Amazon Lawsuits and ‘Star Wars VII’ Boycotts: Links You Need to See


Amazon has sent out a wave of more than 1,000 lawsuits demanding compensation from users who have been paid to post fake product reviews. This may lead you to wonder how, exactly, the company is going about proving that the reviews are fake. Ars technics explains.

Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh announced that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. According to the BBC, Lesh was diagnosed earlier this month and will have surgery to remove multiple tumors. As a result he has postponed his upcoming Phil and Friends shows in California.

Taylor Swift and Taylor Swift impersonator Ryan Adams got together for a joint interview about songwriting and inspiration for GQ. The magazine features a Chuck Klosterman-penned profile of Swift this month, and this is a cute way to augment a magazine piece with a three-minute video.

The official film poster and pre-order details for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were revealed this weekend, and with them came immense enthusiasm… And with that enthusiasm came backlash. It’s finally time, #BoycottstarwarsVII has started trending on Twitter. A.V. Club points out that the hashtag seems to include a small number of racist and sexist comments, but has been buoyed by enterprising spambots.