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Yelp extorts businesses by allegedly putting up fake bad review and then telling them to pay up to remove it.

Yelp extorts businesses by allegedly putting up fake bad review and then telling them to pay up to remove it.

Yelp, the online review site, is being accused of extortion in a class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week. The suit alleges that the site tried to get a Long Beach veterinary hospital named Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital to pay $300 a month — for a minimum 12-month commitment — to suppress or delete reviews that disparaged the [...]

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the [...]

Tea Party Inc. Founder, Judson Phillips: “I Want To Make Millions From This Movement”

Tea Party Inc. Founder, Judson Phillips: “I Want To Make Millions From This Movement”

Embattled Tea Party Nation, Inc. owner Judson Phillips has been making the media rounds to defend his up-coming, February 4-6 conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Disillusioned Tea Party volunteers are angry at Phillips for turning the grass-roots group into a for-profit venture without their consent and for charging more [...]

Taxpayers to Fork Out $2.5 Million for Single Census Ad During Super Bowl

Taxpayers to Fork Out $2.5 Million for Single Census Ad During Super Bowl

Taxpayers might want to pay close attention to this Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast or they'll miss Uncle Sam's 30-second, $2.5-million reminder to stand up and be counted. That's what the Census Bureau paid CBS to get their message notched somewhere between a National Lampoon reprisal, a weird dude with big glasses, a beer-can house and men [...]

Craig Cunningham Has a Simple Solution for Getting Bill Collectors Off His Back. He Sues Them.

Craig Cunningham Has a Simple Solution for Getting Bill Collectors Off His Back. He Sues Them.

Craig Cunningham has made $20,000 from 18 lawsuits he's filed against debt collectors for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In fact, it's something a part-time job/hobby for him. To ensnare his first FDCPA-violating collector, with voice recorder running, he called back the number they left on his answering machine, and [...]

United States Government data-laundering: Using corporate databases to get around privacy law

United States Government data-laundering: Using corporate databases to get around privacy law

"Buying You: The Government's Use of Fourth-Parties to Launder Data about 'The People'," a paper by Columbia Law School's Joshua L. Simmons in the Columbia Business Law Review, describes the way that US government agencies circumvent the fourth amendment and privacy statutes by outsourcing their surveillance to private credit reporting bureaus and [...]

New Orleans cops use ancient “unnatural copulation” law to turn prostitutes into sex-offenders

New Orleans cops use ancient “unnatural copulation” law to turn prostitutes into sex-offenders

New Orleans cops are busting hookers under a nineteenth century felony law against "unnatural copulation" (NOLA PD says that oral or anal sex count), which means that they have to register as sex offenders. And life as a sex offender is terrible... Of the 861 sex offenders currently registered in New Orleans, 483 were convicted of a crime against [...]

Body scanners can store and send images

Body scanners can store and send images

A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images. The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [...]

4Chan delivers “Youtube Porn Day,” and its still early in the day

4Chan delivers “Youtube Porn Day,” and its still early in the day

Yep, just like they promised, youtube is now being flooded with adult videos disguised as disney pop-stars and cartoons. Some of the major news media, like BBC, have already reported this. Google was apparently aware of this and has been getting ready to remove videos asap, but I guess nothing can stop the power of the interwebz. Click the [...]

TSA subpoenas bloggers and demands names of sources

TSA subpoenas bloggers and demands names of sources

TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public. Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for about [...]

Chart compares price of inkjet ink to other liquids

Chart compares price of inkjet ink to other liquids

ReflectionOf.Me posted a graph that shows how much HP printer ink costs compared to human blood, vodka, crude oil and other precious liquids. Lets skip the obvious intentions and instead curry the most outlandish counterarguments possible. As a FORMER inkjet user, I CLEARLY understood the point of this graph: Print 40-80 pages, spend $45 on a [...]

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Google expands tracking to logged out users

Google expands tracking to logged out users

Anyone who's a regular Google search user will know that the only way to avoid the company tracking your online activities is to log out of Gmail or whatever Google account you use. Not any more. As of last Friday, even searchers who aren't logged into Google in any way have their data tracked in the name of providing a 'better service'. The [...]

YouTube Will Soon Block Access From Set-Top Devices

YouTube Will Soon Block Access From Set-Top Devices

It won't affect your PS3, Wii, TiVo, or other licensed YouTube partners, but Google's streaming video service will start blocking API access to TV-connected devices as of Dec. 2. The COO of set-top box maker Popcorn Hour writes that the firm tried to negotiate with YouTube to retain the service, but YouTube/Google seems to be standing firm... just [...]

American Airlines Fires Designer Who Reached Out To Disgruntled Customer

American Airlines Fires Designer Who Reached Out To Disgruntled Customer

A few years back, I remember seeing a fascinating study that showed that how a company responds to a problem or a mistake is more important to customer loyalty than not making any mistakes at all. That is, customers felt more loyal to companies that screwed up, but handled it well, than companies that never screw up at all. If you think about [...]

TSA doesn’t understand what “random” means

TSA doesn’t understand what “random” means

Deirdre Walker, the 24-year police veteran and former Assistant Chief of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Police who wrote up a sharp, professional critique of the TSA's checkpoint procedures, has written a follow-up, showing a huge flaw in the "random" screening process used at the BWI airport... I asked, "How are people selected [...]

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

Congress recognizes no limits on its power. It doesn’t care about the Constitution, it doesn’t care about your inalienable rights. If this health care bill becomes law, America, life as you have known it, freedom as you have exercised it and privacy as you have enjoyed it will cease to be. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on [...]

Freedom of press takes HUGE blow. Congress passes bill that forces reporters to reveal sources in “national security” cases. Obama WILL sign.

Freedom of press takes HUGE blow. Congress passes bill that forces reporters to reveal sources in “national security” cases. Obama WILL sign.

The White House, key senators and media representatives have reached a compromise on legislation to protect reporters from being forced to disclose their confidential sources in federal court. Senate supporters of the so-called media shield bill said Friday that the deal gives the government authority to override those rights in certain [...]

The raid that rocked the Met: Why gun and drugs op on 6,717 safety deposit boxes could cost taxpayer a fortune

The raid that rocked the Met: Why gun and drugs op on 6,717 safety deposit boxes could cost taxpayer a fortune

It's gonna cost the cops, and us taxpayers, probably 10 times what they netted in actual criminal proceeds once the operation's finances has been collated from all the investigations and several hundred court cases of "slightly suspect" boxes with the cops paying out a 6 figure sum in each to resolve the trials on the basis that the suspects are [...]

Vegas uses computers to bust card counters

Vegas uses computers to bust card counters

As if Vegas casinos don't already rake in enough money from suckers, now they are developing technology to automatically detect people who count cards. The anti-card-counter system uses cameras to watch players and keep track of the actual "count" of the cards, the same way a player would. It also measures how much each player is betting on each [...]

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