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FBI arrests Southern California man accused of promoting bogus methods to prevent, cure coronavirus

A Southern California man who falsely claimed Earvin “Magic” Johnson was on the board of directors for his company was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of wire fraud related to bogus claims he had drugs to prevent and cure coronavirus, officials said. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, was arrested by FBI agents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a statement. Middlebrook is associated with residences in Newport Beach, Murrieta and Westwood in Los Angeles. At least 2 million people ha...
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Officials: FBI arrests Southern California man promoting bogus medications to prevent, cure coronavirus

A Southern California man who falsely claimed Earvin “Magic” Johnson was on the board of directors for his company was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of wire fraud related to bogus claims he had drugs to prevent and cure coronavirus, officials said. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, was arrested by FBI agents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a statement. Middlebrook is associated with residences in Newport Beach, Murrieta and Westwood in Los Angeles. At least 2 million people ha...
Tags: News, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Magic Johnson, Justice Department, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Southern California, U S Justice Department, U S Attorney s Office, LA County, Garcetti


Facebook is being sued by 4 tech firms who want Mark Zuckerberg to give up control and sell his majority stake

Four tech firms – two of which are now defunct – are suing Facebook on antitrust grounds and demanding that Mark Zuckerberg sell his majority stake in the company. The four little-known firms banded together to accuse Facebook of running "the most brazen, wilful anticompetitive scheme in a generation" in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The four complained of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram, and said the firm's planned integration of the services would cement the firm's domin...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, San Francisco, Trends, United States, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Business Insider, Ftc, Zuckerberg, House Judiciary Committee, Cir, Lenddo, Facebook Zuckerberg


Attorney General William Barr wants to backdoor Facebook's WhatsApp

Disgraced Trump administration Attorney General William Barr and his counterparts in the British and Australian governments plan to push Facebook for an encryption backdoor for WhatsApp and other messaging platforms (perhaps ?). The move would break the end-to-end crypto offered by WhatsApp, and give government investigators and law enforcement access to communications that for now are effectively secret. BuzzFeed News first reported on Mr. Barr’s draft of the letter, dated October 4, which...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, UK, News, Instagram, US, Ukraine, Whatsapp, Encryption, New York Times, Crypto, Backdoor, Donald Trump, Peter Dutton, Justice Department


Facebook’s co-founder made a passionate plea to break up the social network, but legal experts say the idea may be dead on arrival (FB, MSFT)

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes's proposal to break up the company faces serious legal and political hurdles, legal experts say. They say Hughes raised important issues of accountability that could be fixed by reforming Facebook's corporate governance structure, but it's unlikely to go far on its own. In a New York Times op-ed on Thursday, Hughes called for Facebook to be broken up into multiple public companies, and said that the company and CEO Mark Zuckerberg should be regulated more tight...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Diamond, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Washington State, Chris Hughes, Justice Department, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Trump


Co-founder of Facebook calls for breakup of Facebook

Chris Hughes co-founded Facebook with Mark Zukerberg, and describes Zuckerberg in warm terms as a friend, but in a long op-ed for the New York Times, Hughes calls for the breakup of Facebook and identifies Zuckerberg's shortsighted prioritization of "clicks" instead of "security and civility" for the platform's toxicity, blaming the company's unusual share structure (which gives Zuckerberg an absolute veto over all matters of company policy despite holding a minority of its shares) for a situat...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Happy Mutants, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Reagan, Antitrust, Ibm, George W Bush, Chris Hughes, Justice Department, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Mark Zukerberg


Feds Raided Office Of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy In Money Laundering Probe

A sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica shows federal agents scoured Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia and a Miami Beach club promoter. Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica. Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to un...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Los Angeles, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Paris, Middle East, The Times, Playboy, Times


"Olivia Jade Giannulli... is the daughter of the actress Lori Loughlin and the designer Mossimo Giannulli.... a social media influencer with close to two million YouTube subscribers and over a million Instagram followers."

