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Patrick Byrne: 'See, I told you America's economy was busted' CEO Patrick Byrne has declared another victory in his six-year fight to expose fundamental flaws in the American financial markets. With a piece detailing what it calls "America's dodgy financial plumbing", the latest issue of The Economist addresses the very problem Byrne has fought so hard to uncover: naked …
Cade Metz, 14 Jun 2011
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Overstock's Byrne claims $5m scalp over short selling CEO Patrick Byrne has said that hedge fund Copper River Partners paid his company $5m this afternoon to settle claims it colluded to denigrate Overstock and then profit from short positions in the etailer's shares. Byrne - who has waged a very public battle over Wall Street short selling - tells The Reg that the $ …
Cade Metz, 9 Dec 2009
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Byrne's naked shorting crusade outs Yahoo! security vuln

Patrick Byrne's unrelenting crusade against naked short selling has uncovered a gaping security hole in Yahoo!'s ever-popular message boards. Yahoo! has now patched the cross-site scripting bug - which allowed miscreants to snatch Yahoo! IDs, cookies, and IP addresses from users merely searching the message boards - but not …
Cade Metz, 8 Sep 2009
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Overstock's Byrne deciphers Economic Meltdown Civilization Deleveraging

Radio Reg Patrick Byrne doesn't call it an economic meltdown. He calls it "the de-leveraging of a civilization." When the ever-quotable CEO last sat down with Radio Reg, the world still pegged him as a tin hat–wearing crackpot. But now that Wall Street has buckled under its own excess, he's been recast as an financial …
Cade Metz, 3 Dec 2008
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Emails show journalist rigged Wikipedia's naked shorts

Two and a half years ago, CEO Patrick Byrne penned an editorial for The Wall Street Journal, warning that widespread stock manipulation schemes - including abusive naked short selling - were threatening the health of America's financial markets. But it wasn't published. "An editor at The Journal asked me to write …
Cade Metz, 1 Oct 2008
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Wikimadness XVII: The Return of Byrne

We spoke too soon. The web's longest running farce is alive and well. Earlier this summer, it seemed we had finally seen the end of the epic squabble pitting the CEO of against Jimmy Wales and the cult of Wikipedia. But as it turns out, more fun was on the way. Three and a half years after Overstock boss Patrick …
Cade Metz, 11 Aug 2008
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Overstock CEO offers $75,000 for Wall Street's soul

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne is now paying people to promote his epic Wall Street conspiracy theory. At a site called Deep Capture - yes, Deep Capture - Byrne and his fellow theorists recently published a nearly 40,000-word treatise detailing his claims that Wall Street, the Wall Street press, Wikipedia, and the Russian mafia …
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2008
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Wikipedia kills Greatest Show On Earth

The curtain has dropped on the web's longest running farce. Or so it seems. Back in December, we told you the tale of an epic online spat pitting the cult of Wikipedia against the quixotic CEO of It had everything from conspiracy theories to tabloid UFOs. There was sockpuppeting, spyware, and a cover up of …
Cade Metz, 6 Jun 2008
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Overstock and Patrick Byrne sue New York over Amazon Tax

New York's new online tax law is now facing lawsuits from two big-name online retailers. A month ago, Amazon sued that Empire State over its so-called Amazon Tax, and on Friday, cut-rate e-tailer filed its own suit, reiterating that the Amazon Tax affects more than just Amazon. Under Governor David Patterson's …
Cade Metz, 2 Jun 2008
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A Shaolin monk, Warren Buffett and a Russian mobster walk into a bar…

Radio Reg Death threats from the Russian mob, a war on Wall Street, Wikipedia puke, Warren Buffett. Where to begin? For years, I've tracked the movements of Patrick Byrne, CEO at online retailer Byrne has a tendency to elevate technology business stories from the mundane to the fantastic. Take, for example, his claims …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2008
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Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

Exclusive "We aren't democratic." That's how Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales described his famously-collaborative online encyclopedia in a recent puff piece from The New York Times Magazine. "The core community appreciates when someone is knowledgeable," he said, "and thinks some people are idiots and shouldn't be writing." This is …
Cade Metz, 6 Dec 2007

Ending a nightmare - Overstock's data center journey CEO Patrick Byrne refuses to believe that technology doesn't matter. The outspoken CEO watched as his computer systems crumbled in 2005, resulting in a customer service nightmare. Then, he watched data warehousing specialist Teradata barge into his computing center and save the day. Before's IT …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Aug 2007

Netezza nets plenty of cash in IPO

Netezza sure sounds like some namby-pamby Web 2.0 start-up destined for failure. The company, however, is actually a masculine, high-end hardware and software maker that just enjoyed an almost spectacular initial public offering (IPO). On Thursday, Netezza stock - NZ on the NYSE - jumped 45 per cent from $12 to $17.39 per …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2007

Overstock director picks Wall Street over crusade appears to have a lost a board member due to its $3.4bn lawsuit against Wall Street. The online retailer today announced John A. Fisher's resignation in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. "The Company believes that the reason for Mr. Fisher’s resignation was his disagreement with the company’ …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2007

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