Rest of World: Loan apps ruined their reputations. A shady online market offered to repair them. “The economic condition in Nigeria has caused an increase in the demand for soft loans, which come with high interest rates and short repayment periods, often only a week or two. As collateral, the apps ask for financial details, and access to read private data such as users’ location, media files and photographs, and contacts. When people fail to repay at the given time, the apps respond by sending messages threatening litigation, defamation, and even voodoo attacks.”
XDA: If Google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to find ways to assure users it won’t kill new products
XDA: If Google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to find ways to assure users it won’t kill new products. “Google’s biggest issue is that its own brand is now associated with killing services that don’t start on the right foot. If people are afraid to invest in Stadia (for fear of it shutting down), then it’s only going to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Obviously, people wouldn’t want to invest in a service that everyone sees is doomed to fail. It’s clear that Google needs to find a way past that perception. The problem is: how?”
TorrentFreak: Digital Trails: How Bungie Identified a Mass Sender of Fake DMCA Notices. “In response to persons unknown sending large numbers of fake DMCA notices to YouTube while impersonating its anti-piracy partner, Bungie filed a lawsuit in the US seeking millions in damages. At the time the name of the ‘Doe’ defendant was unknown. This is how a Bungie investigation followed digital breadcrumbs to track down and identify that person by name and physical address.”
AFP: Google Fined $245 Million By Mexican Court Over Defamatory Blog. “A court in Mexico City on Friday ordered Google to pay $245 million to a Mexican lawyer who said the US tech giant allowed the dissemination of a blog that accused him of money laundering.”
Sydney Morning Herald: Google admits John Barilaro was defamed in YouTube videos, court told. “Internet giant Google has agreed it published defamatory claims about former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro in two YouTube videos and when the case proceeds to trial next week it will mainly explore how much should be paid in damages, a court has been told. Mr Barilaro sued Google, which owns YouTube, and political commentator Jordan Shanks in the Federal Court last year alleging he was defamed by videos published on the Friendlyjordies channel titled bruz and Secret Dictatorship.”
Search Engine Journal: The Complete Guide To Google Business Profile Reviews. “Learn how to manage Google Business Profile reviews, how reviews impact local rankings, how to respond to bad reviews, and more.” The usual good work from Search Engine Journal. This article is huge.
The Verge: Updating The Verge’s background policy. “Today, The Verge is updating our public ethics policy to be clearer in our interactions with public relations and corporate communications professionals. We’re doing this because big tech companies in particular have hired a dizzying array of communications staff who routinely push the boundaries of acceptable sourcing in an effort to deflect accountability, pass the burden of truth to the media, and generally control the narratives around the companies they work for while being annoying as hell to deal with.”