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Deleting Fake Amazon Reviews, Streaming for Comic-Con Geeks, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 10-04-2015

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 is cracking down hard on fake product reviews The Scourge Of The Web: Fake Reviews & How To Spot Them "User reviews" are actually a pretty recent phenomenon. Before the prevalence of the Internet, user reviews were called testimonials, and you’d only see them on TV commercials and product pages. Nowadays, anyone can write anything... Read More , 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, 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 4 Ways Online Reviews Are Being Manipulated By Manufacturers Manufacturers and companies actually manipulate reviews in a variety of ways right here on the Internet. It's all about good press, of course. However, some ways are sketchier than others as you'll soon be able... Read More , which can fool customers into buying below-par products. Like iPods, for example.

Lionsgate Plans Geek Streaming Service

Comic book geeks 10 Interesting Comic Book Writers You Should Follow On Twitter Whether you want news, previews, or tips to improve your own work, show your geeky allegiance with pride by following these 10 brilliant comic book writers. Read More and fans of cult television shows Celebrate a Decade of the Doctor with the Doctor Who BitTorrent Bundle The BBC has just made the groundbreaking decision to release Doctor Who on BitTorrent as a legal download. This will hopefully pave the way for more legal BBC content via BitTorrent in the future. Read More and geeky movies 42 of the Best Geek Movies of All Time: How Many Have You Seen? Geeks are people too. I am one, you're probably one, and we're a growing army that can no longer be ignored. Not even by Hollywood. Geek movies FTW! Read More 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 for $1.5 Billion

LinkedIn is acquiring in a cash and stock deal worth around $1.5 billion. LinkedIn is the social network for professionals How To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Irresistible If social media has turned us into digital narcissists, then we should be building up our resume on LinkedIn all the more as it is a valuable platform for professional networking. Welcome to the digital... Read More known for spamming its users, while Lynda is an online learning company offering courses How to Learn Programming Without All the Stress Maybe you've decided to pursue programming, whether for a career or just as a hobby. Great! But maybe you're starting to feel overwhelmed. Not so great. Here's help to ease your journey. Read More 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 Are Gamers Sick Of The Call Of Duty Series? [MUO Gaming] Call of Duty is huge. Every November for the last 5 years, a new Call of Duty has hit store shelves, and every year it sells better than the year before. Even the years that... Read More . 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.

Pacapong, created by developer KingPenguin, is available to download for free on Windows, Mac, and Linux.


The Netflix Watch Is Coming Soon

And finally, Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More 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 A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More 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 The Best April Fools of 2015, Facebook Riffs with Friends, & More... [Tech News Digest] Celebrating April Fools' Day 2015, Facebook's Riff app, the ASUS Chromebit, Amazon's Dash buttons, HBO on Sling TV, and homeless people reading mean tweets. Read More may have come and gone, but Netflix couldn’t resist the chance to mock the Apple Watch iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More as it nears launch.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Should Amazon be doing more to clampdown on the spread of fake reviews? Would you subscribe to a Comic-Con streaming service aimed at geeks? Will you be buying Call of Duty: Black Ops III?

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  1. Maryon Jeane
    April 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Dragonmouth, I see no signs that Amazon is paying for fake positive reviews - why would it? The Amazon model (which I personally think is excellent) relies on people trusting its reviews - as Amazon states in its lawsuit. I'm an Amazon reviewer (a Top 500 one) and I stand by all my reviews. Sometimes companies send me products to review and I - like all the other reviewers I know - say first off that we will only give unbiased reviews even where we've been sent the product free of charge. Sometimes products aren't particularly good, in which case I contact the seller (often the manufacturer) with my comments - and sometimes the product will be amended accordingly. (Sometimes, of course, it simply disappears and isn't put on the Amazon site, or is withdrawn from it if it's already listed.)

    Everyone gains by this system: the consumer gains from genuine feedback about products from a large pool of users, and from modifications to products which would otherwise be released with flaws; Amazon gains from increased sales and satisfied users; manufacturers and sellers gain from fewer complaints and good sales.

    Why be cynical as a first stance? There are good and bad aspects to most things, and certainly an analytical viewpoint is a Good Idea, but negativing everything as a fallback position doesn't do anyone any favours.

  2. dragonmouth
    April 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    "Amazon is cracking down hard on fake product reviews, filing a lawsuit against the owners of websites alleged to be selling fake reviews."
    The word "negative" should be inserted between words "fake" and "product" in the above sentence. I am sure that Amazon is not going to take any action against fake positive reviews that do not tarnish the Amazon brand and undermine customers' trust. I would not be surprised if Amazon did not pay for a lot of fake positive reviews.

    "The Netflix Watch Is Coming Soon"
    It never ceases to amaze me that we want larger and larger screen TVs for our living rooms while at the same time are willing to watch shows and movies on smaller and smaller devices such as tablets, phablets, smartphones and now a wrist watch. How much can one see on a 2 inch screen other than some colored dots moving around.