STLR Link Roundup – June 4, 2012

Facebook Goes Public, Becomes More Democratic:
Facebook made lots of news in May when it finally became a publicly-traded company. Now, in addition to eventual shareholder votes, the company is opening itself up to even more voting. This past week Facebook put certain privacy changes to a user vote. It remains to be seen whether users can take a few minutes away from precious status updates and wall posts to vote on this potentially important new policy.

Judge Praised in Oracle v. Google Litigation:
In the recently-concluded (for now) courtroom battle between Google and Oracle over certain elements of the Android platform, the judge presiding over the litigation has received praise from commentators for his handling of case. Whether Oracle (who lost the case) would agree is debatable.

… And Yet Google Gets Out-Classed:
While Google may well be pleased with the result in the Oracle litigation, its ongoing Google Books suit is likely troubling to the Big G. The company was recently dealt a blow in the case, when the presiding judge (Judge Chin of the S.D.N.Y.) certified a class of authors that may now continue their litigation.

… While Apple and Samsung are Put to a New Test:
In perhaps an unprecedented act of judicial activism (or slack-tivism?) the judge overseeing the Apple-Samsung litigation before the ITC has announced a new test that he will use in determining whether the Samsung devices infringe upon Apple’s iPhone and iPad products. He will ask himself whether the allegedly-infringing articles “look like, feel like, and/or smell like” Apple’s patented designs. He was inspired to create the test by a memorable sketch performed by the famed “Cheech and Chong” comedy duo.


One Reply to “STLR Link Roundup – June 4, 2012”

  1. Social networking may be a small step in the direction of e-democracy.   It is an excellent opportunity to allow more citizens to become involved in government by expressing their opinions and concerns about governmental policy making.  It is nice to see Facebook allowing its users to have some minor say in how they want to communicate.  By allowing more open social discussion with our elected officials I am certain that we might be able to loosen the grip of well financed lobbyists.   A speech given by Hillary Clinton on January 21, 2010, addressed this issue of internet freedom and the role that new technologies have played in shaping democratic practices.  It will be interesting to see if our fellow citizens are willing to take the time to become more involved in governmental policy, or they may just prefer to sit back and not get involved.

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