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    Coinbase wins the race to launch the first regulated US bitcoin exchange

    When it rains, it pours – bitcoin exchanges, that is. Just 72-hours ago, there were no regulated bitcoin exchanges based in the US. Today, we are hours away from having at least one and there are several other high-profile project in the works. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Coinbase will debut a licensed US exchange Monday. The company has obtained licenses to operated in half of the US states, initially, including the major population, finance, and technology hubs of New York…
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    Dice.com bares its ugly soul in its latest advertising campaign

    Only a handful of hours removed from the end of Pando’s 24-hour Don’t Be Awful event, a gathering dedicated to fostering ideas for a better Silicon Valley, and we already have another glaring example of why such an event is desperately needed.  Dice.com, a self-described “a job searching platform for technology professionals,” is advertising its service with a Bay Area billboard that reads “Find the hottest tech talent” and which is adorned with shirtless men, who I guess…
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    Three roles that every investor should play

    (Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Boriz Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Wertz was not paid for this post.) Three roles that every investor should play What’s the right role for an investor to play with their portfolio? Should he or she be the biggest cheerleader, the toughest critic, or just have the deepest pockets? As someone who is still relatively early in his investing career, I often think…
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    We’re LIVE with our Don’t Be Awful 24 hr event. Watch the livestream right here

    Pando’s 24 hour “Don’t Be Awful” event just started in SF. We’ll be here for 24 hours with an amazing lineup of speakers joining a conversation about how to make a better Silicon Valley. The livestream is below, or you can see the full agenda here. If you’d like to join the conversation live, we’re @pandodaily on Twitter or email dontbeawful@pandodaily.com. Wish us luck!
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    For Netflix and Amazon, film may be much harder to tackle than television

    A few days ago, the Internet giants finally joined Hollywood’s elite when Transparent became the first show distributed solely by a tech company — in this case, Amazon — to win Best Series at a major award show — in this case, the Golden Globes. It was a triumph not just for Amazon, and not just for the larger community of disruptive newcomers to television, which includes Netflix and Hulu. It was, quite frankly, a triumph for great, risky, and challenging…
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    Quiz: CES gadget or SkyMall product?

    SkyMall, the catalog featuring hilariously unnecessary products like a human slingshot and $100 USB cufflinks, has filed for bankruptcy. Poring through the SkyMall catalog was a cherished event for air travelers, at least for those ten or fifteen minutes during takeoff and landing when some flight attendants still give fliers grief for using electronic devices. The reasons for the liquidationm however, are not necessarily related to the ridiculousness of the selling dog spa gift boxes and…
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    Delhi rape victim’s lawyer: We have no confidence in Uber’s safety measures

    “While we have no doubt Uber is focused on its bottom-line, we are surprised by this development as we had made it clear to Uber that the rape victim wanted to be part of the consultation process regarding the safety procedures to ensure that no other person becomes a victim at the hands of an Uber driver. Most unfortunately this has not happened and we have no confidence that the ‘India-specific safety measures’ will prevent another attack.” ~Douglas H. Wigdor,…
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    Here are the confirmed speakers (so far!) for Pandoland 2015. It’s going to be ridiculous

    I couldn’t be more excited at how this year’s Pandoland conference is shaping up. We just put more tickets on sale, at the early bird price of $699 for the full three day event, June 15th-17th 2015. The venue is the same as last year: Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee. (And, yes, that photo above really is of the audience from last year’s event, taken during one of the nighttime music sessions.) Paul and I are going to Nashville…
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    Wikipedia tacitly endorses GamerGate by blocking its opponents from editing gender-related articles

    Wikipedia’s arbitration committee, which acts as the organization’s top decision-maker, has banned several people from editing articles related to gender and sexuality. Why? Because they sought to prevent the site from taking a positive stance on GamerGate. For anyone who has managed to forget what GamerGate is: it’s a movement that claims to be about ethics in games journalism, though many of its adherents are more devoted to harassing women who make, critique, or have some other form of involvement with the video game…
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    Obama said to scrap plans to privatize NSA-collected metadata

    President Obama has reportedly scrapped plans to have a private company hold the phone metadata collected through National Security Agency surveillance programs. Reuters says in a report citing several anonymous security professionals that the plan was abandoned because it’s seen as “unworkable for both legal and practical reasons.” A source told Reuters that the decision is not final, but privatizing the data seems unlikely. The plan was first proposed after the government faced widespread criticism when the NSA’s worldwide surveillance dragnets were revealed to the public…
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    LA Mayor orders LAX to create a level playing field for taxis and ridesharing companies

    Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered LAX to draft new rules that would allow Uber and Lyft to operate. In a letter sent last fall, Garcetti urged the airport commission to create a “level playing field” for ridesharing companies and taxis. … Taxis are subject to a byzantine set of regulations, which have been in place for decades. Airport officials are now considering imposing some of those rules on Uber and Lyft, while eliminating others for taxis. [LA Weekly]
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    Tomorrow: Jose Antonio Vargas and many, many more great speakers join us for “Don’t Be Awful.” You should too!

    A quick reminder that Don’t Be Awful — our 24-hour event to hatch ideas for a better Silicon Valley — starts at noon tomorrow in San Francisco, and live online at dontbeawful.com. Confirmed participants include Jose Antonio Vargas, Rachel Sklar, Tim O’Reilly, David Hornik, Paul Judge, Brad Feld, and many, many more. We’re still adding names to the list, so check out the official site for the latest confirmations. The event runs non-stop from noon on Saturday to noon…
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    Launch Tennessee: This is why startups hate working with politicians

    A quick update from Pando’s department of public fights we really don’t have time for… Pando historians will remember that, last year, our flagship Nashville conference (then called “Southland”) was produced in partnership with “Launch Tennessee,” the state-funded regional development agency tasked with encouraging entrepreneurship in Tennessee. We were responsible for the on-stage content and guests, and brought in the vast majority of sponsors, and Launch Tennessee helped with logistics and fronted part of the cost. This year’s event — Pandoland! —…
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    Senators introduce bill to rein-in law enforcement use of location data

    Numerous senators from around the country have (re-)presented a bill which would require law enforcement to obtain warrants before gathering location information from phones, GPS devices, and the “stingrays” which mimic cell towers to gather data. The bill was co-written by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR.), who has previously argued against the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and the FBI’s efforts to force tech companies to include “backdoors” into their products to assist with domestic spying. The bill’s inclusion of location…
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    Apple may have compromised everyone’s security for access to China

    Apple is said to have given the Chinese government access to the software used in its iPhones to conduct “security checks” meant to ensure the privacy of China’s citizens. The revelation comes courtesy of a tweet from one of China’s state-run publications and a Beijing News report claiming Apple chief executive Tim Cook authorized the checks. China’s government originally delayed the launch of Apple’s latest iPhones within the country because it feared they might be used by foreign governments to…
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    After a long, long road to IPO, Box’s shares pop 60 percent in early trading

    After more than a year of fits and stops along the road to IPO, shares of enterprise storage company Box began trading this morning on the New York Stock Exchange. The company completed the sale 12.5 million shares to investors at a price of $14 per share yesterday, exceeding its pre-IPO estimated range of $11 to $13, but falling short of the $20 per share at which it raised its last private round in July 2014. The offering will…
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