Congressman Lives up to Reputation

Florida Congressman, Alan Grayson (Rep), should have kept his mouth shut (is that even possible for a politician?) when a local Florida resident expressed her views of the Congressman online.

Angie Langley set up a blog entitled MyCongressmanIsNuts.com, in parody to Grayson’s site, CongressmanWithGuts.com.  Within the content of her blog Langley falsely claimed she was a constituent of Grayson’s district, amongst other negative propaganda against the politician.

In response to Langley’s site, Grayson sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder stating that she is misrepresenting herself as Grayson’s constituent, and should be fined and jailed for 5 years!

Not only did Grayson turn a non-issue into a major issue, but he also brought Langley’s campaign to the public eye.  Major news networks have posted articles on this story, and Langley has had some time in front of the camera herself.

Seems like the only person benefiting from Grayson’s request for imprisonment is Langley.  It’s certainly not Grayson.

AshleyMadison.com is really bad, so don’t tell anyone about AshleyMadison.com

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?  Maybe so.

The Boston Herald has written an article today talking about how bad this new online dating service is.  It matches up married men and women for “an affair to remember”.  I agree that the site is bad taste, but I think the Herald is a bit confused.

As part of their article, they:

 

  • Explain how the site works.
  • Provide multiple advertising quips from the site
  • Providie the site URL a few times
  • Show a full-color ad for the site
The site is apparently spending $500,000 on TV spots, but I’m sure they’ll take as much of that kind of free advertising as they can get!

Police upset with RateMyCop.com, so they tell the media all about it

RateMyCop logoRateMyCop is a new site that allows you to rate police officers that you deal with, similar to sites for teachers, doctors, restaurants, etc.  However, the police aren’t happy about it at all.  A few sites (Wired, TechDirt) call the fears of the police unnecessary, because the site doesn’t post information about undercover officers, nor does it post personal information like home addresses.

To try to fight back against the site, police are using the media to vent.  However, most people hadn’t heard of the site until the police started complaining about it, and now it’s all over the news.  To add to the popularity of the site, GoDaddy recently disabled their account, leading to even more media attention.  Before it was shut down, the site had received 80,000 pageviews that day, and around 400,000 the day before.  How many of those were a direct result of the police outcry?

The site is back up and running now, though it’s responding pretty slowly due to the huge influx of new users…

The brief MobiTV vs. HowardForums fight comes to a peaceful ending

After discovering that their public, unsecured streaming URL was posted on HowardForums, MobiTV decided to sue.   HowardForums came back and essentially said “bring it on“.

Now comes word that MobiTV is wisely giving up this fight.   The president of MobiTV spoke with Howard Chui (the “Howard” in HowardForums) and said they’d just be friends.  The full information can be found on HowardForums.

HowardForums isn’t going down without a fight

Howard ForumsHoward Chui, owner of HowardForums, has decided to defy MobiTV’s cease and desist to take down the “illegal” post that is on his site.

I think Howard will find a lot of people on his side.  While I’m quite sure he’ll win the battle, I hope it doesn’t cost him too much in unnecessary legal fees.

MobiTV mad that their public streaming URL was discovered

MobiTV LogoMobiTV provides a paid service that allows you to stream TV to mobile phones.  However, the data stream is sent using a completely open URL that anyone can access.

Someone over at HowardForums noticed this and posted the URL of the feed.  MobiTV has responded; not by securing the feed, but by threatening to take down HowardForums.  They’ve contacted his web host and they’ve threatened to contact the registrar.

Mike Masnick, as always, has summed it up best:

There is no hacking going on. There is no encryption broken. There is nothing illicit whatsoever. The feed is a public URL. However, it appears that MobiTV thinks that because it did not properly secure its own feeds and left it on a public URL that somehow Howard Forums has broken the law.

Traffic Power

Traffic PowerTraffic Power is a company that offers to help improve the ranking of your site in the search engines.

A customer of theirs had a bad experience and created a site to express his displeasure. The Wall Street Journal, who had already written about the case before, decided to dig a little deeper. They found all kinds of things out and made Traffic Power look even worse.

As TechDirt put it, “congratulations to Traffic Power for figuring out how to use the Streisand Effect to magically turn one random blog’s negative comments into a complete negative article in the Wall Street Journal.”