Amazon sues 1000 people writing false product reviews
Amazon is stepping up its fight against bogus product reviews on its site, suing more than 1,000 people for allegedly offering to post glowing write-ups for as little as $5 apiece.
The complaint, filed in state court in Seattle on Friday, takes aim at what is believed to be a burgeoning practice online: Some people try to make money by writing testimonials about products they have never even tried. And some companies try to boost sales by commissioning such reviews.
Online shoppers are relying more and more on consumer reviews on everything from restaurant meals and Uber rides to hotel rooms and iPhone cases. About 45 percent of consumers consider product reviews when weighing an online purchase, according to Forrester Research.
Retailers have tried to crack down on paid-for bogus reviews in a variety of ways.
Bill Clinton takes a more active role in wife’s campaign
Former President Bill Clinton will headline his first rally for his wife’s presidential campaign on Saturday.
He plans to address supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s second White House bid before the Iowa Democratic Party dinner in Des Moines. The gathering is an important stop for presidential candidates seeking support in the early caucus state.
The former president will be joined by pop star Katy Perry, who endorsed Clinton earlier this year.
After largely staying off his wife’s campaign, Clinton has taken a more active role in recent weeks. He’s begun raising money for her bid at events across the country. With the highest favorability of any living president, Bill Clinton is considered one of his party’s most effective messengers.
The Great Salt Lake is not the source of the rotten egg smell.
An unpleasant smell that regularly drifts off the Great Salt Lake is caused by treated wastewater pumped into a popular bay, not the lake itself, according to Utah experts.
“Fifty percent of the water going into Farmington Bay is treated sewage water,” said Utah State University researcher Wayne Wurtsbaugh. “So it’s not surprising that it smells.”
The area about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City gets its characteristic odor when the nutrient-rich wastewater feeds algae blooms that in turn feed bacteria after they die, Wurtsbaugh tells the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden
Israeli police build barriers to calm recent violence in Jerusalem
Israeli police say they have set up a concrete barrier between a Jewish and an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem amid soaring tensions.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says Sunday the slabs were placed there for security reasons, without elaborating.
Israeli media showed footage of a crane lowering the slabs between the Arab neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber and the Jewish area of Armon Hanatziv. Rocks and firebombs have often been hurled from the Arab area at houses in the Jewish neighborhood.
Israel has taken unprecedented measures to try to quell a monthlong spate of violence. It has deployed soldiers in Israeli cities and erected concrete barriers and set up checkpoints outside some Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, where most of the attackers have come from.
Thousands rush across as Croatia opens border with Serbia
Thousands of people trying to reach the heart of Europe surged across Serbia’s border into Croatia as police ended a two-day bottleneck Monday that had reduced many to mud-caked misery.
The surprise move allowed an estimated 3,000 more migrants to travel into Croatia bound for Slovenia, the next agonizing obstacle looming on the West Balkans route that currently serves as asylum seekers’ main eastern entrance to the European Union. Slovenia, which also has been struggling to slow the flow of humanity across its frontiers, faced another evening wave of trekkers seeking to cross the small Alpine country and reach Austria and Germany to the north.
“Without any announcement, the borders opened. When the borders opened, everybody rushed,” said Melita Sunjic, a spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency positioned on the Serb-Croat border. “The last person to go was a young boy without a leg, and we helped him cross in a wheelchair.”