Thanks to a tweet from Ric Day for pointing this out.
Another Xiaomi Shocker
I won’t defend their piracy. They’re a big company and can afford to pay for those images.
But did I ever think the images in the Camera Roll sample were taken by the phone? No. I figured they were stock photo placeholders. But if people think that’s a fraud, so be it. I’m not sure anyone would buy the phone based on the Camera Roll images; maybe some would, who knows?
I’m more interested in the blatant fraud of other companies laundering press material and cheating AnTuTu (and other) benchmarks.
And this time PadNews is caught laundering press material from Onda about the V989 tablet.
IMP3Net lead image:
PadNews lead image:
From the IMP3Net forum [Google Translate]:
Filed under Android, Fraud
Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?
From unmarked advertorial to paid social network promotion, Simon Parkin investigates the ethics and legality of YouTube.
John Bain received his first offer to create advertorial for his YouTube channel in 2010. “A video game publisher asked me to create a video about one of its titles,” says Bain. “They agreed to pay for the coverage so long as I agreed to not say anything negative about the game.” It was the first of a slew of such deals that Bain — better known to his 1.7 million YouTube channel subscribers as TotalBiscuit — has been offered, from posting a product link in a video’s description through to elaborate ad campaigns. Bain was asked not to disclose the nature of the proposed sponsored content to his viewers. He refused the deal. “I don’t know how I’d live with myself,” he tells me. “It’s taking your passion and selling it out for a small pay-cheque. It morally bankrupts you.”
Good for him.
This is where I again tell everyone to go read: FTC Disclosure — which I’ve now updated to cover my YouTube videos. That’s something I never considered.
All Aboard The Graft Train!
Graft-Seeking NY Times Blogger
Citigroup to pay $7 billion settlement
The U.S. government is expected to announce that Citigroup (C) will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into shoddy mortgage-backed securities the bank sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
Seven billion sounds like a lot, right?
Bull and shit.
See this post and this post first.
IMP3Net again acknowledges in the byline that this is press material from Ramos and not a review they did [Google Translate].
But you know what? That shit isn’t good enough. How many people read bylines? They should have prefaced the Ramos copy with big bold letters specifying this was press material and not a review done by IMP3Net.
As mentioned in the prior post.
Manufacturers are trying to save sites some time by doing a job for them. Such as unboxings.
Today Ramos issued press material that looks and reads like original content a site would publish, an unboxing of their own eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, the i8Pro.
IMP3Net acknowledges it’s PR [Google Translate], while PC Online does not [Google Translate].
BofA in Talks to Pay At Least $12 Billion to Settle Probes
Bank of America Corp. is in talks to pay at least $12 billion to settle probes by the Justice Department and a number of states into the bank’s alleged handling of shoddy mortgages, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
At least $5 billion of that amount is expected to go towards consumer relief–consisting of help for homeowners in reducing principal amounts, reducing monthly payments, and paying for blight removal in struggling neighborhoods, these people said.
This is bullshit.
Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die
The car industry would never sell these cars at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck. If they were to price these cars for a couple of thousand they would sell them. However, nobody would then buy any expensive cars and then they would end up being unsold. Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into.
Instead of letting “deflation” do its damned job — that is, price things at market-level — the bastards in power let ordinary people twist in the wind.
When I think of all the want out there and I see all of this waste — and it can’t be only with cars — I have to ask: How long do we intend to put up with this bullshit?
Every day brings a new revelation that shows Occupy Wall Street was correct.
We are trapped in a system that’s consciously designed to keep us in a state of want and frustration. Such a system is against the innate rights of man. Such a system is illegitimate and should not exist.
Update Monday May 19 2014: I’ve had to strikeout what no longer applies because the article turns out to be plagiarized and bullshit: That Zero Hedge Article On Unsold Cars Is Bullshit.
I, more than anyone, get the appeal of this story because it seems to largely rip off an article I wrote — including the images and headline — more than five years ago (which itself was largely a rehash of a Guardian article).