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Yahoo Reduces Severance Plan “Poison Pill”

Just a day after their massive layoffs began, Yahoo’s in the news again—and again, it’s not really the kind of story you want about your company. This time, Yahoo has reduced their severance stipulation for a merger or takeover, removing a possible barrier to acquisition.

According to the AP, the new plan will make it significantly more difficult for any employees laid off after a merger to receive the generous severance packages that were guaranteed to all of its then-14,000 employees while Microsoft was vying for the company:

Yahoo agreed to revisions that will make it more difficult for employees to qualify for severance pay after a takeover. The changes also limit the eligibility period to the first year following a sale and allows the board to scrap the plan entirely—an option that wasn’t available under the original terms.

Case Closed: Facebook Wins

Social networking site ConnectU sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their idea. They allege he used the source code they hired him to create for their site.

Now four years later Facebook is celebrating their four year anniversary, and that the lawsuit against them is finally settled – in Facebook’s favor. Facebook asked that the case be dismissed, for lack of evidence, and that happened. ConnectU then filed another lawsuit against Facebook in March, which is now closed.

Yesterday Judge James Ware of Federal District Court in San Jose, Calif., stood behind a February settlement between the companies. Also named were Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmates, twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra.

Facebook now has upwards of 39 million members and expanded to go beyond college students. ConnectU is said to have 15,000 members at 200 schools.

Google to Start-ups: “We’ll show you ours, if you let us steal yours”

If LimitNone LLC wins the lawsuit it just filed against Google, it could send a warning signal to other start-ups: don’t show Google your wares, because it will steal your technology out from under you.

That’s effectively what LimitNone is saying, with its lawsuit alleging Google stole its system for migrating Microsoft Outlook customers to Gmail.

The case details LimitNone’s meetings starting in March 2007 with Google to build a tool it called "gMove" for moving the e-mail, address books and calendars of corporate customers from Microsoft Corp’s Outlook into Gmail. The suit alleges Google had trouble building a similar tool.

LimitNone said it entered a confidentiality deal with Google to share trade secrets of its e-mail migration tool with Google engineers, sales people and key Google Apps customers.

Pilgrim’s Picks for October 5

It’s another Friday, and another selection of fine news stories.

Panama to Invade Europe

By David Vogelpohl

Love it or hate it, US advertisers have long ago come to terms with the new Panama ad system at Yahoo. As announced in a May 9th email from Yahoo France, European advertisers will soon be joining their US cousins in using the new system to make ad buys through Yahoo.

Back in March 2007, Andrew Buckman (EU Product Director for Yahoo Search Marketing) announced that Panama would be available in European markets by the end of May 2007.

Court Ruling Could Force Search Engines to Track and Hand Over Private Data

A court ruling against TorrentSpy could create a dangerous precedent that would require other search engines and ISPs to create and store user data.

With privacy advocates already concerned that Google’s keeping data for 18 months, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pressing a California court to overturn a ruling that would make it a requirement for internet companies keep sensitive data and hand it over in a civil lawsuit.

The ruling came in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by motion picture studios against TorrentSpy, a popular search engine that indexes materials made publicly available via the Bit Torrent file sharing protocol. TorrentSpy has never logged its visitors’ Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Notwithstanding this explicit privacy policy, a federal magistrate judge has now ordered TorrentSpy to activate logging and turn the logged data over to the studios.

“This unprecedented ruling has implications well beyond the file sharing context,” EFF Staff Attorney Corynne McSherry said.

Cable Companies Playing Google and Yahoo at their Own Game

Comcast has partnered with Zimbra to provide 12.5 million broadband customers with a sophisticated email service called SmartZone.

At the core of SmartZone is a new version of Zimbra’s open source, browser-based collaborative suite that includes email, instant messaging and voice mail access…Features include listening to voice mail online and video instant messaging.

Are cable networks finally realizing that in order to compete with Google, Yahoo et al, you first have to steal away the “eyeballs”?

It’s a strategy that MSFT, YHOO and GOOG do so well. Launch products that don’t necessarily generate revenue, but give users a reason to come back, time and time again. The best way – discovered by all three – is to create a free service that is at the core of any online activity – email. If a user checks their email using Gmail, it’s just a short mouse-click to capture their search preference, video watching or other online activity.