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7 stories to read this weekend

gigaom.com
It has been a crazy week, one that has been hectic with activity and multiple news events. Of course, we hosted our RoadMap conference earlier this week. And there was the election that preoccupied all us. Nevertheless, I found time to read quite a few stories and here are seven of...
7 stories to read this weekend

DailyDirt: Actual Theft & Underground Economies

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Economists have a hard enough time trying to figure out economic statistics from legitimate businesses and activities that are honestly reported to the government. But every so often, someone points out that the official numbers for unemployment or GDP are more than just slightly off. Here are just a few...
DailyDirt: Actual Theft & Underground Economies

Bunch of phonies: study looks at politicians' fake Twitter followers

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Politicians take pride in social media savvy but a new study shows that their techno-bravado may be misplaced. In the case of Twitter, the study shows that around 40% of the “people” following Congress are fake and inactive accounts. The findings come at a time when researchers are scrutinizing the...
Bunch of phonies: study looks at politicians' fake Twitter followers
The Russian underground economy has democratized cybercrime
Twitter's war against the multi-million dollar fake follower business
DC police chief says carriers profit from phone theft, 'are not innocent'

Twitter in 2012: A year of conflicts, product evolution and cranking up the cash machine

thenextweb.com
Twitter’s 2012 was rather busy, to put it mildly. The social networking (oh sorry, real-time information, media and news distribution network) company celebrated its sixth birthday in March and revealed last December that it currently services over 200 million active monthly users, now also including Pope Benedict XVI and first...
Twitter in 2012: A year of conflicts, product evolution and cranking up the cash machine

Study shows that tens of thousands have purchased fake Twitter followers

thenextweb.com
Back in the days of Myspace, you could buy friends, purchase song “plays” and find apps that mass-messaged users. Now, popularity scams have moved on to Twitter, granting the wish of anyone interested in lying about how popular they really are on teh Internetz. This practice on Twitter has been...
Study shows that tens of thousands have purchased fake Twitter followers
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