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The 404 1,458: Where we're glad it's not the Amazon Fire Tube (podcast)

Amazon throws their Fire streaming video box into the ring, a camera for pervy creepshots getting well-funded on Indiegogo, a brand new Homestar Runner cartoon after four years of radio silence, and there's a disease spreading on Tinder!

By Apr. 2, 2014

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Microsoft, Nokia linked to comments on negative Lumia review

Author who called the Lumia 800 a "noPhone" looks up IP addresses associated with disparaging comments posted to the review.

By Dec. 20, 2011

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The 404 1,074: Where it's not you, it's us (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404: The irreparable MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Reddit bans high-end domains for astroturfing, 3D-printing a burrito, and a company taxing users for browsing with Internet Explorer 7!

By Jun. 14, 2012

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A primer on online reputation management

If you think Google has got you all wrong, there's a consultant who thinks he or she can set the search gods straight.

By Jan. 20, 2011

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The 404 765: Where we dare you to give us a mature rating (podcast)

MTV Games Editor Russ Frushtick chats with us about the latest batch of incendiary adult-centric video games like the Mortal Kombat reboot, Nintendo's We Dare, and Dead Island. We also wage war against online "astroturfing" and unveil the Kodak Deal of the Day.

By Feb. 25, 2011

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Google lashes out at critic over 'payola punditry'

D.C. lobbyist Scott Cleland is paid by AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others to assail Google, which he does on a daily basis. Now his adversary is fighting back--at least a little.

By Dec. 4, 2008

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Comcast hits the snooze button

Cable giant Comcast seems to have moved on from its anti-BitTorrent filtering, and now appears to be engaged in a fairly low tech astroturf campaign.

By Feb. 26, 2008

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Buzz Out Loud 957: Tweetza Hut!!!!

One of our listeners is upset that Pizza Hut is hiring interns to Twitter for them. We try to show the difference between astroturfing on blogs and hiring someone to Twitter legitimately.

By Apr. 21, 2009

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Twitter vs the world: Ten scandals that set Twitter alight

From the BNP to the NHS and Moir to Mandelson, Twitter provides a perfect outlet for the masses to unite in protest. We pick ten scandals that saw users throw their tweets out of the pram

By Nov. 20, 2009

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Microsoft's D.C. lobbying sank Google-Yahoo deal, Jerry Yang

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang hoped an advertising deal with Google would boost revenue and keep Microsoft at bay. Instead, he ended up resigning soon after the Justice Department, thanks to Microsoft lobbying, blocked the deal.

By Nov. 18, 2008