When Billy Hawkes was appointed as Ireland's data protection commissioner in 2005, Gmail was still in beta; Facebook was only open to a handful of colleges; and Steve Jobs was secretly designing a mobile phone.
The world’s biggest Web companies are lining up at the courtroom of a California federal judge whose rulings could further inflame the widening debate over online privacy and how the Internet giants use personal data.
LinkedIn Corp., the largest networking website for professionals, is likely to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering as early as today, a person familiar with the situation said.
Passwords like those stolen from LinkedIn Corp., owner of the world’s biggest professional- networking website, may not lead to many accounts being breached because criminals selling the access codes reap as little as $1.
LinkedIn Corp. ’s founder Reid Hoffman and its three top venture backers own a combined stake of about $5.14 billion after an eight-year wait for the first initial public offering by a major U.S. social-media site.