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[News] Claim: Fake Reviews in Web Sits Up for Sale (Watch Out, Microsoft)

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Yelp Extortion Accusations Ignite a War of Words

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| The article goes on to cite a handful of Bay Area business owners, the 
| majority of whom are quoted anonymously, as saying Yelp's reps tried to 
| coerce them into buying ads by offering to "fix" their bad reviews in 
| exchange. The accusations aren't pretty, either: One sentence compares Yelp 
| to the Mafia, vaguely citing "several business owners" as having made the 
| claim.     
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/159883/Yelp.html?tk=rss_news


Recent:

Man Sues Former Employer For Not Updating Whois... And Then Acting Stupid

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| in 2006 Zipatoni was the company behind the disastrously stupid "fake" viral
| marketing campaign known as All I Want For Xmas is a PSP. After that was
| exposed, blogs went to town making fun of Sony... and Zipatoni. As part of
| that, people went to the whois and "outed" Meyerkord, including calling him
| a "douchebag."
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20090121/0558113474.shtml


Related:

Belkin boss 'extremely sorry' for cash-for-good-reviews plan

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| According to an open letter from Belkin big cheese Mark Reynoso,
| the "unethical practice" was conducted by "one of our employees", who offered
| cash in exchange for good reviews.
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http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/01/20/belkin_prez_apologises/


Caught AstroTurfing: Bad Belkin Bayard Business..

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| It seems a Belkin employee was caught red-handed looking for people to write
| positive reviews of one of their products. Our own Paul Ferris discusses his
| observations and some of the bigger social issues that 'AstroTurfing'
| exposes.
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http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/114965/


EU cracks down on fake blogger astroturfing

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| But back to the web, and with sneaky marketing campaigns likely to be more
| effective than upfront marketing campaigns, what is stopping companies from
| simply risking it and continuing existing practices?
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/03/eu_flogging_ban/


Corn Farmers Against Google?

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| Only if they're planting in AstroTurf
|
| [...]
|
| How do you know the organization, and the op-ed, weren't created by LawMedia
| Group at the behest of some well-funded clients? If they did their jobs
| right, you don't know.
|
| Some of them have left digital fingerprints here and there, though, says
| Declan McCullagh, in a blockbuster of a report exposing the intellectual
| whoredom offered for various important issues. Shortly after Microsoft hired
| LawMedia, for example, legislators, national agencies, and news outlets
| received pointed complaints from coalitions of farmers, rural voters, and
| geeky Latinos about how Google's advertising deal with Yahoo would wreck
| everything.
|
| [...]
|
| Don't call them a PR firm or a lobbying firm though, Law Media – which has a
| ton of lawyers working for them too—is a "public affairs firm" specializing
| in producing "remarkable coalitions" for anything one might need a coalition
| for.
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http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/08/14/corn-farmers-against-google


Microsoft Pays $200 for Mentioning Its Tools

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| If you're a professor and you mention Microsoft programming tools in a
| scholarly presentation -- in fact, even if you just use the tools --
| Microsoft will send you a check for $200.  
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http://chronicle.com/data/articles.dir/art-44.dir/issue-33.dir/33a03001.htm


Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan

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| The stodgy old media industry has a rule that newspaper reporters, and TV
| news hosts, shouldn't trade on their public trust to endorse products.
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http://valleywag.com/tech/federated-media/microsoft-pays-star-writers-to-recite-slogan-271485.php


MSN Is Spamming The Blogosphere

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| Mr. Youth LLC is a marketing firm and lists MSN as a customer.  Their
| website is here: http://www.mryouth.com/  Their phone number is
| (212) 779-8700.
|
| I've talked to a couple of other bloggers who said they are receiving
| similar comments on their blogs.  This pisses me off because MSN/Mr.
| Youth should 1) be more upfront about their true identity, and 2)
| provide a real e-mail address so that I can request they take my
| blog off their marketing campaign.
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http://www.scott-o-rama.com/2006/12/06/msn-is-spamming-the-blogosphere/


Microsoft really loves Bloggers !!!

