How Much of the Internet Is Fake?

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    • #5839
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      How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

      Which, well. Everywhere I went online this year, I was asked to prove I’m a human. Can you retype this distorted word? Can you transcribe this house number? Can you select the images that contain a motorcycle? I found myself prostrate daily at the feet of robot bouncers, frantically showing off my highly developed pattern-matching skills — does a Vespa count as a motorcycle, even? — so I could get into nightclubs I’m not even sure I want to enter. Once inside, I was directed by dopamine-feedback loops to scroll well past any healthy point, manipulated by emotionally charged headlines and posts to click on things I didn’t care about, and harried and hectored and sweet-talked into arguments and purchases and relationships so algorithmically determined it was hard to describe them as real.

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        That’s because they hide them two locks down the street and you can’t even see them. I fall prey to the .1 of 1% of a sign in one corner of a frame.

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      The pixels are almost as large as the object they insist that you find. “What the hell is that?..a car or a crocodile?”

      Crawling through reality.

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      A Business With No End

      Where does this strange empire start or stop?

      By JENNY ODELLNovember 27, 2018

      Recently, one of my students at Stanford told me a strange story. His parents, who live in Palo Alto, Calif., had been receiving mysterious packages at their house. The packages were all different shapes and sizes but each was addressed to “Returns Department, Valley Fountain LLC.”

      I looked into it and found that a company called Valley Fountain LLC was indeed listed at his parents’ address. But it also appeared to be listed at 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, in downtown San Francisco.

      So were 140 other LLCs, most of which were registered in 2015.

      Link to long story by the NYT

      Here are the contents of the NYT story:

      Part I: Zooming Out

      1. Orders and Fulfillment
      2. The Newsweek Raid
      3. A San Francisco Startup
      4. A Better Life
      5. The Empty Store

      Part II: Zooming In

      1. The High End Furniture
      2. Books Can Minister
      3. Who Is Mr. Stevens
      4. “The one who has dreams”
      5. A Dream Without End


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        IBT Media is an American global digital news organization with over 90 million monthly readers. It publishes the International Business Times and Medical Daily, among others. IBT Media is headquartered in New York City, in the Hanover Square neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. As of 2014, the company posted revenue of about $21 million and generated a profit of about $500,000.

        Link to a very scrubbed Wikipedia page

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          Newsweek is an American weekly magazine founded in 1933.

          Between 2008 and 2012, Newsweek experienced financial difficulties, leading to the cessation of print publication and a transition to all-digital format at the end of 2012. The print edition was relaunched in March 2014.

          Revenue declines prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to audio pioneer Sidney Harman—for a purchase price of one dollar and an assumption of the magazine’s liabilities. Later that year, Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Newsweek was jointly owned by the estate of Harman and the diversified American media and Internet company IAC. In 2013, IBT Media announced it had acquired Newsweek from IAC; the acquisition included the Newsweek brand and its online publication, but did not include The Daily Beast. IBT Media rebranded itself as Newsweek Media Group in 2017, but returned to IBT Media in 2018 after making Newsweek independent.

          Link to Newsweek Wikipedia page, some fun useless history


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            DA Vance Announces Indictment of Newsweek and Christian Media Chiefs in Long-Running $10 Million Fraud Probe

            Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of WILLIAM ANDERSON; ETIENNE UZAC; IBT MEDIA, INC., a/k/a NEWSWEEK MEDIA GROUP; CHRISTIAN MEDIA CORPORATION; and OIKOS NETWORKS, INC., for a nationwide scheme to fraudulently obtain approximately $10 million in financing, and launder the money through a network of corporate bank accounts. The defendants are charged in a ten-count New York Supreme Court indictment with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Money Laundering in the Second Degree, Falsification of Business Records in the First Degree, and Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree.

            “As alleged in the indictment, the defendants used the name of a storied Manhattan-based media company to further their financial criminal activity,” said District Attorney Vance. “Etienne Uzac and his co-defendants are charged with conspiring to secure millions in funding that never would have come had they been honest about Newsweek’s financial health. The defendants’ brazen attempts to disguise the fraud – by creating a fictitious auditor, and laundering their transactions through a series of corporate accounts – were unraveled by my Office’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau, which remains committed to ensuring the integrity of New York’s core industries and financial marketplace.”

            According to court documents, beginning on March 18, 2015, ANDERSON was the Chief Executive Officer of CHRISTIAN MEDIA CORPORATION (“CMC”); UZAC was the co-owner and Chairman of IBT MEDIA, INC. (“IBT”); and an unindicted co-conspirator was the General Manager of OIKOS NETWORKS (“OIKOS”). The defendants worked together to obtain loans from financial institutions to purportedly purchase sophisticated computer servers valued at a range of $130,000 to $180,000.

            Link to fûcking serious lawsuit

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