SAN FRANCISCO — A legal battle between Yahoo! and Facebook is heating up with the floundering Internet pioneer accusing the rising social network star of buying patents just to retaliate in court.
The accusation came in a 37-page response filed by Yahoo! to a countersuit Facebook filed charging that the Sunnyvale, California-based company is violating the social network’s patents — and not the other way around.
“In retaliation for Yahoo!’s good faith allegations of patent infringement, Facebook alleges infringement of 10 patents as counterclaims,” Yahoo! attorney Kevin Smith said in a reply filed in federal court.
“Facebook lacks a good faith basis for most, if not all, of its counterclaims, particularly those patents that it purchased from others.”
Along with asking a judge to rule immediately in its favour on all claims in the cases, Yahoo! wants Facebook to be made to pay its legal costs.
“We remain perplexed by Yahoo’s erratic actions,” a Facebook spokesman said.
“We disagree with these latest claims and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.”
In March, Yahoo! filed suit against Facebook in US District Court in San Francisco, accusing the social networking giant of infringing on 10 patents.
The Yahoo! suit accused Facebook of infringing on patents in areas including advertising, privacy and messaging and contended that Facebook’s growth “has been based in large part on Facebook’s use of Yahoo!’s patented technology.”
Yahoo! asked the court to order Facebook to halt its alleged patent-infringing activities and to assess unspecified damages.
Facebook, which is shifting operations to a former Sun Microsystems campus in the northern California
city of Menlo Park, denied violating any valid Yahoo! patents.
Facebook went on to
accuse Yahoo! of infringing on its patented technology in a broad array of products including online venues
for news, games, cars, travel and photo-sharing service Flickr. — AFP
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Facebook “likes” can possibly get you fired, and if you take your employer to court over the punishment you may have an uphill legal battle.
That’s what several plaintiffs found when they took the matter to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.
In the case Bland v. Roberts, the plaintiffs, who had worked in the Hampton, Virginia, sheriff’s office under B.J. Roberts, who was running for re-election against Jim Adams, asserted doing things to support their boss’ opponent eventually got them fired once Roberts had secured his seat. Such activities included placing a pro-Adams bumper sticker on one of their cars, attending an Adams-sponsored cookout, and “liking” Adams’ Facebook page.
The court said Roberts was not aware of these activities, except for the Facebook endorsements. Even so, his knowledge of the “likes” was inconsequential, said the court.
“[Roberts'] knowledge of the posts only becomes relevant if the court finds the activity of liking a Facebook page to be constitutionally protected. It is the court’s conclusion that merely “liking” a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection,” the court said.
Lawyer Venkat Balasubramani and associate law professor Eric Goldman disagree, and said as much in an Ars Technica story about the case.
Balasubramani said the “court veered off course in concluding that a Facebook like is not speech.”
“Maybe the court slept through Arab Spring and the many other instances of online activism in the past five years,” Balasubramani added. “Maybe the court is unaware of the robust body of First Amendment precedent which says that protection for expression is not limited to just actual words.”
Legal considerations aside, you have to admit the plantiffs’ actions were less than brilliant — careerwise anyway. Imagine if your boss was in jeopardy of losing his job and you publicly aligned yourself with his opponent. If the coup d’état fails, you’re doomed — period.
Even so, what happens within the judicial system is all about precedent, so the implications of this case certainly will have broader implications beyond this case.
What’s your view? Who’s the idiot here — the judge, the plaintiffs or the defendant?
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Moskovitz and his friend Justin Rosenstein, a former Facebooker himself worth $150 million, head a company called Asana, which just launched the first paid version of its online project management service. During a recent interview at their inconspicuous Mission District offices, the pair said they come to work every day because, their fortunes already made, they still have to do something with their lives.
“When we think of work, we think of work as an act of service, as an act of love for humanity,” said Rosenstein, 28.
Added Moskovitz: “If we were just retired, we wouldn’t be serving anyone.”
