The two Yik Yak founders are embroiled in a lawsuit by their fraternity brother, who claims he helped create the fast-growing app.
A third-party application has claimed responsibility for the recent Snapchat leak. YouTube is opening a brand-friendly studio for creators in New York. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
“[Gawker’s] 60-plus pages of excuses are in stark contrast to [its] editorial condemnation of other companies who use unpaid interns.”
Social networks are rife with instances of online defamation. While there are few online defamation acts, libel lawsuits that cite the Communications Decency Act have been successfully tried in courts around the world.
Last week in San Francisco district court, Yelp sued Timothy Catron, the apparent owner of the websites AdBlaze and BuyYelpReview, for selling fake reviews for the website, according to court documents.
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged NASDAQ with securities laws violations attributable to poor systems and poor decisions related to the initial public offering (IPO) of Facebook shares, and is imposing a $10 million penalty.
Twitter today finalized in San Francisco district court an agreement with the makers of TweetAdder software that bars them from making future software designed to violate Twitter’s terms of service, according to court documents.
Theodore Schroeder, who worked with early Pinterest investor Brian Cohen on a previous project, has sued Cohen and Pinterest for passing ideas he brought to that project to Pinterest’s co-founders, who used them to develop the successful social network.
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Apple Kills Chomp for Android (GigaOM)
Apple acquired app discovery service Chomp earlier this year, betting that it would help make app discovery easier and better on its iTunes App Store. The casualty of that acquisition is the Chomp for Android app which seems to have been discontinued. Ars Technica Chomp’s app allows users to search the App Store using a proprietary algorithm to figure out what apps actually do (instead of just using keywords or app names). The app also allows users to see which apps their Facebook or Twitter friends have reviewed, adding a social networking element to the service. MacRumors Apple reportedly paid about $50 million for Chomp, which also had a deal with Verizon to power its Android app search tools. That agreement will presumably be ending as Chomp completes its integration into Apple and focuses all of its attention on iOS. SlashGear Still, beyond the annoyance factor for Android users previously relying on Chomp to ferret out new software, the real interest should come when Apple better integrates the engine into its own store. According to sources speaking when the deal was first revealed, Apple intends to use the technology to dramatically improve the discoverability of new and interesting apps in its increasingly crowded store. Read more
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