I cannot comment on stuff I buy, stopped buying apps for that reason among others. Ignoring the shills that praise BBM, the Play Store ratings aren't better than YouTube comments for a long time now and mandating a G+ account didn't change a damn thing.
It did though, it stopped those who despise G+ from making app reviews anymore. Sadly though the number of people that stopped is tiny.
Why is this such a stretch? Other large hardware companies have done the same.  This isn't to say they have or haven't, just that it's a feasible option to think they went a little overboard on Mechanical Turk or similar.
Having worked there I will say they are a lieing bunch of untrustful people managment wise and can even stand up ion a court of law and justify all of that and more.
Now if I talk to couple of friends at digital marketing agencies, they would tell me this is pretty common. The client doesn't need to know or decide how it's done. It's just done.
They hired a small army of commentators to trash HTC and talk up Samsung in blog comments etc.
They may have guidelines in place, but I bet they don't check up on what external agencies do, otherwise this woman would have been found out a long time ago.
Either way, I don't think it's that hard to imagine. These companies, especially mediocre companies who like to "outsource" stuff and not care as much about the result, pay millions of dollars at a time, and don't look into all the details of the advertising campaigns.
This is actually a bug in Android 4.3 and nothing malicious on Blackberry's part. While fixing a bug that allowed apps to start foreground services without a notification icon, Android 4.3 inadvertently broke user disabling notifications for foreground services.
It could just be a spammy message that caught on really well and might not have nothing to do with Blackberry buying fake reviews IMHO
Also, it's the first time that I see something on /r/funny that lands on the Hacker News front page a few hours later.
Also, if you'd followed me on Twitter, you would have seen this 19 hours ago ;-)
Thanks for the info.
Granted, it's not the most scintillating use of irony - but it fits the British definition quite adequately.
Of course, the ironic thing about Alanis Morrisette's song is that it contains no irony. Which makes it paradoxically ironic.
I have heard the "paradoxically ironic" bit from other people before and it never made any sense to me. A lack of irony is not the same thing as the opposite of irony. I have also never been able to understand the difference between "ironic" and "paradoxically ironic."
I have used the same theme in my personal blog, and I occasionally notice the main and posts page turning up blank when I myself visit it. Doesn't happen if I switch to another theme.
Either way it is such a scale and using such a copy/paste haord of rating trolls to 5* it that every one looks the same.
I hope google educates Blackberry and there underhand tasteless tactics in self masturcation PR.
Laughable thing sis everybody I knew who I could BBM no longer have a device and with that they missed the boat. Maybe in Asia but too little, too late and handled far from smoothly.
The only issue I've had is that adding a user by email address opens your email client and makes you send an email through it.
I saw dozen's of people on my facebook friends list post their BBM id and thanking them...
"I was waiting this app"
Had fun flagging many of those obvious 5* reviews as spam, I was bored and sadly no way I could obviously see to flag underhand marketing of an app or indeed flag an app in any way to google so they may give this the attention it needs.
Any anticipated app sees dozens if not hundreds of scammer apps on the Play Store who try to take advantage of that namespace early to deploy ad proxies, etc.
There is some medium ground between fully curated and Wild West that needs to be found.
There have been countless fake BBM products on the Play store. They each have thousands of such reviews, official sounding publishers, making it incredibly difficult to blame the user when they install some of this junk.