While such idealistic sentiments might sound too easy coming from two guys who never have to worry about money again, they both do keep working even though they’d never have to again. And like Zuckerberg himself they seem uninterested in the flash and status-hoarding that great wealth makes possible.
In keeping with the recent startup trend of shunning hierarchies, the pair do not have separate offices but sit among the other employees at Asana, which numbers 24 in all. They don’t have an entourage. Rosenstein likes to cycle (he recently had his bike stolen).
Also like Zuckerberg, they dress down, Moskovitz in an untucked shirt, Rosenstein in a sweater and Chuck Taylors. On the streets of their neighborhood, which brims with twenty-something hipster geeks, they’d blend right in.
What sets them apart, they acknowledge, is their absolute freedom to pursue their particular vision of how to change the world. And they seem to have no doubt that their software will do just that. After all, as some of Facebook’s earliest engineers, they’ve seen their code change the world once already.
Asana will speed human progress by changing the way people work together, Rosenstein said. Too much time at work is spent doing “work about work,” Moskovitz said. They say Asana will free people up to do more important things.
“We could go work on curing cancer. We could go work on building spaceships. We could go work on art projects,” Rosenstein said. “What’s fun about working at Asana is we get to work on all of them at the same time.” Or as Moskovitz, the more circumspect of the two, said, “We’re working on a meta-problem.”
Whether Asana’s world-changing potential exceeds that of competitors in the crowded project and task management software marketplace remains to be seen. Like other similar products, their software lets users set up Web-based to-do lists that any group focused on a common goal can use to assign jobs and keep track of what gets done.
The pair believe Asana will win out on its speed, versatility and ability to maintain the flow alluded to in its name, which in yoga refers to the poses meant to aid the flow of spiritual energy in the body. (Regular yoga sessions are among the perks of office life at Asana. Other benefits include an in-house chef and $10,000 for new hires to set up their desks with whatever computing gear they want.)
Several marquee tech companies have embraced Asana, the company reports, such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare. Individual backers betting on Asana include venture capital celebrities like Peter Thiel and Mark Andreessen, as well as several of Facebook’s earliest employees.
None go as far back as Moskovitz, however. He spent two years at Harvard where he helped Zuckerberg start the site before they dropped out and moved to Palo Alto. He left Facebook in 2008 and started Asana with Rosenstein.
According to Facebook’s pre-IPO filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Moskovitz holds nearly 134 million shares of Facebook stock, giving him a 7.6 percent stake in the company. Based on the value placed on Facebook’s stock in its $1 billion cash-and-stock deal for Instagram, Moskovitz’s pre-IPO net worth stands at more than $4 billion.
Like many of the richest Americans, Moskovitz has signed a pledge initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to give away most of his money. His wife runs his philanthropic foundation, which is still getting off the ground.
For now, he said he’s focused “110 percent” on Asana. To hear Moskovitz tell it, the choice of coming to the office doesn’t come at the expense of some wished-for life of luxury.
“It feels very much like a default. Of course you do that,” Moskovitz said. “We’re fortunate not to have things that would distract us from being able to act.”
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A week after the ruling National Conference (NC) appointed a young face as its spokesperson, it has made a debut on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to “reach out to the people”. And on Day One on Sunday, the party talked about resolution of Kashmir issue, revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and autonomy.
“Revocation of the AFSPA the restoration of autonomy is a commitment of the National Conference the working president Omar Abdullah,” the party wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter. “We believe that JK is a political issue and its resolution lies only through political means”.
The party has set up the Twitter handle (@JKNC) and Facebook account on the instructions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is already on the micro-blogging site. “The working president Omar Abdullah is very particular about the party being accessible to the media as well as the general public and as such has directed us to be available to everyone,” party’s new spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said. “The Twitter and the Facebook accounts will be interactive, receptive and quick to respond,” he said.
The party has said its appearance in the virtual world is an attempt to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the youth.
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He’s a man who is used to making the headlines whether for good or bad reasons and is usually one to shrug things off.
But Alex Reid was forced to come out fighting today after reports claimed that he had called off his wedding to Chantelle Houghton.
