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    PandoWeekly: Adam Penenberg on what it’s like to be hacked

    Last month, PandoDaily editor Adam Penenberg published a 7,000-word story that detailed how he challenged a group of white-hat hackers to infiltrate his personal life. Over a number of weeks, the hackers staked out his apartment, infiltrated his wife’s Pilates studio, and eventually found a way to break into his home computers, which opened up access to his passwords, his social media accounts, his tax documents, and his bank account. The story, “I challenged hackers to investigate me and what…
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    Is MomentCam the next Chinese app to go big in the West?

    Few Chinese apps have managed to get any serious pick-up in the West. The most serious contender so far is Tencent’s WeChat, a messaging app that the company now claims has more than 100 million registered accounts outside of China. But MomentCam, a new photosharing app with a twist, is burning up the iOS and Google Play charts not only in its homeland, but also in Southeast Asia, Australia, and Scandinavia. According to AppAnnie, MomentCam has reached No.…
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    Chicago’s Empeopled: The only startup that bothered to support Lavabit’s anti-surveillance appeal

    When it came time to mount a legal challenge to the government’s seizure of encryption keys from secure email provider Lavabit, three groups stepped forward. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union both filed amicus briefs in support of Lavabit, which was perhaps to be expected. Both groups have a long track record of defending Internet freedom. But only one company took the same action: a Chicago-based startup called Empeopled. Empeopled founder Aris Michalopoulos, who has…
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    11 startups that want to fix San Francisco

    Last month, I wrote about some organizations that were trying to make government more innovative and efficient. The timing was apt – the healthcare.gov debacle had just broken out, proving that some problems in the procurement and execution systems for government-related technology are so entrenched that they need to be torn out at the root. One of the programs I highlighted in that post was San Francisco’s new entrepreneurship-in-residence program, which is targeted at startups that want to address…
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    Dan Fletcher has built a home for journalism outside of Facebook… where it belongs

    Dan Fletcher’s career seems to progress in increments of 15 months. That’s how long it took him to land a cover story for Time magazine, at 22 years old and in his first full-time job. It was a story about Facebook as the social network passed 500 million users. Within 15 months of that time, he found himself in Menlo Park, as Facebook’s new managing editor. It didn’t work out. Facebook didn’t need journalists, he found, and his…
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    Hundreds of applicants are lining up to work on Hyperloop project, says interim CEO

    The crowdsourcing organization behind plans to build the world’s first Hyperloop has received hundreds of applications from people hoping to work on the project and has been approached by several places wanting to be the first venue for the super-high-speed transportation system, the group’s head said over the weekend. Speaking at the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum on Saturday, JumpStartFund CEO and founder Dirk Ahlborn explained how his organization is hoping to harness the expertise of people who are…
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    What’s easier than self-driving cars? Self-flying cars

    Self-flying cars are easier to do than self-driving cars, Terrafugia co-founder and CEO Carl Dietrich said at a conference at MIT over the weekend. And, all going perfectly to plan, we can expect to be able to buy our very own self-flying vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capabilities within a decade, he said. Speaking at the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum on Saturday, Dietrich said self-flying cars, such as Terrafugia’s in-development TF-X, represent a less complicated technology…
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    Airbnb host left violated after busting fanny pack-clad male prostitutes in her apartment

    A Washington DC woman who caught what very much appears to be two male hookers using her apartment as a base for their “erotic massage” service is reconsidering her use of Airbnb. The woman, who is in her late 20s and asked to be identified by only her first name, Nicole, discovered last night that two men she had rented our her place to via Airbnb turned out to be not as trustworthy as their 17 positive reviews suggested.…
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    Tencent to launch international version of free 10TB storage service. New photo-sharing app coming soon to US

    Tencent, China’s largest Internet company, will release an international version of its 10TB cloud storage product next year, and within the coming weeks it’ll launch a new photo-sharing app in the US, according to one of its vice presidents. In a speech at MIT’s China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum in Boston over the weekend, Peter Zheng, the Shenzhen-based vice president of Tencent’s social network group, said the free storage offering and Story Camera, an English-language version of a photo…
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    What if Contently bought ProPublica?

    What if Contently bought ProPublica? That’s a crazy question. It sounds stupid. It may be stupid. In fact, let me just go ahead and pre-package a tweet for those among us who have their outrage-phasers set to Reflex: PandoDaily recommends ad startup save journalism; in process, performs vigorous prostate massage for said company <insert link>. But bear with me. There might not yet be a serious case for a content marketing company to finance an investigative journalism unit,…

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