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| Microsoft regularly flies customers and industry experts to its
| campus in Washington to listen to the feedback given by those
| people.The company invites dozens of key customers and partners
| to the event,where they spend brainstorming as a group.But as of
| late, Microsoft has changed it's strategy and the company is
| making extensive use of blogs to get direct customer feedback.
|
| Within a year,more than 1000 Microsoft employee blogs featured
| developers and product managers talking directly to customers every
| day, instead of once a year.Microsoft employees read dozens of
| blogs every day to see how customers react to Microsoft products
| and services. In fact,Microsoft employees have taken a bigger leap
| and even contribute to other's blogs in the expanding space of
| Blogosphere.
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http://thoughtsprevail.blogspot.com/2007/03/microsoft-really-loves-bloggers.html


Microsoft Traps and Hunts for Bloggers in India !!

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| Microsoft has announced the "Microsoft BlogStars" contest, to Hunts
| for Developer Bloggers in India. After feeling the power and increase of
| the Bloggers community in India, Microsoft tries to trap and hunt Bloggers
| in India to buildup the blogging community, for writing blog posts
| supporting towards Microsoft Technologies.
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http://i5bala.blogspot.com/2006/10/microsoft-traps-and-hunts-for-bloggers.html


Seattle Area Bloggers Needed for Microsoft User Research Study

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| For your participation, we'll give you your choice of retail
| software and hardware from our extensive list. Current titles
| include the latest Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC games, keyboards,
| Microsoft Office, Windows, productivity software and much more.
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http://blogs.msdn.com/usability_recruiting/archive/2007/01/05/seattle-area-bloggers-needed-for-microsoft-user-research-study.aspx


Bloggers meet Mr. Bill (Gates)

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| That meeting is to help Web developers understand how to "unlock new
| revenue opportunities" through technology and content, which could
| include podcasts and blogs. The Microsoft sessions wraps up with a
| one-hour q-and-a up with Bill Gates.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?guid=%7BD18F3BC9%2DF59E%2D4DB4%2DB978%2DD4651079E274%7D&source=blq%2Fyhoo&dist=yhoo&siteid=yhoo
http://tinyurl.com/yjaseg


Bribing Bloggers

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| This is the most frustrating thing about the practice of giving
| bloggers free stuff: it pisses in the well, reducing the credibility
| of all blogs. I'm upset that people trust me less because of the
| behavior of other bloggers. Don't even get me started about PayPerPost.
|
| [...]
|
| Do not, under any circumstances, consider upgrading an XP system to
| Vista... even if it's fairly new and even if it's Vista Supremo
| Premium Ultra-Capable.
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http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/12/28.html


Microsoft's Laptop Giveaway Becoming PR Disaster?

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| This thing is starting to feel like a PR disaster. Bloggers are
| starting to smell blood and this thing very well may begin to
| turn into yet another episode of bloggers gone wild.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/061228/23174_id.html?.v=1


Bribing Bloggers

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| It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| better things about us.
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2077596,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03129TX1K0000616


Getting a Vaio [with Vista, from Microsoft, even in March 2007]

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| Microsoft Belgium rang me yesterday (I don?t think they realised it
| was a public holiday here!).
|
| [...]
|
| The phone call yesterday was to confirm my address - the laptop (a
| Sony Vaio - dunno which model or spec yet) is en route with Vista
| Ultimate and Office Ultimate pre-installed.
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http://www.tomrafteryit.net/getting-a-vaio/


INQhack survives Vistability test in Volesville

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| The Vole (Microsoft) supposedly invited The INQ over for tea because
| we are notorious "Microsoft doubters" - and we were accompanied by
| other supposed Vole doubters such as the folk from lifehacker and
| a very nice man from Slashdot, as well as some Microsoft MvPs.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36312


Microsoft desperately wants my love -- and yours

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| I spent December seventh, eighth, and ninth in Seattle as Microsoft's
| guest. Microsoft flew me there from Florida at its expense, put me up
| in a nice hotel, provided decent food, and comped me and four other
| invitees to this "special conference" with presentations about the
| marvels of Vista and other recent or upcoming Microsoft products. They
| didn't quite play the old Beatles song "Love Me Do" in the background,
| but it was the event's unstated theme.
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http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/12/12/085222
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