The cagefighter took to his Twitter page to defend himself after it was suggested that he had put a stop to their nuptials because her friends were interfering too much in their relationship.
Still walking down the aisle: Alex Reid was today forced to come out and deny reports that he had called off his wedding to pregnant fiancée Chantelle Houghton
According to the Sun, Alex, 36, said he didn’t want to marry 28-year-old Chantelle, who is due to give birth to their first child this summer, because of her pals ‘poking their noses’ in.
A source told the paper that Alex had told a friend: ‘I’ve told Chantelle I’m not marrying her when things are like this.
‘Friends keep pushing her to say things
about us that aren’t true and keep poking their noses into our lives no
matter how much it hurts me.’
Denial: Alex took to his Twitter page to slam the reports as untrue
But today, Alex hit back at the report and took to his Twitter page to deny the story.
He said: ‘Who evers the source who said Ive called
the wedding off,please step forward? Not very nice how do u think
Chantelle will feel?(sic)’
He also had to deny that he’d wished ex-wife Katie Price’s new fiancé a sarcastic ‘good luck’ after the glamour model announced she would be marrying her Argentinean toyboy Leandro Penna.
Happy for them: Alex was also forced to deny that he had been sarcastic in his well-wishes to ex-wife Katie Price and her fiancé Leandro Penna, seen here with her children Princess and Junior yesterday
The Sunday Mirror said that Alex wished Penna, 26, good luck but then added: ‘You’ll need it.’
A source told the paper that Alex had told a friend that hearing the news was a ‘kick in the teeth’ and said her third marriage wouldn’t last.
They added: ‘Alex thinks it’s a good thing Katie and Leandro talk different languages and don’t understand each other because he doubts Leandro would stay long.’
‘I really couldn’t care less bout my ex’: Alex was married to Katie for less than a year and they were granted a quickie divorce last month
But Alex was forced to defend himself again and took to his Twitter once more to write: ‘Just had google alert about my comments on KP Leandro.Well I never did say those things,not even on my radar, certainly not kick in teeth.
‘I really couldn’t care less bout my ex or whatever she’s doing, as 4 my Chantelle,I’m totally madly deeply in love with her.’
A day of denials: Alex also had to tweet that he hadn’t said horrible things about Leandro or Katie
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Roughly translated as ‘Alex cashes in on Katie’s engagement!’
What the heck is a google alert?
Er, dunno. Relieved?
Oh no! He said, she said. What an interesting story. Not!
mot a fan of alex but i doubt he will have any interest at all in what jordan does, as there will be the usual fall from her, but she hasnt had a million quid out of ok for 2 years hence a marriage again
I can not be doing with stupid people. And they just keep re-producing. Great.
These two are clutching at straws to stay in celebville…. Your time is up!!
What an immature bunch they are!
why is he making it an issue? sad attention seeker.
Sometimes its best to keep a dignified silence,
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By Leonid Kravets
In the past few months, Facebook’s patent portfolio has grown exponentially as a result of acquisitions of patent portfolios from IBM and Microsoft (MSFT). After acquiring 650 AOL patents and patent applications from Microsoft, the company now has approximately 1,400 patent assets. Amazingly, only 46 of these assets (24 issued patents and 22 published applications) were originally filed by Facebook.
In recent years, Facebook (FB) has consistently looked to the outside to augment its IP holdings with strategic acquisitions of patent assets. The company paid 40 million for the Friendster social networking patent portfolio, acquired a group of patents from Walker Digital, and another from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). These deals expanded the portfolio to approximately 160 patent assets prior to Yahoo’s lawsuit being filed. After Facebook’s IPO decision, and the subsequent patent suit by Yahoo, Facebook has kicked its patent acquisition program into overdrive.
Many point to the Yahoo (YHOO) lawsuit as the reason for the Microsoft and IBM acquisitions. The the AOL portfolio could useful to Facebook in defending itself against Yahoo. However, now Yahoo is trying to have other patents Facebook bought after being sued by the web portal invalidated because Facebook purchased them specifically to use in a retaliatory counter-suit. In any case, it would have been significantly cheaper for Facebook to settle with Yahoo instead of taking this aggressive approach.
