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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    New bot tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits from Congress. Now if we only had the same thing for PR firms

    Few Internet properties have retained their original, open, collaborative spirit like Wikipedia. By remaining ad-free, donation-supported, and volunteer-driven, the encyclopedia has avoided the kinds of conflicts and ambitions that can turn corporations with even the best of intentions into evil empires. But Wikipedia’s freewheeling collaborative nature is also its Achilles’ heel. While some pages are “protected” and can only be edited by an administrator, many others can be edited at any time, often without approval. And what may seem like a minor edit to an…
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    Amazon’s FAA request suggests its drone program is farther along than anyone expected

    Only a few years ago, an army of Amazon delivery drones known as “Amazon Prime Air” would have sounded like an April Fool’s Joke. Even as recently as last December, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled his delivery-by-air plan on “60 Minutes,” some observers dismissed the aircrafts as “smoke and mirrors” and little more than a publicity stunt to drum up press for Amazon ahead of the holiday shopping season. Sure, the “60 Minutes” piece may have served that purpose, but if…

    The music streaming space is a fragmented mess: raises $2M to put it all under one roof

    The still nascent streaming music market is in a state of extreme fragmentation, and with newcomers on the horizon it’s only going to get worse. Consumers already have to choose among Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats, Amazon Prime Music, and coming soon YouTube Music Pass. And while there’s some debate as to whether the market will become increasingly consolidated or if there’s room for multiple victors, for now there are a slew of streaming options with often little to differentiate them in…
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    Even if you hate porn, Google’s ban on adult ads is nothing to celebrate

    “Never in history has one corporation and one source had so much power over what we know and don’t know.” That’s Pando’s Mark Ames writing last week about the massive influence Google holds over the flow and accessibility of information on the Web. “If it’s not Google-able, it’s presumed to have been deleted from the historical record,” Ames adds. The discussion arose out of Google’s compliance with new “right to be forgotten laws” in Europe mandating that the tech giant remove links to…
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    Germany-Brazil shatters Twitter’s record for sports tweets. Is this the tipping point for mainstream adoption?

    Every four years during the World Cup, sports columnists gather in their sports columnist lairs to humbly ask, “Is this the tipping point for America to care about soccer?” (America’s anxiety over “soccer football” dates back at least to 1914). A more recent but analogous tradition also takes place among tech columnists every time something big, live, and interesting occurs on a national or global stage: “Is this the tipping point for mainstream Internet users to care about Twitter?” Last night, these two questions met head…
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    NYPD seeks a web producer to whip up some #fun #viral content

    Calling all young viral wizards and traffic juicers — there’s a job opening at an exciting New York City organization with lots of tradition but that’s looking to the future when it comes to content marketing: the NYPD. According to a job listing on Mediabistro spotted by the New York Times’ Karen Zraick, the New York Police Department is seeking a candidate with 5 years of PR or journalism experience and front-end web development chops to prepare web content,…
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    Anti-Uber: The quiet disruption of NYC dollar vans

    In New York City, fleets of vehicles ferry passengers around the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, shirking regulation and oversight from the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). It’s a narrative we’ve heard again and again in countless cities. But this “disruptive” transportation service isn’t Uber or Lyft or any of the other so-called ridesharing startups. It has no venture funding. It doesn’t even have an app or a website. And its growth has been organic in the strictest sense of the word, spreading…
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    Vinyl is not going to save the music industry — and especially not 3D-printed vinyl

    Anyone born between, say, 1900 and 1990 grew up thinking of music as a physical object, whether in the form of vinyl records, 8-track tapes, cassettes, or CDs. But this notion of rhythm and sound forged into something tactile is a mere blip in the history of music-making. Sheet music notwithstanding, if you wanted to listen to Beethoven’s 5th in 1808, you would have to throw on your finest frock and head to the symphony. Now, with MP3s (which are…
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    US wiretaps hit a ten-year high in 2013, and almost 90 percent were used to catch drug offenders

    The US has released its annual wiretap report for 2013, and as befits a country that many perceive to have become a surveillance state, federal and state wiretaps were up, hitting a ten-year high. Judges authorized a total of 3,576 wiretaps last year, and while that’s only a 5 percent increase over the previous year, it represents a surge in surreptitious surveillance by the government over the past few years. The overwhelming majority of the taps were placed on…
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    Digital music sales are in a free fall, as Spotify does to iTunes what iTunes did to CDs

    Why would you pay $9.99 or more for one album on iTunes when for the same price each month you can hear millions of songs on a streaming music platform like Spotify? The concept of digital downloads is something more and more listeners are questioning, as new numbers from Nielsen Soundscan show that album and track sales continued to plummet in the first half of 2014. From January 1 to June 29, the industry sold 121 million albums and 593.6 million tracks.…

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