Paul Carr

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

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    Whisper launches “groups” feature in new iOS update

    Speaking a few minutes on stage at Pando Monthly, Whisper’s Michael Heyward broke some news: in today’s update of Whisper’s iOS app, Whisper rolled out new “groups” functionality, allowing users to curate their feed by topics. As examples, Heyward cited “Starbucks confessions,” Cross Fit and religious groups as the kind of things users might want to filter their feed to include. Once a user has selected their interest groups, Whispers about those topics take over their entire feed. The interview is still happening…
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    Byliner acquired by Vook. Existing authors to get big royalty bump

    Earlier this year, I wrote about my experiences with Byliner, the ebook publishing house that had fallen on hard times. As a Byliner author, I’ve been trying for the past few months to find out what the hell is going on with my book. A few minutes ago, I — and presumably everyone else published by Byliner — got an answer. The company, including their backlist, has been acquired by Vook. I’m still digging into the exact…
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    Trial date set in Techtopus wage fixing case

    It’s on! Following her rejection of the Techtopus wage fixing settlement, Judge Lucy Koh has set a trial date for the case. Assuming there is no other settlement agreed in the next few months, the pretrial conference date is set for December 19th of this year, with the actual trial beginning on April 9th 2015. Meanwhile, attorneys for the tech companies involved in the suit — including Google and Apple — have filed a request for the 9th Circuit to…
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    Come see Pando in LA or San Jose tomorrow evening

    If you’re planning on being in either Los Angeles or San Jose tomorrow evening, here are your plans: In LA from 6pm tomorrow, Sarah Lacy interviews Whisper CEO Michael Heyward at the next installment of our Pando Monthly event series. Given our recent coverage of anonymous apps like Secret and Ask.fm, it’s sure to be a — uh — lively conversation. As I write this, there are just a few tickets left at the sponsored price (thanks Rackspace!) of $20.…
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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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