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Second Web Spam Summit

Link: Technorati Weblog: Announcing Second Web Spam Summit.

Technorati is organizing the second Web Spam Summit taking place next week at Google's headquarters in Mountain View. Technical leaders from companies and projects involved in publishing and indexing content on the web will come together for a day-long summit to exchange best practices and cultivate new ways of addressing spam as a community.

The summit will focus on web spam and include product development updates since the first web spam squashing summit in February. Web spam includes comment spam, link spam, TrackBack spam, tag spam, and fake weblogs.

Key industry players such as Ask Jeeves, Feedster, Google, Microsoft, Six Apart, Tucows, WordPress, and Yahoo! have all confirmed their attendance. Technical members of products involved in the fight against web spam are invited to attend the Web Spam Summit. If you or another member of your team would like to attend please send a prompt reply to with some introductory information about you and your product including a paragraph about each of the following topics.

* Problem Statement: describe a form of web spam currently facing your product.

* Current Solutions: describe a current solution you have implemented and how it works.

* In Development: describe a solution you are working on and why it will be better.

The summit will not be broadcast. This privacy allows the best possible technical members directly involved in the fight against web spam to attend the summit with full candor

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BBC Spams Wikipedia?

Link: Boing Boing: BB punks Wikipedia in marketing ploy?.

BB punks Wikipedia in marketing ploy? The BBC is accused of (ab)using collaborative reference site Wikipedia in a viral marketing campaign for an online alternate reality game. Boing Boing reader Chris says,

    I'm a big fan of the BBC and public broadcasting in general, but I think they've crossed a line here. This is a Wikipedia entry for a made-up pop star that's being used as part of some kind of viral marketing for one of their "new media opportunities". It pisses me off that an organisation paid for by the British public and supposedly working to a charter to provide quality entertainment feels justified in spamming up a genuinely useful internet resource in the name of PR.

Some questions: did someone acting on behalf of the BBC really create the entry? What will happen to the entry, if it is indeed a bogus publicity entry? How often does this sort of thing happen?

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Macworld: News: Microsoft settles with 'Spam King' for $7 million

Link: Macworld: News: Microsoft settles with 'Spam King' for $7 million.

Microsoft Corp. has settled a lawsuit that it filed two years ago against the self-proclaimed "King of Spam," Scott Richter, who at one time helped distribute more than 38 billion unsolicited e-mails per year, Microsoft said Tuesday.

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Nigerian Net Grifters Doing Fine

Link: Wired News: Nigerian Net Grifters Doing Fine.

Day in, day out, a strapping, amiable 24-year-old who calls himself Kele B. heads to an internet cafe, hunkers down at a computer and casts his net upon the cyber-waters.

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Spammer gets jail

Jeremy Jaynes, the eighth-ranked spammer in the world, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Wired

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Comment Spam prevented

Link: Google Blog.

Preventing comment spam If you're a blogger (or a blog reader), you're painfully familiar with people who try to raise their own websites' search engine rankings by submitting linked blog comments like "Visit my discount pharmaceuticals site." This is called comment spam, we don't like it either, and we've been testing a new tag that blocks it. From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn't a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it's just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists.

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China wrestles with growing spam problem

China wrestles with growing spam problem

A July 2003 survey found that on average 55 percent of the e-mail received by Chinese Internet users was spam, according to a presentation delivered by Li Yuxiao, director of the anti-spam coordination team at the Internet Society of China, at an APCAUCE conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, earlier this year. By January, this year that figure had risen to almost 58 percent.

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Filters and not Funnels

The amount of information available to me
at any moment
is overwhelming.
Give me a filter over a funnel anyday.
I like filters
and not funnels

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3 Internet Offenders

3 offenders come to mind, all of them biblical characters:

name: judas.
fame: hes the guy that sold out jesus. (mat 26)
game: the most obvious. they win your trust, get access to your files, thoughts and ideas. and then they sell you out, write a horrible review of you, or just make some money from your ideas and then protect it as their own intellectual property.

name: absalom
fame: stood at the gates telling people they should follow him and not king david (2 sam 15)
game: these guys hang out in the comments section of your blog, disagreeing with you and wooing people over to their own blogs. or even worse, agreeing with you, and then leading people over to their commerce sites or porn sites.

name: delilah
fame: seduced and sold out samson (judges 16)
game: these people appear as innocent names on your group email lists. innocent, that is, until they strart pimping themselves or their products to all the people on the list.

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