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Courtyard by Marriott in Midtown Manhattan Outed as a 'Code Injector'
Some very not cool news to discuss today. According to the NY Times, the internet service at The Courtyard by Marriott in Midtown Manhattan was outed by a recent guest as "secretly injecting lines of code into every page he visited, code that could allow it to insert ads into any Web page without the knowledge of the site visitor or the page’s creator."
The NY Times also discovered that the codes contained references to "rxg", for Revenue eXtraction Gateway, a service that rewrites every Web page "on the fly" so that it can include a banner ad and eventually get more clicks.
Although the guest did not actually see any ads on his personal website, the principle of such a thing has some folks really riled up, especially if the hotel is making money off this secret code/ad injecting scheme by blocking the intended ads and inserting whichever ones RXG has in mind.
However, a Marriott spokesperson told HotelChatter that "This is not a Marriott-endorsed protocol and we are working to investigate the issue."
Sigh. Just when we thought it was wonderful that Courtyard by Marriott was offering free WiFi, this had to come along and kill our buzz.