So who is Facebook so worried about that it would spend so much on buying intellectual property? The types of patents being acquired tell part of the story. Facebook has emphasized acquiring older assets, which it could not have developed on its own. Facebook’s oldest patent was filed in 2004, the same year the company was created. A typical patent application currently takes approximately 3-4 years to be issued. Developing a patent portfolio in the social networking space is challenging because the popularity of social networking companies has resulted in the space being littered with both patent and non-patent prior art. As a result, companies, such as Facebook, that initially largely ignored growing their IP portfolios, cannot rely on filing its own applications to develop a substantive IP portfolio.
The IBM and AOL patent acquisitions give Facebook access to IP that is significantly older than Facebook’s own IP. Older patents are subject to fewer prior art, making them more difficult to defend against. In addition, older patents provide leverage for the asserting party by allowing collection of up to six years of damages from the infringer. Such patents are therefore especially helpful in dealing with established parties having significant resources and sophisticated legal teams.
The technology areas of the IBM and AOL patents are also telling. The patents Facebook acquired from IBM are rumored to be in the networking and software space. AOL’s patents are largely directed to email, instant messaging, web browsing, search, ads, mobile, ecommerce. Together, these are technology areas that Facebook likely never expected to find itself competing in when the company was first founded because it may not have realized that their product would evolve into the messaging/advertising/ecommerce platform that it is today. These are also technology areas that are core to Google (GOOG), one of Facebook’s biggest threats.
In the past year, Google introduced Google+, a direct competitor and challenger to Facebook. While Google+ has only had moderate success to date, Facebook likely felt exposed against Google’s significantly larger and ever-expanding patent portfolio. These patent acquisitions provide Facebook with some protection as the competition between the two companies heats up. In addition, the rumors of an Android-based Facebook phone have been revived, which could bring Facebook directly into the litigious mobile space, where Google is one of the main players.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Facebook and Microsoft have worked together with Google in mind. In October 2007, the two companies entered into an Internet advertising partnership. That deal was seen as a way for Microsoft to counter Google’s Internet advertising position. It makes sense that the two companies would again collaborate to respond to a potential threat from Google.
Thus, while the acquisitions may be helpful to Facebook in dealing with Yahoo, it is likely that these acquisitions have less to do with Yahoo than with Facebook’s anticipation of future litigation. Specifically, Facebook appears to be preparing for increased competition with Google. It bears watching whether the companies will look to their patent acquisitions as part of this strategy. Of course, such protection has the added benefit of helping to increase Facebook’s IPO value, making this decision a no-brainer for the company.
Note: Leonid (“Lenny”) Kravets is a patent attorney at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario and Nadel, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Lenny focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property transactions in computer-related technology areas. He specializes in developing IP strategy for young technology companies and blogs on this topic at StartupsIP. Follow Lenny on Twitter: @lkravets and @startupsIP.
Article source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/540011-facebook-s-patent-acquisitions-more-about-google-than-yahoo
For those unfamiliar with Facebook gaming, these games open up in a separate window within the Facebook application. You have to own a Facebook account and be logged in to play. Meant to be shared with other friends on Facebook, these games provide ways to invite others to play and/or help you while you play.
Playdom’s Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers is offered for free, but it does have items in the game that players can buy for real money. Some teens will be tempted to spend real money to speed up the game.
Inspired by the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and incorporating some scenes from the Disneynature’s Chimpanzee movie, this Facebook game lets players join a Global Wildlife Research team. The game transports you to wildlife areas that need help. For example, while in Africa, you will find a baby elephant that has been separated from its mother. On another quest, you must clean up after poachers who have left trash in a preserve. The game starts in Africa, but expands to other areas, including the Amazon Rainforest and the Rocky Mountains.
