The Associated Press STEVENSON, Skamania County — A sheriff’s deputy says a Stevenson High School student accused of sending out a Twitter message that put the school into lockdown has been arrested. The Oregonian newspaper reports that Undersheriff Dave Cox said the student sent out a tweet Monday that included the words “gunmen at school!!!” Cox said 18-year-old…More
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BOISE, Idaho — An Internet entrepreneur and former Wall Street derivatives analyst contends that central Idaho’s Sun Valley resort and the Twitter Inc. social media site have heisted his handle.
Leonard Barshack, who in the 1990s founded the Internet email listing service Bigfoot, is suing Twitter and the Sun Valley Co., demanding they return the handle “SunValley” to his control.
Barshack filed the lawsuit in Idaho’s 5th District Court with his lawyer and wife, Erin Smith, this month, arguing he began using the Twitter handle in April 2010.
He eventually wanted to use the handle to promote business in the region, Barshack said, only to have Twitter tell him late last year he was violating the San Francisco-based company’s policies against impersonation.
“One day I woke up, and Twitter had taken my handle away,” Barshack said Monday, adding that his appeals for Twitter to reconsider have yielded only “boiler plate” responses, forcing him to sue.
“Twitter has been aloof and arrogant, and unfortunately the only way to get their attention was to file a formal complaint,” he said.
This dispute underscores how Twitter has become a powerful marketing tool that companies like Sun Valley Co. can use to market their wares to potential customers — and just how aggressive they can be when they conclude that somebody is squatting on valuable Internet real estate.
Barshack is no Internet ingénue.
After working at Wall Street’s Salomon Brothers with now-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barshack in 1997 won financing from billionaires Sam Zell and Herb Allen for Bigfoot. Since then, he started a poker software company, Tribeca Tables, and moved to Sun Valley, the resort near Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains where he skis regularly — on runs of the company he’s suing.More
Edmonds police sex-crimes detectives are investigating an incident in which a pair of Edmonds-Woodway High School students were photographed having sex with a teenage girl. The incident was revealed when another student sent out the photo on Twitter. Police became aware of the photograph last week when the Edmonds School District called, said Sgt. Mark Marsh. Detectives…More
The King County Prosecutor’s Office has joined Twitter. Agency spokesman Dan Donohoe said that he launched the account, @KCProsecutor, on Tuesday. County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg already has an account – @DanSatterberg “Twitter is a good communications tool, and it gives us another means of providing information about crime and justice in King County,” Donohoe said. Local law enforcement are…More
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is asking residents to report missed trash and recycling pickups using Twitter as the city prepares to impose big fines on Waste Management for days they do not collect waste during the week old strike by union drivers. Waste Management could be fined up to $1.25 million a day for failing to fulfill their collection contract with the city. “We…More
The Associated Press The newly crowned Miss Seattle says she was just having a bad day back in December when she tweeted, “Ugh can’t stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people.” Since winning the Miss Seattle pageant on Saturday, Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn is explaining she was just complaining about the weather like any Seattle native and…More
About 100 people gathered at Seattle Central Community College this afternoon as part of the Occupy Seattle movement to speak out against banks and to share their views about the economy. Later, about 200 protesters marched about a half mile down to a Chase bank branch, where a handful were arrested.More