"In September, she posted two paid advertisements on Instagram that highlighted her identity as a student. The legitimacy of her college acceptance has been called into question as a result of a Justice Department indictment, along with that of a number of others.... The fall semester at her school began on Aug. 20; a day later, Ms. Jade announced on Twitter that she had just arrived in Fiji.... Ms. Giannulli’s parents were described in the investigation as having paid multiple bribes amounting ...
Tags: Hollywood, Crime, Instagram, Law, Youtube, Viral Video, Justice Department, Isabella, Olivia, Jade, Ann Althouse, Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, Operation Varsity Blues, Jade Giannulli, Fiji Ms Giannulli


The 2018 Golden Dukes Awards Nominees Are Here!

When it comes to scandals, 2018 was a doozy. Between the expansive Russia probe, the near-constant cabinet secretary snafus, and a wild midterm election, it’s hard to keep track of all the muck. And so, as we do every year, we’ve rounded up some of the best instances of corruption, stupidity and craziness for the 12th Annual Golden Duke Awards! The awards are named after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, as Josh recounted last week. Duke Cunningham revolutionized corruption in his time, an...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate


Getting in the Fight for Cultural Engagement

Getting in the Fight for Cultural Engagement U.S.A. –(AmmoLand.com)- When we discuss the social stigmatization of the Second Amendment, not to mention efforts at corporate gun control, one thing makes those things easier: The fact that those who seek to take away our Second Amendment rights have allies who have a lot of sway in our pop culture.The NRA is largely off the pop culture battlefield, and that is a mistake. In some ways, it is a tough hill to climb. Hollywood is one place where suppo...
Tags: Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Instagram, Guns, California, Time, Alyssa Milano, Social Media, Reagan, Bloomberg, Netflix, Gun Control, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, Gun Rights, Justice Department


What you need to know in advertising today

After a two-year investigation from the Department of Justice into the production processes of advertising agencies, five of the world's biggest holding companies have reportedly been cleared. Federal prosecutors were specifically looking into "non-transparent" practices like receiving rebates from media outlets. Five holding companies had received subpoenas as part of the investigation: WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, Interpublic Group, and MDC Partners. Click here to read more about the investigation....
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, New York City, Trends, Linkedin, Earth, SEC, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Arlington Virginia, Facebook Pages Facebook, WPP Omnicom Publicis Interpublic Group, MDC Partners Click


Russian Trolls Were at It Again Before Midterms, Facebook Says

The company said Tuesday that it had taken down more than 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm.
Tags: Facebook, Elections, News, Instagram, Social Media, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internet Research Agency, Facebook Inc, Presidential Election of 2016, Cyberwarfare and Defense, Rumors and Misinformation, Instagram Inc, Internet Research Agency (Russia


Deleting Facebook is not enough: without antitrust, the company will be our lives' "operating system"

Facebook is the poster-child for the techlash, the worst offender in the monopolistic bunch, and recent books like Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan (previously) and Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier present variations on the main critiques of Facebook with some prescriptions for what to do about it. In his New York Review of Books review of the two titles, Jacob Weisberg identifies the ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Corruption, News, Instagram, Microsoft, US, America, Ireland, Antitrust, Justice Department, Latin America, Ftc, Clinton, Weisberg, Sandberg


US Congress Passes Bill Granting Government Permission to Take Down Aerial Drones

Consumer drone technology has taken off in recent years and sometimes literally. Image via Pixabay from Pexels.com. Challenging conventional rules governing flight, there are numerous incidents reported in the press almost regularly about one drone pilot or another pushing some jurisdiction’s legal boundaries. And for their part no one can say that the drone companies haven’t helped move the process of reining this in along, partnering with governments on multiple levels concerning ever...
Tags: Photography, News, Congress, US, US Senate, US Congress, Department Of Homeland Security, Faa, Justice Department, American Civil Liberties Union, Pixabay, Pexels


Own a drone? Law enforcement will soon be allowed to shoot it down

I own a DJI Spark. It's not the most expense drone out there, but it's a good one. I love its ability to take video and photos from angles that I could never manage from the ground. I do not, however, love the fact that law enforcement officials in the United States will soon be able to shoot it down. According to TechCrunch, the Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act earlier this week. It's a bill that does a lot of good stuff like allowing for the continued funding of the FAA and ensuring t...
Tags: Photos, Post, Video, News, Senate, Law Enforcement, United States, Drones, Aclu, Dji, Homeland Security, Faa, Justice Department, Fourth Amendment, Trump, 1st Amendment


