Related News: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Wired published an article titled How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will.

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown closed its doors after nearly 40 years in the same location. The northern Virginia eatery served French and Russian cuisine in a richly appointed dining room thick with old world charm. It was best known for its selection of exotic meats—one of the few places in the U.S. where an adventurous diner could order up a plate of horse or kangaroo. “We used to have bear, but bear meat was abolished,” says proprietor Rene Bertagna. “You cannot import any more bear.”

But these days, Bertagna isn’t serving so much as a whisker. It began in early 2012, when he experienced a sudden 75 percent drop off in customers on the weekend, the time he normally did most of his business. The slump continued for months, for no apparent reason. Bertagna’s profits plummeted, he was forced to lay off some of his staff, and he struggled to understand what was happening. Only later did Bertagna come to suspect that he was the victim of a gaping vulnerability that made his Google listings open to manipulation.

He was alerted to that possibility when one of his regulars phoned the restaurant. “A customer called me and said, ‘Why are you closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday? What’s going on?’” Bertagna says.

It turned out that Google Places, the search giant’s vast business directory, was misreporting the Serbian Crown’s hours. Anyone Googling Serbian Crown, or plugging it into Google Maps, was told incorrectly that the restaurant was closed on the weekends, Bertagna says. For a destination restaurant with no walk-in traffic, that was a fatal problem.

Source: Wired

Related News: Delaware subpoenaed reddit in order to reveal details of public sex act

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled Delaware subpoenaed reddit in order to reveal details of public sex act.

The Delaware Attorney General’s office acknowledged Tuesday that in late March it subpoenaed reddit, seeking “all records and information including registered name, e-mail, and IP address” concerning user “un1cornbl00d” for a certain two day period at the end of that month. State authorities wanted this information in an attempt to locate a man and woman who appeared (NSFW) to have sex in public in the town of Newark, Delaware on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Is Twitter making you STUPID? Social networking sites are making it hard for people to think for themselves

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Mail Online published an article titled Is Twitter making you STUPID? Social networking sites are making it hard for people to think for themselves.

They have become a quick and easy way of learning about everything from world affairs to the affairs of friends.

But Twitter and Facebook may be eroding our ability to think.

Researchers believe speed, volume and ease with which information is shared through social networking sites may be making it more difficult for us to think analytically.

Source: Mail Online