User:Rogerroyal/Wikinews interviews viral marketing company Swenzy

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Viral marketing company Swenzy recently gained international news coverage regarding its various hoaxes and its connection with a 2012 YouTube view count enforcement. Wikinews asked Swenzy about the company, hoaxes, and YouTube.

Swenzy is known for its viral hoax campaigns, including “Dawn of 2014″, “Remember The 13th”, “Brian’s Announcement”, “GTA: City Of Paradise”, and “Opblackout”. The actual focus of these campaigns is unclear but news media confirm that each has a connection with the YouTube services offered by the company.

Swenzy also offers services like Facebook likes, YouTube views, and Instagram followers, all of which can generate further traffic for a company or other group. These type of sites are controversial. There have been news media reports of Swenzy involvement in YouTube black market tactics involving big music companies, including inflating view counts for celebrities which saw a two billion view deletion.

Swenzy shut down their YouTube service temporarily which was reported by news media, and sparked controversy.

Wikinews: When was your company established? What motivated you?

WNHow did the “Swenzy name originate? What does it stand for?

WNWhy did you start doing hoax campaigns?

WNWhy did you shut down your YouYube views service temporarily?

WNDo you have a connection with the 2012 View Count Scandal?

WNHave any celebrities tried to buy social services from you?

WNWhat is the main purpose of the hoaxes you perform?

WNHow do you perform your hoax campaigns?

WNWould you like to share any details regarding the View count scandal and Swenzy?

WNWhy do you think the view count enforcement occurred?

WNDo you think another one will occur in the future?

WNWill the YouTube service you provide ever be shut down?

WNWhy did you rebrand from SocialVEVO? Did you have an issue with VEVO?

WNYour Opblackout was shut down by the FBI, Can you tell me more about that?

WNDo you confirm news reports that Swenzy is connected to the View Count scandal from 2012?

WNWould you share notable artists that you have worked with?

WNFernando Alfonso from The Daily Dot talked to an ex-employee of your company, Do you know who “JUICE” is?

WNFernando also suggested “Jacob”, who botted a video called ‘Pickles’ to be working with you, Is this true?

WNWhat do you think about The Daily Dot exposing your company of recent hoaxes and scandals?

WNCinema Blend covered 3 video game hoaxes, was Swenzy behind those 3 hoaxes?

WNWilliam Usher also suggested “Socialevo” was tied to Swenzy, Can you confirm this?

WNApart from your YouTube service, Why haven’t your other services receive media attention?

WNMusicians and YouTube partners are rumored to have bought views to increase popularity and ad revenue, Do you know anything about this?

WNWill you continue to engineer hoaxes throughout 2014?

WNWhat are your goals with these viral campaign hoaxes?

International Committee of the Red Cross condemns Gaza blockade

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement today calling for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip which it calls a “…collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.”

The statement gives an overview of what the Red Cross views as a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The ICRC describes how the blockade has seriously impoverished the people of Gaza, as well as denying them basic access to housing, food and health care. The ICRC claims the blockade has almost totally destroyed Gaza’s economy, which is kept on life support by an elaborate tunnel system used to smuggle in goods. Even though Israel has stated that it no longer occupies the Gaza Strip, the ICRC said that the country still denies Gazans access to their fishing grounds, causing great economic hardship.

Outlining the condition of the health care system in Gaza, the ICRC stated that electricity blackouts are on average seven hours a day, meaning that hospitals must run on generators. Generators can take two to three minutes to start, a luxury many patients cannot afford. To make matters worse fuel supplies for the generators are erratic, and the ICRC reported that already three times in 2010 Gaza’s hospitals have run out of fuel.

The statement also highlighted a potential risk to Gaza’s water supply. According to the ICRC, only 60% of Gaza’s 1.4 million inhabitants are connected to a sewage collection system, and raw sewage is dumped into the Wadi Gaza river, posing a great health risk to many families living alongside the river, where overused aquifers results in drinking water unfit for consumption with “high levels of nitrate, chloride and salt”.

The ICRC has urged for the rights of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is held prisoner by Hamas, to be respected. On Israeli-held prisoners, the ICRC state that “Over 800 Gazan detainees in Israeli prisons have been prevented from meeting face-to-face with their loved ones since June 2007.”

