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Researchers devising method for destroying “VIP Deals” incentives for ratings online

Researchers devising method for destroying “VIP Deals” incentives for ratings online

Today there's a story floating around about an online dealer of products in auction websites known as "VIP Deals" which has been knocked out of business after its owner was found to be giving products away in exchange for good product reviews. While this might seem like a fair deal to those who come into said auction and multi-item sales just for the one item and out, the rules behind such sites expressly forbid such an action. Because this sort of situation leads to scams in which great ratings are trusted when they're not precisely true, researchers like Bing Liu [seated at his desk in the image below] are on the case to stop the problem before it advances further.

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Google, Facebook and more mull anti-SOPA blackout

Google, Facebook and more mull anti-SOPA blackout

Google, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal and other big-name sites are contemplating a complete, coordinated blackout in an attempt to call users to arms over SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act. "There have been some serious discussions about that" Markham Erickson, head of the NetCoalition group of anti-SOPA organizations told CNET, with the so-called 'nuclear option' also being considered by Wikipedia and others.

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Raspberry Pi sub-$35 computer hits eBay for over $2,300

Raspberry Pi sub-$35 computer hits eBay for over $2,300

Sales of the Raspberry Pi computer have begun, albeit on a small scale, with ten of the first $35 boards being allotted to eBay where initial bidding has already exceeded £1,500 ($2,325). Powered by an ARM11 700MHz chip capable of running Quake III, general sales will begin in around a month according to the Raspberry Pi foundation, meaning early-adopters are willing to pay a hefty mark-up to grab one of the initial dev units.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 50 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 50 2011

Welcome to the SlashGear Week in Review for week 50, which means we only have two weeks left in 2011! As usual, a lot has happened this week. HP had a fire sale for more TouchPads on eBay and sold out in minutes. The TouchPads sold for $99 for the 16GB versions and $149 for the 32GB with stock selling out in minutes. We learned early in the week that a pair of drunken RIM executives were placed in cuffs during a commercial flight after they got drunk and caused trouble. The pair of execs later escaped from those cuffs by chewing through them.

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HP TouchPad Go turns up on eBay

HP TouchPad Go turns up on eBay

The only time the HP TouchPad sold well was when the tablet went on $99 fire sale shortly after it was discontinued. Back when the original TouchPad was announced we had also heard that there would be another flavor of that tablet called the TouchPad Go with a 7-inch screen. That tablet crossed the FCC for approvals and was spied online a couple times.

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PayPal to open pop-up store next month in NYC, showcasing new mobile payment options

PayPal to open pop-up store next month in NYC, showcasing new mobile payment options

Paypal is all set to open a new pop-up store in the trendy streets of downtown Manhattan, New York, to announce and showcase their new payment options and point-of-sale features that are coming soon. PayPal plans to invite local merchants to visit the store, located at 174 Hudson, to experience and see real-time demos of the company's payment processing technology for retail stores, and see it in action how they intend for it to be at brick and mortar stores nationwide.

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eBay launches World’s Fastest Car Show, Boss 302 on debut episode

eBay launches World’s Fastest Car Show, Boss 302 on debut episode

eBay is the place many automotive enthusiasts go to dream about the cars they want to own and to actually buy them when they are able to. With the large amount of people that are coming to eBay to check out the cars on offer, the auction site has launched a new car show that it calls "World's Fastest Car Show." The show is a mere 7 minutes and 44 seconds for the first episode so you can watch it quickly and get on with your day.

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Samsung Windows 8 dev slates hit eBay for a premium

Samsung Windows 8 dev slates hit eBay for a premium

Samsung Windows 8 developer tablets are showing up on eBay, and if you can judge a platform by how much people are willing to pay for early access to hardware then the signs look reasonably positive for Microsoft's new OS. Handed out to the 5,000 BUILD attendees last week, it was only a matter of time until the Samsung slates went up for sale, with the average selling price so far being $2,460.

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Turbine-powered replica 1989 Batmobile hits eBay for $620,000

Turbine-powered replica 1989 Batmobile hits eBay for $620,000

I like the Batman movie franchise, but honestly found them to be very cheesy until Christian Bale took over and Batman went much more raw and real. If you have a penchant for the early films and are completely loaded here is your chance to own the most awesome Batmobile replicas ever from those early movies. The car has an iPad in the dash and under 2,000 miles.

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