A new case involving texting on company phones is set to hit the Supreme Court. The case, which involves police officers in Ontario, California exceeding their alloted text messages on the phones issued by the department, could have major ramifications for employees throughout the country if the court deems it is OK for employers to read private text messages. The case specifically details messages sent by four police officers from Ontario, California, including a SWAT team Sergeant Jeff Quon, who had been engaging in sexting.
Facebook and Google both launched new link shortening services yesterday. Fb.me and goo.gl hope to capitalize on the link shortening craze, by integrating the new services into their elaborate application and services networks. The new services could potentially crush popular link shortening services like Bit.ly and TinyUrl, which have gained popularity through integration with Twitter applications.
Yesterday we told you that Google planned to sell its new Nexus One phone directly to customers. Now sources say that Google will also team with T-Mobile to bring a contract version of the new Google Phone to market in January. The version of the phone available on T-Mobile will most likely be subsidized by the wireless provider, making it cheaper for consumers on initial purchase. An unlocked version of the phone could retail for as much as $500.
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