Canberrans spend Easter outside: in pictures

Sunday, March 31, 2013  Despite an overcast start to Easter in the Australian Capital Territory, today’s weather cleared with the sun coming out by mid-afternoon and the temperature getting up to 21°C (70°F). A number of Canberrans took the opportunity to spend the day outside alongside Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen. People, including a number of families, played soccer and Australian rules football, fished, sailed and did other activities on the water, flew kites, barbecued and picnicked, walked their dogs, bicycled and utilized the skate park. While most shops were closed, a few lakeside eateries, including the Light House Water Front Pub and Subway, were open and had a number of customers.

5 Pregnancy Exercise You Must Avoid

Submitted by: Olakanmi Oladipo

You have probably heard it before that exercising during pregnancy is important for a whole lot of reasons such as weight loss, ease in labour, healthy mother and child, detoxification and so on. However, as good as the effect of exercising could be, it is important to note that there are some exercising routines and techniques that may be harmful to both mother and child.

You must have come across a lot of journals and notes that explain what kind of exercises you should engage in. So what are those exercises that you should avoid during your pregnancy period?

1. Avoid sports or activities that would require you to hold your breath. By holding your breath, you break off oxygen supply into your blood system. This concurrently cuts off oxygen supply to your baby which could cause health complications for the baby. Nevertheless, you may perform exercises which would involve extension (stretching of the body joints) and flexion (a forward raising and bending movement around a joint in a limb). It is advisable that you inhale on the rest and exhale on the exertion. Note that this should be done moderately.

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2. Avoid sports and activities that require rapid movements and change in direction. Team sports which also allows for a lot of body contact and erratic movements should be avoided. Sports such as tennis, basketball, soccer, squash, racquetball and other sports of its like should be avoided. These sports may be too fast and demanding for the unborn as well as your loose body joint.

3. Avoid running or walking long distances. Running over a long distance is a concentrated exercise and should not be encouraged during pregnancy. However, short distance jogging or walking would be a good idea for you provided you do not exceed the limit. More importantly, you must ensure that you are not alone when you are performing any of this exercise.

4. Avoid exercises which require you to lie on your back, especially if you have reached the third month of your pregnancy. This affects the posture and positioning of your unborn. You must also avoid exercises which require you to lift overhead and that which requires you to press weight forward. The most advisable position for exercising should be while sitting or by exercising with a stable support.

5. Most importantly, avoid exercising alone because of the risk it poses. It is preferable that you perform your exercises in a public place or where you could be easily reached. It is also important that you have water with you at all times in order to avoid dehydration. Your physician must have emphasized on the complicating effects of dehydration. It is thus important for you to limit any source of dehydration. You should also avoid training in extreme conditions like in high altitudes, on steep slopes, in intense heat and extreme cold. This would hasten fatigue and dehydration.

As important as pregnancy exercises may seem, it is critical to check your limit. It s for the good of your unborn and yourself.

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Obama signs $787 billion stimulus package

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 

United States President Barack Obama has signed a US$787 billion stimulus package, entitled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, into law on Tuesday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colorado. He called the bill “the most sweeping recovery package in our history” at a signing ceremony.

“I don’t want to pretend that today marks the end of our economic problems, nor does it constitute all of what we’re going to have to do to turn our economy around,” Obama said at the ceremony, “but today does mark the beginning of the end — the beginning of what we need to do to create jobs for Americans scrambling in the wake of layoffs.

“The beginning of what we need to do to provide relief from families worried they won’t be able to pay next month’s bills. The beginning of the first steps to set our economy on a firmer foundation, paving the way to long-term growth and prosperity.”

Vice President Joe Biden praised the president on his work getting the bill passed. “Less than a month into his presidency, the president is about to sign into law what is, I believe, a landmark achievement,” he said. “Because of what he did America can take a first very strong step leading us out of this very difficult road to recovery we find ourselves with. So, on behalf of our country and its people, Mr President, let me presume to say: thank you, we owe you a great deal.”

