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By now, you've probably heard the "tin foil" theories about Yelp: The site, which has a filter for spam, allegedly filters out positive reviews until you become a paid customer, after which, they'll boost your positive reviews.

It's all allegations for now, and the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that even if it were all true, it wouldn't amount to extortion under California law. Your best bet, if you have negative Yelp reviews, is to respond with professionalism and niceties.

Or, you could just embrace the suck and tank your Yelp reviews, aiming for a one-star review.

Back in July, John Michael Farren was found guilty of attempted murder for beating his wife, Mary Margaret Farren, nearly to death at their Connecticut mansion in 2010. Farren was a former deputy White House counsel for the George W. Bush administration who, at the time of the assault, was general counsel for Xerox.

But it wasn't over yet. In December, we blogged about the outcome of Farren's civil suit. He was found liable for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress to the tune of $28.6 million.

Farren represented himself -- apparently not that successfully -- at both the criminal and civil trials.

Last week, we looked at a Gallup study that looked at the effects of "stay[ing] connected to the workplace outside of their normal working hours" and found that it was a "somewhat or strongly positive development," according to 79 percent of employees surveyed.

However, when the Harvard Business Review read those results in the context of an earlier Gallup report, "State of the American Workplace," HBR concluded that "workers will view their company's policy about mobile technology through the filter of their own engagement."

So that got us thinking, how can your company increase employee engagement? And, does it need a Chief Happiness Officer to effectuate that change? Let's find out.

Facebook experimented on its users by peppering their home pages with depressing status messages. Users were mad. The FTC is investigating. This is old news.

Or at least it was. On Monday, OkCupid, a freemium online dating site, announced proudly on its blog that it runs experiments on users too. Some of these seem like no big deal (removing all pictures from the site for a few hours), while others seem like a very big deal (lying to users about compatibility ratings to test the effectiveness of their matching algorithm).

And yet, nobody is mad at OkCupid. Why? And where should the line be drawn for research on your company's customers?

Last week, American Apparel axed its founder, CEO, and 27 percent shareholder, Dov Charney, after an "investigation into alleged misconduct." We couldn't help but wonder: with all of his public idiocy (sexual harassment, labor law violations, slurs, and most damning of all: unprofitability), what caused the company to finally pull the trigger, five years too late?

From the reports? Not a whole lot more than we already knew about, including sexual misconduct, as well as a few allegations of personal use of company resources. The real surprise was the way the termination played out: a ten-hour meeting with Charney and an ultimatum: resign or be fired for cause.

American Apparel tossed its founder and CEO Dov Charney to the curb this morning, blaming the move on "an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct."

The move, which reeks of desperation, could mark rock bottom in a comeback. Or, more likely, it could be a precursor to the end: the press release notes that the change in management could trigger an event of default under its credit agreements. Add in five straight years in the red, and this could be the epitome of too little, too late.

Last week, Tesla made a big, bold move: It opened its patent portfolio to everyone.

In a post titled, "All Our Patent Are Belong To You," a reference to a poor video game translation turned Internet meme, the company's CEO Elon Musk announced the move and explained why the company would only use the patents for defensive purposes. In short: acceleration of innovation.

A cynic might amend that a bit: acceleration of adoption of Tesla's proprietary and patented standards, ensuring that the company doesn't develop the Betamax of electric vehicles. But nonetheless, this was a huge move. But was it a good move?

She started as General Counsel for Sony in 2001. Now, Sony's Nicole Seligman will hold three titles: President of Sony Corporation of America (the umbrella company for all U.S.-based business), President of Sony Entertainment (includes the company's music, movie, and publishing operations) and senior legal counsel (an advisory role) -- a considerable list of responsibilities that will be eased a bit by ceding GC duties to someone else. She'll also remain on the company's executive committee, reports Deadline.

If all of those titles seem a bit confusing, well, welcome to corporate America. But in simpler terms, she's gone from GC to the boardroom, lawyer to executive -- exactly what we were discussing last week.

Trade Secret Theft Accounts For Up To 3 Percent of GDP

A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers US and CREATe.org found that the theft of trade secrets amount to one to three percent of the United States GDP.

According to the study, malicious insiders are the number one source of exposing trade secrets. The loss from occupational fraud amounts to about $3.5 trillion worldwide. With the significant economic impact of trade secret theft, what can a company do to better protect its trade secrets?

Facebook struck again, this time dropping $19 billion ($16bn for the company and $3bn for the company's founders, per Wired) on WhatsApp, an insanely popular messaging app. For context the number is:

In short: it's a big, big number. And even if you didn't strike it rich in the deal, there are reasons you should be paying attention.