Monday, January 29, 2018

The Newsweek network, part 9: Music Times

Music Times, LLC was formed in New York on January 30, 2013.  It was originally called "Music Connects, LLC," and it switched to its current name on July 1, 2013.  The DOS Process address is 305 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10007.

There are three Labor Condition Application forms on MyVisaJobs.com that were filed by Music Times, LLC.  The "Managing Director" is listed as Xiaoli Huang, and the "Place of Employment" is listed as 33 Whitehall Street, Fl 9. 

I didn't find anything on the main MusicTimes.com website to indicate whether the company is connected with IBTimes and Newsweek.  That being said, the articles on MusicTimes.com are embedded with videos from Newsweek Media Group.



Also, MusicTimes.com used a specific Google Analytics Tag from November, 2016 to September,  2017, and the same tag was used by others sites I've previously profiled, including HNGN.com, TechTimes.com and SportsWorldNews.com.

In August of 2013, there were seven domains registered to the e-mail address "info@musictimes.com."  They were:

1. Classicalite.com --  A news site about the classical arts.  No updates since December 31, 2016.

2. GetAClass.com -- Offline.  No archives available.

3. Hallels.com -- Recently updated.  The "About" page says "Hallels.com is a news website focusing on general entertainment, but especially with a niche in Christian music and Christian entertainment news."  The "Contact" page lists the address 141 Belle Forest Circle, Nashville, TN 37221.  The domain is currently registered with the e-mail address "domain@oikosnetworks.com."

4. Mstarz.com -- This used to be a standalone website, although it now redirects to MstarsNews.MusicTimes.com.  An archived version of the Mstarz "About" page from 2015 said:
"MStarsNews.com covers celebrities who use the spotlight to spread social good."

5. MusicConnects.com -- Defunct site.  It used to redirect to MusicTimesCo.com.

6. MusicTimes.com -- Recently updated.  The mailing address is "Music Times, LLC
305 Broadway 14th Floor."  The Music Times Facebook page has 35,000 followers.

7. MusicTimesCo.com -- Contains information about the different websites that make up Music Times Co.

Back in December of 2016, there was another domain using the same admin e-mail address as MusicTimes.com.  It was:

8. TheClassicalArts.com -- A news website focusing on the visual and literary arts.  No updates since April, 2017.

Rounding out the group of domains is:

9. MstarsNews.com -- Redirects to MstarsNews.MusicTimes.com.  This subdomain has no updates since October, 2017.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Inovantage.ga

Come on, Inovantage.ga, who are you trying to fool?

Your article form January 27, 2018, is titled: "Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life"

A Guardian article from February 1, 2016, is titled: "Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life"

Your opening:
Facebook does not have the greatest track record with its Android app. Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.
The opening from The Guardian:
Facebook does not have the greatest track record with its Android app. Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

USTrends.today

Come on, USTrends.today, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from earlier in January is titled: "Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During ’12 Years A Slave’ NYFF Premiere"

An IndieWire article from October 11, 2013, is titled: "Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During ’12 Years A Slave’ NYFF Premiere"

Your opening:
Always the one to court controversy and attention wherever she goes, Madonna could not help but express herself during the New York Film Festival premiere of “12 Years A Slave” earlier this week. 
Fresh off releasing her short film “secretprojectrevolution” and spearheading a global initiative to protect freedom of expression, she was spotted at the screening of Steve McQueen’s slavery drama exhibiting less-than-stellar moviegoing etiquette. 
The opening from IndieWire:
Always the one to court controversy and attention wherever she goes, Madonna could not help but express herself during the New York Film Festival premiere of “12 Years A Slave” earlier this week. 
Fresh off releasing her short film “secretprojectrevolution” and spearheading a global initiative to protect freedom of expression, she was spotted at the screening of Steve McQueen’s slavery drama exhibiting less-than-stellar moviegoing etiquette. 
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

TheHooder.com

Come on, TheHooder.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from January 28 is titled: "Caitlyn Jenner to Pay $800,000 in 2015 Fatal Car Crash Settlement"

A People article from January 26 is titled: "Caitlyn Jenner to Pay $800,000 in 2015 Fatal Car Crash Settlement"

