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Aug 19, 2011 In a Race to Out-Rave, 5-Star Web Reviews Go for $5

QUOTE: The boundless demand for positive reviews has made the review system an arms race of sorts. As more five-star reviews are handed out, even more five-star reviews are needed....Determining the number of fake reviews on the Web is difficult. But it is enough of a problem to attract a team of Cornell researchers, who recently published a paper about creating a computer algorithm for detecting fake reviewers.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2011 A Customer Who’s Always Satisfied

QUOTE: Obviously, companies are supposed to swap out the fake name and fake blurb with a real customer and a real blurb. But many, as we have seen, do not… But can you imagine, dear reader, companies fighting over a motto that promised the bare minimum of customer service?

New York Times
Oct 25, 2007 Google Slams Paid Links? Good or Bad?

QUOTE: Another under-the-radar-of-the-real-world blog firestorm erupted yesterday over high profile page rank drops. Google dropped visible PR of many blogs and mainstream news sites presumably as a penalty for selling links.

May 04, 2005 Finding the best attorney for you

QUOTE: Often when you need an attorney, you need one right away. But it's tough to find an attorney in a particular field for the right price at a moment's notice.
Oct 31, 2002 Does search engine's power threaten Web's independence?

QUOTE: Patrick Ahern has witnessed the power of Google--and the difficulties of trying to do business without it.

Oct 02, 2002 Yahoo marketing angers store owners

QUOTE: Some Yahoo store owners are upset by a new marketing program the company has launched that attaches an advertisement to their checkout pages.

Aug 11, 2002 Pressuring Analysts: Hard Habit to Break

QUOTE: ...according to one of Salomon's junior analysts, Kenneth A. Boss, two Salomon investment bankers had exerted improper influence on him.

New York Times
May 01, 2002 States Pressing Analyst Probe: Securities Firms Fear Patchwork of Rules, Back SEC Investigation

QUOTE: State regulators are moving ahead with a coordinated investigation of conflicts of interest among stock analysts on Wall Street, sources said yesterday, to the dismay of the securities industry, which is backing a Securities and Exchange Commission-led probe of the issue.

Washington Post
Sep 09, 2001 The Ethicist: On the Soapbox

ABSTRACT: (1) Should you act as a paid spokesperson for groups or policies you strongly disagree with? (2) Is it ethical to act on information overheard in what should have been a private conversation going on in a public place?

New York Times
Jun 01, 2000 What's an Analyst to do?: Wall Street firms count on their stock analysts for many Things — but independent, incisive research isn't exactly high on the list right now.

QUOTE: It used to be there was a "Chinese wall" separating stock research from investment banking at most firms. Neither group was to know what the other was doing, in order to eliminate such obvious conflicts of interest. But it doesn't work that way anymore. While the wall has been eroding for years, the explosion in IPOs sparked by the Internet has blasted a hole clear through.

Smart Money