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7-Inch iPad Rumored

remove office "Often reliable" (233 comments)

The often-reliable Chinese language newspaper -- which correctly predicted the first coming of the iPad when everyone else on the planet was carping on about a sub-$500 netbook from the Cupertino company

Oh please. This is the same "often-reliable" newspaper that predicted that Apple was going to release an iPhone nano earlier this year.

Also, the idea that anybody expected Apple to release a "sub-$500 netboook" is sheer lunacy. Nobody seriously expected that-- the iPad was widely anticipated by just about everyone for months before it was released.

more than 4 years ago
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McCain Releases Technology Platform

remove office Re:hypocrisy (479 comments)

Actually, both the McCain campaign and the RNC have gotten itself in hot water several times for using copyrighted music or video clips without permission during this cycle.

A few examples:

McCain was served with a cease and desist letter from Fox News after he used their broadcast footage in a commercial without buying it...

McCain was sued by Mike Myers after he used a clip from a skit from SNL without purchasing it or getting permission from Myers himself (Myers isn't the copyright owner, but that's irrelevant).

McCain got yelled at by copyright owners for using the "Rocky" theme song in an ad without permission.

One of McCain's YouTube videos have been hit with a copyright infringement claim by Warner Music Group after the campaign used a song by Frankie Valli without permission.

Of course, all of this is not to mention McCain's little plagiarism issue with Wikipedia...

more than 6 years ago

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Belkin's President Apologizes for Faked Reviews

remove office remove office writes  |  more than 5 years ago

remove office writes "After I wrote about how Belkin's Amazon.com sales rep Mike Bayard had been paying for fake reviews of his company's products using Mechanical Turk (Slashdot story here), hundreds of readers across the web expressed their umbrage. As a result of the online outcry, Belkin's president Mark Reynoso has issued a statement apologizing and saying that "this is an isolated incident" and that "Belkin does not participate in, nor does it endorse, unethical practices like this." Amazon moved swiftly to remove several reviews on Belkin products it believed were fraudulent, although now fresh evidence of astroturfing has surfaced. Now I'm curious: what steps do Slashdotters think that online retailers can do to protect themselves and their customers from fake reviews?"
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Belkin's Amazon Rep Paying for Fake Online Reviews

remove office remove office writes  |  more than 5 years ago

remove office (871398) writes "I recently discovered that that Belkin's lead online sales rep, Michael Bayard, has been secretly paying internet users to review his company's products favorably on Amazon.com and other websites like Newegg, whether or not they've ever used them. Bayard instructed the people he was paying to "Write as if you own the product and are using it... Mark any other negative reviews as 'not helpful' once you post yours." Ironically, he was using Amazon's own Mechanical Turk service to hire his fraudsters (did he honestly think he wouldn't get caught?). Are Slashdotters aware of other examples of other such blatant astroturfing on behalf of a large tech company like Belkin?"
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Earlier Reports Wrong; Pelosi Isn't Targetting Web

remove office remove office writes  |  more than 6 years ago

remove office writes "On July 9, Slashdot published a story titled "Nancy Pelosi vs. the Internet" which falsely insinuated that the Democratic House Speaker was "scheming to impose rules barring any member of Congress from posting opinions on any internet site without first obtaining prior approval from the Democratic leadership of Congress. No blogs, twitter, online forums — nothing." It turns out, that's just not true. Pelosi herself scoffed at such rumors, explaining "Like many other Members, I have a blog, use YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Digg, and other new media to communicate with constituents, and I believe they are vital tools toward increasing transparency and accountability." To be clear, Pelosi's proposed regulations would only effect members of Congress who are using taxpayer money to produce web videos for their re-election campaigns (which is already illegal in principle)."
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Michael Moore Boosts Piracy of "SiCKO"-- H

remove office remove office writes  |  more than 7 years ago

remove office writes "Self-described muck-raking filmmaker Michael Moore has embraced an internet leak of his new health care documentary "SiCKO," even before the film hits theaters on June 29th. Moore, who has been a harsh critic of the MPAA in the past, said "I'm just happy that people get to see my movies. I'm not a big supporter of the copyright laws in this country." He also said piracy ultimately helps artists, and recalled how he was introduced to one of his favorite bands (The Clash), after somebody gave him a pirated casette tape (he says he later bought all their albums and attended paid to attend their concerts). Still, Moore hoped people would see the film in theaters anyways: "I wanted to do something for your laptop or your iPod, I would go do that. But I've chosen obviously to make things that I want seen on a big screen.""
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remove office remove office writes  |  more than 7 years ago

remove office writes "Earlier this month, Slashdotters read an article I wrote about how CNN plans to release its upcoming Democratic presidential debate under a Creative Commons type license that would allow people to reuse the footage without restriction. Now the Democratic National Committee has gone one step further and announced that their CNN debate will be cosponsored with YouTube and Google, raising the possibility that debate footage will be made available online for free. Previously, both Fox News and MSNBC have made short clips from the debates they sponsored available in streaming Flash and Windows Media formats, interrupted by more commercials than they were originally broadcast with."
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remove office remove office writes  |  more than 7 years ago

remove office writes "After calls from several prominent bloggers and a couple of presidential candidates themselves, CNN has agreed to release the footage from its upcoming June presidential debates uncopyrighted. Senator Barack Obama was the first candidate to call for all presidential debates to be released under Creative Commons, with fellow Demcoratic hopeful John Edwards following shortly afterwards. CNN will be the first to do so with their June 3rd and 5th Democratic and Republican debates. The NBC-Microsoft co-venture MSNBC hosted the first presidential debates recently but refused to release it under Creative Commons, opting instead to post only commercial-ridden clips online in Windows Media format."
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remove office remove office writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AKP writes "While many investigating the mysterious Department of Justice firings of several US Attorneys last year are focusing on the role of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a new report at BradBlog indicates that some firings may have been done to influence the 2008 presidential election. Karl Rove has reportedly promised GOP operatives that 11 states will be key in deciding the next race for the White House, and US Attorneys in 9 of those states have been conveniently been replaced with prosecutors who some allege are more likely to help disenfranchise minority voters. Also from the article, allegations are swirling that one of Rove's close associates (who was appointed as a US Attorney without normal Senate confirmation due to an obscure PATRIOT Act loophole) was put in place so he could start investigating Hillary Clinton if she is the Democratic nominee in 2008."
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remove office remove office writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Arlen writes "As many as 17,000 people (according to police estimates) watched Senator Barack Obama officially announce his candidacy for President in Springfield Illinois today, he mentioned several things that Slashdotters will be interested in. The Senator said he wanted to free America from what he called "the tyranny of oil," and went on to promote alternative energy sources such as ethanol (a big political winner in the midwest where he announced, because of all the corn farmers). He also talked about using science and technology to help those with chronic diseases, which is likely to have been an allusion to his staunch support of stem cell research. Perhaps most of interest to Slashdotters however is that Obama made the following statement halfway through his speech: "Let's invest in scientific research, and let's lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America. We can do that." Like nearly everything in his speech, this was met with robust applause from the crowd. You can watch a video of the entire speech at Obama's website."

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