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Alexis Tschotskes

This pretty well sums up the feelings of growing numbers about Google +.

Google + is nothing but a Mafia style protection racket.

Ignore Google Plus and Google search will ignore you. – Google CEO Larry Page

Buy our insurance or sumtin’ bad might happen to your business. – Wiseguy

See the diff?

Warning: F-bombs galore in case you have kiddies within earshot.

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Breaking News: Donald Trump’s “University” Gets Sued

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump but instead all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of “The Apprentice” TV star.

“Trump University engaged in deception at every stage of consumers’ advancement through costly programs and caused real financial harm,” Schneiderman said. “Trump University, with Donald Trump’s knowledge and participation, relied on Trump’s name recognition and celebrity status to take advantage of consumers who believed in the Trump brand.”

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Silicon Valley’s Top Startups

Looks like the online tanning space is really heating up.

The scuttlebutt around Silicon Valley is that two of the biggest names in Internet history are backing a new online tanning startup which is still in stealth mode. (cough Bezos cough, cough Parker cough) While little is known about the startup’s founders a few details about its online tanning system have leaked. From what we have been able to piece together, the site will sell tanning lamps which clamp onto your computer monitor or iPad. Once the lamp has been installed the customer will log into the site and activate a timer for a 10 or 20 minute tanning session.

Smaller lamps for use with smart phones are planned for early 2015.

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Alexa Total Fail

The names Jeff Bezos and Amazon are normally associated with quality services and goods. (For example, few people are aware that Amazon owns IMDB the site which all film buffs consider the bible for movie and television show information.) So the question then becomes why does Amazon damage its brand by being associated with such a shoddy service as Alexa? For those who don’t know about Alexa it’s a service that purports to rank websites by their traffic.  However, it does so by relying on a self-selected group which consists of people who install the Alexa toolbar in their browsers. Now who would install its toolbar? Well, the answer is mostly people who run websites or blogs and understand that if you have the toolbar installed your personal visits each day to your own sites will push them up in the Alexa rankings. Members of the general population have no reason to use the Alexa toolbar.

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