According to Obama, the package is intended to save or create up to three and a half million jobs, and increase rebuilding infrastructure and consumer spending. 34% of the package is devoted to tax cuts equalling $286 billion, and a further $120 billion will be used to fund infrastructure projects, such as road-building and transportation. 64% of the package will be allocated for money for social programs and spending.

Most Republican lawmakers opposed the bill when it was voted upon in the Senate and the House last week. The House passed the bill without any Republican support, and only three Republicans voted for it in the Senate.

“Our nation is in recession, and responsible action is required to help our economy protect and create jobs, this isn’t it,” said John Boehner, the House Republican minority leader. “The flawed bill the President will sign today is a missed opportunity, one for which our children and grandchildren will pay a hefty price.”

Republican National Committee chairman Michael S. Steele said he was disappointed by what he thought was the president’s lack of a bipartisan approach in passing the bill: “In these difficult economic times, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats work together to create new jobs and grow the economy. Instead, Congressional Democrats worked behind closed doors to write legislation that will fall short of creating the promised new jobs, but will guarantee a larger debt burden on our children and grandchildren.”

US stock markets were lower today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 3.29% or 258.62 points at the end of the day to a level of 7,591.79.


DoubleClick is a subsidiary of Google which develops and provides Internet ad serving services. Its clients include agencies, marketers (Universal McCann, AKQA etc.) and publishers who serve customers like Microsoft, General Motors, Coca-Cola, Motorola, L’Oréal, Palm, Inc., Apple Inc., Visa USA, Nike, Carlsberg among others. DoubleClick’s headquarters is in New York City, United States.

DoubleClick was founded in 1996 by Kevin O’Connor and Dwight Merriman. It was formerly listed as “DCLK” on the NASDAQ, and was purchased by private equity firms Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity in July 2005. In March 2008, Google acquired DoubleClick for US$3.1 billion. Unlike many other dot-com companies, it survived the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Today, it focuses on uploading ads and reporting their performance.

DoubleClick was founded as one of the earliest known Application Service Provider (ASP) for internet “ad-serving”, primarily banner ads. After an IPO on the NASDAQ under the “DCLK” ticker symbol in early 1998, the company was associated with an internet traffic report including Yahoo!, AOL, Alta Vista and Excite where the company was listed within the top 10 internet websites in the world—when it was delivering as many ad impressions at the time as these early major internet properties were delivering page views. Its DoubleClick DART (Dynamic Advertising Reporting & Targeting) ASP/SaaS ad-serving technology allowed clear targeting and reporting of ad-serving per media property for websites within its network and technology sectors.

In 1999, at a cost of US $1.7 billion, DoubleClick merged with the data-collection agency Abacus Direct, which works with offline catalog companies. This raised fears that the combined company would link anonymous Web-surfing profiles with personally identifiable information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail, address, etc.) collected by Abacus. This merger made waves and was heavily criticized by privacy organizations. It was discovered that sensitive financial information users entered on a popular Web site that offered financial software was being sent to DoubleClick, which delivered the advertisements. Much of this controversy was generated by statements made by Jason Catlett of Junkbusters, who claimed that DoubleClick was doing and/or intended to do things that it had never mentioned or included in any planned or announced service. The Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation into DoubleClick’s collection and compilation of personal information shortly after the Abacus acquisition, in reaction to which DoubleClick announced that it would not merge the DoubleClick and Abacus databases. The FTC concluded its investigation in early 2001.[1]

In April 2005, Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, announced its intent to acquire the company and operate it as two separate divisions with two separate CEOs for TechSolutions and Data Marketing. The deal was closed in July 2005. Hellman & Friedman announced in December 2006 the sale of Abacus to Epsilon Interactive, whose parent company is AllianceData Systems Corporation.

Google announced on April 13, 2007 that it had come to a definitive agreement to acquire DoubleClick for US $3.1 billion in cash.[2]

US lawmakers have investigated possible privacy and antitrust implications of the proposed acquisition.[3] At hearings, representatives from Microsoft warned of a potential monopolistic effect.[4] On December 20, 2007, the FTC approved Google’s purchase of DoubleClick from its owners Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity, saying, “After carefully reviewing the evidence, we have concluded that Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick is unlikely to substantially lessen competition.”[5] European Union regulators followed suit on March 11, 2008. Google completed the acquisition later that day.

