By Michelle Goldberg Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2 a.m. On Saturday, the British newspaper The Observer published an article that, if true, should rocket into the top tier of Donald Trump scandals. Aides to the president, it said, “hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a ‘dirty ops’ campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal.” The Israeli agents, said The Observer, specifically targeted Ben Rhodes, who had been one of President Barack Obama’s national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, a deputy assistant to Obama and national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. The idea, apparently, was to smear them as corrupt in order to discredit the Iran deal as a whole. The Observer did not identify the Israeli intelligence firm. But on Twitter, Kahl described a strange overture made to his wife last year, when she was serving on the fundraising committee for their … [Read more...] about Why did a creepy Israeli intel firm spy on Obama alums?
China is known for its counterfeit items, with everything from fake Rolexes to iPhones peddled to consumers in the world's most populous country. But now there's a new twist on the counterfeit trend: a fake Goldman Sachs (GS). There may be a good reason for a Chinese company to knock off that fabled name. After all, Goldman Sachs is one of the most powerful financial firms in the world, with a market value of $80 billion and a hand in everything from underwriting initial stock offerings to managing money for the ultra-wealthy. The fake Goldman Sachs, called Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Co., operates with a name that's almost identical to the English and Chinese names as the authentic Wall Street firm, reports Bloomberg News. A receptionist at the counterfeit firm told the wire service that it's not affiliated with the New York investment bank, but declined to disclose how the company got its name. She said it was the first time she had been asked that question. … [Read more...] about Made in China: fake Rolexes, iPhones — and Goldman Sachs
BEIJING -- China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the United States targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecom equipment, saying Washington lacks "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses. Separately, the Foreign Ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is requiring foreign companies to hand over intellectual property in order to gain market access -- the basis of an ongoing U.S. trade investigation. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the office of the U.S. trade representative lacked direct conclusive evidence and supporting data for listing three Chinese online commerce platforms and six physical bazaars within China as "notorious markets" engaging in commercial-scale copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. "We have to question the objectivity and credibility of the relevant U.S. department in issuing its report," Gao said at a news conference. "The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the protection of … [Read more...] about China questions ‘objectivity’ of U.S. regarding fake goods
David Choi, provided by Published 7:52 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 GOP.com President Donald Trump tweeted a link to his so-called "Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards." The linked website was not loading for many users. A cached version of the website showed that it featured a poll for visitors to select the "winners." The independent, nonpartisan Committee to Protect Journalists, responded by listing its "Press Oppressors" awards, naming Trump "the most thin-skinned leader." A Washington Post analysis published on January 2 found that Trump made 1,950 false or misleading claims in his first 347 days in office. "And the FAKE NEWS winners are...," Trump tweeted with a link to the website on Wednesday night. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Donors rally to support medical student’s widow, children San Antonio Express-News San Antonio Boy Attempts Icy Stunt by Jumping on Slick Trampoline Storyful Car drives off bridge near downtown … [Read more...] about Trump announced his ‘fake news awards’ and the site he linked to went down almost immediately
With more than 2 billion users, Facebook for years gave media outlets a shot at a vast audience that could help offset declining circulations. But after a year in which the spread of fake news, Russian interference and divisive politics sullied Facebook's reputation and user experience, efforts to deliver media content over the platform may have felt like more trouble than they were worth. Last Thursday, Facebook said it would change its News Feed algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family that spark the most interaction over posts from brands and publishers. The company said the move was aimed at improving users' well-being, even at the cost of diminished advertising revenue. The change will also help distance the company from the pitfalls of politically charged content that has saddled the platform since the 2016 presidential campaign. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the changes were spurred by research that showed people had a more positive response to … [Read more...] about To please users and halt fake news, Facebook makes it harder for real news outlets