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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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    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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    Pando’s caption contest! We have a winner!

    Thanks to everyone who took part in Pando’s caption contest, in which we invited you to add some much-needed context to the above photo of Travis Kalanick feeding some children. First off, kudos to Pando readers for dozens of great entries. Who knew you were all so funny? Staff favorites include: “How much would you pay for this vegetable slice? Well, sorry, it’s lunch time and you are hungry: Surge pricing is in effect, it’s $9 per slice. It’s…
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    Uber dragged into sexual assault row in Nigeria (But this one might not be their fault)

    Just days after an Uber driver in Delhi was accused a raping a passenger, the company has been dragged into a row about an alleged sexual assault in Nigeria. This time, however, the company might not actually be at fault. Uber launched in Lagos earlier this year and, according to sources in the country, the company’s entire operations in the country are handled by just three or four staff. Yesterday, a Twitter user called @MadamFunky tweeted a series of messages apparently describing a…
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    Kevin Montgomery, last remaining Valleywag writer, has left the site

    Kevin Montgomery has left Gawker’s tech gossip site, Valleywag, he confirmed to me earlier this afternoon. SF-based Montgomery was the last remaining writer at the site, following the departure of Nitasha Tiku, who left to join the Verge, and Sam Biddle, who has been reassigned to other duties at Gawker. Confirmation of Montgomery’s departure comes days after Gawker founder Nick Denton confirmed that Biddle had cost Gawker at least a million dollars in advertising revenue through tweets responding to Gamergate trolls.…
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    Caption contest! Travis Kalanick in the kitchen edition…

    From the Uber blog: Yesterday members of the Uber team including CEO Travis Kalanick volunteered at Cooking Matters, a program affiliated with No Kid Hungry, which provides important cooking skills and resources. Post your alternative caption to the above photo, either in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TravisCooks. The best entry, as chosen by the Pando team, wins a one-year Pando membership, a can of Axe body spray and a copy of David Plouffe’s book “The Audacity…

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