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Paul Carr

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

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    As 99 Google Loons go by, someone realizes they probably shouldn’t be represented by tiny fighter jet icons

    A couple of months back, Pando revealed that you could now track the progress of Google’s ‘Loon’ project using commercial flight tracking software. At the time, the Loons were somewhere off the coast of New Zealand. They were also represented, worryingly, by tiny fighter jet icons. The only way to tell for sure that they were balloons was their use of call-signs beginning HBAL. Now, courtesy of Jason Rabinowitz, we learn that Google is flying a new batch of Loons,…
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    Morin goes back on transparency pledge, refuses to confirm or deny report that Apple is buying Path

    Last night, Pando’s Michael Carney cited a well-placed source who claims that Apple is on the verge of buying flailing social network, Path. Today, on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, Path founder Dave Morin was asked about the report. Morin’s response was straight from the Dummies Guide To Media Training: “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” When TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino pointed out “that’s not a no,” Morin repeated his response. There are a couple of things to note here. For one…
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    Ashley Madison accuses South Korea of cheating

    The owners of Ashley Madison, the Canadian-based dating website for cheaters, is suing the South Korean government for… not playing fair. The lawsuit, brought in Canadian federal court by Avid Life Media, says that South Korea unfairly blocked access to Ashleymadison.com after determining that it contained unspecified “illegal information.” As Courthouse News reports: “No sexual interaction can take place on the plaintiff’s website any more than it can by individuals using other websites that the defendants permit to operate freely,” the…
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    Judge grants Uber’s request to toss class action suit over driver tips

    A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that Uber drivers cannot mount a class action suit against the company over tips paid by riders. The drivers had claimed that Uber had concealed from riders the fact that it doesn’t hand over the full amount of the tip automatically added to ever journey. For its part, as I wrote last week, Uber argued that it was riders, not passengers, who were misled by the policy. This past Thursday, reports Courthouse News, judge…
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    “Fashion icon” Lindsay Lohan accused of stealing idea for a “virtual closet” app

    Lindsay Lohan and her brother are tech entrepreneurs now, apparently. And also, if a cease and desist from Fima Potik is to be believed, intellectual property thieves. According to the New York Post, Lohan and her brother, Michael Jr., were previously involved in a “virtual closet” app called Spotted Friend, which was described as “A Fima Potik & Lindsay Lohan Production.” Recently, however, Michael Jr announced he was raising money for a similar app, using his sister as a celebrity endorser… Last…
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    Court docs show Gawker REALLY doesn’t want former interns to hear about upcoming class action suit

    Last month, a court ruled that a group of former unpaid Gawker interns could mount a class action suit against the planet’s most hypocritical gossip blog. All that remains is for both parties — the interns and Gawker’s management — to agree on how best to notify former interns that they are eligible to participate. Consider that Gawker has built its entire fortune on showing the ugly guts of media companies to the world. Consider also that Gawker is trumpeting its…
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    Why is “libertarian” Uber sponsoring San Francisco’s giant police militarization conference?

    Well, this is a little weird. Since Ferguson, the debate has become significantly louder around the over-militarization of America’s police officers. Leading that charge has been the libertarian movement, in particular Radley Balko whose book “The Rise of the Warrior Cop” was a call to — uh — arms for those who are convinced that the  Fish and Wildlife Service is soon going to start operating like Seal Team Six. That last line wasn’t facetious, by the way. Balko…
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    AOL picks content farm founder to run TechCrunch

    Oh man. A few years ago, just after I resigned from TechCrunch over AOL’s ousting of Mike Arrington (how funny that seems now), CNN’s Howard Kurtz invited me on to his show to discuss the flame-out, and to ask me a question: Is TechCrunch “done”? My answer at the time was that while TechCrunch itself would probably continue to exists as a “content” “brand,” the TechCrunch that Mike Arrington founded, and that I had come to love in a Stockholmy way,…
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    The Queen thinks selfies are “strange”

    The Queen has reportedly told a British magazine that she considers selfies “strange.” Per the BBC: The monarch is said to have made the comments during a “nice chat” to US ambassador Matthew Barzun at Buckingham Palace after his appointment. Mr Barzun told Tatler magazine: “She was essentially saying, ‘I miss eye contact’.” Here are some things the Queen apparently does not find strange: 1) This hat…   2) And this one…   3) This son, who talks to…
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    Uber asks judge to toss class action lawsuit by claiming it was only lying to passengers, not drivers

    Uber has asked a California judge to reject attempts by drivers to launch a class action suit over unpaid tips. The suit claims that passengers were tricked into believing that the mandatory gratuity added onto Uber rides went entirely to drivers. It doesn’t. The case has been wending its way through the courts for just over a year and Uber’s latest gambit, according to Law360, is to argue that “there’s no evidence the drivers relied on any of…

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