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Many Amazon Reviews Could Be Bogus

A consumer group says Amazon sellers are bribing people to post bogus reviews on Amazon's websites. But it also suggests some reviewers may also be getting ripped off. The claims come from "Which?", a British organization similar to Consumer ... Reports. It tested five sellers who had posted in Facebook groups designed to recruit people to buy and review Amazon products. The groups involve sellers suggesting products which people can then buy and review, after which the seller will refund their purchase cost. Which? staff did so for five products and then posted what it called a fair ... (view more)

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Hackers Bypass Twitter Security; Attack Burger King

Fast food restaurant Burger King has had its Twitter account hacked and defaced by hacktivist group LulzSec. The organization, which has claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile hacks in the past few years, posted false information to the ... Burger King Twitter page. According to reports, around noon Eastern Time on Monday, February 18, 2013, the @BurgerKing account name was changed to "McDonalds," while the familiar McDonald's logo was splashed across the screen. In addition, LulzSec added false information indicating that Burger King had been purchased by its primary fast food rival ... (view more)

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False CNN Rumour Bites Into Apple Stock

Apple shares briefly dropped in value by more than 5% in the wake of a false rumour claiming the company's chief had suffered a heart attack. The bogus report has sparked debate about the dangers of so-called 'citizen journalism'. The report claimed ... Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack and been taken to hospital. It gained some credibility by appearing on CNN's website, though it appeared in the iReport section dedicated to 'citizen journalism'. Anyone who wants can post a report and CNN disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of stories posted there. Apple only took 12 minutes to ... (view more)

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Criminal Activity Posted On YouTube Leads To Arrest

A young hooligan in North Wales stole a pair of sunglasses -- right from someone's face -- and then posted the evidence of his criminal act on Real intelligent, mate. On the video-sharing website, the self-described "bald lad" refers to ... his behavior as "Absolutely WILD!!" The clip begins with a man grinning wickedly as he walks down a storefront street. He then quickly pilfers another person's sunglasses. But before the victim can react, the thief runs off like a coward. It ends with the criminal's buddies laughing and waving. The video -- which was titled "Wild specs robbery" ... (view more)

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