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Aug 24: Facebook starts lawsuit, new iPhone anti-theft, and more!

Good Tuesday to all of you. I’m back again with a news roundup for today. Overall it’s a pretty interesting day, so if you’re interesting in seeing what I’ve compiled, read on!

Lawsuits, Lawsuits, Lawsuits

Surprise! Yes, there is yet another outrageous lawsuit out there. It seems that Facebook [has decided they own any word ending in “book”](http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/08/facebook-owns-book/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Index+3+(Top+Stories+2))) – or at lest the rights to it. I enjoy Wired’s initial response to this:

This begs the obvious question: Would Facebook sue a social-networking site for priests named Goodbook? Or a librarian-networking site named Librarybook?

What I want to know is why Facebook is targeting a no-name site that very few people would have thought to find on their own anyway? Why haven’t they targeted social networking sites like “yearbook.com”? I’m not sure what sparked this, as I doubt this site would have ever actually gained any popularity. Trying to re-invent the wheel has always been an exercise left to the student, unless you’ve got something unique to present. Teachbook, however, seems to be a Joomla! driven website run by someone without much concept of what they are doing. Case in point, an about page that has no information on it (screen shot below).

Yeah, anyway… moving on.

[![](http://static.squarespace.com/static/507ba2f9c4aa45dec4f03316/507ba4cee4b044d779f49a4b/507ba4d3e4b044d779f49ac5/1282678085000/?format=original "Pluto Image from Hubble")](http://static.squarespace.com/static/507ba2f9c4aa45dec4f03316/507ba4cee4b044d779f49a4b/507ba4d3e4b044d779f49ac5/1282678085000/?format=original)
Not a planet. Sad.
**Pluto: The Dwarf Planet** [Wired reminds us today](http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2010/08/0824pluto-deplanetized?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Index+3+(Top+Stories+2))) that four years ago this day Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet. I personally remember this being a pretty big deal for me in high school… I guess because I didn’t really consider the classification of a planet something that has one of those ominous “thems” behind it, you know? But alas, everything is controlled by someone. But, if you’re feeling bad for pluto like I am – consider investing in this [pluto support t-shirt.](http://www.snorgtees.com/itsokaypluto-p-460.html)

Google is all about the human rights!

Google had a post on their blog today I was completely in support of, detailing their support for human rights on the internet video community. What is curiouser, is the same day they announced the recipients of their scholarship for students attending Universities in China. Am I the only one that finds this somewhat comical? For those who may not be in the loop, earlier this year Google suffered a major security breach where the Chinese government was suspected. Google even had the NSA helping them beef up their security. I would have been in support of their plan to pull out of mainland china, but alas — it is not happening. Oh well, no big deal. All of the recipients are still stuck in their cars trying to get home anyway, for all we know.

Loosing Your iPhone Sucks

It really does. So Macworld has two articles today concering the topic of recovering lost iPhones. The first article is a lifehacker-esqe article that gives you step-by-step instructions on setting your lock screen wallpaper to include your contact information. However, the second article is far more interesting.

Some new patents seem to indicate that Apple is coming up with some pretty clever ways of telling if your iPhone is missing. The general idea is that soon your iPhone may be able to detect if it has been stolen on its own based on the heartbeat of the person holding the device, or the distance away from a certain object that it is paired with. It will even be able to alert the authorities how the culprit is getting away (or your Don, if that’s how you take care of things).