What is happening with a law student’s lawsuit against Facebook? Well, so far 25,000 people from all over Europe has signed officially. The plan is to ask $500 for every single participant. If our math is accurate, that gives us $12,5 million in total. That is a statistical error, rather than a serious sum for Facebook.
On the other side, there is a huge question mark over Austria these days. What will the Austrian trade court do with this lawsuit, eventually? All eyes are now on Austria after the Irish court has refused to accept this lawsuit. The Ireland is the official European capital of Google. Therefore, we are not surprised.
This lawsuit will not Facebook to even blink in the whole matter. However, this will definitely make a turning point in the relation between the US IT giants and the oldest continent in the world also known as the Old Lady. So far, Google has had a chance to experience its sharp legal teeth first hand.
So, what is going to happen next? It is just like Europe wants to exercise some tough discipline on the US top IT players. What you can do back home is forbidden in Europe. Is this the message? How many lawsuits we need to deliver it successfully? Who is next? Apple or Microsoft.
There are some new rules in Russia as of August 1st. All popular bloggers with more than 3,000 followers will have to register with no exceptions. In addition, from now on they will be treated in the same way as the owners of private media in Russia. There will not be possible to be a popular and an anonymous blogger in Russia at the same time.
The fines are extremely “motivating”. We are talking about the amounts, which can easily reach up to $100,000. Not to mention that the inappropriate content can and will be removed with no special warning or a court’s decision. And, that is not all folks. These obligations are to include other social networks, as well.
What does this mean? Well, if you have more than 3,000 friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter, you will have to think twice before you make a certain public announcement. It comes without saying that all information you present online will have to be thoroughly verified and checked first.
As always, the very best is being saved for the last. All Russian citizens will have an obligation to keep their private data exclusively on Russian servers or servers which are located and controlled on the Russian territory. Russia online plays according to its own rules. Let us wait and see for how long and successful.
All eyes are on China. This is undoubtedly the most tempting and promising market for the entire IT industry regardless of its categories. Even the Hollywood itself has to speak Chinese. For the very first time in the US cinematography history the Chinese market incomes have matched the ones derived from the American movie fans.
So, what is happening with the Internet? Well, more than 600 million Chinese are online. Please forgive us, we are a little bit lazy to google for the exact figures, that is as if you have combined the USA and Europe Internet all of them together, more or less. Impressive indeed, isn’t it?
On the other side, one half of this impressive number of users likes to use social networks. And now the most important fact, more than 500 million Chinese Internet users use their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access the World Wide Web. Does this one ring any bells?
However, it is worth mentioning that these impressive figures come with a catch. If you want to make a profit in China, you have to play by Chinese rules. Google, Facebook and Apple had a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the bitterness of Chinese money. Yet, they are ready to give it one more try. We all know why, don’t we?