A marketing company in America has been rapped by the Federal Trade Commission for publishing reviews of its clients' games on iTunes. The organisation, Reverb Marketing, has issued a statement suggesting it regarded the matter as trivial and didn't want to spend ages fighting this sort of lawsuit. We haven't put a link to its website in this instance because it was down as this story was being written; that could of course be coincidence.

The ruling follows a change to FTC guidelines this year in which it has come out against companies or their agencies posing as ordinary members of the public.

The issue isn't trivial, but it's not something the FTC should need to be involved in. In early 2009 [URL="

Internet marketers using social networks beware - linking to stories on the Internet, much as news bloggers do here on Daniweb and elsewhere, may be about to become a high risk activity. The owner of website [URL="



A small story in the context of the rest of the world is the UK Government's call for the banning of forthcoming computer game, [URL="

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Not where I come from (Tooting, South London), but thanks!

It's not in the stores yet but in Europe at least the anticipation is hotting up for the [URL="

iPhones, including the short-supplied iPhone 4, can now be jailbroken according to a new ruling by the [URL="

Thanks for that. The traditional business adopting the current business model is of course to be welcomed and I'm glad someone has highlighted it (if a little irritated with myself that I didn't make this point in the first place!)

Nobody should have any reason to wish the fledgeling [URL="

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Agreed, but I'm talking here about Google the company, Google Inc's strategy about moving into new areas. The search is brilliant and blows the competition out of the water but Google wants so much more.

You could well be right, it was a long time ago.

A gentleman wouldn't have mentioned it, mind you.

In my haste I overlooked crediting The Media Blog for unearthing this little gem - it's at [url]http://themediablog.typepad.com/the-media-blog/2010/07/bbc-olympics-facebook-saddos-1800040710.html[/url] - many apologies, and thanks to them for drawing it to my attention.

Occasionally something crops up as a classic example of how not to build a social media network, and the BBC's decision to insult its [URL="

Read the post again - this is a new and amazing concept introduced by me, not Apple. Apple appears to be planning a really basic online store with streaming as well as downloading. Personally I think there needs to be more, but we'll see what they do when there's an official announcement.

The news - or rather unsubstantiated reports - that Apple is developing an online, cloud version of iTunes can be no surprise to anyone. The surprise, in the light of [URL="

Thanks Alex, I did indeed mean precisely that. The sites that are willing to be regulated will already have warning signs all over them; the ones that are inclined to send porn where it's not wanted or going to cause offence won't care that there's a new domain to help the filtering companies.

Today the news has come through - some would say it's a good thing, some will be appalled - that the XXX domain has had approval from ICANN, the authority that sets things up.

Personally I'm delighted, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think a 45 year old man might have.

I'm first delighted because as long as the owners of these domains play ball, and as long as the adult entertainment industry moves itself to the new domain, it's going to be really easy to filter out.

Second, although as a 17 years-married man the female body isn't news to me, unless there are specific laws to block these things I think people ought to have their own legitimate playground. Clearly signposted with warnings for people who don't want to play, of course, but unless the law changes - and that's a debate for elsewhere - it's got to have its place, and the safer a domain makes it for the rest of us who don't want to get involved, the better.

This is where it starts to get a little hazy.

Some people might remember a cartoon a few years ago, called Beavis and Butthead. It was juvenile stuff but that was fine - you didn't like it, you didn't watch it. It was certainly never obscene.

Until someone bought the domain for beavisbutthead.com and loaded it with porn.

That's someone not giving a warning, not complying with usual laws, just deciding to offend people for ...

Thanks so much for taking the time to post that. I'm delighted to have my cynicism challenged!

Thanks for responding. What are you usig it for?

Apple has apparently shipped 3 million iPads. You'll be aware of that because you read the papers, the blogs, the press releases - and Apple is brilliant at telling everyone when it has a hit (I don't remember getting so much information when it was pushing the Newton).

No doubt it'll be telling us how many iphone 4s it has shipped before too long, too, although there won't be one in my house until it catches up with itself for the quantities it needs to make. But let's stick with the iPad for the moment.

I bought mine on the day of release, mostly because I thought it would be insanity for a tech writer not to have one to play with. I stand by that. And I like it, I really do. But I have to ask myself: what have I actually done with it so far?

I've read a book. And some comics. I've put some music on it and listened to it because I can rather than because I thought it was an essential idea. I've watched bits of a television programme, changed my mind and put them onto the television instead (TV programmes, oddly, look better on TV than on an iPad).

I've done a bit of web surfing and yes it's more comfortable to look at than the iPhone screen. And I've played some games - Angry Birds is highly recommended, for example, as one of the most addictive games in the known universe.

Then ...

It is. But when it comes to its news service, having a human sanity-checking what comes out of it was an excellent, not to say essential, idea.

Google is an utterly brilliant search engine. But it's also trying to be so many other things, and it's not moving forward. I stand by my original post - but of course thanks for responding!

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Let me get one thing straight: the [URL="

The web was awash with rumours yesterday and now there's confirmation - [URL="