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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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    Silicon Valley favorite Ron Paul secretly paid a state senator $73k to buy his support

    The free market strikes again! A former Iowa state senator has pled guilty to receiving (and concealing) a $73,000 payment from Ron Paul, Silicon Valley’s favorite libertarian, to switch his support away from Michele Bachmann in the last presidential election. Kent Sorenson originally explained his sudden change of heart came because Ron Paul was “the most conservative [candidate] of this group.”  Which is true, if you take “conservative” to mean “most willing to drop 73 grand.” It’s unclear if, when making an absolute mockery…
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    Shareholders sue Steve Jobs’ estate, Apple board members over wage fixing cartel

    This one’s going to run and run. An Apple shareholder has filed a shareholder derivative suit against Tim Cook, Bill Campbell and other members of Apple’s board over the company’s behavior, highlighted during the Techtopus wage fixing suit. The suit also includes the estate of Steve Jobs as a defendant. Plaintiff R. Andre Klein, acting on behalf of other Apple shareholders, claims that not only was Apple part of a secret wage-fixing cartel but it also failed to disclose to shareholders a…
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    Racists help crowdfunding campaign to support Michael Brown cop hit $250k target (and counting)

    Way to go, racists! As I reported yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown, had already passed $145k in donations. Many of the donations were accompanied by racist slurs and attacks on Brown… Earlier today, the campaign ended after breezing past its $250k fundraising target. That’s $50k more than the reported total raised by Trayvon Martin killer, George Zimmerman. Shortly afterwards, Shield of Hope, the group behind the…
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    As backlash continues, Secret finally blocks names and photo uploads in attempt to curb bullying

    Earlier this month, Pando’s Sarah Lacy wrote that Secret’s investors should “stop trying to justify the lies and libel of Secret.” In response, Secret’s co-founder, David Byttow responded in the worst possible way, revealing that he only cared about teen bullying and suicides if they threatened to cause a PR backlash. A few minutes later, that backlash began. First the Huffington Post picked up our story, linking…
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    Kleiner reports theft of laptops, personnel records from Menlo Park office

    A thief “circumvented” building security at Kleiner Perkins’ office in Menlo Park and stole several laptops, including one used by the firm’s finance department. Details of the theft, which happened in July, have emerged after Kleiner sent a letter to the Attorney General of New Hampshire informing him that one of the password protected machines contained financial records for a resident of the state. That resident appears to be a Kleiner employee. In the letter, embedded below, Kleiner general counsel Paul Vronsky writes…
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    Fitbit just got a great (and probably free) shout out on Big Brother

    Viewers of tonight’s dramatic Big Brother twist, that saw Nicole return to the house (SHUT UP — IT’S A GREAT SHOW!) will have heard Fitbit get a great shout out. And, unlike most of the expensively placed products shown on screen, it doesn’t look like they paid for it. Throughout the season, several references have been made to the “activity trackers” worn by the housemates to monitor which is the laziest. Pointedly though the brand name of the device…
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    Wait, Postmates’ surge pricing is really called “Blitz pricing”?

    I’m becoming increasingly addicted to Postmates, the “Uber for deliveries” startup founded by my (disclosure…) good friend Bastian Lehmann. For a few dollars delivery fee, San Francisco residents can have pretty much anything delivered to their door in about an hour. Recently, for me, that has included everything from pizza to jelly beans and contact lens solution. Tonight though, something new appeared on the app when I tried to order dinner: A warning that 1.75x “Blitz Pricing” is in effect. Apparently…
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    These two soda cans are fun shorthand for how Coca-Cola sees men and women

    You’ve certainly seen Coca-cola’s #shareacoke marketing gimmick of putting names on the side of its cans. I first noticed it on the way back from Southland when, sitting next to Sarah Lacy on our flight, my bottle of soda urged me to “Share a Diet Coke with Sarah.” That’s targeted marketing gold right there, Coke. But now Coke has expanded the campaign to include family members and other social roles, and is spreading it across all of the company’s cola lines. Unfortunately, this…
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    $145k and counting! Racists rush to back GoFundMe campaign for cop who shot Michael Brown

    As we learned from the death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot by vigilante George Zimmerman, there are two things that will surely happen after the shooting of an unarmed black teen, whether by law enforcement or a neighborhood watch weirdo. The first thing — thank God — is that most of America will be united in a collective “what the fuck?” moment. In Ferguson, following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a cop, that moment has resulted in days of violence as…
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    Seacrest out of order: Blackberry asks for sanctions against TV host’s company

    Today in headlines that are actually real: Blackberry has upped its legal fight against Ryan Seacrest for ripping off their keyboard design. According to Law360, Blackberry has asked a California federal judge to sanction Typo Products LLC, co-founded by Seacrest, for continuing to sell a plug-in iPhone keyboard that looks suspiciously — almost exactly — like Blackberry’s keyboard design. The company ‘[called] Typo’s recent distribution of 11,000 keyboards “brazen and blatant.”’ In the original legal complaint (embedded below), Blackberry claimed: BlackBerry’s innovations…

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