Twitter and the Oprah Effect

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] According to the latest Pew Internet survey, one in five of you want to tell everyone what you’re up to in 140 characters or less. More specifically, 19% of Internet users are posting status updates on Twitter or another service (I would imagine that Facebook is the runner-up, with […]

Could a Facebook poke put you in the pokey?

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] A woman in Tennessee was recently arrested for… a Facebook poke. The poke in question violated an order of protection (i.e., restraining order), since an OP prohibits “telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.” This definitely includes electronic communication (I’ve seen judges vehemently remind respondents that it means […]

Amazon Coughs Up $150K for Lost Homework

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Remember how a kid’s Amazon Kindle ate his homework? Described as “a bit ironic,” the situation that spawned a lawsuit involved remote deletion of electronic copies of Orwell’s 1984 from customers’ Kindles due to some copyright confusion. The kid in question had already taken notes on his, and then […]