There are two components to the gameplay: solving hidden object puzzles (many of which have you searching for camouflaged animals) and building and designing your own Game Preserve. Solving the hidden object puzzles earns you several kinds of currency, which you need to purchase items for your preserve. And expanding your preserve, earns you additional kinds of currency needed to unlock new levels of the game. The game’s currencies divide into five different items: silver, gold, energy, experience and reputation. A running total of each of these items appears at the top of the page. The costs for items vary, but if you want to purchase a zebra for your preserve, you will need to have 945 silver coins, 110 reputation points and 170 experience points.
Advisers and other members of your team provide tutorials, support and quests. As you complete puzzles and quests, and expand your preserve, you level up. Each new level earns you one piece of gold (the most valuable of all of the currencies) and enables you to purchase new animals, plants and objects.
The social aspect of the game comes in the form of helping your friends who are also playing, and getting help from them. The game allows you to gift things needed by your friends and vice versa. If you don’t have friends playing, some aspects of building the preserve will take a very long time. If you don’t have patience and/or friends, you can spend real money to purchase gold and speed things up. You can also challenge your friends to contests to see who can find more hidden objects in a puzzle in a one-minute time period.
The best parts of this game are the hidden object puzzles, filled with animals of the world. They are set in realistic-looking scenes and teeming with life. With so many exotic animals, you are bound to not know what some look like. The game cleverly provides you with animal hints that combine interesting animal facts with a picture. By playing these hidden animal puzzles, you learn a lot about different birds, insects and animals.
While this gameplay sounds like it would be appropriate for young children, kids younger than 13 years of age can’t play, because this is a Facebook exclusive game. You must be 13 to be on Facebook.
Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers is a little pushy about constantly asking you to share your achievements with friends and suggesting you invite your friends to help you. At least it limits those friend requests to your current friends and won’t let you befriend strangers to help.
Gold, the premium currency, is also a little too hard to come by in this free game. This scarcity means you’ll be tempted to spend real money to get the gold. If you decide to go down the purchase route, it can get a little dicey, because the six increments of purchase range from one dollar buying only 4 gold pieces to the maximum of $100 buying 500 gold pieces. The latter seems unconscionable in a free casual game.
Even with the aggressive socialization and the expensive cost of gold, Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers is one of the better Facebook games, with great animal puzzles and a fun build-your-own-animal-preserve sim. Talk to your kids before they play it, so that they understand how this “free” game entices them to spend money. Then come up with a strategy that works for your family.
Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers
Score: 3 (out of 4)
Best for ages: 13-up
Publisher: Playdom, www.PlayAnimalKingdom.com
Cost: Free (with microtransactions)
Gudmundsen is the editor of Computing With Kids magazine (http://www.computingwithkids.com/). Contact her at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/jinnygudmundsen/story/2012-04-29/disney-animal-kingdom-facebook-game/54582176/1
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Susan Ruelle loves animals so much she volunteered at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter and helped organize an independent Facebook page showcasing pets available there for adoption.
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Susie, a 7-month-old pointer mix, plays at DeKalb County Animal Services, which has embraced social media in its ongoing effort to reduce its euthanasia numbers and increase pet adoptions.
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Adoption Rescue Coordinator Jamie Martinez holds a 6-month-old male tabby in the cat adoption area of the DeKalb County Animal Services building in Decatur.
But last month Gwinnett officials said Ruelle couldn’t work at the shelter while maintaining the Facebook page, citing a policy against employee use of social media for county business. She gave up the volunteer work to continue her Facebook campaign, but she believes the county’s skittishness about social media shows a reluctance to embrace change that has hindered the adoption of animals.
“There are people with all kinds of experience who want to help,” Ruelle said. “But they’re just not welcome. It’s a shame.”
A Gwinnett citizen task force has recommended the shelter embrace both Facebook and volunteers to increase animal adoptions and decrease the number of dogs and cats it kills.
County Administrator Glenn Stephens said Gwinnett’s restrictive social media policy is designed to ensure sensitive information about taxpayers or government operations isn’t disclosed, which could result in litigation.
“If we get sued because somebody puts something on Facebook, it comes with a cost,” Stephens said.
