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NY attorney general Schneiderman takes on ‘astroturfed’ online reviews

Best yogurt ever! Fake online reviews targeted by N.Y. attorney general. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Those with a discerning ear for huckster-speak may have always suspected that some of the gushing praise for online products was probably posted by company partisans. It’s an online technique sometimes called “astroturfing,” or…

Donald Trump responds to lawsuit with website smearing New York’s attorney general

Donald Trump has launched a website that accuses New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of “gross incompetence” and other misdeeds. The website — 98percentapproval.com — was launched less than 24-hours after Schneiderman sued Trump for $40 million on Saturday for allegedly defrauding more than 5,000 people nationwide through…

Sex offenders booted from videogame playgrounds

NEW YORK — New York State’s top prosecutor on Thursday announced that thousands of sex offenders have been kicked out of online playgrounds popular with young videogame lovers. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that 3,580 accounts belonging to people compelled by law to register with authorities for sex crime convictions…

U.S. plans more nuclear inspections after Japan crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. nuclear regulators are launching additional inspections and considering a 90-day review of the country’s 104 nuclear reactors in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission met on Monday to discuss how to respond to the disaster at the Fukushima…

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