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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online 302

Posted by Soulskill
from the will-they-never-learn dept.
Bizzeh writes: A British couple has been "fined" £100 by a Blackpool hotel for leaving critical comments on Trip Advisor. The UK's Trading Standards organization is investigating the incident, saying it may breach regulations. The Broadway Hotel's booking policy reads (in small print), "Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may not. "For every bad review left on any website, the group organizer will be charged a maximum £100 per review."
Youtube

How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider Music 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-more-ads dept.
First time accepted submitter Biswa writes YouTube launched its ad-free subscription music service called MusicKey. today. From the TechCrunch article: "YouTube finally unveiled its subscription music service today, and in some ways it’s very much like existing streaming music services, especially since it comes bundled with Google Play Music All Access. But YouTube Music Key also very much not like other streaming music services, because of the ways in which music is (or rather isn’t) defined on YouTube. One of the first questions I had about Google Music Key was how the company would define what kind of content from YouTube gets included: Would a home-shot cover of a Black Keys song with 253 views be as ad-free as the official music video for the original? Or was this a private club, designed for the traditionally defined music industry? Turns out, the nature of what Music Key encompasses is somewhat of a moving target, and the limited beta access that will initially gate entry to the service is in part due to that variability."
Facebook

New Facebook Update Lets You Choose News Feed Content 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-feature dept.
An anonymous reader writes The company has rolled out some changes that make it easier to control what comes in your News Feed. From the article: "The social network unveiled a new settings menu and customization options for News Feed that allows users to personalize the types of content they see. The News Feed settings menu, which appears in the Facebook apps and on the web, displays which friends appear most often in your News Feed and which friends you've chosen to unfollow. From there, you can choose to unfollow people you don't want to see anymore or re-follow (Facebook calls it "reconnecting" with) those you've previously hidden from your feed."

Comment: Re:How many engineers does it take to screw netfli (Score 1) 243

by fibonacci8 (#48274369) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
There's too much revisionist history in the Boss's statement for my tolerance. Boss- "First they take our subscribers now they're forcing to upgrade our equipment... well fuck em!" First they had subscribers, then Netflix introduced the online version of their service (circa 2008) bringing in more subscribers, then Xfinity got added (circa 2010) offering the speeds demonstrated by Netflix carried by Comcast but with a selection of Comcast's cable offerings. fast forward a few years and Netflix is still the better offering so Comcast strategically decides to upgrade in ways that improve Xfinity on-demand services without accepting offers from Netflix to likewise maintain the quality of service Netflix customers experienced in the past and presumably would still get to experience if the dollars spent on monthly connection fees to Comcast actually went into improving total network quality instead of just promoting Xfinity services. It would be nice if it were just friendly competition going on, but it's Comcast trying to cut in on the streaming market after Netflix showed it was profitable.

Comment: Re:Their answer to oversubscription as well (Score 2) 243

by fibonacci8 (#48274221) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
When a toll road sells 10.000 people a monthly pass for a lane each, and then offers up to 5 lanes at a time during peak hours due to "maintenance", and yet has another 9,995 lanes constructed, uncluttered, and for sale in advertisements to other bidders I would certainly complain.

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