Paul Carr

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

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    Adam Carolla agrees settlement with podcasting patent troll

    Podcasting patent troll Personal Audio has agreed to drop its high profile lawsuit against DJ-turned-podcaster Adam Carolla. In court documents filed by the company, and embedded below, Personal Audio agrees to drop all claims against Carolla for his use of the technology underlying podcasting. They also agree to drop claims against a number of other high profile podcasters. The settlement is interesting because, until now, Carolla had refused to settle, arguing that it was important to fight back against…
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    Uber urges CA riders to oppose ridesharing bill, neglects to tell them what bill actually does

    Earlier this week Uber riders in California received a stirring email call to action from “Team Uber” It begins… Who would have thought California, the cradle for American innovation, would take the lead in killing it. Governor Brown is committed to leading California into the future, but some in the legislature are anonymously doing the bidding of trial lawyers, big taxi and insurance lobbyists. Their bill, AB 2293, will be voted on THIS WEEK and would kill ridesharing in the Golden State.
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    Brazil bans Secret over anonymous bullying, demands Apple and Google delete it from users’ phones

    A judge in Brazil has ordered Apple and other hosts to remove anonymous app Secret, apparently over fears of anonymous bullying. According to a story on Estadao (h/t Robert Cooper), which I’ve clumsily translated using Google Translate… The prosecutor Marcelo Zenkner opened civil action asking that the app stores from Google, Apple and Microsoft become unavailable the anonymous messaging app Secret to Brazilians. For the plaintiff Marcelo Zenkner, the prosecutor of the Holy Spirit, “the Brazilian…
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    Judge green-lights class action suit by former Gawker interns

    Bad news for Gawker: A judge has agreed that a group of its former unpaid interns are entitled to bring a class action suit over their treatment while working at Nick Denton’s gossip factory. In her ruling (embedded below), Judge Alison J. Nathan has granted the plaintiffs’ motion for conditional class certification. The ruling means that the interns who initially brought the suit can now issue a notice inviting other former unpaid Gawker workers to join the suit. Here’s Judge Nathan’s…
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    Uber hires former Obama advisor (and shady telecoms consultant) David Plouffe to lead insurgent war

    The word “hypocrite” is so ugly, don’t you think? So much more so than “pragmatist.” In unrelated news, Uber founder Travis Kalanick has further cemented his reputation as a grotesque pragmatist by hiring former Obama advisor David Plouffe as Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. According to the Wall St Journal, Plouffe’s role will be “to help the taxi-hailing app win battles with regulators and soften its image in the public sphere.” To the untrained eye, Plouffe’s role…
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    SF cab drivers form a union while Rome burns

    San Francisco cab drivers have voted to unionize for the first time in over forty years, reports the SF Examiner. The move, which is either the single smartest or single dumbest thing that cab drivers could do right now, comes as at least one SF cab company is threatening to convert to a limo company to compete with ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. Why smartest? Thanks to ridesharing, SF cab drivers are facing threats from all…
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    AOL sites will now track you, whether you like it or not

    AOL has updated its privacy policy to say that it won’t respect Do Not Track requests from visitors to its sites. As first reported by Law360, the new text reads: Some web browsers may transmit “Do Not Track” signals to the websites and other online services with which the browser communicates. Currently, there is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals and AOL currently does not take action in response…
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    Julian Assange says he’ll leave the Ecuadorian embassy… soon

    You have to hand it to Julian Assange: When it comes to publicity stunts, he makes PT Barnum look like an also-ran. Earlier today, the Wikileaks founder who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two years, summoned the world’s journalists to hear some big news. The whisper: That he was about to hand himself over to British authorities. But no. During the press conference, Assange said that had no immediate plans to turn himself in, but that he…
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    Washington Post claims careful insertion of affiliate links into news stories happened by accident

    Last week, I reported that the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post had started putting “Buy it now” links in its news stories. In a follow up piece, I discussed the mixed reaction to the change — with many journalists crying foul but plenty of regular readers welcoming it. Today the Post has told Mashable — Mashable! — that the whole thing is just a big technical hiccup… “What happened was, with the recent introduction of our new article…
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    Ready: Willing and able. Braintree CEO accepts Sarah Lacy’s Ice Bucket challenge

    Earlier today, Pando’s Sarah Lacy accepted Jeff Weiner’s “Ice Bucket” challenge to raise awareness (and money) for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The challenge has already raised close to $13m in new donations for the ALS Association. Afterwards she “called out” Southland speakers Al GoreChristy Turlington BurnsBill Ready and Andy Dunn to take up the challenge. A few minutes ago, Braintree CEO Bill Ready posted this video…. Well played, Bill! Now it’s your turn, Al, Christy and…

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