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Amazon has a serious problem with paid-for reviews

Amazon Reviews For Money
The reviews system is one of the things that makes Amazon good. Thousands of crowd-sourced, supposedly unbiased reviews take the guesswork out of buying sight unseen. But a new study is shedding light on the dark underbelly of incentivized Amazon reviews. Those are reviews where the reviewer has received an item for free, which according to the results of the study, introduce bias into the system. A lot of bias.

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Chris Mills

July 21st

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The EU proves it doesn’t like Google, hits it with more antitrust charges

Google EU Antitrust
It's no secret that Google and the EU's anti-competitive practices department have a rocky relationship. Google has been accused of abusing its monopoly power to keep competitors out of the business in the past, and now regulators are doubling down. The European Commission today issued a "statement of objections" against Alphabet, Google's parent company. The main complaint is the contract Google signs with third-party websites that use its advertising service, which forces websites to put Google's ads front and center, and prevents them from using ads from non-Google services.

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Chris Mills

July 15th

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Apple vs Samsung has a date with the Supreme Court

Apple Samsung Lawsuit
Yes, the rounded rectangles dispute will be going all the way to the land's highest court. Five years after the Apple vs Samsung patent dispute officially kicked off, the case is set to be resolved once and for all. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments over Samsung's appeal in part of its long-running legal dispute, with the date set for October 11th. A verdict is expected sometime in December or January.

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Chris Mills

July 14th

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Does Tesla hate its own customers?

Tesla Model X 60D
Among for-profit companies born in Silicon Valley, few have a nobler cause than Tesla. Make no mistake, Tesla is a publicly traded company and its goal first and foremost is to make money. But unlike most companies in and around the Valley, it's changing the world for the better while it makes money. It doesn't build useless iPhone apps and it's not trying to launch an Uber for kitty litter. Tesla makes electric cars and has singlehandedly sped up the transition in the automotive industry from gas to alternative fuel sources by a decade at the very least. With all that in mind, it's difficult to comprehend how a company doing so much good can hate its customers so much at the same time.

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Zach Epstein

July 14th

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Tesla claims Autopilot software wasn’t used correctly in recent Model X crash

Tesla Model X Crash
Tesla late last night issued a statement concerning the recent Model X crash that occurred on a dark Montana road a few days ago. And as many members from within the Tesla community predicted, it turns out that the driver of the totaled Model X was not using the vehicle's Autopilot software appropriately.

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Yoni Heisler

July 13th

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Even more customers are going to have to deal with Comcast’s data caps

Comcast Data Caps New Locations
One of the most hated policies in cable industry is expanding this week as Comcast has informed customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that they will soon be part of the carrier's "Terabyte Internet Experience." In other words, they're all going to be subject to data caps next month.

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Jacob Siegal

July 8th

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Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

Android Vs iOS
Today, Google's Android platform and Apple's iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It's difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What's interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform's strong position at the moment.

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Zach Epstein

June 23rd

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This is what it was like to have a job interview with Elon Musk

Elon Musk Job Interview Questions
Elon Musk is one of the few people in the world with the vision and the resources to help shape our future. It sounds like a cliche, but it's true. Musk's Tesla business has already had a profound impact on the automobile industry, jump starting the electric car market and pushing the pace of electric car proliferation years ahead of where it would otherwise be. His company SpaceX now plays a huge role in space missions, and the Hyperloop rail system he dreamt up could end up changing the way we travel yet again. Can you imagine what it might be like to interview with Musk?

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Zach Epstein

June 21st

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5G is coming: everything you need to know

5G Explained
Even though I'm still fighting to get 4G cell coverage at home, the industry is already looking to the Next Big Thing: 5G. The FCC will be meeting next month to vote on new regulations for 5G, laying the groundwork for the next evolution in wireless communications. 5G is meant to be about more than just faster Netflix videos when you're on the train. It's going to be the mobile network to link the long-promised Internet of Things, making autonomous cars talk to each other, and your fridge tweet your feelings non-stop.

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Chris Mills

June 20th

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Netflix expected to make $500 million more per year after jacking up prices

Netflix Price Increase
One or two extra dollars a month might not sound like much, but when you have nearly 100 million subscribers paying for your service, it adds up quickly. Earlier this year, Netflix revealed that all of its standard subscribers would have their monthly fees raised to $9.99 to match that of new subscribers joining the service. The price hike began rolling out in May, will continue throughout the year, and is likely to make Netflix hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Jacob Siegal

June 20th

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