Tech Bytes: Amazon sues over fake product reviews

Amazon sues over fake product reviews

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against 1,114 individuals who have offered their services to write fake positive reviews of products on Amazon's website for a fee.

The individuals are all users of Fiverr, an online freelance service marketplace.

The defendants are mentioned in the lawsuit by their usernames, but Amazon is also asking for a court order to gain access to Fiverr's client list.

This move comes after an Amazon lawsuit in April against the operators of websites that sell fake reviews, such as buyamazonreviews.com and www.buyreviewsnow.com.


Trial on YouTube Gaming sponsorship

YouTube Gaming, the company's video gaming-oriented arm that offers live recording and broadcasting, is trialing a new sponsorship feature.

The feature allows viewers to sponsor their favourite streamers monthly in exchange for perks such as access to exclusive chat rooms and a badge for live chat.

Sponsorships are currently US$4 (S$5.50) a month, and the programme is currently being tested with a group of streamers across 40 countries. 


adidas unveils first 3D-printed midshoe

Footwear and clothing chain adidas has unveiled a conceptual prototype called the Futurecraft 3D, a running shoe with a 3D-printed midsole section.

The midsole can be customised based on the wearer's needs, and elements such as the shape and the level of cushioning can be adjusted accordingly.

"Imagine walking into an adidas store, running briefly on a treadmill and instantly getting a 3D-printed running shoe - this is the ambition of the adidas 3D-printed midsole," said the company in a media statement.


Top-earning YouTube stars

Forbes has released its first ever ranking of top-earning YouTube stars.

Topping the list is Felix Kjellberg, who is better known by his username PewDiePie. The 25-year-old Swede, who provides commentary on video games, earned US$12 million (S$16.6 million) before taxes last year.

Tied for second place - at US$8.5 million last year - are comedy duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, better known as Smosh, and brothers Benny and Rafi Fine, who are known for their React series, where they film people reacting to over-the-top videos.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2015, with the headline 'TechBytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe