Facebook to sue Mark Zuckerberg?

No, we are not talking about Facebook’s CEO. This Mark Zuckerberg hails from Israel and is an entrepreneur who owns Like Store, a social marketing company which sells Likes to other companies for their brand pages on Facebook. Born as Rotem Guez, he legally changed his name on the 7th of December and according to some sources, he is planning to change his family’s name as well.

This is the second time Facebook has threatened to sue Israeli Zuckerberg. His company, Like Store, was found to be violating Facebook’s terms of service by the social giant’s law firm Perkins Coi, and was instructed to shut down their page on the social network.

And surprisingly, this Israeli entrepreneur also filed a lawsuit against Facebook earlier this year when he was prohibited access to his profile page. It is true that Facebook can sue Like Store on the basis of said violations to the terms of service, but it will be funny when we will see news headings citing the social network’s founder’s name.

On the other side, Rotem Guez(Mark Zuckerberg) is in no mood to abandon either his name or his company. He has even made a website by the name of markzuckerbergofficial.com and a fan page on Facebook by the name of I’m Mark Zuckerberg which has got more than 3000 likes.

So the question now is plain and simple, Will Facebook sue Mark Zuckerberg?

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Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Rypple

Salesforce.com has acquired Rypple, a provider of social software to the big tech giants like Facebook. The terms of the acquisition have not been made public yet. With this acquisition, Salesforce.com has entered the venture of human resource software and this is being seen by many as an attempt to challenge the huge user base of SAP AG and Oracle Corp, both of which occupy the top positions in this sector.

According to the official website of Rypple, it helps managers ensure their teams get the continuous feedback they need to stay aligned, learn faster, and consistently achieve their goals. Plus since most of its clients are the big players in the tech and social industry, we cannot doubt about its capabilities.

According to Executive Vice President of Salesforce.com John Wookey, they are developing HR software which can be used by various companies for recruiting, training and monitoring their employees. Salesforce.com will become a major player in the social media after this acquisition.

On the other side, when asked about this acquisition, the executives of both Oracle and SAP AG declined to comment.

Both Oracle and SAP AG see Salesforce.com as a major rival as they have spent a lot of money and resources in past to compete with Salesforce.com in the area of web based programs.

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Facebook Can Cause Serious Mental Health Problems In Kids ?

A study done by Dr. Larry D. Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, shows that the excessive use of social networking site Facebook can cause serious mental health problems like aggressive tendencies and antisocial behavior in kids.

The title of the study was “Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids” and is based on the findings by Dr. Rosen, who is studying the effect of technology in our day-to-day life for more than 25 years.

Rosen also said that the parents today think that by using a monitoring tool, they can limit their child’s social activity. But they are completely wrong as their kids are more technically advanced than them and usually find a way to work around that monitoring tool.

Though its negative impacts are more, the study shows that social networking has also made youngsters more efficient at communication skills and they can easily communicate with their teachers through social media.

The thing here is that like everything in this world, social networking has both pros and cons. It depends on the end users how to use a platform they have been provided with.

Do you think social networking is valuable or is it just a way to kill your time?

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Leaves Facebook

Randi Zuckerberg, the marketing director of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s sister has left her job at Facebook. She resigned from her post after returning from a three month long maternity leave. Facebook has confirmed this news and stated that,”We are grateful for her important service”.

Randi announced that she will be launching her own social networking website, RotZ Media, which will aim at socializing business on the Internet.

Randi Zuckerberg was an employee of Facebook ever since its launch and she said that it was one of the toughest decisions of her life to leave Facebook.

“I have spent my years at Facebook pouring my heart and soul into innovating and pushing the media industry forward by introducing new concepts around live, social, participatory viewing that the media industry has since adopted,” Randi added.

According to Zuckerberg, her future website will work with media in new and more social ways and interaction with media will be innovative rather than a formality.

At this point of time, we cannot say much about RotZ Media as no information about it is available at the moment but one thing about which we are sure is that Facebook will try to fill her position as soon as possible as Facebook’s business relies on marketing mostly.

And who knows, we might find a familiar face from other companies at Facebook.

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Facebook Buys iPad Book Publisher

Facebook has acquired an iPad book maker by the name of Push Pop Press, which is known for publishing digital version of Al Gore’s book,”Our Choice”. Facebook has not disclosed details of this deal and has just stated that it is not planning to release any digital book yet.

Push Pop Press said in a public release that Facebook will not introduce its own digital publishing firm but will try to integrate Push Pop Press’ ideas and innovations that could work with its social network.

Facebook didn’t say much on the deal in its public release but only said that they were thrilled after purchasing Push Pop Press as according to it, Push Pop Press’ software has the ability to change the way people live and think.

We think that, Facebook is entering more and more ventures as the social networking giant thinks that the competition in social market is going to be very tough in future and here we are not only talking about Google+.

There are a hell lot of regional social networking sites having a large number of users and their users even prefer them over Facebook.

This move can be seen as a way of attracting new users with a safe game plan.

Do you agree?

