reviews

Thu
10
Mar
John Lister's picture

Google Loses Court Case Over Fake Online Reviews

A court has ordered Google to hand over details that could identify the people behind four accounts used for bogus online reviews. One of the accounts had assumed the identity of a dead woman. The reviews were made on the social networking site ... Google+. While the site has arguably struggled to compete with the likes of Facebook, posts there are particularly likely to show up in search results for a relevant term. In this case the reviews were of an Amsterdam daycare center, and would appear next to a map of the center's location before the rest of the "ranked" search results. ... (view more)

Wed
17
Sep
John Lister's picture

Judge: Firms Can't Ban Online Negative Reviews

California has passed a law that means companies can no longer ban customers from writing negative reviews on websites. Even attempting to do so could mean they firms face a financial penalty. The new law follows a protracted court battle that ... concluded this summer after an online gadget seller tried to "fine" a couple $3,500 for leaving a negative review on an independent website. A court eventually ordered KlearGear to pay more than $300,000 to the couple after its attempts to collect the "debt" hurt their credit rating. KlearGear had been trying to enforce a clause in ... (view more)

Mon
02
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Announcing Infopackets Video Reviews!

I'm pleased to announce that we have added a new feature to Infopackets, called Video Reviews! Video Reviews will be used to supplement the information in our written software reviews, which we plan to do every 2 weeks. Video Reviews: In the Future ... The Video Review project is in beta stages and we will continue to provide this service as long as there is financial support from our users. Note that funds generated from software reviews account for a significant portion of Infopackets revenue. We use this money to pay our staff of writers, programmers, web hosting fees, and now video reviews ... (view more)

Tue
20
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Protest Erupts Over Belkin's Bogus Amazon.com Reviews

Popular network hardware producer Belkin is facing some serious flak this week after an employee told the media that the company has often paid Amazon reviewers to post positive fan-fare for its products. The outcry started this past weekend, when ... The Daily Background's Arlen Parsa reported the case of one Michael Bayard, who -- according to the Background -- had posted requests to Belkin's company website The Mechanical Turk searching for anyone willing to write a positive product review, regardless of whether or not they had actually tried out the device. According to Parsa and the ... (view more)

Tue
17
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Bad Mouth the Boss on 'Glassdoor'

Did you just leave a job and you want to warn others to 'stay away'? Now you can with Glassdoor.com. The new site from the creators of Expedia and Zillow allows you to anonymously submit reviews, ratings, and salary reports about your job. ... Throughout the last year, Glassdoor has amassed 3,300 reviews and salary reports from 250 companies they specifically targeted, and the site has another 40,000 major corporations pre-loaded into the system. If your company is not listed, the site allows you to register your company and dish all about your workplace. Once you're a registered member, you can ... (view more)

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