Awkward Family Thanksgiving? Make Them Sign These Contracts

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Already on your way to another brewing storm of discontent, resentment and old-fashioned emotional Thanksgiving-time mayhem? We get it, families are tough to deal with, and sometimes, a candid and honest conversation about your needs and emotions isn’t enough to prevent a nervous breakdown. No, you may need some backup.

Shake, an app that allows you to easily create legally binding contracts, is releasing a special Holiday Bundle of Thanksgiving-themed contracts to keep your family in line over the next few torturous days. This set of contracts might not be legally binding, but they might be a more effective intervention than sitting Aunt Nora down to tell her she can be a real terror around this time of the year. Read More


Battle of the NYC Startups: GroupMe Sues Groupie to ‘Remove Cloud of Uncertainty’ Around Trademark

No smiley face for Groupie.

Last week, GroupMe*, the popular group messaging app acquired by Skype in late Augustfiled a complaint in Southern District of New York against Groupie, another New York City-based startup. Their stated motive: to “remove the ‘cloud’ of uncertainty” around the GroupMe trademark.

In the filing, GroupMe stops just short of calling Groupie a trademark troll. Funny, we’re more accustomed to hearing about the patent kind.   Read More


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

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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