Tech tiffs: Twitter and its firehose; Google, Facebook and social; Nokia-RIM patent row

We’re rounding up the latest tech battles:

• Every now and then we talk Twitter openness. Social analytics media company PeopleBrowsr has reportedly won a temporary court order that gives it continued access to Twitter’s firehose of tweets even though the two companies could not reach a contract agreement. According to the complaint by PeopleBrowsr, the company behind Kred, it has paid Twitter for its data for the past four years. Twitter wanted to limit that access.

The microblogging site has recently moved to restrict access to its data as it tries to protect its platform. (See Limited roundup: New Twitter API rules…) It has gotten some heat from companies and supporters who say Twitter is turning its back on the third-party services that helped it grow and become successful.

In a blog post yesterday, PeopleBrowsr CEO Jodee Rich said: “We relied on Twitter’s promise of openness when we invested millions of dollars and thousands of hours of development time.”

Twitter’s response, according to TechCrunch: “This is Contracts 101. Although PeopleBrowsr attempts to dress its case up as some sort of grand antitrust or interference case, it is not.”

Google‘s Bradley Horowitz — one of the two key execs behind Google+ — reportedly took some not-so-subtle digs at Facebook at a conference in New York yesterday. Among them: “Jamming ads and agendas into user streams is pissing off users and frustrating brands too. That’s not the way the world works.” There have been recent complaints about what is and isn’t showing up in Facebook users’ news feeds. (For example, famous people/brands such as Mark Cuban and George Takei recently said they were no longer reaching enough people on the social network; as Facebook has been pushing promoted posts, brands have complained about less exposure on news feeds. The social network recently rolled out a filtered feed for the pages and people users have liked.)

Horowitz also said: “We aren’t struggling with how to monetize. We have real plans.” Investors and other interested parties are closely watching Facebook’s efforts to make more money from ads.

• And finally, what’s a tech battle roundup without patent talk? This time, it’s the battle of the weakened: Nokia vs. RIM, which are both struggling in the mobile market dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The BlackBerry maker reportedly lost a round against Nokia, which is seeking a sales ban on RIM devices in the United States if it doesn’t get the royalties it wants.  Although some observers reportedly say an outright sales ban is a remote possibility, the patent push comes as analysts are actually bullish on RIM’s prospects. Shares of the Canadian company are up about 6 percent on the Nasdaq as of this post on analyst optimism. Analysts are upgrade-happy: New BlackBerry 10 models are set to be released at the end of January.

 

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