joeflies 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."
joeflies writes: A millionaire venture capitalist says he's got the signatures for a ballot measure looking to divide California into six separate states. The State of Silicon Valley would include San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, and extend to Santa Cruz & Monterey county.
joeflies writes: The San Francisco Chronicle published new details about the incident where a woman wearing google glass was attacked In a bar. The video of the incident, along with a profile of the woman involved, seem to indicate that there was trolling involved.
joeflies writes: The Telegraph reports on Cicada 3301, an online mystery that's built like a Dan Brown novel, testing knowledge of obscure books, history, stenography, and cryptography. Whether it's an elaborate alternate reality game or a recruitment tool, it's still unknown who's behind it and where it all leads.
joeflies writes: Reporter attending the Moto X announcement was asked to remove his Google Glass before entering. Apparently even Google is concerned about the possibility of people recording things that they're asked not to.
joeflies writes: In a previous Slashdot article, hackers worked to preserve content for the Steubenville rape case. The two football players charged received juvenile detention sentences of one and two years. One of the hackers, on the other hand, faces 10 years in prison
joeflies writes: New research that looked at the effects of dementia found that active minds may delay the onset of dementia, but once it hits, the symptoms are worse. The researchers hypothesize that brain activity may compress the amount of time that the patient suffers with the disease.
joeflies writes: CNN.com published an article entitled "Digital Piracy Hits the e-Book Industry". The article quotes the following statement by novelist Sherman Alexie made: "With the open-source culture on the Internet, the idea of ownership — of artistic ownership — goes away," Alexie added. "It terrifies me."
joeflies writes: Oxytocin, a hormone known as the love drug, is currently being tested as a trust drug. Participants who inhaled the nasal spray were less fearful of social situations, were more likely to make risky investments, and continued to trust a person even after being swindled.
joeflies writes: The San Francisco Chronicle reports that some digital picture frames manufactured in China carry an advanced trojan. Currently it is being used to capture credentials from online games, but researches suspect that it may be used for other purposes in the future.
joeflies writes: The dispute arises out of whether the blogger can use clips of show recordings in grassroots activism against the station, and where to draw the line on digital free speech for both parties. The story has been picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle
joeflies writes: The San Francisco Chronicle has an extensive article on the controversial site Jigsaw, which makes it easy to sell other people's identity information. Jigsaw encourages people to collect business cards and email signature blocks, which is compiled together into a searchable database. Participants earn points towards their own searches or earn money.
Is this exactly what Scott McNealy meant when he said electronic privacy is dead?