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Daily archives for December 16th, 2008

Facebook taking off! Australian courts even rule it’s sufficient for serving legal documents

Facebook taking off!   Australian courts even rule it’s sufficient for serving legal documents


In this picture I’m helping my daughter’s mother-in-law, Donna, initiate her Facebook account.

Facebook has really taken off recently. I’ve been adding to my friends exponentially the last few months, as it seems like everyone is now flocking to Facebook as the preferred Social networking site. I still enjoy my Myspace account as well, but it is clear that right now it is facebook which is getting most of the activity.

Now, it looks like Facebook has become an approved channel for serving legal documents in Australia. I wonder how soon this will be done here in the US.

Here is the story:

Tue Dec 16, 11:07 pm ET

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Lawyers in Australia expect the internet social network site Facebook to become a new way of tracking down defendants after a landmark court ruling.

The Supreme Court in Australia’s capital Canberra has ruled that Facebook is a sufficient way of serving legal documents to defendants who cannot be found.

The case surrounded a couple who defaulted on a loan, but who couldn’t be found.

“We couldn’t find the defendants personally after many attempts so we thought we would try and find them on Facebook,” lawyer Mark McCormack said.

“We did a public search based on the email address we had and the defendants Facebook page appeared.”

He said that was enough to convince the court, which found Facebook was a sufficient way of communicating legal papers when it is the plaintiff’s responsibility to personally deliver documents.

(Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

Rumors abound about Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs; I hope he is okay

Rumors abound about Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs; I hope he is okay

Those of us that are fans of Apple (Computer) are bummed to hear news tonight about CEO Steve Jobs planning to miss the next (and last) Macworld Convention. It has fueled rumors that his cancer has returned, and that his health may be in serious jeopardy. I hope he’s not as sick as bloggers are speculating. If so, it is very bad news for Apple product lovers. Steve Jobs remains the personal inspiration behind most of Apple’s breakthrough products.

Apple’s been doing very well in recent years, and they have just tripled their footprint at South Center mall. Their new South Center store is the second largest Apple store in Washington.

What do you think? Could the Apple company still thrive without Steve Job’s leadership?

Under stress from tough times, newspaper art critic gets personal with rival

Under stress from tough times, newspaper art critic gets personal with rival

In further evidence about stress at the newspaper offices, a Seattle PI blog columnist has lashed out at a rival in today’s online edition. Before the day was out however, it was taken off-line. I suspect the pressure of another round of lay-offs is at the root of this tiff.

While the Newspaper blog was taken down, this blogger sponsored by the Puget Sound Business Journal wrote an article on this exchange and includes a link to the Google cache of the subject article (the one that was removed).