It’s Friday so in time honoured tradition here are the best bits we’ve seen this week:
Soon U.S. employers may be able to request the login details of employee’s social media accounts. This comes after a last-minute amendment to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would have outlawed such behavior, was blocked by the US House of Representatives.
This may once again open up the debate about who has ownership of your social media channel?
You may remember in 2010 PhoneDog attempted to sue former employee Noah Kravitz for his 23,000 followers. The case was settled after a year and a half of legal mediation, but if employers start logging into your account and posting on your behalf would that entitle them to a partial share?
Either way I’m sure the ethical question of your boss posting updates on your behalf is enough to keep you up at night.
Google+ last week announced it’s integration with the comments on Blogger. Simply put this means, if someone is discussing your post on G+ the comments will appear alongside your regular Blogger comments. Originally only released for Blogger the WordPress integration is only a few weeks behind.
This simple integration not only seems to highlight Google’s intent to use Google+ as a passport for the internet, but will also help you to keep track of the conversations occurring on in the social sphere.
This week the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey L. Bleich, opened up a rather interesting debate. Not on the morals of illegal downloading but weather or not Tyrion Lannister (The Game of Thrones character know as ‘The Imp’) would thank us if we stopped downloading the HBO series?
I once spoke to a cast member of the Showtime series ‘The Borgias’ who confessed that she downloaded the series because Showtime refused to give her a free copy. She also hinted that this was common practice unless you were Jeremy Irons. So we can assume on this premise that Peter Dinklage (the actor playing Tyrion) doesn’t mind.
Also if we look at Tyrion’s character in the series he is a cheeky, intelligent, spoilt, slightly selfish little man who is obsessed with influence and would only object to illegal downloading if it were to his detriment. As the illegal download figures (around 4,280,000 times through public BitTorrent trackers in 2012) would suggest that it is only helping to make his name synonymous around the world.
So either way you look at it I think Tyrion would say, ‘let the peasants carry on, what do I care?’
Finally ‘One More Time’, were the thoughts of many a Daft Punk fan this week. The French duo broke the Spotify record for the most streamed track in a single day for their new single ‘Get Lucky’. Spotify have yet to release the actual figures but you can bet its an astronomical figure.
That’s all from us this week but if you want to discuss any of these topics… or any topic for that matter come find me on Google+.