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Twitter’s Worth Reaches $8.4 Billion After Funding

The micro blogging giant has become a $8.4 billion company due to a “significant” round of funding from companies worldwide. Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian firm known for its investment in various social networking sites has contributed a “generous amount” to Twitter.

Officially, no financial details were disclosed but if insider claims are taken into account, the San Francisco based social networking giant raised nearly $800 million which was rounded to $8.4 billion after the deal.

It was also said that Twitter will take 50% of this investment and the rest will be spent for buying the shares of the existing share holders.

Twitter has nearly 600 employees and seeing the success rate of this social network, we won’t be surprised if we see more investments like this in future.

After the launch of Google+, Facebook’s competition with Twitter was sort of finished. As Facebook and Google+ are fighting continuously for the crown of best social network, Twitter played a smart game by staying out of their fight.

Though Twitter is not big as both Facebook and Google, still its growth rate shows that it could beat them in a couple of years if it keeps on growing at a fast pace.

Will Twitter introduce some new features if it keeps on securing huge investments like this?

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Social Networking Between Teachers And Students Prohibited By Missouri Senate

Missouri Senate has prohibited teachers and students from any type of social networking. In most basic terms, this means that no teacher can be a Facebook friend of any student.

Missouri Senate drafted a bill(Bill 54) according to which teachers and students are banned from having any contact on any social network which is exclusive and provides mode of private communication.

Some experts say that this may be a step to ensure ethical communication between teachers and students. According to reports, this bill is designed to prevent any misconduct of children by teachers and in some cases, vice versa.

Though this bill sounds good theoretically, but in practical life, it will be difficult for authorities to detect any type of “unethical social relationship”.

Recently there was a case where a student abused his teacher on Facebook and was expelled from his school on disciplinary grounds. This bill aims to prevent this kind of misconduct.

The reception of this bill by public is mixed as some openly criticize it while others declare that this bill will ensure a healthy relationship between teachers and students.

What do you guys think? Will just an enactment of a bill be able to ensure an “ethical relationship” between teachers and students?

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Spotify Sued By PacketVideo

The collaborator of Facebook has been sued by PacketVideo over patent violations and its music streaming technology. Spotify has recently collaborated with Facebook to provide online music to its users. The lawsuit claims that Spotify violates patents owned by PacketVideo which deal with “method of streaming music over data networks”.

Tech experts were waiting for something of this type to happen as the technology used by Spotify is not unique. Users might have noticed that Spotify, apart from providing music online, has no other USP.

The Britain based online music provider company has started its US services just 2 weeks back and in that short period of time, has a lawsuit up its sleeve.

Spotify said that it will strongly present its side as it is sure that no patent has been violates. The lawsuit has been filed in the Netherlands and San Diego which claim that Spotify has “deliberately” used PacketVideo’s technology.

Spotify is strongly contesting PacketVideo’s claims as according to it, its technology is “highly innovative, proprietary hybrid technology that incorporates peer-to-peer technology”.

Though a hearing has been scheduled, still an agreement could be made outside the court.

We’ll keep you updated on this matter.

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Facebook To Reward Security Experts For Reporting Bugs

The social networking giant has begun offering a certain amount of bounty to security experts who will find bugs in the social network and report it to the Facebook administration. The basic bounty for “certain qualifying” bugs has been set to $500.

This is the first time ever that any social networking site is going to pay its active users in return of their services. This feature is also seen by many experts as a way to counter the popularity of Google+.

The Palo Alto based company said that,”Our security team will assess each bug to determine if qualifies”. Furthermore it stated that the bounty of $500 is a base price and it can be increased if the vulnerability reported is big.

It is worth noting that Facebook is desperately trying to improve its security features as its arch nemesis Google+ openly boasts about its tight security.

Facebook recently hired George Hotz, who was sued by Sony Corp. for “degrading its product”. He hacked the PlayStation 3 and is the first person in the history to jailbreak the iPhone.

This is another attempt of the social giant to attract top security experts who give their services to many notable sites.

Will offering bounties help Facebook grow?

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Google+ After One Month: Will It Grow More Or Not ?

It has been a month since the most awaited social networking website made its debut. As it was predicted by various tech gurus, Google+ saw a huge success in its initial weeks. But at the end of its first month, its traffic has gone down a bit.

Google+ started its journey as the biggest threat to the social networking giant Facebook and made it go in a self defense mode. Facebook launched many new services in response to Google+ as Mark Zuckerberg feared the immense popularity that Google+ enjoyed in its initial days.

If we talk about the journey of Google+, so far it has done pretty well. The biggest achievement of Google+ is that while still being in a field trial stage and an invite only site, it managed to grab 10 million users in its first week and if some reports are to be believed, this figure rose upto 20 million in its second week.

While these facts are amazing, Google+ also saw a loss of around 3.2% of its users at the end of its first month.

The biggest challenge Google+ is facing today is that its user interface is not as simple as that of Facebook’s. Some users find it tough to adjust with the interface as they are used to the simple interface of Facebook. And furthermore, Google+ is not yet open to the organizations, which means no famous brands are there to follow.

Though this is only its first month and in future Google+ may get more traffic but the fact is that users no longer find it interesting as they have no new features to use.

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