his constitutional rights to free speech, but the judge in the case disagreed with him.

The federal judge said, “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely “liking” a Facebook page is insufficient to merit constitutional protection. In cases where courts have found that constitutional speech protections extended to Facebook posts, actual statements existed within the record.”

EU cookie law will hurt those it should be helping

Busybody Bureaucrats ruiin the net with a stupid cookie lawEvery time you walk into a supermarket, there are any number of cameras filming your movements. You are not informed about these cameras – you are expected to know they are there; expected to accept their presence without knowing what will happen to the data they capture.

What if, each time you walk into the shop, you are confronted on entry by a lawyer who asks you to complete a waiver form allowing the shop to film you. Most likely, you would go to another shop. But what if every shop was doing the same thing?

Anonymous launches attack on SOPA/PIP supporters

We Are Anonymous logoA day after the anti-SOPA/PIP internet blackout, hacking group Anonymous has launched an attack on companies and government bodies that support the Stop Anti Piracy Act and Protect IP bill.

Posting a series of updates on its Twitter account (@YourAnonNews), the group taunted the Justice Department, Universal Music, the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America as all their websites crashed.

Stop SOPA and PIP – why the world should care

SOPA resistence dayThe majority of internet users have perhaps by now heard the term SOPA. They may have even heard of PIP – because today many global web brands have blacked out their sites to protest against these proposed pieces of US legislation.

Journalists in the UK have described the bills going through the US Congress as local legislation for America, and perhaps millions of ordinary people are dismissing the growing protest as a geek-fest or something that really doesn’t affect their daily lives. After all, if millions of people don’t vote because they don’t think anything ever changes, why should they care about a bill that is designed to target piracy? The internet will still carry on, right?

PhoneDog vs Noah Kravitz over Twitter

noah Kravitz on TwitterAn ex-employee of mobile specialist PhoneDog in the US is being sued over his Twitter account. Noah Kravitz worked as a reviewer and blogger for PhoneDog for four years, during which time his @phonedog_noah Twitter account achieved 17,000 followers.

When he left the company earlier this year, he changed the name of his account to @noahkravitz and carried on tweeting as normal, but PhoneDog has filed a suit against him, saying the Twitter account and its 17,000 followers belong to them.