The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner Rene Bertagna could not understand what was going on. Then, a regular diner mentioned Google Places had listed Serbian Crown as closed on weekends and Mondays.
Because of this incorrect listing, Bertagna's business suffered so much he had to lay off the staff and eventually close shop completely by April 2013, about a year after the incorrect Google Places listing went up. Serbian Crown, like most restaurants, was busiest on weekends. Located in a wealthy suburb and known for selling exotic meats (even lion) it had been successful for forty years.
After the incorrect Google Places information was discovered, the owner hired an Internet consultant to adjust and take control of the listing, however the damage had already been done. Bertagna is claiming that he never used Google Maps, or even the Internet, so he did not make the initial change to the restaurant's hours. His lawsuit puts the blame solely on Google for allowing the listing to be "sabotaged" and not acting swiftly or strongly enough to undo the damage.
With Google Local pages, anyone with a Google Plus account can submit a change, even if it is unverified. Changes include the business' website, address, phone number, name, and, of course, hours of operation. Changes are submitted for review before they are posted, however, this does not prevent inappropriate changes in all cases.
It is unlikely this lawsuit will have an impact on Google. Google's lawyers have already moved to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming "the Serbian Crown should not be permitted to vex Google or this court with such meritless claims."
The iFind Kickstarter campaign that many publications questioned earlier this week, believing it’s nothing more than a scam meant to steal money from unsuspecting backers, has been officially suspended, The Register reports. WeTag, the makers of iFind who were seeking $25,000 in funding, would have gotten access to over $546,000 in pledges in just a few days. Despite the questions raised on Kickstarter about the product, which were picked up by various publications, WeTag managed to raise even more money as it was criticized for the way it handled the matter.
Kickstarter contacted iFind backers, letting them know that their pledges were canceled.
Meanwhile, WeTag took to Facebook to say that its product is not a fraud, and will continue developing the project. The company says it considered canceling the project though, after reading the “negative publicity.”
Kickstarter’s email to iFind backers and WeTag’s message on Facebook follow below.
This is a message from Kickstarter’s Trust & Safety team. We’re writing to notify you that the iFind – The World’s First Battery-Free Item Locating Tag project has been suspended, and your $40.00 USD pledge has been canceled. A review of the project uncovered evidence of one or more violations of Kickstarter’s rules, which include:
- A related party posing as an independent, supportive party in project comments or elsewhere
- Misrepresenting support by pledging to your own project
- Misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator
- Providing inaccurate or incomplete user information to Kickstarter or one of our partners
Accordingly, all funding has been stopped and backers will not be charged for their pledges.
No further action is required on your part.
To all of the “iFinders”
We thank you for your support of iFind and support Kickstarter’s decision to suspend the campaign. Not in any way because of the fact that we are a scam. WE ARE NOT!! The negative publicity surrounding the campaign by a select few was detrimental not only to Kickstarter’s reputation, but our company as well. Because of all the negative press that was generated by it, we had seriously considered canceling as well. But we believe in our product and wanted to be able to give all the genuine backers who supported us throughout all of this negativity, the product they wanted and believed in. We stand proud.
We will start selling the product when it is completely certified by independent laboratories. We welcome our supporters to continue to get updates at our website (www.wetaginc.com) and via social media and we look forward to a successful launch in the fall.
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Fred Meyer's has a similar quiz, but with less confusing choices. They instruct you to 'not spend too long thinking about it' and 'even if you would choose neither, pick the one that you agree with more'.
Exactly what kind of people are they trying to weed out with this quiz?
They definitely try to trip you up a bit because the same questions come up on different pages but with different answer choices attached.
--Double U G
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Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, tourists have been flocking to the state, curious about the new pot laws. But, there's only one problem. Travelers interested in smoking some of that newly legalized weed have limited options for where they can use.
So what's a marijuana tourist to do? Enter airTHC, a new site that will feature marijuana-friendly vacation rentals. Property owners who are comfortable with marijuana use in their homes can rent out spare bedrooms or their entire residences to travelers looking for a legal place to smoke. The weed-friendly home rental service plans to fully launch in May, but it's accepting property listings now.
"provides visitors to Colorado with smoke-friendly rental options so that they can safely and legally experience the most progressive marijuana legislation in the land," Greg Drinkwater, the co-founder of airTHC, told The Huffington Post. "Some visitors may not be aware, but legal recreational use in Colorado does have its limitations."
That's because regulations are strict: Laws prohibit public consumption of the drug, and there are no Amsterdam-style cafes. The Colorado Clean Indoor Air act, which already bans cigarette and cigar smoke in most bars and restaurants, was recently amended to also ban marijuana smoke. Even ski resorts have banned the use of recreational marijuana. Of course, some hotels allow for smoking in the state, but that doesn't necessarily mean they allow for marijuana smoking. Although there are more hotels loosening up their marijuana rules, the law requires that they keep 75 percent of their rooms smoke-free.
Get caught smoking marijuana in public, and you'll face $150 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Break the marijuana laws in one of the state's national parks -- or on federal land -- and you could be looking at a $5,000 fine or six months in jail.
AirTHC hopes to provide state tourists with easier access to marijuana-friendly spots to light up and enjoy.
"We provide a safe, legal place for visitors to smoke in private residences as the law was intended," Drinkwater said. "We also provide a number of other features as well, allowing visitors to search dispensaries, restaurants, live music venues and ski resorts with interactive maps and contact information. And we'll be adding more activities. We are a part of the community -- we eat, drink, ski, hike and live Colorado -- and want our website to represent that."
Colorado legalized marijuana for adult recreational use back in 2012, but sales didn't begin until Jan. 1, 2014, when the state also saw a flood of tourists patiently waiting in long lines, eager to buy those first bags of legal greenery. The laws allow for out-of-state visitors, 21 and older, to purchase up to one-quarter of an ounce of marijuana per transaction for personal use.
Drinkwater said airTHC started marketing during the recent 4/20 holiday weekend, and has received several listings already.
"The listings that we have received so far vary from a five-bedroom, luxury mountainside estate in Breckenridge to a studio apartment in downtown Denver," Drinkwater said. "Our listings range from a full house to an apartment to a spare bedroom within an occupied home. We already have developed the functionality to allow visitors to search and find the perfect property and hope to turn that functionality on within the next few weeks," Drinkwater said.