When it comes to the Internet, sifting through the crap to find the gems can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing – especially if you’re looking for unbiased opinions on retail products. Unscrupulous advertisers have been paying web workers nickels for whipping up false user reviews at shopping sites for a while now, and apparently, bloggers making false claims about products have become an epidemic in Taiwan. The country’s law makers are sick of it, and today they introduced a law that levies steep fines against bloggers and other reviewers that exaggerate the awesomeness of not-so-awesome products.
Many users have come to think of Picasa and Blogger as old fiends on the web, but rumors indicate that Google is planning to leave those brands behind as Google+ rolls out. The services themselves aren’t going away, but they are likely to get a different look and feel.
Google's Blogger is one of the most popular blogging platforms out there. As such, the cries of rage were almost audible on the Internet when the service went down Wednesday. Earlier today, service was finally restored. All told, Blogger was down for nearly 21 hours. Google is offering details on the Blogger blog.
Starting Tuesday, the Chinese government shut down access to virtually all search engines and social networking sites, including Twitter, Flickr, Bing (Microsoft's new search engine), Live.com, Hotmail.com, Blogger, and others. All YouTube videos are also being blocked, as are BBC World News reports on the anniversary.
Are these actions unexpected? How can you bypass these types of blocks? Join us after the jump for more.
Can Google be held responsible for remarks left by bloggers on the search engine company's Blogger publishing service? That's one of the questions being raised as Liskula Cohen, a Canadian model, sues Google over an anonymous blogger calling her "our #1 skanky superstar," along with calling her an "old hag" and other unflattering remarks.
"We think we have a case," said Steven Wagner, Cohen's laywer. "This is libelous, it's defamatory and you shouldn't just get away with this."
Cohen isn't sueing Google for any financial compensation, and instead wants the search giant to reveal the anonymous blogger's identity, who posted the offending remarks in a blog titled 'Skanks in New York.' The site appears to be entirely devoted to slamming Cohen through captions left under several candid pics of the 36-year-old model.
Does Cohen have a case? Hit the jump and tell us if you think the thin model has a legal leg to stand on.
You might feel compelled to toss a dollar or two at an amateur musician laying down some groovy riffs on his keyboard while enjoying a night out on the town, but would you feel the same urge to compensate a blogger who mashed out an insightful commentary on his 101-key plank? News media outlet Salon.com thinks so, and the suits behind the idea are so confident in their newest endeavor, they're giving new signees to their Open Salon user-generated content community $10 to start tipping their favorite bloggers.
In order to send or receive tips, users must register with Revolution MoneyExchange, a peer-to-peer payment service that allows for the transfer of money with no fees between account holders.Open Salon members who register for the service will receive a complimentary $10 stipend to start tipping.
"Open Salon eliminates the gatekeepers, "editor-in-chief Joan Walsh said in a statement. "It makes our smart,creative audience full partners in Salon's publishing future."
But what happens when the money runs out - will members still be inclined to tip their favorite bloggers out of their own pocket? That's the question the public beta hopes to answer before it officially launches later this year, right around the same time Maximum PC has promised all of its bloggers a company sponsored sports car and a four week paid vacation on the Hawaiian islands.