Facebook rebuffed the defense attorney???s subpoena seeking access to the conversation, citing the federal Stored Communications Act, which protects the privacy of electronic communications like e-mail ??? but which carves out an exemption for law enforcement, thus assisting prosecutors. ???It???s so one-sided ??? they cooperate 110 percent anytime someone in the government asks for information,??? one Oregon attorney told the Portland Oregonian, citing a separate case in which Facebook withheld conversations that could have disproved a rape charge, but turned over the same conversations when the prosecution demanded them.
Other defense attorneys voice similar complaints, and the judge in the murder case went so far as to call Facebook ???flippant??? and ???frustrating??? in its handling of the defense???s subpoenas. Facebook, for its part, has said it is inundated with judicial requests and tries to handle them uniformly within the confines of the law.
If you’ve done nothing wrong, you may not be able to get the evidence to show that.
Those who own the future are going to be the ones who create it. It???s all up for grabs. Web monopolies are not as sticky as the monopolies of old.
On a cost-per-existing-customer basis, Facebook stole Instagram. And that’s before Facebook spreads out the solution to the rest of its 780million users! Forget about how many employees Instagram has, or its historical revenues or its assets. In an innovation economy, if you have a product that 35million people hear about and start using in less than a year, you have something very valuable!
Kudos go to Mark Zuckerberg as CEO, and his team, for making this acquisition so quickly.
Greed or fear.
Mr Zuckerberg has so far avoided the pitfalls by handling the rise of Facebook cleverly, and reversing his mistakes rapidly enough not to alienate users. But as its growth has slowed in the US, he has clearly got worried at the growing competitive threats to its dominance.
Instagram was one but there are others, some of which would be even more expensive. The internet has a nasty habit of consuming its mature companies ??? Yahoo took 18 years from being founded in 1994 to get into its current state. Facebook will be lucky to last that long.
Schumpeter’s curve is shortening in the post-Industrial age
Here’s another angle on a set of already very good answers: the most obvious value of Facebook as a service to users is for one-to-many communications of “present tense” thoughts and activity. Photos are already a huge part of that experience, as I believe that Facebook is the single largest photo sharing service on the web.
The collection of all of those “present tense” things + the passage of time means that Facebook also is a massive repository of “past tense” things. This reality is reflected in the recent Facebook Timeline redesign/launch.
Facebook is to the 21st Century what Kodak was to the 20th Century. They catalog what you thought, who you were with, and – most pertinently to this question – what you saw. They’re in the business of capturing and sharing memories.
The value that Instagram provides to users is that it makes memories more interesting. That’s a pretty solid alignment with what Facebook is all about these days.
when I post images from my cellphone it’s emailed (to a distribution list that includes the Twitpic & Facebook posting addresses) and its not trivial.
This answer reminded me that if you make something even a little easier, there may be surprising suppressed demand for the facility.
I actually post pictures in preference to status updates, for me, they are easier. Going by the number of other spontaneous “Kodak moments” I see (very few), that’s not the case for many.
The “Insta” in Instagram.
This is not the first time that Yahoo! has reached for its lawyers to target a firm about to go public. In 2004 it launched a legal assault on Google involving patents shortly before the search firm staged its own listing. Google ultimately agreed to a settlement over the matter, taking a $200m charge against its earnings to do so. Yahoo! is no doubt hoping that Facebook will throw in the towel as well to avoid awkward legal wrangling in the run-up to its initial public offering (IPO).
Perhaps Yahoo will patent the pre-IPO patent suit. A wonderful innovation that deserves state protection.