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    SessionM’s Lars Albright is the quintessential Boston founder — which may not be a bad thing

    One criticism you often hear about Boston startups is that they don’t have a clue how to self-promote. While there is a growing class of young companies that have no problem pumping their own tires — companies like Alfred, transportation startup Bridj, and alcohol delivery company Drizly come to mind — there is still a large number of entrepreneurs who have trouble talking about their success. Two great examples of this staying-under-the-radar trend are fitness tracking app RunKeeper and furniture…
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    Hackers read Obama’s emails thanks to basic phishing attacks

    Russian hackers have read President Obama’s emails. The New York Times reports that the correspondence was collected after the hackers compromised the White House’s unclassified network. And while the emails aren’t classified, they could still contain sensitive information, as CNN revealed when it first reported on the breach. The report is based on testimony from unnamed American officials familiar with the investigation into this hack. Those officials claim that the hackers were not able to compromise the…
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    Tesla’s site and Twitter account were hacked

    Tesla was hacked over the weekend. Its Twitter account was used to offer free Teslas to anyone who called a computer repair shop in Illinois, and its website was defaced with the “name” of its hijackers. Elon Musk’s Twitter account was also “seemingly hijacked briefly around this time.” [Source: TechCrunch]
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    Nokia says it won’t make smartphones

    Nokia has refuted reports that it plans to re-enter the smartphone business in the near future. The company was originally thought to be eyeing the consumer market with a fresh eye now that it’s not shackled by its disastrous partnership with Microsoft. While that might still be the case, it seems Nokia was bothered enough about Recode’s report that it felt a need to refute it. [Source: The Verge]
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    Apple bans fart apps from its smartwatch

    Apple has banned fart apps from the Apple Watch. If you’re the type of person who spends a few hundred dollars on a wrist computer and then decides to use it primarily as a high tech whoopee cushion, this is probably horrible news. If you’re an adult you’ll probably appreciate never having to hear a sick, digitized fart emerge from countless twenty-somethings’ wrists. [Source: Gizmodo]
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    The quantified self, just for yourself

    Over the past few weeks Pando has published a series of articles on the “quantified self” —  the vogue, particularly amongst Silicon Valley types, for measuring all that is measurable about our health and fitness in order to make us even more perfectly perfect versions of ourselves. The term was coined by Wired’s Kevin Kelly in 2007 and today finds form in Fitbits, Up Bands, Glow fertility trackers, and even jabbing a needle into one’s arm to measure whatever “hematocrit” might be.…
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    Stickering it to the man: Airbnb packs SF City Hall for public meeting on home sharing law

    The battle lines were clearly marked as the overflow crowd filled San Francisco City Hall on Thursday evening. The city’s Planning Commission were to consider three amendments to the ‘Airbnb law‘ which regulates the operation of “home sharing” companies. Supporters on both sides had been busy handing out stickers. One, a standard shipping label rectangle in stark red and black, read: “Homes not Hotels: Don’t let Airbnb Write Our Laws.” The other, available in two different tones of teal for the common folk and another in…
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    To help spread its message, the NSA has produced a coloring book. You know, for kids

    By the time I found the National Security Agency booth on the expo floor at last week’s RSA Conference, all the best shwag was gone. The most prized giveaway was a faux-leather Post-it Note kit bearing the agency’s seal. “We can’t print enough of those,” the agency rep manning the booth told me. “Next year, we are going to make the seal even bigger. Kids will really like that, like a badge to show their friends at school.” Is it…
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    Hawaii locals raise $200,000 to fight Pierre Omidyar’s “devastating” prepper farm

    Kauai locals opposed to Intercept publisher Pierre Omidyar’s “devastating” $17.5 million dairy farm raised $200,000 to conduct an independent environmental impact report. Omidyar’s paranoid fear of a global pandemic led him to invest in local Hawaiian food projects. [Source: The Garden Island]
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    After Scientology, Alex Gibney takes on Steve Jobs and… HOLY SHIT THERE’S RYAN PHILLIPPE

    I’m sitting on the corner of fake Obama’s desk trying to focus on a conversation and not be freaked out by fake Mark Zuckerberg, sitting just out of my peripheral vision, cross-legged with his fake famous bare feet with his fake laptop on his fake lap mugging like a real creep. Somehow less freaky is the fake Dalai Lama and the fake Martin Luther King standing on the other side of the room. They say to never meet your heroes. When it…
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    The Apologiator: President Obama takes responsibility, again. And again. And again…

    Obama did it again: After news broke that his drone assassins killed two Al Qaeda hostages in Pakistan, including American aid worker Warren Weinstein, the president took “full responsibility” and offered his “deepest apologies.” It’s an old habit of his, running around the country and the world, taking responsibility for everything, including things he had nothing to do with. Obama learned to take responsibility for things as a kind of motor reflex, and in doing so, he’s hollowed out whatever…
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    Oracle Wage-Fixing Class Action Suit Moves Forward

    San Jose District Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected Oracle’s motions to dismiss a class action wage-theft lawsuit. Last year, Pando broke the story on Oracle’s role in the illegal Techtopus conspiracy to fix hi-tech employees’ wages and mobility. [Source: Courthouse News]
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    German intelligence agency knew NSA was spying on European leaders as early as 2008

    Germany has been one of the harshest critics of the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Yet a new report from Der Spiegel indicates that the NSA spied on world leaders with the help of the country’s electronic surveillance agency, the German BND. This cooperation was revealed as the result of a parliamentary investigation into the relationship between the German BND and the NSA. The inquiry showed that the NSA…
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    Appery incorporates MetaCert security API

    Appery has included the MetaCert security API, which checks links in mobile applications to ensure that malware isn’t being served over the Web, into its “cloud-based platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services.” MetaCert revealed the security API earlier this year. [Source: Appery]
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    GoFundMe, the bigot’s platform of choice, said to be fundraising at $500M valuation

    GoFundMe is reportedly raising funds at a roughly $500 million valuation to help expand its “very profitable” — and controversial — crowdfunding platform. TechCrunch’s report on the funding round is full of important information. Accel Partners* could lead the round. The valuation could change because of the success GoFundMe found as a bootstrapped company. Nothing, as per usual, is set in stone until the official press release is sent out. Yet there’s something you won’t find in TechCrunch’s report on the funding: GoFundMe’s…
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    IVP raises $1.4B fund

    Institutional Venture Partners has raised a $1.4 billion fund — its largest to date — to invest in late-stage companies. The firm now has $5.4 billion of capital under management and reportedly plans to invest between $10 million and $100 million in 10 to 15 companies every year. [Source: Bloomberg Business]
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