On April 2, 2008, Google announced it would cut 300 jobs at DoubleClick due to organizational redundancies. Selected employees would be matched within the Google organization as per position and experience.[6]

DoubleClick is often linked with the controversy over spyware because browser HTTP cookies are set to track users as they travel from website to website and record which commercial advertisements they view and select while browsing.[7]

DoubleClick has also been criticized for misleading users by offering an opt-out option that is insufficiently effective. According to a San Francisco IT consulting group, although the opt-out option affects cookies, DoubleClick does not allow users to opt out of IP address-based tracking.[8]

DoubleClick with MSN were shown serving malware via drive-by download exploits by a group of attackers for some time in December 2010.[9]

DoubleClick offers technology products and services that are sold primarily to advertising agencies and media companies to allow clients to traffic, target, deliver, and report on their interactive advertising campaigns. The company’s main product line is formally known as DART, which is designed for advertisers and publishers.

DART automates the administration effort in the ad buying cycle for advertisers (DoubleClick for Advertisers, or DFA) and the management of ad inventory for publishers (DoubleClick for Publishers, or DFP). It is intended to increase the purchasing efficiency of advertisers and to minimize unsold inventory for publishers.

DART Enterprise is the rebranded version of NetGravity AdServer, which DoubleClick acquired with its purchase of NetGravity in 1999. Unlike the DFA and DFP products which are both Software as a Service SaaS products, DART Enterprise is a standalone product running on Linux.

In 2004, DoubleClick acquired Performics.[10] Performics offers affiliate marketing, search engine optimization, and search engine marketing solutions. The marketing solutions were integrated into the core DART system and rebranded DART search.

DoubleClick Advertising Exchange (released Q2 2007) attempts to go even further by connecting both media buyers and sellers on an advertising exchange much like a traditional stock exchange.

DoubleClick targets along various criteria. Targeting can be accomplished using IP addresses, business rules set by the client or by reference to information about users stored within cookies on their machines. Some of the types of information collected are:

In addition, the cookie information may be used to target ads based on the number of times the user has been exposed to any given message. This is known as “frequency capping”.

King of Swaziland seeks thirteenth bride, continues to cause ire

Friday, September 2, 2005 

HM King Mswati III of Swaziland has held a massive ceremony to find his 13th wife. More than 50,000 showed up to the unofficial call for brides. All potential brides who attended the two-day Reed Dance, held annually since 1999, were bare-breasted, wearing short, beaded skirts and were supposedly virgins.

As his country’s 37-year-old Ngwenyama (king), Mswati is the last absolute monarch in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mario Masuku, leader of the banned opposition party, said that “The Reed Dance has been abused for one man’s personal satisfaction. The king has a passion for young women and opulence.” Masuku’s comments were based on the fact that the Reed Dance traditionally celebrated virginity and womanliness.

“The king takes a wife whenever he wants, and that’s the way it is. This is our culture, and we will never change,” says Tsandzile Ndluva, 21, one of the dancers at the event.

Ludzidzini Royal Village also hosted the Great She-Elephant, their name for the country’s queen mother Ntombi Thwala. She was greeted by 50,000 people, which is 5% of the nation’s population. Their traditional ceremony for the She-Elephant includes dancing and building a wind-break for her out of reeds.

The King’s current wives include Inkhosikati LaMatsebula, Inkhosikati LaMotsa, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, Inkhosikati LaHwala, Inkhosikati LaMagwaza, Inkhosikati LaMasango, Inkhosikati LaGija, Inkhosikati LaMagongo, and Inkhosikati LaMahlangu. LaMbikiza has a Master’s Degree in Law.

He has 27 children from his first 13 wives and wives-to-be, and over 200 brothers and sisters, a result of his late father King Sobhuza II’s 70 wives. Mswati must look after all of these relatives with funds from the royal-owned company, Tibiyo TakaNgwane.

