Lawsuits

‘Contributors’ File Class Action Lawsuit Against Yahoo for July Hack

Yahoo!

That was fast. In mid-July hackers calling themselves “the D33Ds Company” gave Yahoo a spanking for lax security by posting the login information of some of the 453,000 mostly unpaid bloggers working for Yahoo and Associated Content’s contributor network. Less than a month later, we’ve got the first class-action lawsuit related to the breach.

New Hampshire resident Jeff Allan is the named plaintiff in the case. In papers filed July 31 in a U.S. District Court in Northern California, attorneys detailed how Mr. Allan discovered his information was compromised: Read More

Legalese

Google Isn’t Making Any Promises About Stuff Working, Okay?

Screen Shot 2012-04-26 at 1.45.54 PM

The advent of Google Drive has prompted the Internet to take another look at those recently updated terms of service, and the Internet does not like what it sees. Written largely in legalese (which we like to think of as “lawyer wizard-speak”), the document isn’t entirely clear regarding whether users retain ownership of the content they upload and what Google can do with that content. The result: A tempest in a teapot, Twitter being the teapot–when in fact, the policy isn’t substantively that different than those from Dropbox and SkyDrive. It’s just far less plainspoken. (Though there is a chance files set as “public” could end up in Google promotional materials.)

But while nosing around Google’s terms of service, Betabeat found something rather interesting/amusing nestled under “Our Warranties and Disclaimers.” And that’s a pretty clear refusal to make a blanket promise that their products will work like you want, when you want. Read More