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The Strange Pairing of Brett Kimberlin and Become.com [UPDATED, RETRACTED]

STORY RETRACTED

Yesterday (June 26, 2012) I received an email from the offices of Become.com claiming that they had no knowledge of hosting with Brett Kimberlin or any of his associates, and had been using a different domain host. This was the first actual contact I had received from them from first attempting to get comment from them. I waited a week and a half for that comment, and none forthcoming, I published the story "The Strange Pairing of Brett Kimberlin and Become.com," which occupied this space.

I requested permission to publish their objection to the story yesterday, but they declined. But part of the explanation given was that the search cache of the Reverse DNS tool on YouGetSignal.com was outdated or in error, causing the false association of Become.com and sub-property Exava.com with Kimberlin's web operations.

I sent out an email to YouGetSignal.com in an effort to confirm this claim, and indeed the proprietor told me they had been in contact with Become.com and verified that the results were faulty as claimed.

As I have received this secondary confirmation, I have taken the unusual step of removing and retracting the story as there is no correlation with Become.com and Kimberlin & Co.

I regret the error.

-Flynn