Man’s Claim to 999 Billion Shares of Microsoft Shows How Easy It Is to Fake an SEC Filing

A crop of the filing for 999 billion shares of $MSFT. (Source: Footnoted)

Via our favorite public documents-scrutinizing blog,, comes this gem: A man in Texas filed a form 4/A–“Changes in Beneficial Ownership”–with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging ownership of 999 billion shares in Microsoft for $999 billion. The regulatory agency didn’t notice, apparently, that 999 billion is more than 118 times the number of Microsoft shares in existence.  Read More


Betabeat Punks a Panel

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Dear readers,

As some of you may have suspected, Betabeat’s altercation with the zealous founder of at last night’s New York Entrepreneurs Business Network panel on Media and Start-Ups was staged.

It started when, in a weird moment, I agreed to sit on a small panel about how start-ups should deal with media, along with Ramon Nuez from Huffington Post/Examiner, John Biggs from TechCrunch/CrunchGear and Mitchell York from Read More