The Verge: Yelp says it shut down 550 user accounts after discovering a fraudulent review ring

The Verge: Yelp says it shut down 550 user accounts after discovering a fraudulent review ring. “Yelp knows its credibility is only as good as its reviews, so today, it’s releasing its first Consumer Alerts Report, which details incidents in which Yelp’s team intervened to cut off fraudulent reviews or activity. The report shines a light on behavior that one would likely expect happens on a review site — people trying to game the system — but only focuses on successful cases where either Yelp’s human team or software detected abnormal behavior.”

Newswise: What’s your brand?

Newswise: What’s your brand?. “Researchers created an algorithm that successfully predicted consumer purchases. The algorithm made use of data from the consumers’ daily activity on social media. Brands could use this to analyze potential customers. The researchers’ method combines powerful statistical modeling techniques with machine learning-based image recognition.”

CNET: Google and Amazon make us worse people

CNET: Google and Amazon make us worse people. “Let me show you a magic trick. Make a choice — any choice. You’re already online, so maybe you want to read the news, check your email, surf your newsfeed, buy some food or any other number of things. Now for the trick, I’m going to tell you the companies that facilitated whatever choice you just made. It was almost certainly Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Facebook.”

Phys .org: Social media can encourage tourists to make more sustainable choices

Phys .org: Social media can encourage tourists to make more sustainable choices. “In tourism, social media has traditionally been used as a tool for marketing, but it can also influence our consumer behavior and to nudge us in the direction of increasingly sustainable choices. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Southern California have analyzed the role of social media in the reduction of food waste in tourism.”

Ubergizmo: Using Your Phone While In A Store Could Make You Buy More Junk

Ubergizmo: Using Your Phone While In A Store Could Make You Buy More Junk. “In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, a team of researchers found that playing with your phone while you’re inside of a store has the potential to cause you to end up buying junk that you don’t need.”

EurekAlert: Research connects big data marketing tools, land conservation

EurekAlert: Research connects big data marketing tools, land conservation . “The same data used by digital marketers to sell products can also help inspire conservation behaviors, according to new research from the University of Montana. In a recent study, ‘Microtargeting for Conservation,’ published in Conservation Biology, UM faculty in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conversation demonstrate how conservation programs can benefit from tools and analyses generally reserved for businesses and political campaigns.”

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong researchers build tool to predict personal details from photos on social media

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong researchers build tool to predict personal details from photos on social media . “Researchers at a Hong Kong university have developed technology that can predict details about social media users by analysing the pictures they share online, without accessing their personal or sensitive information.”