At the Reed Dance, Mswati repealed the law prohibiting sexual activity for girls younger than 18. This law was first enacted in 2001, to help in the fight against AIDS, which was, and still is, at crisis levels. The ban was set to end in 2006. The law was actually a revival of the ancient “umchwasho” rite, a Swazi tradition. In the first weeks this law was enacted, Mswati broke it himself, marrying Inkhosikati LaMagongo. This forced him to pay a fine of one cow.

Forty-percent of Swazis are HIV positive, including 42% of pregnant women, a matter that the King was taken to heart, to some extent. He has travelled internationally to try and raise money, increase awareness, and seek solutions to the epidemic. World-renowned musicians like Michael Jackson have signed on to record an album, to raise funds for orphans in the country. However, the young king does not seem to have realised the importance of leadership by personal example, and the Swaziland Ministry of Health website [1] shows little evidence of his government’s commitment to address the issue.

The King says he is suffering from stress, finding it difficult to cope with the pressure of work. He told BBC News “I find very little time with my family most of the time. I normally work until 11pm… and this makes me feel stressed because I’m being overworked, but I have to do everything possible to satisfy my people.”

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USPTO partially confirms validity of Amazon “1-click patent”

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an office action, which confirmed the patentability of claims 6 to 10 of the Amazon 1-Click patent, US 5,960,411. The patent examiner, however, rejected claims 1 to 5 and 11 to 15. Amazon now has up to six months to amend the rejected claims to overcome the examiner’s rejection, provide arguments to demonstrate that the examiner is in error and/or provide evidence to demonstrate the patentability of their claims. During this period, the entire patent is still considered valid under US patent law.

The USPTO is reconsidering the patentability of the claims due to a request for reexamination filed by New Zealander Peter Calveley. Mr. Calveley used internet archives to show that defunct company Digi Cash used a similar technique prior to Amazon. Despite costing a substantial sum of cash and requiring donations to prepare and file the request for reexamination, Calveley said he did it as a game and hopes that his success inspires others to play the same game.

“One Click” shopping is an ecommerce technique, which allows a customer to purchase products via the Internet without repeatedly entering personal information such as name and address. At the time it was introduced it eased the frustration of on-line shopping.

Amazon filed the patent application for 1-click shopping in early 1997 and was granted the patent in September 1999. 23 days later Amazon sued rival Barnes & Noble for alleged infringement by its “Express Lane” ordering which was introduced in 1998. In December 1999 Amazon won an interim injunction against Barnes & Noble but the USA Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted this injunction in February 2001. The parties then settled their dispute for undisclosed terms. Amazon has since successfully licensed the technique to other e-sellers such as Apple.

Aurora Borealis caused by electrical space tornadoes

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

THEMIS space probes discovered that the Northern lights are seen when electrical tornadoes, rotating faster than a million miles an hour, hover about 40,000 miles (60,000 km) above the earth. The energy spins down to the Earth’s ionosphere where the tornadoes become unstable, and interact with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Professor Karl-Heinz Glassmeier, director of the Institute for Geophysics and Extraterrestrial Physics in Braunschweig, Germany, explains, “When these space tornadoes reach the upper atmosphere their enormous energy heats the air so strongly it starts glowing. That is what generates the aurorae.”

“It is here that all the energy is released, forming the aurorae. What we see as beautiful lights and colors are actually the product of a violent electrical storm in space. While these electrical discharges do not cause any direct harm to humans, they can damage man-made structures such as power transformers and communications systems,” said Andreas Keiling, a physicist at the University of California at Berkeley.

Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) are five probes launched by NASA in February 2007, which orbited Earth recording the volume and electrical current which was higher than 100,000 amperes.

Scientists had previously concluded that aurorae are caused by electrically charged particles discharged as solar winds from the sun which interact with the Earth’s magnetic field. However, these solar discharges strike the Earth where the sun is shining and the aurorae occur in the opposite hemisphere and are visible in the night sky.

This anomaly was cleared up by THEMIS satellites which showed that the Earth’s magnetic field held the charged particles before deflecting them from the day side of the planet across to the opposite side of the planet where the particles massed into huge clouds. There the accumulated charge expands continuously until finally the cloud becomes unstable releasing its energy as a geomagnetic tornado which travels down towards the earth along magnetic field lines becoming visible as aurorae in the sky.

The scientists presented their findings at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, Austria just this week.