BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “Suretypedia, the free encyclopedia for surety bonds, launches a major upgrade to https://www.suretypedia.com/, which provides a brand new interface and allows surety experts to contribute articles, update information and submit forms on its vast encyclopedia of surety bonds. The new home page provides users a dashboard to easily navigate the thousands of dedicated surety bond pages, browse featured articles, news, upcoming events and legislative updates affecting the surety industry.”

New York Times: When Is a Star Not Always a Star? When It’s an Online Review

New York Times: When Is a Star Not Always a Star? When It’s an Online Review. “An increase of just one star in a rating on Amazon correlates with a 26 percent increase in sales, according to a recent analysis by the e-commerce consulting firm Pattern. But while online reviews have become powerful sales tools, the ecosystem is relatively crude. Reviews can be easy to manipulate, and the operators of sites with the most reviews are not always motivated to crack down on fake ones planted to promote products. That leaves many consumers wondering what to believe.”

Congo student: ‘I skip meals to buy online data’ (BBC)

BBC: Congo student: ‘I skip meals to buy online data’. “Bonheur Malenga, a Congolese university student, found himself facing a dilemma one day last month about whether to purchase online data. ‘As I was hungry, I didn’t know if I should buy food or get a 24-hour internet bundle,’ he told the BBC.”

BBC: Why India’s financial system is vulnerable to hacks

BBC: Why India’s financial system is vulnerable to hacks. “A recent cyber-attack on a nuclear power plant has sparked a debate on the country’s ability to protect itself in a cyber-war. But experts say Indians should be more worried about the vulnerability of its financial systems. The BBC’s Ayeshea Perera finds out more.”

Washington Post: How Big Investors Cash In on ‘Alternative Data’

Washington Post: How Big Investors Cash In on ‘Alternative Data’. “Corporate filings and government reports still guide how many investors view global economics and politics. But more of them are turning to non-traditional information — alternative data, in industry parlance — to supplement official statistics. Torrents of terabytes produced every day by web searches, tweets, credit-card purchases and satellites can be turned into insight on foot traffic at Chipotle, the macroeconomic performance of an African nation — even who’s arriving in Omaha to potentially pursue deals with Warren Buffett.”

The Register: Baffled by bogus charges on your Amazon account? It may be the work of a crook’s phantom gadget

The Register: Baffled by bogus charges on your Amazon account? It may be the work of a crook’s phantom gadget. “Last week, we spoke to an Amazon customer who was for months plagued by unauthorized purchases from their account. It appeared a fraudster’s smart TV had been quietly linked to the victim’s profile – a gizmo not visible in the usual account settings and could not be removed by even Amazon’s own support team.”