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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 FastCompany.com, ProPublica, the Guardian, the Daily Dot, NewYorker.com, and Grist.
You can follow David on Twitter @holmesdm
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    Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, $50M has been given to ALS research in the time it took to raise $2M last year

    I have to admit: When people first started doing the Ice Bucket Challenge, which if you’ve been living under a rock involves dousing yourself in cold water to avoid donating $100 to ALS research, I was pretty annoyed by it. You mean to say people would rather post a narcissistic selfie video to Facebook than donate money to charity? It sounded like everything wrong with social media activism in a nutshell. Plus it was a bit annoying to see my…
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    CNN and Don Lemon did not have a good day in Ferguson

    In the span of less than 24 hours, CNN anchor Don Lemon ended up with egg on his face not once, but twice in discussions relating to the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last week. Last night, Lemon was engaged in a talk with Van Jones, former green jobs advisor to President Obama, and conservative talking head Ben Ferguson over the use of automatic weapons as they relate to the protests in Ferguson. Lemon erroneously claimed that any American can…
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    Do Instagram ads work? Brands are about to find out.

    As Instagram users know, the Facebook-owned photo sharing giant is one of the few major social networks that hasn’t yet been inundated with ads (hell, I see more ads on Snapchat than Instagram). The ads are there, but when Instagram first launched them last November, it promised a slow, high quality rollout: “We’ll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” Now the platform has…
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    US House blocked from editing Wikipedia AGAIN, this time over Orange is the New Black and transphobia

    For the third time this summer, US House of Representatives staffers have been blocked from editing Wikipedia. The first two instances came in July after Pando reported a series of strange edits implicating Cuba in the JFK assassination and fake moon landing conspiracies, and calling radio blowhard Alex Jones a Russian spy. The first ban lasted 24 hours ahead of a longer 10-day ban. Now, according to the Hill, House IP addresses have been blocked for…
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    Report: Young people are even less interested in “wearables” than the rest of us

    Despite $458 million in venture investment last year and a ton of ink spilled over the wearables “phenomenon,” Pando and others have reportedly extensively on consumers’ waning or nonexistent interest in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other digital fashion statements. In April, the Guardian reported that many who received Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch with their most recent smartphone purchase were selling them off on eBay just months later. Meanwhile, basic, relatively cheap activity trackers still make up 97…
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    With its new music magazine, Medium still doesn’t know if it’s a platform or publication. And that’s OK.

    When discussing the newest crop of media startups, journalists often bring up the dichotomy of “platform vs publication.” Sites like Twitter are primarily thought of as platforms. While Twitter’s overlords will occasionally remove content if it violates copyright or good taste, the social network generally doesn’t operate with any central editorial vision or control — anyone can and will post whatever they want, save for a few exceptions. On the opposite end of the spectrum are sites like Pando, where writers pitch stories that are approved…
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    Twitter suspends users that share graphic James Foley images — Unless you’re a New York tabloid

    Yesterday, in an horrific turn of events, the Islamic insurgent group ISIS announced it had killed captive American journalist James Foley, posting an extremely disturbing video to YouTube of his beheading. While that video has since been taken down, some graphic images depicting Foley’s death are still being shared on social media. And thanks to Twitter’s relatively recent emphasis on embedding images directly into tweets, it can create a jarring and highly uncomfortable experience for users who, for any number of valid reasons, do not…
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    Microsoft cuts ties with right wing climate change deniers ALEC. But what about Facebook, Google, and Yelp?

    It might come as a surprise to liberal-leaning observers, but Microsoft, a corporation known for its efforts toward environmental stability, has been working with the American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC), acting as a member of its Communications and Technology Task Force. Since that relationship was struck, groups devoted to sustainability efforts, corporate responsibility, and equal rights have taken issue with this arrangement. After all, the right wing public policy group, which (surprise!) is backed by the oil and gas magnates Charles and David Brothers, have a…
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    Don’t share “hate reads” on Twitter — but if you must, make sure you use this service

    Today, the “Hate Reader of Record” (aka the New York Post) published an awful, awful article titled, “Hey, ladies — catcalls are flattering! Deal with it.” So the basic premise of the piece is that objectifying shouts from strangers on the street are an important form of validation for women who would otherwise be stuck insecurely wondering if they meet the sexual specifications of a random construction worker. Uh, okay. As if the premise isn’t bad enough, the author includes an offensive hypothesis for the…
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    More journalists arrested in Ferguson last night. So much for freedom of the press.

    Last night, the Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux and Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter for the German newspaper Bild, were among those arrested (or detained, as authorities are calling it) during the escalating protests over Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, MO. Getty Images photographer Scott Olsen was also taken into custody. A few days earlier, the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery were also arrested in Ferguson. No charges have been brought against any of the journalists, but…

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