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Belkin caught paying for positive user reviews

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 07:51 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

The Internet may have given everyone a voice, but that also means that anyone can have a voice... and it can be hard to figure out who is worth listening to when looking at product reviews. Belkin hasn't made that process any easier, as the company has been caught buying positive reviews for its routers. The price for a positive review? Under a dollar, and you better be calling "legit" reviews unhelpful before you ask for your paycheck.


Amazon becomes #2 in digital music sales

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:48 PM | Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | (url: http://news.yahoo...)

Amazon's (AMZN) MP3 store - which sells only songs without copy protection - has quietly become No. 2 in digital sales since opening nearly six months ago. That's even though Apple (AAPL) dominates digital music with its iTunes Store (the second-largest music retailer in the world, after Wal-Mart) (WMT) and its hugely popular iPod.

The push for copy-protection-free music began nearly a year ago, when Apple and major label EMI shocked the industry by announcing a landmark arrangement to sell 150,000 songs without digital rights management (DRM) software. It was the first time a major label had agreed to such terms.