Blogger Fined In French Courts For Leaving Negative Restaurant Review

When electronics company MediaBridge threatened a customer with legal action who left a negative Amazon review about one of their products, the internet went a bit nuts. Within a few short days Amazon had banned MediaBridge from selling its products directly on Amazon, most MediaBridge products on most big retail sites (mainly Amazon) had been “trashed” with negative reviews from people who hadn’t even bought the products and the brand name of the company had been totally tarnished. If businesses learnt anything from that incident it was not to mess with the power of the consumer: reviews exist for a reason and without negative reviews positive reviews would simply not exist. It appears one business didn’t get the memo to not sue customers who leave negative reviews. In France the restaurant chain Il Giardino took a French blogger to court after she left a negative review which became prominent in Google’s search results. Il Giardino claim that the review was harming business and that it should be removed.

The result of the court case was that Il Giardino won a Pyrrhic victory. The French blogger was forced to pay a €1500 fine and €1360 of court costs. The blogger was also forced to edit the title of the blog post reviewing Il Giardino which had become so popular. In fact the review was not too different to many other Il Giardino reviews except with a humorous spin. However, as expected the internet backlash has been huge. As the above image shows, it is like MediaBridge round two. Hundreds of angry internet users (who have undoubtedly never visited the restaurant in question) have jumped to write negative reviews about the restaurant which is doing a lot more damage than the single negative review that they managed to have edited.

Yet again the decision to sue a customer for a negative reviewer has backfired hugely. In some cases negative reviews left by consumers may indeed be incorrect or based on false information, but it certainly seems that suing the reviewers is not the way forward.

Source: Eater.com

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Three Months In Prison for Ex-Microsoft Employee

Alex Kibkalo was arrested for stealing trade secrets from Microsoft and will now be spending the next three months in prison for his crimes. This story has already seen its fair share of debate, especially when you find out how the crime was discovered.

Microsoft accessed, somewhat illegally (although that much is up for debate its self), the Hotmail account of a French blogger who had been posting leaked images of Windows 8. In their email probe, Microsoft used the information they gathered to track down the identity of the leaker within their company, a former employee named Alex Kibkalo, who was then promptly arrested for stealing trade secrets.

Alex pleaded guilty to the charges and will no face three months in prison for his crime. The issue is not what he did, but what Microsoft did to find him. Just how many email accounts have they been sifting through at their leisure to find the things they need? The company has vowed to follow stricter policies in future investigations, but they remain firm that they did the right thing this time around, although I can’t say I feel the same way.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

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Vine Application Released On Windows Phone Store

Good news for Windows phone users. Vine, the new short video service from Twitter, has finally arrived in its official avatar for Windows Phone. Users with smartphones based on Microsoft’s OS can now tap and hold the screen to create short, looping videos with sound, use camera tools like grid and ghost (which “help you shoot like a pro”) and essentially can put users in the spotlight with the front-facing camera.

The release of Vine on Windows Phone does not come as a surprise as it was one of the new apps announced during Nokia World at the end of October, along with Flipboard, Temple Run 2, FIFA 14, and Instagram. However, Twitter video-blogging app managed to get ahead of Facebook’s Instagram.

Windows Phone users get some exclusive features such as the ability to pin their favorite accounts to the home screen, which allows for easy and quick access to the same. The app page is now live and can be downloaded right away from the Windows Phone Store.

Thank you NextPowerUp and Vine for providing us with this information
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Blogging Platform “Medium” Gets Out Of Closed Sign-Up

Medium, a blogging platform founded by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has been a closed sign-up based app up until now. Today, the platform sent out an email with the news that anyone can now sign in and start writing. There are a few requirements set out to sign up and use Medium however. You must be writing from Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers, and you must have a Twitter account to post. There’s a verification link sent via email that you click on and then you’re in. Posting apparently is still not available from mobile devices.

So what’s the story behind Medium? TechChurch had Williams tell them about his vision of the app:

“I think more people would be in a better place if more people shared their ideas,” says Williams. Seen this way, Medium is just the next logical step in Williams’ three-product cycle to inject better ideas into the world. Blogger helped open the doors for pajama bloggers to compete with the media moguls. A few years later, Twitter gave the power of broadcast distribution to everyone who had 140 characters to share.

Now, to complete the circuit, Medium wants to make viral information more substantive — the hope in the Pandora’s box of communication. “It’s also an optimistic stance to say that we can build a system where good things can shine and get attention. And there’s an audience for ideas and stories that appeal to more than just the most base desires of human beings.”

Medium has managed to gain some relative popularity among a sea of other blogging alternatives, but not always for the best reasons. While there has been some interesting content, there have also been missteps like a false claim of government email snooping and Peter Shih’s ‘10 things I hate about San Francisco’ post. Topics like these have given Medium a rep for being an incubator for lack of self-awareness and inaccuracy. Still, Williams addressed those issues fairly plainly in his interview. Anyone interested in testing the Medium app can sign up here.

Thank you TechChurch for providing us with this information.
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Google Web Traffic Accounts For 5% Of All Internet Traffic In The UK

Google is a large part of the internet, but really how large is it? According to The Telegraph, Google websites are over 5 percent of web traffic in the UK, in short 1 out of every 20 websites visited are Google-owned.

Google Chrome, Google’s web browser turned 5 years old a month ago. The web browser is available for Windows, MacOSX and Linux, as well as both Android and iOS. Though I was not able to find any numbers on how many people use Google Chrome opposed to other web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer; I would assume that Google Chrome has the majority of users.

As for their search engine, there are a few other search engines. Personally I use Google for my searches, I like the format, it is simple to use, and I am usually able to find exactly what I am looking for in just a few seconds. Though some of you may use Yahoo or Bing instead of Google, Google is perhaps the most used.

Google owns many of the websites that we visit every day: Blogger, GoogleDrive, Google Play, Google+, Google Maps, Google.com, Gmail, YouTube, and Google.co.uk.

Google is in so many different parts of the electronics market that it would be hard for someone to not know who they are. They are perhaps even the largest electronics based company with a head count just shy of 45,000 employees. I can only assume that they will continue to grow as they acquire more businesses and come out with new products. Though it looks like they have terminated over 10,000 employees after their Motorola acquisition.

 

Do you use Google.com as your search engine, or you their other products, let us know in the comments below.

Thank you to The Telegraph  for providing us with this information.

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