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Online message board 4chan sold to Japanese Web culture pioneer

New owner Hiroyuki Nishimura founded 2channel, the website that inspired creation of 4chan

Mr Poole (front) is letting go of 4chan after more than a decade at its helm, having expanded it to more than 20 million monthly visitors with no assistance from venture capital or full-time employees.

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IF the Internet is the Wild West, you could call 4chan "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Founded in 2003 by Christopher Poole, the anonymous message board 4chan has been home to a veritable smorgasbord of everything that the Web has to offer. With posts on the site lasting only a