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Should Twitter Own The “Pull To Refresh” Patent?

Twitter has filed a patent application to own the “pull to refresh” functionality, which is increasingly popular on a whole slew of mobile apps, including Facebook and Google+. But should Twitter really be able to own something as basic as pulling the screen down to refresh it?
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£90,000 Damages Awarded For Libelous Tweet

A 131-character tweet just cost Lalit Modi £1.5 million in court costs – and damages to boot. What happened? Another case of not thinking things through before you tweet, it seems.
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Taking Twitter Followers With You When You Leave

breaking ropeSome would argue that @MayorofLondon seems to pretty clearly represent the Twitter stream of the Mayor of London, regardless of who that person is. Others may disagree with this statement – like Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London, who changed the name of the account to @BorisJohnson on day one of the mayoral election campaign, taking 200k+ Twitter followers with him. He has since changed it back, but it raises an interesting question and one we’ll see more often: who owns your Twitter account?
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Estonian Courts Want To Use Twitter To Contact Crime Suspects

No one can say the Estonian courts are technologically backwards: they’re blazing a new social media trail as they attempt to outline the ways in which they can contact criminals and suspects via Facebook and Twitter, serving subpoenas in 140-characters or less.
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Twitter (And 17 Others) Being Sued For Privacy Violations

Twitter is one defendant among 17 being named in a privacy lawsuit. The company and its co-defendants are being accused by 13 individuals of uploading user address books on smartphones without permission or notification.
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Manchester United Striker Fined £15,000 For Homophobic Tweet

The Manchester striker Federico Macheda has been fined £15,000 ($24,000) for admitting to tweeting a homophobic slur.

This is the latest in a series of fines – many of which have been slapped on sports figures – for inappropriate tweeting.
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Federal Judge Rules Twitter Must Cough Up ID Of User Who Threatened Bachmann

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Twitter must hand over the identity of a user who made threats against Michelle Bachmann on the network.
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Twitter Faces First Defamation Lawsuit In Australia

In a strange case that seems more money-hungry than concerned about justice, a Melbourne Australia man is suing Twitter for being the outlet on which defamatory tweets were posted about him.
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Indonesian Minister Says Twitter Offenders May Face Up To 7-12 Years In Jail

The Communications and Information Minister of Indonesia has said that anyone found tweeting content that violates the law could face between 7 and 12 years in prison.
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Man Convicted For Tweeting A Joke Takes His Case To The High Court

“Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!” 

That’s the tweet that got trainee accountant Paul Chambers a criminal record, earning him the title of first British citizen to be convicted for something he tweeted. However, Chambers isn’t going down without a fight, and has challenged the conviction in the UK high court.
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