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Submission + - Yosemite changing name of hotels in IP/Trademark dispute (go.com)

joeflies writes: The company that runs concessions at Yosemite National Park claims ownership over the names of the hotels and is asking for $51 million dollars for use of their intellectual property. Park officials changing the name of many of the disputed areas.

Submission + - Court rules that Yelp can manipulate ratings

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."

Submission + - On the trail of online mystery Cicada 3301

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.

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