Facebook Suing Power.com for Auto-Logging

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Facebook is suing Power Ventures in Northern California District Court for its social network aggregator, Power.com. Power.com is used to pull together information from a variety of social network sources. Facebook maintains that PV is violating a number of its terms of service, including one that insists you cannot “collect users’ content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.”All Facebook said that in itself is not illegal, but by utilizing a proprietary site’s information without its permission makes it “a criminal violation under the California Penal Code Section 502(c) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).”The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of Power Ventures. Facebook argues that by offering these enhanced services to users, Power violated California’s computer crime law. It grounds its claim in the fact that Facebook’s terms of service prohibit a user from having automated access to a user’s own information and that Power continued to offer the service to Facebook users even after Facebook sent Power a cease and desist letter demanding that it stop. Yet merely providing a technology to assist a user in accessing his or her own data in a novel manner cannot and should not form the basis for criminal liability.It’s hard not to buy the logic of EFF’s argument. It’s equally difficult not to see the possibility that this suit is an attempt to discourage any actions on the part of users to master Facebook information. That interpretation is certainly in keeping with Facebook’s recent activities, in terms of its providing user information to developers and forcing users’ hands when it comes to their own information. Facebook, it might be argued, wants to be the only arbiter of its information. And by its information, of course, they mean yours. Tags:#Data Portability#Facebook#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img curt hopkins Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Doesn’t matter where I play, just want to play cricket: Sachin

first_imgHe has been playing cricket for over 20 years now, but Sachin Tendulkar says he remains as passionate about the game as he was in his initial days in the sport.”The passion doesn’t disappear. You know it is as strong and above all I respect cricket. It doesn’t matter where I play. I will always play to the best of my ability, because I care about playing cricket …good, quality cricket. I always wanted to go out and compete hard,” the Mumbai Indians skipper told ESPN-Star ahead of the Champions League Twenty20 match against Highveld Lions here.”Playing for Mumbai has always meant special for me and playing for India also has been extremely special. It was a dream and I am living that dream…and when Mumbai and India are combined together it becomes Mumbai Indians,” he added.Talking about the disappointment of losing the IPL final to Chennai Super Kings after being almost unbeatable in the league stages, Tendulkar said, “You know I was determined like every other time I was determined. My preparations were exactly the same.”Sometimes you score runs sometimes you don’t but I can assure you the efforts put in was always the same,” he added.last_img read more

Compartment syndrome

first_imgDefinitionCompartment syndrome is a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsThick layers of tissue, called fascia, separate groups of muscles in the arms and legs from each other. Inside each layer of fascia is a confined space, called a compartment. The compartment includes the muscle tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Fascia surrounds these structures, similar to the way in which insulation covers wires.Fascia do not expand. Any swelling in a compartment will lead to increased pressure in that area, which will press on the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. If this pressure is high enough, blood flow to the compartment will be blocked. This can lead to permanent injury to the muscle and nerves. If the pressure lasts long enough, the muscles may die and the arm or leg will not work any more. It may need to be amputated.Swelling that leads to compartment syndrome occurs from trauma such as a car accident or crush injury, or surgery. Swelling can also be caused by complex fractures or soft tissue injuries due to trauma.Long-term (chronic) compartment syndrome can be caused by repetitive activities, such as running. The pressure in a compartment only increases during that activity.Compartment syndrome is most common in the lower leg and forearm, although it can also occur in the hand, foot, thigh, and upper arm.SymptomsCompartment syndrome causessevere pain that does not go away when you take pain medicine or raise the affected area. In more severe cases, symptoms may include:advertisementDecreased sensationNumbness and tinglingPaleness of skinSevere pain that gets worseWeaknessSigns and testsA physical exam will reveal:Pain when the area is squeezedExtreme pain when you move the affected area (for example, a person with compartment syndrome in the foot or lower leg will have severe pain when moving the toes up and down)Swelling in the areaTo confirm the diagosis, the doctor or nurse may need to directly measure the pressure in the compartment. This is done using a needle attached to a pressure meter, which is placed into the body area. The test must be done during and after an activity that causes pain.TreatmentSurgery is needed immediately. Delaying surgery can lead to permanent damage.Long surgical cuts are made through the muscle tissue to relieve the pressure. The wounds can be left open (covered with a sterile dressing) and closed during a second surgery, usually 48 – 72 hours later.Skin grafts may be needed to close the wound.If a cast or bandage is causing the problem, the dressing should be loosened or cut down to relieve the pressure.Expectations (prognosis)With prompt diagnosis and treatment, the outlook is excellent for recovery of the muscles and nerves inside the compartment. However, the overall prognosis will be determined by the injury leading to the syndrome.Permanent nerve injury and loss of muscle function can result if the diagnosis is delayed. This is more common when the injured person is unconscious or heavily sedated and cannot complain of pain. Permanent nerve injury can occur after 12 – 24 hours of compression.ComplicationsComplications include permanent injury to nerves and muscles that can dramatically impair function. (See: Volkmanns ischemia)In more severe cases, amputation may be required.Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you have had an injury and have severe swelling or pain that does not improve with pain medications.PreventionThere is probably no way to prevent this condition; however, early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent many of the complications.Persons with casts need to be made aware of the risk of swelling. They should see their health care provider or go to the emergency room if pain under the cast increases despite pain medicines and raising the area.ReferencesTwaddle BC, Amendola A. Compartment syndrome. In: Browner BD, Jupiter JB, Levine AM, Trafton PG, Krettek C, eds. Skeletal Trauma. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 13.Geiderman JM, Katz D. General principles of orthopedic injuries. In: Marx J, ed. Rosen??s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 46.Marshall ST, Browner BD. Emergency care of musculoskeletal injuries. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL,eds.Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 20.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisementlast_img read more