Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- EA awarded "Worst Company in American History" for second consecutive year.
- Next Xbox won't be backward-compatible, report says.
- CNET How-to: How to make a video game patchbay.
- Warner Bros. Montreal developing Arkham City prequel starring "unrefined" Batman: Arkham Origins.
- 404 news: We're starting to break segments out into shorter clips that are easier to share. Help us blast these out to your friends, won't you? The first one is our report on the list of NSFW movies the Vatican is watching right now!… Read more
It's that time of the year again.
The one where companies vie to be worse than Comcast.
That used to be the plot, at least, to the point at which Comcast tried to get its own staff to help prevent it winning the Consumerist's Worst Company in America award.
Last year, though, Electronic Arts walked off with the prize, and this year things aren't looking too good.
It's already in the Final Four, where it must face the might of Ticketmaster. So EA's COO, Peter Moore, thought it best not to attempt ballot stuffing.
Instead, … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ad creep creeps are getting creepier -- a couple of the strangest ad-placements ever.
- You know Best Buy is doing poorly when a positive customer review is news.
- How manufactured smells are making people shop longer and kill better.
Leaked from today's 404 show:
- 'People' defend Chic-fil-A on Facebook.
- Chick-fil-A cashier fired for racist receipts.
- Old records outsell new ones for the first time.
Erica Ogg from CNET's Circuit Breaker column is in town from San Francisco and joins us in the studio to chat about the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, a YouTube prank gone wrong, YouTube's new Copyright School, and a mail carrier in Oregon who drops off more than the daily newspaper.The 404 Digest for Episode 801
Comedian gets 2 months in prison for no good reason. YouTube sends copyright pirates back to school. Mail carrier drops off more than a package. Check out Erica's column, Circuit Breaker. Add Erica on Twitter.
Episode 801 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Sometimes, late at night, those who run companies lie awake, slapping their foreheads.
"Why did we do that?" they mutter, as they dribble. "Why?"
I wonder whether those who run Comcast might be wondering the same after asking staff to vote in the "Worst Company in America" competition run by the Consumerist.
It seems that someone at Comcast wasn't happy that last year the company won (or lost) the Consumerist's competition. So this year, discovering that the Consumerist's readers had nominated it again, they sent a memo out to staff, asking … Read more
Gawker Media has apparently had a change of heart regarding the sale of its Defamer gossip site and decided to fold it into the larger company.
Nick Denton, founder and president of Gawker Media, announced the move Sunday in a company blog:
It's Oscars day, a good a time as any to do this: Hollywood gossip site Defamer is being merged into Gawker, the company's flagship gossip title. The four-year-old title will continue as Gawker's entertainment column; the movie-industry stories will remain showcased on Defamer.com but … Read more
Gawker Media announced Tuesday that it has sold its Consumerist blog to Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports.
The blog, which is often an outlet for consumer complaints, will become a new division within the publisher. The current editorial staff is expected to remain, and there are no plans to change coverage, according to a report in The New York Times.
"We don't want to acquire the Consumerist and then squelch it in some way," Kevin McKean, vice president and editorial director of Consumers Union, told the newspaper.
Terms of the deal, which is expected to … Read more