Twitter is trying to trademark "tweet," the verb used to describe posting on the microblogging site. According to the company's blog, Twitter isn't going to target those who use the term in relevant applications but it is looking to reserve the right to protect the brand in the event of a "confusing or damaging" usage.
Search results from Microsoft's Bing will include real-time updates from select Twitter users. Microsoft used the micro-blogging service's open API to index the results in real time for such popular users as actor Ashton Kutcher and tech blogger Kara Swisher.
Nike is taking its community philanthropy online by offering $650,000 in neighborhood grants through social media. Groups that are using sports as a vehicle for change have to rally supporters on Facebook and Twitter to vote for their application.
Online networks aren't replacing old-fashioned business clubs, whose members have more trust in one another and seem more willing to help one another out, this article states. But such organizations are less effective in meritocratic America than in emerging markets. The openness of social-networking sites gives them some clear advantages: They can connect users across borders and industries, and they tend to draw more entrepreneurs.
Michigan's Supreme Court has decided that jurors cannot use Twitter, send text messages or search Google during a trial. Prosecutors have been complaining that their juries are distracted by cell phones and that jurors will search case-related information online, a seemingly innocent act that can result in a mistrial. "It almost invites people to do extrinsic research," a district attorney says of the Internet. "The problem is -- technology has far outpaced the court rules."