We got a huge clue that Republicans will act on Trump's war on Google, and it might spark a breakup of big tech

The most powerful lawyer in the US is threatening to investigate Silicon Valley over freedom of speech and antitrust issues. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was gathering state attorney generals to discuss big tech following Trump's Twitter tirades on Google last week. This should alarm tech firms because that means a Republican conspiracy theory about a liberal bias in tech seems to have evolved into a high-level Justice Department discussion. That conspiracy might be the catalyst that...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Jones, Trump, Alex Jones, Jeff Sessions


Accused Russian spy Maria Butina's Instagram revealed what her life was like as she allegedly laid the groundwork to conduct high-level espionage

An Instagram profile belonging to accused Russian spy Maria Butina showed what her life was like while she was allegedly "laying the groundwork" to commit high-level espionage in the US. She posted photos of her appearing on TV shows to discuss her work, exercising at the gym, spending time with family, and some of her cooking. Butina, 29, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy against the United States and being an un-registered foreign agent. The July arrest and indictment o...
Tags: Instagram, Washington, Russia, US, Trends, Fbi, Gop, United States, Washington Dc, Kim Jong Un, Moscow, Doj, Justice Department, Russian Federation, Nra, National Rifle Association


These “Religious Liberty Task Force” memes make the whole thing slightly less creepy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the birth of his new “Religious Liberty Task Force” at the Justice Department this week.
Tags: Politics, Religious Freedom, Instagram, Lifestyle, Memes, Justice Department, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Religious Liberty, Jeff Sessions, Religious Liberty Task Force


Facebook is under fire after one of its execs railed against the Russia coverage in a tweet that Trump cited (FB)

Facebook came back under fire this weekend after its advertising executive Rob Goldman accused the media of misrepresenting the way Russian trolls used its platform. Goldman, who said most Russian ads were bought after the 2016 presidential election, was retweeted by President Donald Trump as proof that the media is "fake news." The tweets launched a debate over whether Goldman should have publicly criticized coverage of Facebook in a way that is easily misconstrued as support for Trump. Fac...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Youtube, White House, Russia, US, America, Trends, Paypal, Cnn, New York Times, Moscow, Kremlin, Donald Trump


Florida school shooting suspect belonged to white nationalist group

By TERRY SPENCER and KELLI KENNEDY The Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. — An orphaned 19-year-old who participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group was charged with murder Thursday in the deaths of 17 people who were fatally shot at a huge Florida high school in the nation’s deadliest school attack in five years. A judge ordered Nikolas Cruz held without bail in the killings. Dylan O’Neill, 15, facing, hugs James Bolger, 16, both students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hig...
Tags: Florida, New York, Crime, News, Instagram, Mississippi, Education, Youtube, Washington, White House, America, Atlanta, Sport, Ap, Fbi, Soccer


Department Of Justice Drops Federal Lawsuit Against North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill!

Donald Trump's administration is letting North Carolina take a huge piss on progress. On Friday, the Department of Justice said it was dropping the lawsuit it filed last year over the state's controversial "bathroom bill" -- which restricted transgender people's use of public bathrooms. The Obama administration previously alleged the Tar Heel state violated the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination based on sex, and argued the federal rights law also applied to tra...
Tags: Celebs, Instagram, Obama, Aclu, Bill, Department Of Justice, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Abraham Lincoln, Roy Cooper, Chase Strangio, Well the Trump, Hitler Justice Department


HUFFPOST HILL - CBO Confirms Trump And Hillary The Same, Basically

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! The CBO projects that the GOP’s Obamacare replacement would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance, but it failed to mention all the job opportunities that will open up when a bunch of people die. A low-pressure system is moving up the East Coast, and tonight’s forecast is calling for clouds with increasing chances of Senate stunt snowballs. And Kellyanne Conway said mic...
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