Nonetheless, he said the county already is reviewing its policy and will review the task force recommendations.
Other local shelters — including those in DeKalb and Cobb counties — have embraced social media and other marketing techniques.
Capt. Jeff Patellis of Cobb County Animal Control said he doubts he can completely eliminate euthanasia — the killing of animals that aren’t adopted or that pose a danger to people or other animals. But he thinks more aggressive marketing can save the lives of many dogs and cats.
“The whole mission is to reduce the euthanasia rate to the bare minimum,” Patellis said.
That’s a message some animal lovers hope will catch on in Gwinnett. They say the county doesn’t do enough to save the lives of stray animals and pets dropped off at the shelter.
The Lawrenceville shelter euthanized 4,128 animals and adopted out 1,856 last year. Some residents say the Gwinnett County Police Department, which oversees animal control, hasn’t made adoptions a priority.
“The shelter has to be run by somebody who knows how to run an animal shelter,” said Carla Brown, a State Court judge and co-founder of Canine Pet Rescue. “That’s not a policeman.”
Gwinnett police officials declined to comment on animal control issues, citing an ongoing investigation of shelter personnel. They have not disclosed the reason for the investigation.
Last year the County Commission created an animal task force to study the issue. A chief goal: Find ways to increase adoptions and decrease euthanasia without spending more money.
Last week the task force unveiled its recommendations. Among other things, it said Gwinnett should market animals using Facebook, the county cable television channel and other media. It also said Gwinnett should hold regular public adoption events and seek more help from volunteers.
Task force members said such efforts would cost the county nothing or could be paid for by donations.
“It’s kind of a no-brainer, but it’s never been done,” task force member Elizabeth Burgner said of the marketing recommendations.
Other counties have embraced new animal marketing techniques.
Cobb’s shelter has its own Facebook page, holds adoption events and has helped establish homeless pet clubs in local schools. The clubs pick animals and use their own social networks to find homes for them.
“That’s thousands and thousands of people that we wouldn’t reach,” Patellis said.
DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement also has its own Facebook page and uses websites such as Petfinder to market animals. The department has changed some of its procedures to discourage euthanasia, Director Kathy Mooneyham said.
When owners bring their pets to the DeKalb shelter, employees don’t automatically accept them. Instead, they provide information on where owners can get free food and other services and a list of animal rescue groups that will try to find a new home for the pet.
Employees are also blunt in telling owners their pets are likely to be euthanized if they insist on leaving them at the shelter.
Mooneyham said some owners get angry. But many are grateful to learn about resources that can help them keep their pets.
Over the past two years the number of animals DeKalb killed dropped 30 percent to 3,871. The number of adoptions rose 4 percent to 806 and the number of animals taken by rescue groups rose 79 percent to 2,027.
Mooneyham said the biggest change has been the mind-set of employees. “We’re not just out there to pick up animals and bring them in and kill them,” she said.
Article source: http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/using-facebook-to-save-1427910.html
We travel round with teen sensation One Direction as they are swamped by fans in Sydney. Vision by Toby Zerna
Boy band One Direction take a dip in Sydney Harbour ahead of their shows on Friday.
British-Irish boy band One Direction speak to the media in Melbourne on the Red Carpet as they arrive at the Logie Awards. (AAP/Megan Hayne)
More than 2000 hysterical fans packed Martin Place this morning to get a glimpse of their teenage Idol pop band One Direction. Watch it unfold.
Love life’s hotting up … One Direction’s Harry Styles, trying an Aussie pie, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. Picture: Toby Zerna
Source: The Daily Telegraph
AS tickets for 16 of the scheduled 20 shows for One Direction’s 2013 Australian tour sell out within hours of becoming available, its members’ love lives are under the microscope.
Louis Tomlinson has been forced to speak out and defend his love life after a vicious Twitter campaign to get him back with his ex-girlfriend went viral.
The 20-year-old singer has been on the receiving end of a bizarre online campaign, with fans telling him he should break up with Eleanor Calder, 19, and go back to Hannah Walker, a primary school teaching assistant in his hometown of Doncaster in England’s South Yorkshire.
