Category Archives: Business

Richmond restaurant encourages bad Yelp reviews

Bravo! A great way to fight back after the latest developments in feedback manipulation by Yelp!

Botto Bistro in Richmond is not very concerned about its Yelp rating. In fact, in an effort to undermine the reliability of its Yelp page, the five-year-old Italian restaurant is on a mission to be the worst-rated restaurant in the Bay Area.

Source: Richmond restaurant encourages bad Yelp reviews – Inside Scoop SF

Apple’s Devious U2 Album Giveaway Is Even Worse Than Spam

This. So much of this. #Bonogate #WhyIPreferOpenSource

That gift Apple bestowed on all iTunes users? The U2 album no one asked for? Today the company created a way to delete it, which is the least it could do.

Source: Apple’s Devious U2 Album Giveaway Is Even Worse Than Spam | WIRED

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Comcast Tells Customer The Only Reason He’s Getting Bogus Charges Refunded Is Because He Recorded Call

Seriously, folks, do you want THIS to be the future of your telecommunications system?

Most of us have been in this situation, and probably once or twice with Comcast. You’re told by the first person that something is free, then you get a bill…

Source: Comcast Tells Customer The Only Reason He’s Getting Bogus Charges Refunded Is Because He Recorded Call – Consumerist

Free Mobile Data Plans Are Going to Crush the Startup Economy

TL,DR: These new plans are being billed as innovative and democratising, but they are exactly the opposite. They will undermine innovation and expression while reverting is to the hell that is a top-down content structure (think cable tv and it’s innumerable flaws)

The deal sounds great: Stream unlimited music without any data charges. The offer from T-Mobile includes popular services such as Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora. These apps will no longer count against your data plan, the company announced recently, no matter how much you stream across its 4G LTE network.

Source: Free Mobile Data Plans Are Going to Crush the Startup Economy | WIRED

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PROOFOFCONCEPT

In case you still wonder what it is that I do for a living.

Cross a border, lose your ebooks

Jim O’Donnell was at a library conference in Singapore when his Ipad’s Google Play app asked him to update it. This was the app through which he had bought 30 to 40 ebooks, and after the app had updated, it started to re-download them. However, Singapore is not one of the countries where the Google Play bookstore is active, so it stopped downloading and told him he was no longer entitled to his books.

Source: Cross a border, lose your ebooks – Boing Boing

Sir Richard Branson’s Guide To Getting Lucky

Try treating her … or him … to something delicious, using the new seat-to-seat feature, the Virgin America in-flight entertainment system.

Dr Pepper’s Evolution Ad Strikes A Nerve With Some Christians

It’s sad that we’re regressing as a nation. Picking back up the chains of ignorance and setting the blinders that hundreds of years of scientific progress have worked hard to remove. Folks, before you start spewing forth your hatred, just remember that science, rational thought, and religion are NOT mutually exclusive.

Some creationists are taking offense at Dr. Pepper’s new take on a famous 1965 evolutionary drawing called “March of Progress.” And the outrage and “counteroutrage” are spreading across social media.

Source: Dr Pepper’s Evolution Ad Strikes A Nerve With Some Christians : The Salt : NPR

Why I Pay for Content (And Why That Makes Me Feel Like a Sucker)

Ah, a moderate voice in the piracy debate! Someone who doesn’t sound like a complete tool when they argue their point!

In 2001 I downloaded five songs by a now-defunct “folk rock duo” from the internet. The band was obscure, its albums not stocked at the small-town music stores nearby or the Walmart 25 minutes up Route 1. iTunes didn’t exist yet. Amazon was still a bookstore. So I fired up LimeWire and snapped them up for free.

Source: Why I Pay for Content (And Why That Makes Me Feel Like a Sucker)

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Airheads Trailer

I feel like I really missed an opportunity to do an Airheads-style holdup of a radio station to save the rock format.

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