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Noah Kravitz’s former employer, Phonedog, want him to hand back his Twitter following when he left the company.

The landmark case opens up legal questions over who “owns” followers on a corporate Twitter account – and whether followers are a commodity that can actually be owned.

Noah Kravitz, who tweets under his own name, had been employed by Phonedog as a blogger and had 17,000 followers.

Phonedog – a cell phone retailer – is now suing Noah Kravitz for taking his Twitter followers with him – alleging that each follower is worth $2.50 a month, as his follower list was equivalent to a list of customers, and is their property.

“The idea that all 17,000 people who follow Kravitz were doing do because of PhoneDog is disingenuous at best,” The Atlantic magazine reported, in a comment retweeted by Noah Kravitz yesterday.

Noah Kravitz’s account – which now has 22,000 followers, Tweets on subjects as diverse as Steely Dan, Android phones, liquorice and flu bugs.

Noah Kravitz told the New York Times that he had agreed to retain control of the Twitter account, providing that he, “tweet on their behalf from time to time”.

“I said sure, as we were parting on good terms,” said Noah Kravitz.

Eight months after Noah Kravitz left, Phonedog sought damages.

Phonedog said in a statement: “The costs and resources invested by Phonedog Media into growing its followers, fans and general brand awareness through social media are substantial and are considered property of Phonedog Media.”

The company vowed to “aggressively protect” its property.

Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham launched an online attack against reality star Kourtney Kardashian her family yesterday.

Farrah Abraham, 20, wrote on her Twitter page: “Im Shocked Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant again, Did she not learn anything from TEEN MOM? Maybe its a fake pregnancy like kims wedding SAD.

“Double standards in this world? Yes & guess what !age and money honestly do not change a persons poor choice . Quit making excuses:).”

Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham launched an online attack against reality star Kourtney Kardashian her family yesterday

Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham launched an online attack against reality star Kourtney Kardashian her family yesterday

Kourtney Kardashian, who announced her second pregnancy with boyfriend Scott Disick earlier this week, wasn’t going to take that particular slight lying down.

“Why would I have anything to do with Teen Mom? I’m 32 years old!” Kourtney Kardashian responded.

She added: “I may look young, honey, but don’t get it twisted.”

Kourtney Kardashian announced her second pregnancy with boyfriend Scott Disick earlier this week

Kourtney Kardashian announced her second pregnancy with boyfriend Scott Disick earlier this week

Scott Disick, 28, also jumped in to defend the situation, though his retaliation involved a bit of name-calling.

“We’re teenagers, y a f***ing moron,” Scott Disik wrote.

When Kourtney Kardashian’s younger sister Khloe asked Scott Disik if he had ever heard of Farrah Abraham, his response was more than a little bit blunt.

“I just thought she was some s**t stain on Twitter, no?” he said.

Khloe Kardashian, 27, didn’t respond, but sweetly noted that she had “never met a better mother than Kourtney”.

After realizing that she wouldn’t win in a battle against the Kardashian clan, Farrah Abraham decided to retract her former comments.

“4 all who misunderstood: regards to kourtney K.~ I hope she takes her relationship w/her boyfriend more serious 4 their children-takecare,” Farrah Abraham wrote late last night.

Aside from dealing with hostility from Farrah Abraham on Twitter, Kourtney Kardashian daughter has been enjoying her pregnancy.

Kourtney Kardashian glowed with happiness as she and Scott Disick stepped out for breakfast and some Christmas shopping at Neiman Marcus in Los Angeles yesterday.

Seeing as she is just nine weeks pregnant, there was little sign of a baby bump under her tuxedo style outfit, which consisted of a cream shirt, black bow tie and black trousers.

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Sinead O’Connor decided to quit Twitter after she said she was “getting too much abuse”.

Sinead O’Connor, 44, follows the decision of Ashton Kutcher, who despite his 8.2 million followers, closed his account after tweeting his support for ousted US college football coach Joe Paterno, embroiled in a sex abuse scandal.

The singer blamed fans for taking her controversial sex stories “too seriously”, but credited the experience as “very interesting’.

Sinead O’Connor said: “I’ve stopped Twitter now because, although it was fun for a while, I had to stop because I was getting too much abuse.”

She also told V Magazine at the 2011 Inspiration Gala for amFAR that the social networking site was becoming an “addiction”.

The singer said: “Some people just take things so seriously, and things I was being funny about they would take terribly seriously.

“Plus, it’s a bit of an addiction; you got to stop it at some point and get on with living.”

Sinead O'Connor decided to quit Twitter after she said she was "getting too much abuse"

Sinead O’Connor decided to quit Twitter after she said she was “getting too much abuse”

After splitting from third husband Steve Cooney in March, Sinead O’Connor tweeted about her search for a new love interest.

Sinead O’Connor said she was “desperate for s**”.

She wrote: “Must announce boyfriend search very much still on.

“If any1 wants a suicidal tourettes ridden fat ugly lunatic with a big fat flappy *****.”

Sinead O’Connor has since claimed that writing these articles was an interesting experience and: “I got the feeling that it was 50/50.

“Half the country was amused because it was funny, and they other half were very serious and just took it terrible seriously.

