Tag Archives: technology

Fake Twitter Purchase

Staying connected

A publicly traded company since 2013, Twitter’s existence depends on its owners and its users. As one of its largest shareholders, Elon Musk proposed an acquisition of the company earlier this year. After the company failed to disclose the precise percentage of its fake user accounts, referred to as bot accounts, Musk rescinded his $44 billion offer. The company has now responded with legal action and challenges Musk’s reasoning for not going through with the deal. Twitter accuses Musk, who operates as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, of changing his mind due to a shift in his financial motivations. Continue reading

Put a Pin in It

Vision board

For users, creating a Pinterest Board takes personal dedication and delivers inspiration. Some of the more popular boards to develop arguably include Wedding, Home Décor, Fashion, and DIY. During preparation for an upcoming wedding, a user may refer to a database of images that may incite an element of creativity, such as gown styles, cake decorations, or centerpiece ideas, which may be virtually “pinned” to the inspiration board. A possible underlying purpose of engaging in the app is to visualize a change in lifestyle or help plan for a future event. Despite the exposition of positive images and ideas, the company must now prepare for a legal defense. Continue reading

Company (B)reaches for Resolution

Cyber attack

Boston University is one of several clients that have been subjected to the effects of a data breach involving a likely cyber attack against Creative Services, Inc. The targeted company handles background checks and deals with sensitive personal information, such as an individual’s name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, and date of birth. In response to this breach, which has compromised files from November 2018 through November 2021, four lawsuits have been initiated. The plaintiffs intend to pursue a class action status for their claims. The primary complaint accuses Creative Service, Inc. of failing to provide reasonable security measures to protect client information. Continue reading

Watch Your Purchased Items

Is the pain worth it?

Apple is known for its innovative technology and smart products. A new lawsuit, however, showcases a design that might not have come initially advertised. Five consumers of the Series 3 smartwatch have filed a class action lawsuit, alleging a defect that causes personal injury. One of the claimants was so severely injured that the broken watch display sliced open a vein. Unfortunately, this is not the first stream of complaints reported. As early as 2015, when the first Apple Watch was introduced to the market, customers have described appearances of burn marks or rashes on their wrists. Continue reading

Tech Trouble Ends in Settlement

Invasion of privacy?

Concerning a prior consumer complaint, which accused Facebook of violating an Illinois privacy law, a settlement has been reached and approved by a judge. According to the lawsuit, without the permission of users, Facebook has used facial-recognition technology to help tag photos on profiles. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2015 in Illinois, where state privacy laws specifically forbid this type of biometric collection and storage of data without the consent of members. Since the lawsuit began, Facebook has altered its technology and has also been ordered by a judge to pay $650 million in compensation. Continue reading