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Tavern can’t fire workers over Facebook ‘likes,’ appeals court affirms

From Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet: A Connecticut bar-and-grill violated a federal labor law when it fired two employees for “liking” and responding to a former co-worker’s Facebook post about their wages and tax liabilities, a federal appeals court has affirmed.

The National Labor Relations Board found Triple D LLC’s employees engaged in protected activity when they continued a discussion on Facebook about their employer’s tax withholding, and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

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Facebook in India – Graphic of the day

While Asia Pacific accounts for a third of Facebook’s monthly active users, it generates less than one sixth of the company’s advertising revenue. But in India alone, Facebook makes the most ad impressions by far, more than double its nearest competitor. Today’s graphic shows the top 10 web content publishers in India in addition to some Facebook India statistics.

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9/11 responders’ Facebook records released in disability fraud investigation

From Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet: Retired New York firefighters and police officers are among the 381 Facebook users whose accounts must be released to the Manhattan district attorney’s office in its large-scale investigation of fraudulent 9/11-based disability claims, a state appeals court has ruled.

Search warrant applications show the district attorney’s office reasonably believed the retired civil servants had feigned mental illness to get disability benefits after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and it sought to find evidence on Facebook, the Supreme Court Appellate Division, 1st Department, said.

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Messaging app usage on Android smartphones – Graphic of the day

Today’s graphic shows an analysis by Mobidia that compared the amount of time users spent on six messaging apps (Tencent’s WeChat, Naver’s Line, Daum Kakao’s Kakao Talk, Blackberry Messenger and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger) in ten major countries. The mobile analytics firm compared the time spent in each app last month versus a year earlier.

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Do you know what you’re telling me (and the rest of the world)?

Written By Matt Angelicola, Thomson Reuters

I have not actually spoken to more than five people I graduated high school with nearly twenty years ago; however, I am “friends” with almost 200 of them on social media.  I read about their marriages, children, and new homes all the time.  I get an intimate look into the lives of 195 people all over the world who probably couldn’t pick me out of a line-up and they don’t care.  So what’s my point?  Well, first off, I think social media is a wonderful thing and I’m glad I get to be connected to people whom I otherwise would not get a chance to see.  There is a treasure trove of information that users may unintentionally allow anyone and (in some cases) everyone to know.  (more…)

Breakingviews ebook: Tech Mania 2.014

Tech Mania 2.014

Recently, Breakingviews announced the launch of its latest e-book, Tech Mania 2.014, which takes on the fast-paced world of new technology. The new Breakingviews ebook walks readers through the froth evident from Silicon alley to Hangzhou exploring the size of the bubble, the likely effects of a pop, and lasting consequences for governance and innovation. In Tech Mania 2.014, you’ll find a roundup of Breakingviews’ best coverage, interactive calculators and graphics covering the feverish world of new technology. Breakingviews’ columnists offer provocative opinions on both tech giants like Facebook and Alibaba as well as upstarts such as Fantex, along with analysis of critical industry developments and aspiring technology hubs like China.

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Top world tech and China IPOs – graphic of the day

Today’s graphic lists the top 15 technology and Chinese company IPOs. Facebook stands atop all of the tech IPOs in terms of proceeds, while Agricultural Bank of China and ICBC dominate the Chinese space.

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Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

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This week’s $23.4 billion bid for Forest Laboratories by Actavis PLC and Facebook’s $19.5 billion acquisition of WhatsApp pushed announced US target M&A activity to $308.6 billion for year-to-date 2014, an 84% increase compared to a year ago. US targets account for 65% of overall worldwide deal making, the strongest year-to-date percentage over the past 20 years. Morgan Stanley, an advisor to WhatsApp, holds a narrow lead over JP Morgan in the US target M&A rankings so far this year

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Mark Zuckerberg’s wizardry

Jeffrey Goldfarb and Breakingviews columnists discuss Facebook’s $19 bln acquisition of WhatsApp and the magical logic that needs to be used to explain the deal. Use this Breakingviews calculator to see what Facebook needs to do to make the deal stack up.

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Twitter’s valuation – graphic of the day

Twitter revealed fairly modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. Today’s graphic compares key statistics from Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin based on the full year ahead of each company’s IPO.

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