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    SquadUP launches with Millennials in mind to reshape mobile event planning

    We’ve all been there: You’re out with a few friends and one of them decides that an everyone-is-invited barbecue is in order for next weekend. Everyone agrees it’d be great, but now what? At the very least you want to know what everyone’s bringing to the table, maybe even charge them; you’ll want to formalize a date and time, making sure everyone is on the same page and nobody is left out. Enter SquadUP, which hopes to solve all…
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    Startups Anonymous: The Founder Meltdown

    A while ago, I broke down. I cried the hardest I’ve ever cried in my life. Like, ugly cried. My chest was tightening, my heart was going crazy and anxiety was taking hold of me. I asked my girlfriend (who was thankfully with me the entire time I was bawling, God bless her) why I was doing all this when my people only cared about themselves and wouldn’t hesitate to leave once the going gets…

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    Aaron’s afterlife

    When Chelsea Manning released a massive set of confidential material to WikiLeaks in 2010, she did so knowing her actions violated the law, and would later plead guilty to 20 charges against her. She hoped her disclosures would spark public debate on American foreign policy. But what came next was a 35-year prison sentence. Manning’s resolve to accept this ruling is seen by her supporters as a way to highlight the cost of whistleblowing. By facing the consequences, her…
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    James Franco, a pilgrim’s progress

     It is never too late  I advise you all  to become rich and famous. - Leonard Cohen, The Energy of Slaves James Franco has written some poems. Well, who hasn’t? But James Franco’s poems matter because he’s James Franco. Yours don’t, because you’re not. That’s really the key fact about Franco’s poems. They can’t be called good or bad; those distinctions are difficult to make when assessing American free-verse poetry. Almost anyone can write passable free verse, but hardly anyone…
  • Loon Balloons in Flight

    You can spy on Google’s spy balloons using regular flight-tracking tools

    Google’s Project Loon — “balloon-powered Internet for everyone” — is something you’ve likely heard about. You might even have read concerns about how they could, in theory at least, be used for spying. But, unless you live near South Island, New Zealand, it’s unlikely you’ll have actually seen one of Google’s fancy hi-tech balloons. If you’re curious where they are, though, it turns out there’s a way to find out.  Even though they fly between 60,000 and 90,ooo…
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    Hip-hop, housewives and hot startups: A guide to Atlanta’s startup scene

    Atlanta: Home to hip-hop, housewives and hot startups. Ok, this post, and the guide embedded below, is really only about the last thing on that list, although many people outside of Atlanta are more familiar with the former: hip-hop and “real” housewives. Of those two things, one makes us proud and one makes us, let’s just say not so proud. Hot startups though—we’ve been busy on that front. I’m in Silicon Valley about once a month and I’m constantly asked,…
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    Google emails users, telling them to kiss Orkut goodbye

    Orkut, Google’s first attempt at a social network, is closing in a few months. In an email sent out last night, Google warned Orkut’s users that their accounts would close on September 30th, though their data would be retrievable by Google Takeout through 2016. The move by Google shouldn’t surprise anyone: Orkut was hardly a success and with the introduction of Google+, it was destined to be forever be a second-class social network in the eyes of its parent company.…
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    Why can’t all companies access the same data-driven intelligence as Google or Amazon?

    [Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution by Jamie Grenney, VP of Marketing at Infer. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process, and Mr. Schroeder was not paid for his work.] When I joined Salesforce.com in 2002, the question we were trying to answer was “Why isn’t all enterprise software as easy to use as Amazon.com?” That simple idea gave rise to a billion dollar business. The cloud-computing model was so disruptive because it dramatically reduced the risk and lowered the total…
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    Startups Anonymous: 25 questions founders are too embarrassed to ask

    As a long-time founder, I feel I should have most of the answers. I’ve been at this startup game long enough where nothing should be new to me. Sadly, I find myself with questions that someone with my tenure should have the answers to.

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    Creative Policing: Confidential police report shows software giants sponsoring their own piracy

    A confidential report seen by Pando and commissioned by the City of London Police shows that major Silicon Valley corporations, and other companies, are unwittingly sponsoring piracy through pay-par click adverts on websites whose users share copyrighted content. The report also shows how the United Kingdom’s piracy-fighting strategy is turning more technical. Using data gathering, web crawling and a points system, the City of London Police, in partnership with virtually all the big intellectual property stakeholders, is now able to…

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