Category Archives: Technology

Fake Amazon reviews ‘being sold in bulk’ online – BBC News

By | February 17, 2021

A Which? investigation found 10 sites offering fake Amazon Marketplace reviews from as little as £5 each. An Amazon spokesman said: “We remove fake reviews and take action against anyone involved in abuse.” Source: Fake Amazon reviews ‘being sold in bulk’ online – BBC News As I was saying, some consumer-protection outfit in our government… Read More »

Ads on the Internet

By | February 12, 2021

I’ve run an ad blocker in my browser since they became a thing. According to the blurb I see, from Business Insider, when I search on “first ad blocker,” that was AdBlock in 2002. And, by the way, this is what you get, if you click on that link in Google: I don’t even bother… Read More »

Facebook “Supreme Court” overrules company in 4 of its first 5 decisions | Ars Technica

By | February 9, 2021

As you can see, Facebook has to make decisions on a wide range of topics, from ethnic conflict to health information. Often, Facebook is forced to choose sides between deeply antagonistic groups—Democrats and Republicans, Armenians and Azerbaijanis, public health advocates and anti-vaxxers. One benefit of creating the Oversight Board is to give Facebook an external… Read More »

Alex Kearns died thinking he owed hundreds of thousands for stock market losses on Robinhood. His parents have sued over his suicide.

By | February 9, 2021

In the wrongful death suit, Alex Kearns’ parents accuse the company of targeting unsophisticated traders like their son. Robinhood had no customer service phone number, but Alex emailed its support address three times late that night and the following morning. He asked for help understanding what had happened, and whether he could still offset the… Read More »

GameStop: Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez Blast Robinhood over Trade Freeze

By | February 5, 2021

Robinhood was not the only broker to limit sales of GameStop. Interactive Brokers on Wednesday said it had placed restrictions on sales of the stock. Charles Schwab said Thursday that its customers could still trade GameStop but noted that it limited certain kinds of transactions involving more risk. Source: GameStop: Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez blast Robinhood over… Read More »

A Little Chaos for a Treat – Pirate Wires

By | February 5, 2021

Do certain important people, defined here as people some subset of journalists find compelling, owe the professional media class a seat at their table? The question is interesting. Politicians and business leaders were once forced to travel through the establishment media’s gateway to reach the masses, and as I’ve been writing for months social media… Read More »

Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server – The Verge

By | January 28, 2021

Discord says it did not ban the server for financial fraud — rather, it was banned because it continued to allow “hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings.” The Verge gained access to the server and can confirm the claim that users of the channel were spamming hateful language, including racial slurs. Source: Discord bans… Read More »

Social justice groups warn Biden against throwing out Section 230 – The Verge

By | January 27, 2021

“Section 230 is a foundational law for free expression and human rights when it comes to digital speech,” the letter says. The law protects websites and apps from being sued over user-generated content — making it safer to operate social networks, comment sections, or hosting services. “Overly broad changes to Section 230 could disproportionately harm… Read More »