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'Fakeosphere' latest Web trap for consumers

Welcome to the “fakeosphere.” Internet marketing veteran and analyst Jay Weintraub says fake blogs – or flogs – fake news sites and manufactured testimonials are the fastest-growing segment of Internet advertising. He thinks it’s a $500 million-a-year industry – and he compares it to the explosive growth of spam a decade ago. “I don’t think people realize how big this has become, and how quickly,” said Weintraub, adding that a…

Hope or Hype on the Cloud

At the 2009 Educause Conference, Inside HIgher Ed reports on The Cloud. Woo, who took the anti-cloud position, said that just because higher education is moving en masse toward outsourcing services such as e-mail and data management to external providers does not necessarily mean it is moving in the right direction. “I’m not sure why every conversation about cloud computing always has to do with ‘When?’ ” Woo said. “Why…