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+ - Court rules that Yelp can manipulate ratings

Submitted by joeflies
joeflies (529536) writes "There's been suspicion that Yelp could manipulate the ratings a business receives depending on whether they paid for advertising, a claim that Yelp has long denied. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, however, determined that the practice is not illegal , and "any implicit threat by Yelp to remove positive reviews absent payment for advertising was not (legally) wrongful.""

Comment: Isn't that why the invasive species was introduced (Score 1) 290

by joeflies (#47087785) Attached to: Should We Eat Invasive Species?

now I don't have a complete case history for all invasive species but I do recall reading that in one case the fish that was introduced was from the local population wanting to eat a fish that was non-native and otherwise unavailable, so they imported the live fish into the local region

Comment: Don't assume that Facebook is forever (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by joeflies (#46671785) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

As myspace proved out, the social market is incredibly fickle. Facebook's billboard model is only part of the market, and there are already signs that communication is shifting towards real time. That market isn't so clear, with plenty of fragmentation across LINE, the weibos in asia and facebook's relatively poor sticker offering trying to catch up. WeChat may have been pricey, but a necessary addition to admit they missed the boat on this angle.

Comment: This data is about Twitter not platforms (Score 1) 161

by joeflies (#46665905) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

The only conclusions that I can draw has to do with the people who use Twitter. While twitter's user base may be sufficiently representative of the overall mobile user space, I don't see how it can correlate to wealth of platform adoption until other factors are also ruled out.

Comment: I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (Score 2) 276

by joeflies (#46425919) Attached to: Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

The simple fact is that BitCoin is drawing a lot of mainstream media interest. Given that nobody really knows who's behind it, (and for those really suspicious of a conspiracy, what all this crowd sourced crypto is analyzing), it's certain to draw questions. Like the ST:TNG episode "Clues", we have a series of minor mysteries on our hands.

But nevertheless, it isn't clear to me that Newsweek outed the right guy. As odd as Nakamoto appeared in the article, I'm left with feeling that the reporter is the one that's acting weird.

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