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“Did you hear?!”: Modeling Gossip and Broadcasting

In a university setting, information travel is almost instantaneous. Just minutes after someone’s unfortunate interaction with a friend, close friends know, back-stories are extrapolated, rumors sprout, and surrounding people’s ears have perked in anticipation of learning “what happened.” Encouraged by easy means of communication and the instinctual want to be in-the-know, the spread of gossip […]

Information Cascades and the Snoeastercane of 2012

“Cornell University is OPEN” This headline, appearing at the top of Cornell University’s status page, has remained unchanged for the past several days to the consternation of many. Over the past week, the hurricane of rain and wind was preceded by a hurricane of warnings and information: reporters describing the “perfect storm” that was the […]

Influence Rank

There is a company called TunkRank, whose mission is to rank the influence of various Twitter users. Using their services, you can find out the how influential a Twitter user is, and can also request that they refresh or re-calculate the influence of a user. Their service is based on an algorithm called TunkRank by Daniel […]

Leaving Middlemen Out

The main point of the article, “Avoiding Middlemen- what most China sourcing agents, trading companies and brokers don’t want you to know!” by Mike Bellamy, is to warn buyers of middlemen, or intermediary traders, and to give them guidance on finding proper factories to supply their products. As stated in the article, and learned in […]

Why Apple Kept Using Its 30-Pin Dock Connector for Almost 10 Years – An Aspect of Network Effect

Apple announced its iPhone 5 with a new 9-pin dock connector called Lightening this September. It is the first time Apple made changes to the design and performance of its dock connector. The previous 30-pin dock connector came out in 2003(1), which had been adopted to all its iOS devices like iPod, iPhone and iPad […]

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