Read — 2015/03/03

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Inside Alibaba, the sharp-elbowed world of Chinese e-commerce“, by Gillian Wong, Kathy Chu, & Juro Osawa (Wall Street Journal). “Brushing” — i.e. hiring people to fake orders and reviews — is a common strategy among sellers looking to move up the ranks of Alibaba’s search results. The practice inflates Alibaba’s volume, but to what extent the article leaves unclear.
  2. The world’s billionaires” (Forbes).