“So there was a fair bit of abuse and I thought, wait, it’s actually okay for me to be me, we can all be whoever we are.”

It also inspired her to write a new song for the record and change the title to How About I Be Me, And You Be You.

Sinead O’Connor also sparked fears in September after tweeting about her urge to commit suicide.

She later defended her outbursts, saying: “There is no shame in feeling suicidal. Nor in anyone knowing that wave passes over you sometimes.

“No one should be judged badly for however it is they choose to make their cry of help.”

 

 

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A message has appeared on David Hasselhoff’s Twitter page saying that Hayley Roberts has dumped him.

Surprisingly, the news comes one day after David Hasselhoff, 59, and Hayley Roberts, 31, were seen out in London at the Clinton’s Celebrity Fastcard event on October 18.

A David Hasselhoff’s representative of was unavailable for comment.

Their relationship appeared to be going swimmingly, but there are signs that Hayley Roberts wasn’t ready to commit to David Hasselhoff.

David Hasselhoff, 59, and Hayley Roberts, 31, were seen out in London at the Clinton's Celebrity Fastcard event

David Hasselhoff, 59, and Hayley Roberts, 31, were seen out in London at the Clinton's Celebrity Fastcard event

 

The Star on Sunday recently claimed that David Hasselhoff isn’t the first famous face that Hayley Roberts has bagged and she enjoyed a fling with footballer Dwight Yorke and singer Enrique Iglesias too.

Hayley Roberts apparently enjoyed a four-month fling with Dwight Yorke that ended weeks before she met David Hasselhoff.

David Hasselhoff is said to have proposed to Hayley Roberts, who is a former Debenhams worker, three times so far, but last night her ring finger appeared bare.

A message has appeared on David Hasselhoff’s Twitter page saying that Hayley Roberts has dumped him

A message has appeared on David Hasselhoff’s Twitter page saying that Hayley Roberts has dumped him

Last month David Hasselhoff, who has two daughters from a previous marriage, hinted that he was ready to get married for a third time.

“I believe in marriage. Right now with Hayley things are getting better in every way.”

It seems that David Hasselhoff was planning a Christmas with Hayley Roberts and her family and is appearing in a panto in Bristol, close to Hayley’s hometown of Glynneath, near Merthyr Tydfil.

David Hasselhoff has also recently splashed out on a new home in Lisvane, an upmarket area in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

David Hasselhoff has been dating Hayley Roberts for the past six months after she asked him for an autograph and he asked her for a date.

It seemed that despite the 28-year age gap, their relationship was blossoming with Hayley Roberts even leaving her job in Debenhams to accompany David Hasselhoff around the world.

David Hasselhoff told the story of their first meeting to The Sunday Mirror:

“I was walking into the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff when we were in Wales for BGT and she came up and asked for a photograph.

“I just saw this girl walk out the bar and I just pointed and went, <<her, wow>>.”

“Hayley’s opening line was, <<can I have a photo?>>. And mine was, <<only if I can have your number>>. I then said, <<you probably have a boyfriend>>. And when she said no, that was a done deal.”

David Hasselhoff, who divorced wife Pamela Bach in 2006, said: “I’ve been able to take my beautiful girlfriend out of a retail store where she’s making £5.90 an hour.

“Now she doesn’t have to worry. I say look, <<you’re a beautiful girl, follow what God gave you>> and I’m giving her the confidence and have somebody to share my life with.”

Steve Jobs resigns forced by pancreatic cancer?

 

CBS News made an enormous gaffe by reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs died in a careless post on Twitter.com today.

A Twitter account tied to the CBS series “What’s Trending”, hosted by Shira Lazar, sparked an internet firestorm with a post reading:

“Reports say that Steve Jobs has passed away. Stay tuned for more updates.”

CBS' What's Trending huge gaffe on Twitter

CBS' What's Trending huge gaffe on Twitter

 

The post was pulled few minutes later, but the text still exists on the website, because so many people retweeted it.

A while after the huge error, an apology appeared on Twitter.

“Reports of Steve Job’s death completely unconfirmed,” the post read.

The CBS What's Trending apologies post few moments after the imense gaffe

The CBS What's Trending apologies post few moments after the imense gaffe

 

Shira Lazar, who is also the CBS “What’s Trending” show’s executive producer, followed with an apology.

“On behalf of all of us at @disruptgroup we sincerely apologize for the inaccuracy that was tweeted earlier today.-EP/ Host @WhatsTrending.”

Shira Lazar apologies post

Shira Lazar apologies post

 

The incident has fuelled speculation as to the state of Steve Jobs’ health.

Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple was seen for the first time since his departure in August, his frame looking so incredibly frail it fuelled fears that he was nearing the end in his eight-year battle with the pancreatic cancer.

However, Steve Jobs made no direct reference to his health problems in his letter of resignation to the Apple board.

The former Apple boss wrote only that he had always said he would step down as CEO if he felt he could no longer do the job to his high standards.

Steve Jobs had surgery to remove a tumour after being diagnosed with a rare type of pancreatic cancer in 2003 and had a liver transplant in 2009 in a further attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.

Steve Jobs went on medical leave in January 2011, but still introduced the second generation iPad a couple of months later and has led the development of the iPhone 5 and iPad3.