THE NEWS WRAP: Lawyer for nude photo celebs threatens Google with $100 million lawsuit
Thursday, October 2, 2014/
A lawyer representing over a dozen celebrities whose iCloud accounts were hacked and nude photos were stolen has written a letter threatening Google with a $100 million lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The letter, written by lawyer Marty Singer, accuses Google of “despicable, reprehensible conduct in not only failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating and perpetuating the unlawful conduct”.
“Google’s ‘Don’t be evil’ motto is a sham,” he writes.
A Google spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal the company had removed tens of thousands of pictures within hours of requests being made and has closed hundreds of accounts.
“The internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them,” the spokesperson says.
Cyanogen Inc turned down Google buyout
Cyanogen Inc, a startup that distributes software based on Google’s Android mobile operating system, is discussing a Series C round and seeking a valuation close to $1 billion.
The news comes after the company reportedly rejected a buyout offer from Google.
Glow raises $17 million
San Francisco-based startup Glow, which develops apps designed to help women manage their reproductive health, has raised $17 million in a Series B round, as it looks to expand staff and develop more products, Re/code reports.
The round was led by Formation 8, who was joined by previous investors Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz.
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