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    ttt 4 2020!

    Fake NYE drone celebration?

    Shanghai’s New Year’s Eve drone show spectacular didn’t actually happen
    What a way to kick off 2020!
    by Alex Linder January 2, 2020 in News



    Ever since 36 people were killed on the Bund as 2014 became 2015, New Year’s Eve festivities in Shanghai have been rather subdued.

    Which is why we were rather surprised to see videos circulating around on Twitter of an apparent NYE light show spectacular on the Bund featuring nearly 2,000 drones. Those drones “took over the night sky” forming various shapes and patterns including a “running man” and a countdown clock right beside the Oriental Pearl Tower.

    Video of the show has been shared by Chinese media outlets as well as international ones, including even the New York Times, impressing people around the globe with the innovative replacement to air pollution-causing fireworks.



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    In Shanghai, revelers welcomed in the new year with a drone display forming various shapes and patterns against the night sky over the Huangpu River https://nyti.ms/2QAiW8R

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    However, there’s just one problem. People who were on the Bund on the night of New Year’s Eve say they didn’t see anything in the night sky. No drones. No nothing.

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    This blows my mind because it’s 100% Chinese fake news. We stood outside last night for a show that never happened lol

    Shanghai Welcomes 2020 With Spectacular Drone Light Show https://youtu.be/UKnt_6I0m3s via @YouTube

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    I was in the Bund on New Years Eve right in that time and nothing happened. All the drones display is fake.

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    A Reddit thread has been opened on the Shanghai subforum discussing this mysterious issue. One commenter points to a YouTube video that purportedly captured the New Year’s Eve festivities on the Bund.

    In the video, a large crowd gathers on the Bund to watch with their cell phone cameras at ready as the clock strikes midnight. Observers get a bit excited as the lights go out in the Pudong skyscrapers… but are disappointed when those lights simply go back on a few seconds later with nothing actually happening.
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    Continued from previous post

    You can watch the video below. The countdown starts at around 02:50:


    When asked about the purported “drone show,” the person who shot the video responds: “No drones last night. Shame as it would have been cool to see. Not sure where the video came from but it appears to be the only video showing drones and has been reposted many times.”

    On Weibo, video of the drones flying over the Huangpu River have caused similar confused comments. “Did I go to the wrong place? I was on the Bund!” writes one netizen. “There was really no celebration. This year’s NYE was cold and cheerless,” writes another.

    Another video shows a large crowd of people counting down on the Bund with nothing happening as they reach zero. “New Year’s Eve is a Western holiday,” justifies one Weibo user.



    However, a video posted onto Weibo does show the drone show over the Huangpu with the running man and 2020 spelled out. The video is dated December 29.

    Our best, most charitable, explanation for this whole head-scratcher is that this was a practice run for a planned New Year’s Eve show that didn’t end up happening for some reason. Packaged footage of the show was always going to be from this practice run, in case something should go wrong on the big night.

    And not even the show failing to take place ended up changing these plans.
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    Chinese Counterfeits, Fakes & Knock-Offs

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    fake golf clubs


    120,000 fakes seized in largest golf counterfeit raid ever

    By Mike Stachura



    For those who think the counterfeit business in golf clubs has dried up and gone dark, guess again. A raid in China just turned up 120,000 phony golf products, the largest counterfeit golf equipment seizure in history.

    The raid was the result of the joint efforts of the U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group and 100 local Shanghai police officers, who raided 10 facilities at the same time operating in the online equipment business. Products included clubs and clubheads, shafts, grips and bags.

    “We are thrilled that Chinese police were willing to take serious action against online counterfeits even during the pandemic,” said Kristin Strojan, legal counsel, trademark and brand protection at TaylorMade. “Counterfeiters have been taking advantage of the current situation, and counterfeit listings have become more rampant on the internet. We never stopped watching them even during these challenging times and continue to work with authorities worldwide to target online counterfeit sellers aggressively. This raid action sends a very strong message to the market that the Golf Group has zero tolerance for counterfeit products and will continue to monitor the marketplace, both online and offline, to maintain the integrity of the game.”

    The Shanghai raid involved operators that primarily distribute products to online retailers, all of whom do the majority of their business outside the U.S. During the raid 15 people were detained and later arrested. According to a press release, “The entire network, from the manufacturer of the club heads, shaft and grip suppliers, to owners of assembling workshops, shipping center and online chatting rooms, was rooted out completely.”

    According to officials with the Working Group, the counterfeit sales were coming from the Chinese online site Taobao, the world’s largest e-commerce site that is a consumer-to-consumer site much like ebay. The sellers were named “prettyspor” and “buddygolf.” The products, representing the brands Titleist, TaylorMade, PXG, Ping, Callaway, and XXIO, would have shipped directly from China.

    According to the Working Group, more than two million golf counterfeits are produced each year. Across all industries it’s estimated the total value of counterfeit products globally is expected to reach $1.8 trillion by the end of this year.

    A general rule of thumb for consumers wary of purchasing a counterfeit piece of golf equipment is to make sure the purchase is from an authorized retailer. The Working Group also cautions against consumers making purchases from online vendors based in China that they are unfamiliar with.

    The Working Group is made up of six of the largest golf manufacturers in the world, including Acushnet (the parent of Titleist and FootJoy), Callaway (including Odyssey), SRI (Cleveland, Srixon and XXIO), Ping, PXG and TaylorMade.
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    Counterfeit airpods...wait..what?

    Bragging is never good.


    U.S. Customs brags about seizing 'counterfeit Apple AirPods.' Uh, those are OnePlus Buds.



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    Well, this is embarrassing: the Customs and Border Protection seems to have seized 2,000 OnePlus Buds, thinking they're counterfeit Apple AirPods.

    It sounds hard to believe, but a CBP press release (via The Verge) lays out the facts quite clearly.

    "On August 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the merchandise were genuine, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $398,000," the press release says.

    The problem is that the release contains two photos of what appear to be perfectly genuine OnePlus Buds.

    If anything, these are counterfeit OnePlus Buds, not Apple AirPods.


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    CBP's caption under one of the images clearly states that these are "counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds seized."

    CBP also proudly tweeted the accomplishment with the caption: "That's not an (Apple emoji)." Erm, no, it clearly isn't.

    “The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily," Troy Miller, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, said in a statement.

    An error of some sort has clearly been made here. Yes, the OnePlus Buds do look a lot like Apple's AirPods, but they're not counterfeit goods. If anything, the buds shown in CBP's photo could be counterfeit OnePlus Buds, and not AirPods. Or perhaps an entirely wrong photo has been used? It's a mystery.

    OnePlus, meanwhile, is having a bit of fun with the situation.

    Mashable has contacted CBP to find more; we'll update the post when we hear back.
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