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Aug 13, 201202:31 PM

Cheat Sheet: August 13, 2012

Hampton man fired over Facebook “Like”

Hampton sheriff’s deputy Daniel Ray Carter Jr. and five others were fired for liking their boss’s political opponent on Facebook. Now Carter is firing back—with a lawsuit. Carter claims that his “like” on Facebook is protected under his First Amendment right to free speech. Although a District Court judge ruled that free-speech doesn’t apply to Facebook’s thumbs-up icon, Carter is appealing in the U.S. Court of Appeals. The sheriff’s lawyers will respond to the suit in the next month. (Source)

Death toll rises in Iran earthquakes aftermath

Twin earthquakes shook Iran on Saturday, registering at magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3. The quakes hit Iran’s mountainous northeast region where about 300,000 people live. As of this morning, the earthquakes have left 306 dead and more than 3,000 injured. Additionally, the rescue mission is now one of recovery. (Source)

Barnes & Noble slashes Nook prices

In order to compete with Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, Barnes & Noble cut prices on three models of its Nook e-readers. The price reductions are believed to be occurring ahead of peak back-to-school sales because of speculation that Amazon is launching a new version of the Kindle Fire tablet. Additionally, 60 percent of e-book and e-reader sales are credited to Amazon. Therefore, Barnes & Noble’s price cuts may lessen Amazon’s lead on the e-reader market. (Source)

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