Your opening:
Caitlyn Jenner will pay an $800,000 settlement to multiple members of the family involved in her February 2015 car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. 
Jenner, 68, will pay $100,000 to both music industry vet Peter Wolf-Millesi and his wife Lea Wolf-Millesi — they sued Jenner in late 2015 for injuries they allegedly suffered after Kim Howe’s Lexus struck their vehicle — according to documents obtained by The Blast.
The opening from People:
Caitlyn Jenner will pay an $800,000 settlement to multiple members of the family involved in her February 2015 car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. 
Jenner, 68, will pay $100,000 to both music industry vet Peter Wolf-Millesi and his wife Lea Wolf-Millesi — they sued Jenner in late 2015 for injuries they allegedly suffered after Kim Howe’s Lexus struck their vehicle — according to documents obtained by The Blast.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Newsweek network, part 8: Claire Entertainment

Claire Entertainment Inc. was registered in the state of New York on January 3, 2012.  The company's CEO is Julieta Mendoza, and her address is listed as 33 Whitehall St., 7th Floor.  The DOS Process address is 30 Broad Street, 14th Floor.   The company's homepage is:

1. ClaireEntertainment.com -- The About page says "Claire Entertainment Inc. is a growing online news content network that delivers entertainment news to an audience of more than 5 million people in the United States every month."

The current Portfolio for Claire Entertainment consists of Celebeat.com (mentioned in Part 2), Enstarz.com (mentioned in Part 7) and:

2. SportsWorldNews.com -- No updates since April, 2017.  The Contact page shows the phone number 212-419-5074, and the address 33 Whitehall St. 7F, New York, NY, 10004

An older version of the Claire Entertaiment About page from 2017 lists "Claire J. Mendoza" as the group's publisher and CEO.

"Claire J. Mendoza"
When I tried a Google search combining "Claire J. Mendoza" and "Johnathan Davis," there were zero results.  When I combined "Julieta Mendoza" and "Johnathan Davis," I found a document containing a copy of a provisional charter granted to Olivet Academy.  The document says, in part:
This Instrument Witnesseth That the Board of Regents for and on behalf of the Education Department of the State of New York at their meeting of October 27, 2015.  
Voted, that  
1. A provisional charter valid for a tern of one year is granted incorporating Christopher Chou, Julieta Mendoza, Anthony Chiu, Hokuto "Joel" Ide, Johnathan Davis, Tracy Davis and their associates and successors as an education corporation under the corporate name of Olivet Academy located in the city, county, and state of New York. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Newsweek network, part 7: The 33 Universal Media Kit

33 Universal published a media kit in 2012.  The kit describes the various content verticals and advertising opportunities offered by 33 Universal.  I was a bit surprised to see MedicalDaily.com included in this media kit, since that site is now one of the pillars of Newsweek Media Group.  Below are the websites mentioned in the 2012 media kit which I haven't already profiled:

1. Enstarz.com -- Recently updated.  The About page says: "ENSTARS is a global entertainment news publication owned by Claire Entertainment, Inc., and based in New York City."  Articles are embedded with videos from Newsweek Media Group.


2. HomeNGardenNews.com -- Defunct site.

3. iTechPost.com -- The latest articles are from September, 2017.  The address on the Contact page is 61 Broadway, Room 800, New York, NY 10006.

4. KoreaPortal.com -- The Korea Portal homepage contains outgoing links to news articles.  The articles on the English-language homepage (www.en.koreaportal.com) have publication dates from November.

5. KPopStarz.com -- The latest articles are from November, 2017.

6. LatinosPortal.com  -- This looks like an attempt at providing an online news and community hub for Latinos in different cities.  (Similar to what Patch does.)  It doesn't appear to have succeeded.

