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Tech lawsuits: Blackberry vs. Ryan Seacrest, and Facebook’s “private message”

Credit: Brian Turner

Credit: Brian Turner

Facebook and Typo Products, a Los Angeles start-up backed by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, would probably have preferred not to begin 2014 facing lawsuits. No such luck. Once again, Facebook is being sued for invasion of privacy – this time for scanning private message content for links and, the claimants say, providing that information to advertisers. Seacrest’s Typo Products is being accused of illegally copying technology developed by Blackberry for its not-yet-released iPhone keyboards. If you’re worried about Facebook reading your private messages – or just in the market for an iPhone keyboard – read on. Read more

Top news stories around the U.S. — What you missed while you were checking Facebook and Twitter

Grain belt drought

Grain belt drought (Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture)

I know, I know, it may seem hard to believe that there is much more going on in the country than what your friends post in your Facebook and Twitter feeds. To keep you in the know, check out these top news stories from around the U.S. that you may have missed while reading what your ex is doing over the weekend.

Higher Ed degrees: Worth their weight?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. employs “115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees.” Read more

Job search tips for college students: How to utilize Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

As a career coach and human resources professional, one of the questions college students ask me is, “Can social media sites help me find a job?” While most students are already aware of the idea of creating a basic LinkedIn profile, many have never considered using Facebook and Twitter to help them find the right internship or job. In today’s competitive job market, recruiters and hiring managers rely on these sites to locate and connect with new talent. Here are some HR insider tips on how to make these social media sites work for your job search. Read more