Deleting Fake Amazon Reviews, Streaming for Comic-Con Geeks, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Fake Amazon reviews, streaming movies for Comic-Con geeks, LinkedIn buys Lynda, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Pacapong combines Pac-Man and Pong, and the Netflix Watch is coming soon.
Amazon Cracks Down on Fake Reviews
AMAZON REVIEW: This telescope doesn’t work at all. Zero stars. UPDATE: Had the lens cap on. Now I can see Orion’s Belt. Three stars.
— matt (@biorhythmist) April 9, 2015
Amazon is cracking down hard on fake product reviews , filing a lawsuit against the owners of websites alleged to be selling fake reviews. According to GeekWire, Amazon has gone after Jay Gentile, the alleged owner of the unambiguously named buyazonreviews.com, as well as a number of John Does running similar sites.
The suit claims, “While small in number, these reviews threaten to undermine the trust that customers, and the vast majority of sellers and manufacturers, place in Amazon, thereby tarnishing Amazon’s brand. Defendants’ businesses consist entirely of selling such reviews.”
Amazon is accusing the various sites of trademark violations, unfair competition, and deceptive acts, and seeking restitution based on these offenses. This, the first lawsuit of its kind brought by Amazon, is part of a larger clampdown on fake reviews , which can fool customers into buying below-par products. Like iPods, for example.
Lionsgate Plans Geek Streaming Service
Comic book geeks and fans of cult television shows and geeky movies could be about to get a streaming service aimed exclusively at them. According to Deadline, Lionsgate has done a deal with Comic-Con International to create a streaming media service made just for geeks.
Lionsgate executive Jim Packer said, “The fan base for the kind of films and television series showcased at Comic-Con has grown exponentially, and a subscription video-on-demand service is the ideal platform to capture the magic excitement of the Comic-Con experience year-round as well as the perfect vehicle for Comic-Con fans to discover new content.”
Details are currently thin on the ground, but it’s believed the service would feature movies and TV shows owned by Lionsgate and other partners. The Hunger Games and Divergent are shoe-ins, but the service will struggle to compete with the growing competition without some of the big-name comic-book films. So, a good idea on paper, but success is far from guaranteed.
LinkedIn Buys Lynda.com for $1.5 Billion
LinkedIn is acquiring Lynda.com in a cash and stock deal worth around $1.5 billion. LinkedIn is the social network for professionals known for spamming its users, while Lynda is an online learning company offering courses for those willing to pay subscription fees.
The two companies see this deal as the “kind of fit that benefits everyone.” Lynda has a ready-made set of courses aimed at professionals, while LinkedIn has 350 million users to which it can try to sell this content. So, expect more LinkedIn spam than ever before coming your way soon.
Activision Teases New Call of Duty
Activision has revealed that the new Call of Duty game for 2015 is Black Ops III, with Treyarch once again in charge of the franchise. Very little is known about the game, as this is nothing more than a teaser for the real reveal and trailer due to drop on April 26.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released in the fall, and sell by the bucketload regardless of whether it’s actually any good or not. Because Call of Duty . We’ll know more in a couple of weeks, but for now you can enjoy the vague nonsense that is the pointless teaser trailer embedded above.
Pacapong Combines Class Video Games
Why limit yourself to playing just one classic video game at a time when Pacapong allows you to play four games at once? The four in question being Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong. Unfortunately, this combination makes Pacapong fiendishly difficult.
Using the bats from Pong, you launch Pac-Man across the board, collecting pills while avoiding ghosts. And while Pac is doing his thing, YOU have to shoot aliens from Space Invaders while avoiding barrels from Donkey Kong. Simples.
The Netflix Watch Is Coming Soon
And finally, Netflix is already available on most devices in most countries, but it’ll soon be coming to your wrist too. Yes, folks, the Netflix Watch is a specially-designed gadget that lets you watch Netflix on the go, whatever you happen to be doing. And binge-watching is included for free.
In case you hadn’t already realized, the Netflix Watch isn’t actually real. Well, it is insofar as anyone can strap a smartphone to their wrist and call it a watch. April Fools’ Day may have come and gone, but Netflix couldn’t resist the chance to mock the Apple Watch as it nears launch.
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