Category Archives: Fraud

Tech Pump And Dump

Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it

How is it possible that people who have witnessed the lightning fast collapses of hype vehicles like Secret and Path in the recent past have learned nothing? How can we still have the same dysfunctional folie à deux playing out between credulous tech media and even more credulous VC investors?

Corruption. Period.

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Xiaomi Counterfeiters Raided

Weibo:

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Xiaomi Caught In Middle Of Malware

Security firm finds preinstalled malware on Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone

We are certain the device that Bluebox tested is not using a standard MIUI ROM, as our factory ROM and OTA ROM builds are never rooted and we don’t pre-install services such as YT Service, PhoneGuardService, AppStats etc. Bluebox could have purchased a phone that has been tampered with, as they bought it via a physical retailer in China. Xiaomi does not sell phones via third-party retailers in China, only via our official online channels and selected carrier stores.
— Hugo Barra, VP International

I must side with Xiaomi on this one.

As I’ve pointed out numerous times here, Xiaomi and Lei Jun are constantly banging the drum against Xiaomi counterfeits and insisting the only trustworthy source of their products is Xiaomi itself.

March 11, 2015 update: Thanks to E.T. in Comments, we now know the Mi 4 tested was a fake! Always buy from trusted sources!

Previously here:

Fake Mi Note On Taobao
Fraud Alert: Fake Xiaomi Power Banks On Amazon India
Fake: Xiaomi And Apple Store
Fakes: Counterfeit MiBand, Phony MiCar
Counterfeit Xiaomi Power Banks

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Fake Mi Note On Taobao

Weibo:

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App Store Rating Fraud Factory

Weibo:

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OUCH! Avoiding Alibaba Fakes

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Counterfeit Power Bank Downright Fraudulent!

Weibo:

FakePowerPackWeibo

One battery cell! Just one! And the rest cement cylinders.

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Counterfeit Xiaomi Power Banks
Counterfeiting Strikes Chinese Power Banks

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MiBook Air? Um…. No.

BullshitMiAir

It’s incredible how many people fell for that troll. No, I’m not the source of it nor do I know who was.

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Reference: Malcolm Gladwell

Tipping Points? Malcolm Gladwell Could Use A Few

Malcolm Gladwell Unmasked: A Look Into the Life & Work of America’s Most Successful Propagandist

Ouch.

And I’ll rat myself out. I mentioned Gladwell in several posts here.

(In my weak defense, I was thoroughly unimpressed with his David and Goliath and wouldn’t even waste time on a post damning it.)

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Compilation Of Xiaomi News

iLevon shares some information that seems to indicate three 4G phones are coming from Xiaomi.

Weibo:

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