The Daily Populous

Monday September 17th, 2018 day edition

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For Amazon's online sellers, a negative product review can be extremely damaging to businesses selling their products on the retail giant's site.

In order to quash bad feedback, some sellers are offering Amazon employees bribes to obtain bad reviewers' email addresses or to erase the negative review from the site entirely, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, this practice is especially common in China, where small business owners sometimes pay Amazon employees around $300 for each bad review they take down.

These services are reportedly overseen by brokers who use the Chinese messaging service WeChat to connect sellers with Amazon employees.

Sellers can even contact brokers to get proprietary information on sales volume and data relating to shoppers' online spending habits in order to boost sales, the sources said.

Amazon policies prohibit disclosing this information, and the online retail giant has reportedly launched an internal investigation to determine which employees are violating the company's policies.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. »

'Aspirin-a-day risky in old age'

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Elderly people in good health should not take an aspirin a day, according to a major study in the US and Australia.

Experts described the results as very important and cautioned against self-medicating with aspirin.

People are prescribed aspirin after a heart attack or stroke because the drug thins the blood and reduces the chances of a repeat attack. »

Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album in 36 Years on Billboard Chart

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Paul McCartney achieved his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, Egypt Station, bowed atop the list.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units.

McCartney’s Eighth No. 1 Album: Egypt Station gives McCartney his eight No. 1 on the Billboard 200. »

Flake says he is 'not comfortable voting yes' yet on Kavanaugh

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"We need to hear from her," Flake told Politico hours after Kavanaugh's accuser identified herself publicly.

"For me, we can’t vote until we hear more," Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the Post.

Flake, who is retiring in November, has displayed increasing willingness to break with his party in recent months. »

Star Wars: Mark Hamill Pretended He Was Playing "Jake Skywalker" in 'The Last Jedi'

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Writer/director Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, on the other hand, shook things up quite a bit, causing fans to react negatively to the shocking developments.

Even Mark Hamill was so surprised by the direction Luke Skywalker took that he had to justify the performance to himself by claiming he played another character named "Jake Skywalker.".

Ultimately, it was the guidance and intervention of Yoda's Force ghost that showed Luke the error of his ways. »