15 February 2014
Facebook Fraud? (video)
"Evidence Facebook's revenue is based on fake likes.
My first vid on the problem with Facebook: http://bit.ly/1dXudqY
I know first-hand that Facebook's advertising model is deeply flawed. When I paid to promote my page I gained 80,000 followers in developing countries who didn't care about Veritasium (but I wasn't aware of this at the time). They drove my reach and engagement numbers down, basically rendering the page useless. I am not the only one who has experienced this...." (go to link above for more)
Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Facebook Fraud - How Much of Facebook's Ad Revenue is Legitimate?: " . . . . From my experience, Google is very meticulous about weeding out fraud. If you pay money to generate clicks or impressions on your site, Google will drop you from its ad program. If the above video is even in the ballpark, there are serious issues at Facebook. In general there are serious problems if you pay someone to "like" you or drive traffic to you. Addendum: Just moments after I made the above post, I received an email from Lenny Teytelman regarding his company's experiences with fake "likes": What do Facebook “likes” of companies mean? The moral of this story is don't pay for "likes", don't pay to have someone drive traffic to your site either."
Silk Road 2.0 'Hack' Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen - Forbes: " . . . On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site’s administrators posted a long announcement to the Silk Road 2.0 forums admitting that the site had been hacked by one of its sellers, and its reserve of Bitcoins belonging to both the users and the site itself stolen. The admin, who goes by the name “Defcon,” blamed the same “transaction malleability” bug in the Bitcoin protocol that led to several of the cryptocurrency’s exchanges halting withdrawals in the previous week . . .."
Developer survey: HTML5 gaining, Windows slipping | HTML5 - InfoWorld: "HTML5 developers queried recently by tools vendor Sencha remain dedicated to building apps via Web technologies, even as doubts have been cast on how effective HTML5 is vis à vis native development. Many of those same developers, however, have dropped support for the classic Microsoft Windows platform...."
HTML5 trumping iOS among app developers in emerging mobile markets | ZDNet: "Mobile app developers in many regions outside the US and Europe are choosing to develop apps in HTML5 rather than iOS but it's iOS that's earning devs the biggest bucks."
Now running on a Chromebook near you: Windows | Business Tech - CNET News: " . . . Up until now, Chrome OS has been unable to run anything besides Web sites and the HTML5-based Chrome Web Apps. That's left many businesses in the lurch, perhaps attracted to Chromebook's affordability, centralized management console, and lower security risks but unwilling to lose access to core business applications. Combine those positives with Microsoft's Windows 8 stumbles and the impending end-of-life of the decade-old Windows XP, and Google hopes that it has an opening to attract businesses looking for a new approach to workplace computers. Businesses can purchase access to VMWare's Horizon Desktop-as-a-Service to run on Chrome OS. At first, it'll be available only as an on-site service, although a Chrome Web Store app is in the works...."
Microsoft Plunges Into Handset Battle as Google Withdraws
New York Times
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Google publishes commitments it made to settle EU antitrust case
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Google gets more guarded about acquisition numbers
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What Google really means when it calls Android 'open'
Every once in a while, Android terminology discussions flare up like a stomach ulcer forGoogle. They center on Android's nature as a development platform, which in turn affects the variety and breadth of Android apps -- from Minecraft to Pandora to ...
Microsoft Tweaking Xbox One Controller For 'Titanfall'
Microsoft Microsoft, it would seem, is all in on Titanfall. Respawn entertainment's upcoming mech-shooter is, arguably, the centerpiece of the Xbox One's first few months, and the company is making sure that the console is good and ready for it when it ...
Apple Says War Zones Don't Ship Its Supplies
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple released on Thursday its supplier responsibility report, and the company said its hardware factories did not use any tantalum, a metal commonly used in electronics, from areas engaged in warfare. Some warlords, particularly in ...
Apple to Sell IPhone at Costliest $1174 in Brazilian Debut
Apple's 16-gigabyte, contract-free iPhone 5s will sell for 2,799 reais ($1,174) in Brazil. That compares with $649 in the U.S. and 5,288 renminbi ($872) in China. The price of the iPhone 5s in Brazil, offered by authorized resellers, has jumped 17 ...
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