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  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +34 +1

    Reviewers for 'Shadow of Mordor' Were Paid Off, Says the FTC

    Turns out there might not be ethics in gaming journalism, after all. A new order by the Federal Trade Commission might give GamerGate reason to pick up pitchforks again. Warner Bros. has just settled with the FTC over charges that it “deceived consumers” during the marketing campaign for 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Per the FTC, Warner Bros. failed to disclose it paid online influencers, like YouTube phenom PewDiePie, to positively promote one of its games in content presented as “reviews.” As a result, the FTC has proposed Warner Bros. must be upfront about paid marketing in the future...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +21 +1

    Olympic executives cash in on a ‘Movement’ that keeps athletes poor

    Its members call it, with an almost religious conviction, “the Olympic Movement,” or “the Movement” for short, always capitalized. At the very top of “the Movement” sits the International Olympic Committee, a nonprofit run by a “volunteer” president who gets an annual “allowance” of $251,000 and lives rent-free in a five-star hotel and spa in Switzerland. At the very bottom of “the Movement” — beneath the IOC members who travel first-class and get paid thousands of dollars just to attend the Olympics, beneath the executives who make hundreds of thousands to organize the Games...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +26 +1

    Passengers in Uber's self-driving cars waived right to sue for injury or death

    Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-sq mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle. But passengers riding in Uber’s computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the technology is. According to documents obtained by the Guardian under public records laws, until as recently as June anyone not employed by Uber riding in one of its autonomous vehicles (AVs) had to sign a legal document waiving the company of any liability for their injury or death.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rawlings
    +5 +1

    FCC: Comcast Routinely Charges Customers For Hardware, Services Never Ordered

    When you're among the worst ranked companies for customer service in America, you consistently need to find new ways to ramp up your game if you want to take malicious incompetence to the next level. Enter Comcast, which despite constant promises that it's getting better, routinely keeps finding itself in the headlines for immeasurably shady business practices. Earlier this year, for example, the company was sued by Washington's Attorney General for charging users a $5 per month "Service Protection Plan," then routinely and intentionally charging users for repairs that should have been covered under it.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by weekendhobo
    +24 +1

    Burger King animal feed sourced from deforested lands in Brazil and Bolivia

    The hamburger chain Burger King has been buying animal feed produced in soy plantations carved out by the burning of tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia, according to a new report. Jaguars, giant anteaters and sloths have all been affected by the disappearance of around 700,000 hectares (1,729,738 acres) of forest land between 2011 and 2015. The campaign group Mighty Earth says that evidence gathered from aerial drones, satellite imaging, supply-chain mapping and field research shows a systematic pattern of forest-burning.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Pfennig88
    +14 +1

    Shady Business Tactics Everyone Should Know About

    If you’re test-driving a car at a dealership pay attention to the check engine light when you turn the key: it should temporarily flicker then go away. If it doesn’t, the dash has been tampered with to mask a potential issue. Also, if a dealership car is parked over a puddle they do not want you looking underneath it.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by lostwonder
    +38 +1

    Comcast has a lot to lose if municipal broadband takes off

    Comcast revenue could take a big hit in two cities that might build networks.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by canuck
    +13 +1

    Comcast Jacks up Price of Standalone Broadband to $75

    Wall Street analysts have been rather excited about the fact that a lack of competition in the market means Comcast should be able to significantly raise rates without much repurcussion, especially now that the Trump FCC has made its apathy to the broadband market's competition problem abundantly clear. And Comcast began following through this month, warning customers across numerous markets that they'll soon be seeing increases in broadband and TV prices, and paying Comcast significantly more money in random fees and hardware rental surcharges each month.