Read — 2015/03/03
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “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.
- “The world’s billionaires” (Forbes).