Last week, GroupMe*, the popular group messaging app acquired by Skype in late August–filed 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.
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