7. PhotosNImages.com -- Defunct site

8. RealtyNewsToday.com -- Defunct site.

9. Yibada.com -- This is a media site that caters to the Chinese community.  I think there are different homepages depending on whether you visit "Yibada.com" or "en.Yibada.com."  The articles on the English homepage are about a month old, whereas the articles on the Chinese page have recent publication dates.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Indiewile.com

Come on, Indiewile.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from January 20, 2018, is titled: "JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Wants to Mansplain Banking to Elizabeth Warren"

A BillMoyers.com article from June 11, 2015, is titled: "JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Wants to Mansplain Banking to Elizabeth Warren"

Your opening:
There are few people in Congress who criticize big Wall Street banks more than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) does. A former Harvard bankruptcy law professor, she is the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and chaired the government panel that oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which bailed out the financial sector in 2008.
 The opening from BillMoyers.com:
There are few people in Congress who criticize big Wall Street banks more than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) does. A former Harvard bankruptcy law professor, she is the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and chaired the government panel that oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which bailed out the financial sector in 2008.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

Rootuer.com

Come on, Rootuer.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from January 7, 2018 is titled: "Say Sorry! Are you really that surprised?"

An article from TheLoop from November 26, 2015 is titled: "Canadians love to say ‘sorry’ so much, we had to make this law."  (The subheading says: "Are you really that surprised?")

Your opening:
There’s nothing quite like the classic Canadian apology.
You won’t find people in any other country in the world who will say the word “sorry” to someone who is clearly in the wrong. This is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. So unique, in fact, that the term carries legal weight in the province of Ontario.
The opening from The Loop:
There’s nothing quite like the classic Canadian apology.
You won’t find people in any other country in the world who will say the word “sorry” to someone who is clearly in the wrong. This is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. So unique, in fact, that the term carries legal weight in the province of Ontario.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

Awl Gone

Hipster sites The Awl and The Hairpin are both shutting down at the end of January:

https://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2018/01/19/578824476/is-that-awl-there-is-remembering-the-awl-and-the-hairpin

Now where am I going to pitch my essay about Pirates of the Caribbean and the use of language?

Seventeen70.com

Come on, Seventeen70.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article (backup) from earlier in January is titled: "This University Would Rather Give Up $3 Million Than Destroy Its LGBT Students Group"

A PinkNews article from July 20, 2017, is titled: "This university would rather give up $3 million than destroy its LGBT students group"

Your opening:
A Christian university has turned down $3 million in funding from a religious group which came on condition of shutting down an LGBT students group. 
Samford University, which was founded by Alabama Baptists, rejected the hefty annual donation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention. 
The opening from PinkNews:
A Christian university has turned down $3 million in funding from a religious group which came on condition of shutting down an LGBT students group. 
Samford University, which was founded by Alabama Baptists, rejected the hefty annual donation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention. 
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.

Friday, January 19, 2018

BuzzFeed UK layoffs

Per BusinessInsider:
Luke Lewis, the man who launched BuzzFeed in the UK, has been made redundant after nearly five years...He is one of 45 members of staff being made redundant in the UK as part of a global cost-cutting programme announced in December last year.
Rest assured, we here at Manic News have no intentions of laying off any UK staffers at this time!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tomb Raider trailer

A second trailer for the new Tomb Raider movie dropped today.  This second trailer is a marked improvement over the first trailer because it shows Alicia Vikander getting punched in the face.  That should be the movie's main selling point.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is Today Rusev Day?

I created a website that provides the answer to that question:


It caught some steam online, and even got Aiden English's attention:


Now...in honor of Rusev Day, please enjoy this video:


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Brandegics.com

Come on, Brandegics.com, who are you trying to fool?

Your article from December 26, 2017, is titled: "App In NC Allows Minors To Order Birth Control Online Without Parents Knowing"

A WHAS 11 article from August 31, 2017, is titled: "New app in NC allows minors to order birth control online without parents knowing"

Your opening:
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Women and girls as young as 13 years old can now get birth control online in North Carolina, without going to the doctor or requiring parental consent. 
The birth control delivery app, Nurx, was recently launched in our state and is already causing controversy.
The opening from WHAS 11:
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Women and girls as young as 13 years old can now get birth control online in North Carolina, without going to the doctor or requiring parental consent. 
The birth control delivery app, Nurx, was recently launched in our state and is already causing controversy.
You're using somebody else's content, and your site has AdSense ads?  That's just sketchy.