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Eminem Company Launches Legal Action Against Facebook

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Eminem’s music publishing company Eight Mile Style has launched legal action for copyright infringement over claims that Facebook used music in an advert that closely resembled an Eminem song without seeking permission. The advert “Airplane” was played at an event in April to unveil Facebook Home, its new mobile software.


Eight Mile Style claims the song on the advert sounded “substantially similar” to Eminem’s “Under the Influence”, from the album The Marshall Mathers LP produced by Dr Dre and Eminem.

Eight Mile Style also claims that Facebook’s advertising agency “incorporated said music into the Airplane advertisement in effort to curry favour with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests”.

Zuckerberg is said to be a fan of Eminem and reportedly called himself “Slim Shady”, one of Eminem’s monikers, in an early website he created in 1999.

EA Files A Suit Against Zynga

Electronic Arts sues Zynga for copyright infringement. According to reports, the social gaming company has used “The Ville” as a duplicate of “The Sims Social” game.

In a blog post explaining the lawsuit, Lucy Bradshaw, head of the studio that created “Sims Social,” outlined why EA contends that Zynga “ripped off” its intellectual property. EA launched its “Sims Social” game on Facebook in August 2011. Zynga released “The Ville” 10 months later.

“When ‘The Ville’ was introduced in June 2012, the infringement of ‘The Sims Social’ was unmistakable to those of us at Maxis as well as to players and the industry at large,” Bradshaw wrote.

“The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance. Zynga’s design choices, animations, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from ‘The Sims Social.’ The copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable.”

Apple Sets Press Event on October 4: iPhone 5 To Be Unveiled

Apple Inc. has just confirmed October 4, 2011 as the official tech press event for the upcoming iPhone 5. Nicknamed as “Let’s talk iPhone” – it is expected that the next generation iPhone will be officially unveiled.

The event is set on Tuesday and will be available via live stream in various tech websites including the Apple website itself. The broadcast is set to start at 10:00am Pacific Time and will be streaming from the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Some of the iPhone rumors going around is that Apple will not announce one but two or three iPhone models, which would cater to various markets, much like how the Mac Book, Mac Book Air and the Mac Book Pro are marketed. Thus, many are saying that the term “iPhone 5” will not be used as the official name.

Aside from the iPhone, it is expected that Facebook will launch their official application for the iPad that day. Something that has long-been sorely missing in the app market. Likewise, the next generation iPod models will most likely be introduced during this Apple event on October 4.

Watch out as we will give you more updates on this, including prices and specifications of the new “iPhone 5” when it comes out.

Facebook Launches New Features

Yesterday, during the 2011 F8 Developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced during his keynote address the social network’s new and upcoming features that all registered members can look forward to.

Currently harboring more than 800 million users, the new features were received with mixed reactions, with many saying that they don’t want Facebook to change because these new “mandatory” features will force users to again adapt their lifestyle to fit the social network’s behavior.

Below are the major Facebook changes that was announced during that day:

  1. Timelines – the current profile page will soon be gone and replaced with the more visually stimulating Timeline. Instead of the “Twitter-like” updates with menus to the user’s photos, videos, apps and others; the Facebook timeline will curate all these information and present them as a magazine-type layout.
  2. Ticker – this is Facebook activities presented Twitter-style which focuses on the simultaneous present activities of your connections on Facebook. Many complain that this feature lessens their privacy among their peers, specially for those who are just observers and not content creators.
  3. Apps Overhaul – developers will now have more features that will help them with integrating apps to mobile users of Facebook.
  4. Social News – Facebook has partnered with Yahoo! News to create curated updates of what your connections are reading across the news site. Users can now see what stories their friends have read, commented on and recommended.

These are just the major things that Facebook has changed and will be changing and implementing in the coming weeks. As a Facebook user, what do you think of these new features? Are they good or bad for you?

Miramax Launches Movie Rentals via Facebook

Film company, Miramax has released a movie rental application via social networking site, Facebook which will allow users to rent a film and watch the movie online.

Currently, there are twenty movies listed which you can digitally rent for 30 Facebook Credits ($3.00 value). Afterwhich, you can watch the movie through the Facebook app which is viewable through desktop, laptop, Google TV and the Apple iPad.

According to Miramax, the app is still pretty much in beta, but they’re working hard to add more value to the service and of course, more films. At present, some of the available films are Pulp Fiction, Spy Kids, Sin City, Clerks and Chicago.

You may check out the Facebook app here.