Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern Suggests “Crowdsourced Expertise” Over Generic Yelp Reviews

Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern Suggests “Crowdsourced Expertise” Over Generic Yelp Reviews

Andrew Zimmern, chef and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, has never held back his feelings about crowdsourced review site Yelp, once calling it a “tremendous forum for a bunch of uninformed morons to take down restaurants.” It’s all well and good to slam the site, but what are people to do when they’re looking for insight on where to eat? [More]

Shaquille O’Neal Wants To Crowdsource $450K To Create New Version Of Cruddy Shaq Fu Video Game

Shaquille O’Neal Wants To Crowdsource $450K To Create New Version Of Cruddy Shaq Fu Video Game

Nearly 20 years ago, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal lent his name and digitized likeness to Shaq Fu, a poorly slapped-together cash-in video game in which even contrarian hipsters have trouble finding any redeeming qualities. Now, with two decades to mull it over, Shaq has not only decided that it’s time for the sequel no one asked for, but that a sizable chunk of the funding should come from consumers. [More]

In just a few days, area residents and businesses have raised nearly $80,000 to save Once Upon a Toy.

Community Raises $80,000 In Attempt To Save Local Toy Store

Just a week ago, it looked like an independent Illinois toy store would be going out of business after the bank chose to not renew the store’s business loan for another year. But online efforts to raise money by today’s deadline may have saved the store. [More]

NYC Deputizes All Citizens As Secret Shoppers

NYC Deputizes All Citizens As Secret Shoppers

Inspections by New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs found that two-thirds of the supermarkets they visited were overcharging customers at the checkout counter. That’s up from 1 in 3 last August. So now they’re turning all shoppers into “deputized inspectors” to report malefactors. [More]

Test Your Broadband Speeds For The FCC

Test Your Broadband Speeds For The FCC

Last Thursday, the FCC started collecting information from consumers about the quality of their broadband service. If you’ve got a PC that can run Java, you can go to Broadband.gov and run the test now. (The FCC will collect your IP address and physical address, but not your name or email address, reports Wired.) If you’ve got an iPhone or Android smartphone, you can download an app to measure your connectivity and report it. [More]

Slate's 10 Ways To Fix Airline Seating

Slate's 10 Ways To Fix Airline Seating

Yesterday we covered Slate’s look at what’s wrong with airline seating–it’s not just overweight people who feel cramped on flights these days. Slate asked its readers to come up with some practical solutions to the problem, and today they printed the top ten suggestions. [More]

Google Aims To Answer The Question: "But If I Get Off The Highway, Won't It Just Be Worse?"

Google Aims To Answer The Question: "But If I Get Off The Highway, Won't It Just Be Worse?"

Traffic reports are swell and all, but they don’t really help you when you’ve got no choice but to take the highway or risk the unknown — traffic on the regular roads. Google is trying to change that by offering “arterial” traffic data.

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/28/heres-why-you-dont-rely/

Here’s why you don’t rely solely on Twitter for news about health scares. [xkcd] (Thanks to Rebecca!)

311 Street Improvement Photo Project Needs Your Help

311 Street Improvement Photo Project Needs Your Help

Stay Free’s Carrie McLaren and Steve Lambert have started a crowdsourced photo project for New Yorkers to submit photos of 311 conditions in their hoods.