Facebook went through a phase around 2010 when it sought to discourage other social Internet companies from using the terms “Face” and “Book” in their names, and now its photo-sharing network, Instagram, appears to be doing the same for “Insta” and “Gram.”
UPDATED: The trademark lawsuit against Facebook by Timelines.com over the social network’s use of the term “timeline” as the name of its profile design was set to kick off Monday in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, but Bloomberg reported Monday afternoon that proceedings would be delayed until Tuesday afternoon, or postponed until May 7 for a status conference. U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah offered no explanation for the delay, according to Bloomberg.
Not everyone was excited when Facebook acquired facial recognition software company Face.com. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the radio host-turned-politician, called a hearing Wednesday to discuss issues regarding facial recognition. In particular, he didn’t care for Facebook’s opt-in by default setting and what it means for privacy.
Facebook has been issued a ‘Notice Of Allowance’ by the US Patent And Trademark Office for trademarking the word ‘Face’.