David Holmes

David Holmes is Pando’s East Coast Editor. He is also the co-founder of Explainer Music, a production company specializing in journalistic music videos. His work has appeared at, ProPublica, the Guardian, the Daily Dot,, and Grist.
You can follow David on Twitter @holmesdm
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    Uber driver who allegedly assaulted a woman confronts his accuser in a comments section

    News site comments sections are usually dominated by trolls and spambots. But over at a CBS local affiliate website in San Francisco, a dispute is playing out that involves possible criminal charges and one of the highest-valued companies in the Valley. Over the weekend, a San Francisco Uber driver allegedly pulled a woman from his vehicle and smashed her phone following a dispute over directions. The man was cited by police for battery, malicious mischief, and vandalism, and Uber has suspended the…
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    Study: Liberals get news from more sources than conservatives — and neither of them trust BuzzFeed

    When it comes to news consumption, the habits of conservatives and liberals are thought to be as polarizing as the political parties that represent them in Washington. A study from 2012 found that only 27 percent of Fox News watchers identify as Democrats, while only 16 percent of MSNBC viewers identify as Republican. But what if go beyond the makeup of individual news outlet audiences to look at the broader habits within ideological groups. Fox News can’t be the only place these conservatives get their news, right?…
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    No, social media is not the best way to track Ebola

    Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an interview with Graham Dodge, founder of the social media health app Sickweather. The headline read, “Could you use social media to track Ebola or Enterovirus? Sickweather thinks so.” By looking at the title, a reader might reasonably assume that Sickweather, which aggregates social media posts in a user’s area to chart the spread of diseases like the flu, thinks it can track Ebola. It fits nicely into that 21st century narrative where iPhones,…
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    How do you decide how much musicians should be paid when everything is free?

    “Is our work actually worth what we think it is?” That quote comes from Marc Andreessen*, speaking to New York Magazine about whether content producers like musicians have received a raw deal in the new digital age. It echoes an epic screed posted last week by music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz, railing against “ignorant” artists who complain about low Spotify royalties. The crux of both arguments is that a collection of twelve or so songs on a flimsy disc was…
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    Evgeny Morozov did not “plagiarize” in the New Yorker, but what he did was almost as bad

    Evgeny Morozov is almost certainly smarter than me and he’s probably smarter than you. I know because the Belarus-born academic and author has held all sorts of vague positions like “fellow” and “visiting scholar” at prestigious universities that wouldn’t let me anywhere near, except maybe the basketball arena to watch a game. He’s written two books and his byline has appeared in dozens of respected newspapers and magazines. And while I don’t always agree with his criticisms of modern technology, and often find…
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    Why you shouldn’t freak out about Twitter’s new timeline experiments

    For the most-experienced power users of Twitter, the timeline is sacred. We constantly prune and pluck at the accounts we follow, shaping our feed to produce the funniest and smartest timeline of curated chaos we can handle. But most users don’t do this, and Twitter knows it. That’s why it’s been experimenting with the home timeline, adding popular or relevant tweets from accounts you don’t follow or activity from accounts you do. Many have already observed these changes on their own feeds —…
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    After a heated hearing, NYC taxi commission postpones ridesharing vote

    Following a series of arguments from stakeholders across the taxi, car service, and ridesharing spectrum, New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) decided to postpone a vote on controversial rule changes governing ridesharing services today. The current rules allow for a driver who works for a black car service to also accept rides through Uber or Lyft without any fuss. The TLC’s proposal, however, would require drivers to align themselves with just one company or “base” at a time. If…
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    You already have bed bugs. Now get ready to deal with rat mites.

    You’re not going to like this. Imagine taking the two most disgusting creatures that torment New Yorkers. Now combine them into one creepy abomination whose capacity to repulse is nothing short of complete; a nightmare-monster associated with the diseases of rats, but small enough, like a bed bug, to creep into your bed while you sleep to tear away tiny bits of your flesh, leaving your skin itchy and red, and your ability to ever relax again just totally gone. No, this isn’t a horror movie. This is another awful reality New Yorkers…
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    Game of clones: Assessing the winners and losers now that HBO is going to be more like Netflix

    Netflix has said it’s goal is “to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” Today, HBO just took a huge step in that direction. After years of speculation and months of rumor, HBO has finally announced that it will offer a standalone streaming service for customers who don’t have cable subscriptions. The announcement was made by HBO head Richard Pleper at Time Warner’s investor meeting. Although the news is hardly surprising, it has major ramifications on both the streaming…
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    Power nerds and computer Putins: Iggy Pop weighs in on the new music economy

    I discovered the punk pioneer Iggy Pop in the least punk of ways: In the bargain bin of a suburban Virgin Megastore. The cover and title of “Raw Power,” and the animalistic interplay between them, were irresistible. Coming of age in the 90s, my conception of punk rock was informed by Green Day, the Offspring, and Blink 182. But this clearly wasn’t the work of privileged pranksters or skateboard brats. This would truly tear me to shreds. Now, 40 years after the…

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