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."" top
Ballot measure to create the State of Silicon Valley
joeflies (529536) 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." top
joeflies (529536) 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." top
joeflies (529536) 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." top
joeflies (529536) 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" top
joeflies (529536) 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?"