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Reddit crimes never pay: After it was discovered that the developers of the popular QuickMeme site were secretly moderating a popular subreddit, deleting links from competitors in the process, the social network banned the entire domain. The Daily Dot explains how a couple of Reddit moderators figured it out.

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Reddit crimes never pay: After it was discovered that the developers of the popular QuickMeme site were secretly moderating a popular subreddit, deleting links from competitors in the process, the social network banned the entire domain. The Daily Dot explains how a couple of Reddit moderators figured it out.

That Facebook page you like is actually spam

Aly Monique spends her days studying nursing in Chicago, but at night she plays a stylist online. At the social-shopping site Polyvore, she creates fashionable ensembles with chic bags and cute designer dresses and sexy shoes. She has no training in the art of style, but the numbers prove her talent. Every time one of her sets gets posted to Facebook, tens of thousands of people like and share it. They gush with praise. They beg to know where they can buy every single item, right down to the accessories.

But Monique is completely clueless of her popularity.

Her images are being stolen by a Facebook page called Dresses and shared with its 2.9 million followers—without permission and without credit.

Every day, Facebook users talk about Dresses more than just about any other page on the social network. The “talking about this" statistic, which you can see at the top of every Facebook page, is perhaps the network’s most meaningful metric of success. It shows popularity, but also engagement. It’s about who shares you and who talks about you. Lady Gaga, with her 55 million subscribers, only manages to muster about 500,000 people talking about her at any given time. Dresses, by contrast, routinely pulls in a far more monstrous 2 million, and nearly every day, the page hits the top 30 most-talked-about pages, according to data provided by independent social analytics firm PageData.

The page’s success comes from stealing collages created by Monique, and others like her, and turning them into an endless stream of eye candy for style lovers. If you subscribe to Dresses, your Facebook page becomes a fashion catalog, barraged with cute pictures of ready-made outfits. It’s Facebook window shopping.

But it’s also spam. Each photograph serves as a vehicle to deliver links to either another Facebook page owned by the same group or, more commonly, to an external site called Stylish Eve—a self-proclaimed “online magazine” that consists of little more than boilerplate text, more stolen images, and huge Google ads.

It’s a content farm fertilized by Facebook.
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Progressive Insurance finds itself in PR nightmare on Twitter and Tumblr

Insurance provider Progressive finds itself on the receiving end of Twitter’s fury, and it doesn’t look it will be stopping anytime soon.

On Monday, comedian Matt Fisher wrote a post on his Tumblr entitled “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court.” Fisher told the tragic story of how the insurance company allegedly did everything they could not to pay out the value of his sister’s insurance policy after her death, even going so far as to provide legal representation for the individual responsible for the fatal accident.
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My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court
I’ve been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven’t explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. There’s a general understanding that says, “insurance companies— oh they’re awful,” but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, I’ve learned some things that really surprised me.
I’ll try to cleave to the facts. On June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as she crossed the intersection on the green light.

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Progressive Insurance finds itself in PR nightmare on Twitter and Tumblr

Insurance provider Progressive finds itself on the receiving end of Twitter’s fury, and it doesn’t look it will be stopping anytime soon.

On Monday, comedian Matt Fisher wrote a post on his Tumblr entitled “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court.” Fisher told the tragic story of how the insurance company allegedly did everything they could not to pay out the value of his sister’s insurance policy after her death, even going so far as to provide legal representation for the individual responsible for the fatal accident.
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mattfisher:

My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court

I’ve been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven’t explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. There’s a general understanding that says, “insurance companies— oh they’re awful,” but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, I’ve learned some things that really surprised me.

I’ll try to cleave to the facts. On June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as she crossed the intersection on the green light.

Read More