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Nearly 140,000 users are now following Hannah Walker on Twitter and they got the word ‘Louannah’ – an amalgamation of Louis and Hannah – trending on the site, posted messages praising Hannah and sent photographs of the former couple to Calder.
When Tomlinson, one of five members of the boy band, split up with his childhood sweetheart, their break-up devastated fans, some of whom posted tributes “in memory” of the popular couple on YouTube.
The fiercely private singer has been devastated by the campaign as he claims rumours he callously dumped Walker to go out with Calder are untrue.
Louis told MailOnline he is deeply upset with the Twitter campaign and wanted to set the record straight.
“It’s upsetting for Louis and Eleanor when Twitter campaigns like this start. I know some of the fans will think it’s a bit of fun, but it’s unnecessary when they are both very happy together.”
A source close to Louis told MailOnline that Louis broke up with his childhood sweetheart because it wasn’t working.
He then met Calder two months later and began dating her six months ago. She went to school in London, and is now in her second year at Manchester University studying politics and sociology. She also works part-time as a model for clothing chain Hollister.
This week, supposedly in “celebration” of Walker’s 20th birthday, fans took to Twitter to urge Tomlinson to go back to his first love – infuriating the singer.
He tweeted: “Truth of the matter is it’s actually not funny in the slightest. I’m reading through some horrible tweets very ****ed off!”
He returned to the UK with his bandmates on Tuesday after their hugely successful tour of the US, Australia and New Zealand, and Eleanor met him at Heathrow.
But before he flew home, he sent her a series of reassuring tweets, saying “can’t wait to see you” and “love YOU”.
Walker, who travelled to London every week to support Tomlinson on The X Factor in 2010, said she felt no bitterness towards him.
“I felt terrible so I sent a text to Liam’s girlfriend [Liam Payne is another member of the band] Danielle saying to tell Eleanor that I’m sorry if I’ve offended her. I didn’t want to look like an evil ex-girlfriend.
“When I look at him on the television now I know him as two different people – one is the boy from Doncaster, and the other is Louis from One Direction.”
One Direction band member Zayn Malik has reportedly rekindled his romance with Little Mix star Perrie Edwards.
The pair were rumoured to be dating last year, shortly before Little Mix won The X Factor UK.
She was said to have dumped her boyfriend for Malik, but later ended her relationship with the boyband singer to focus on her career.
However, their relationship is back on and they were spotted watching Avengers Assemble at the cinema earlier this week, The Sun reported.
A source said: “They’ve always been very close and have kept in touch during 1D’s tour. Now Zayn is back they are going to be a proper item – even though it’s going to be a bit of a long-distance relationship at times.”
After the cinema visit, Edwards tweeted: “Just went to see avengers assemble and it was #boring. Good night though! xD @zaynmalik.”
Malik wrote in response: “@PerrieLittleMix yeah tonight was fun lets do it again sometime x x.”
Meanwhile, Harry Styles has apparently reunited with childhood sweetheart Felicity Skinner after returning home to Cheshire, England, during One Direction’s two-week break.
He took her out for dinner on Thursday night (April 26) at the restaurant Gusto in Alderley Edge.
One Direction will perform at concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from September 11 to October 13, 2013.
When Ticketek announced extra Sydney and Melbourne shows for their second tour on Tuesday, fans took to the site and to Twitter with some saying they’d had success and others saying the site had frozen.
More desperate fans appealed to people not buying tickets to get off the website.
Tickets went on sale again on Saturday from 10am (AEST), and in the first hour of online sales punters once more had trouble accessing the site to purchase tickets.
“You are currently queued and will be automatically redirected to ticketek.com.au as customers ahead of you have left the website. Do not refresh this page,” says the Ticketek site, only to then be advised “Server is busy”.
Ticketek, who could not be contacted because their phone number was continuously engaged, limited ticket sales to a maximum four per person.
Limited tickets are still available for Melbourne and Sydney shows in October 2013. Perth shows will go on sale in late May or early June.
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