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+ - Court rules that Yelp can manipulate ratings

Submitted by joeflies
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."

+ - Novelist Blames Piracy on Open Source Culture-> 3

Submitted by joeflies
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."
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+ - Selling other people's identity

Submitted by joeflies
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?

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