Paul Carr

Paul Carr is editorial director of Pando. Previously he was founder and editor in chief of NSFWCORP.

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    Rejoice! The War Nerd Dispatches is now available as an eBook and (100 copies only!) paperback

    “It was a glorious fifteen months we had of it, too. I’ll always remember NSFWCORP with gratitude. I honestly liked everyone I met there, which is not exactly my usual response. I can honestly say that there wasn’t a dud in the entire outfit, and that is very, very rare.  Well, unless I was the dud, a possibility one must always consider. But you know, I looked over the articles I did for NSFWCORP, and to my surprise I got…
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    Tor warns users of possible attempt to disable its network

    The Tor Project has issued a statement warning that it has learned of a possible “attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days.” The statement doesn’t identify the source of the alleged threat but warns an attack might come “through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities.” After assuring users that their anonymity won’t be compromised in the event of an attack, Tor appears to beg any would-be server seizers not to do anything mean: We hope that…
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    Judge says alleged Silk Road founder can’t be held responsible for every bad thing that happened on the platform

    As the trial of alleged Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht, gets closer, a federal judge has ruled on what federal prosecutors can and cannot bring up in court. According to Court House News, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest has ruled that Ulbricht can be accused of culpability in the site’s trade in drugs and fake IDs but that it’s unreasonable to blame him for all of Silk Road’s illegal trading. “I want to say to the government that I’m troubled by…
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    Listen to this week’s PandoLIVE

    This week’s PandoLIVE was taped in an LA hotel room as we prepared for the last PandoMonthly of the year. For that reason, there were no listener calls and none of my fantastic taste in music. Instead Sarah and I talked about some of the highlights of the past 12 months of Pando, including a run-down of the ten things we least expected to happen. We’ll be back live in the Rackspace studio next week! … SPONSOR MESSAGE: Free Hosting!  Visit 
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    Bustle raises $15.5m to “double down” on strategy, hire more (better paid) journalists

    Women’s lifestyle site Bustle has closed a $15.5m funding round, lead by new investors General Catalyst. The news was shared with Bustle’s staff this morning by founder (and occasional Pando contributor) Bryan Goldberg. Goldberg told me yesterday that the round was “very oversubscribed,” with all of Bustle’s previous investors participating alongside General Catalyst. Well, almost all previous investors: As we reported back in March, Google Ventures pulled out of the company, whispering to journalists that they considered some of Goldberg’s public statements…
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    Five months later, Gawker updates its privacy policy to disclose use of affiliate links

    Back in July, I pointed out that Gawker appeared to be using affiliate service Skimlinks to hide advertising links inside its editorial content. That fact, however, was curiously absent from its privacy statement, an apparent violation of FTC guidelines. Now, a mere five months later, Gawker has announced a new privacy policy to disclose its use of affiliates. Here’s the relevant part of the new policy: And here’s the old one: Kudos to Gawker, I suppose, for…
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    On this we agree: Tor’s executive director calls for “respectful” dialogue around Pando’s reporting

    Back in July, Pando’s Yasha Levine wrote about the close funding ties between Tor and the US government. Shortly afterwards, all hell broke loose. As Yasha wrote later, and I’ve followed up since, some members of the Tor community responded to our reporting through what appeared to be a smear campaign. Yasha was accused of being a CIA plant, other Pando writers were called rapists, fascists and worse (!) and one prominent Tor developer accused us of…
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    The Racket, signifying nothing

    “The Racket was cruising along with the kind of editorial independence only a billionaire can buy you. It had no immediate deliverables: no traffic goals, no revenue plan, not even an ad sales team. The only plan was to build an audience.” – Mat Honan, Wired  There’s an old joke: “Ideas are like assholes: Everybody has one, most of them stink.” Judging by Mat Honan’s profile of failed satire blog, The Racket, an equally true punchline would be: “Ideas are like assholes:…
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    Daily Dot admits reporter covered Anonymous without disclosing major ties to the group

    A reporter for tech culture site, The Daily Dot, reported on Anonymous for several months without disclosing his strong ties to the group, Pando has confirmed. Reporter Dell Cameron has written over a dozen articles involving the hacker collective, including one about how Twitter had shuttered a hugely popular Anonymous account. However, Cameron failed to disclose to readers that, until May of this year, he was responsible for administering that same account, which describes itself as “a [s]ignal boost for Anonymous operations.” At…
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    Dan Lyons, new Valleywag editor, erases all reference to marketing career from his site

    “According to speaker Dan Lyons—who is the Marketing Fellow at Hubspot and a high-profile former journalist—marketing and media are colliding. They are becoming one and the same.”Blurb on website for Dan Lyons’ speaking agent ‘My first thought was, “So you’re the bastards who are killing my industry.” My second thought was, “Hey, are you hiring?”‘Dan Lyons on quitting journalism for marketing Earlier this week, I wrote about the recent job history of Dan Lyons,…

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