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    “The days of segregation and discrimination marked by ‘Whites Only’ signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.”

    — Apple CEO Tim Cook on Indiana's discrimination law

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    Tor reportedly hires Verizon’s PR firm to fight back against Pando’s reporting

    Over the past six months, I’ve published a series of stories on the longstanding and deeply conflicted financial relationship between the Tor Project and various arms of the US National Security State. Those arms include the Pentagon, the State Department and a CIA spinoff called the BBG that’s dedicated to waging propaganda warfare against countries hostile to US interests. The articles traced the history of Tor “onion routing” technology and the US military-intelligence apparatus that built it, and explored the role that Tor plays as a 
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    The Harvard developer who Jeff Hammerbacher says was better than Mark Zuckerberg

    One little nugget that almost got lost in our longer interview with Facebook’s former “data god” and Cloudera co-founder Jeff Hammerbacher was about his early days coding at Harvard with Mark Zuckerberg. Back in those days he says he knew Zuckerberg’s code better than he actually knew him as a person. Spoiler: Hammerbacher wasn’t too impressed with it, but in fairness Zuckerberg was distracted building Facebook at the time. They were in a five-person survey and, says Hammerbacher, it wasn’t Zuckerberg…
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    Spotify the subject of acquisition rumors, price to be “north of $14B”

    Digital Music News sites multiple sources who claim Spotify is preparing to be acquired by a mystery buyer in a deal rumored to be priced “north of $14 billion.” The report claims that the Wall Street Journal is prepping an exclusive cover story on the news for this Wednesday, which it will symbolically restrict to subscribers. At that price, if accurate, the list of potential acquirers is short, including possibly: Apple Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Tencent, as well as…
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    The War Nerd: A Brief History Of The Yemen Clusterf*ck

    DILI, EAST TIMOR — I ought to be familiar with the Houthi, the Shia militia that’s now conquering most of what’s worth taking in Yemen. After all, the Houthis started in Saada Province, just a few miles due south of Najran, Saudi Arabia, where I was living a few years ago. But the truth is Yemen was totally closed off to everyone in Najran, and no one except a few networks of smugglers and spies who, from what I heard,…
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    Former Homeland Security head tells Pando why he doesn’t trust his fitness data to the cloud

    Michael Chertoff is one of the millions of Americans who use fitness trackers to accompany them when they exercise. In his case, when he runs. Where the former Homeland Security secretary under George W. Bush differs from most people in that scenario, though, is in the fact that he leaves all his data on the device itself and doesn’t let any of it get saved to the cloud. Sure, he concedes in an interview with Pando, there might be some…
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    Instagram grudgingly agrees that photos of menstrual blood shouldn’t be banned

    From its removal of a page promoting a nude charity calendar to its ban on art critic Jerry Saltz for posting artistic representations of genitalia, Facebook’s policies on sexually suggestive material are among the most Puritanical of all major tech companies. That’s no small feat considering Google’s recent removal of adult blogs and Snapchat’s policy against porn stars making a living wage. But Facebook’s subsidiary, Instagram, went over the line when it removed a photo (shown above) taken by poet Rupi Kaur of a…
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    Kleiner partners respond to judgement in Pao trial with two line, gloaty statement

    This press statement just landed in my inbox from Kleiner, moments after the jury delivered their final verdict exonerating the firm from any discrimination against Ellen Pao. The email says the statement should be “attributed to the partners of KPCB.” “Today’s verdict reaffirms that Ellen Pao’s claims have no legal merit. We are grateful to the jury for its careful examination of the facts. There is no question gender diversity in the workplace is an important issue. KPCB remains committed to supporting women…
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    LIVE: Pao/Kleiner jurors explain how they reached their verdict

    Right now, Judge Kahn is asking jurors in the Kleiner vs Pao case to explain why they reached their verdict. Dan Raile is in court for Pando and is documenting those explanations. Here they are, updated as they come in live from the courtroom. Dan’s full report of the day’s events will be filed later. Kahn: “Clearly the burning question is why you did you reach the verdict you did. If you are comfortable I invite you to answer with moderation…
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    Let’s try that again: Despite flip-flopping jury, Pao loses Kleiner suit on all counts (definitely this time)

    Earlier this afternoon, in a final twist, the judge in the Pao vs Kleiner trial ordered the jury to go back and try again to reach a majority verdict after confusion over juror votes. A jury aiming to understand what really drives one of the world’s most powerful venture first apparently foiled by basic math. But no matter! A few moments ago, that same jury returned, this time promising that they definitely — absolutely — no doubt about it — have reached…
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    DripDrop is a rare startup that actually saves lives

    Plenty of startups claim to be changing the world. But how many can truly deliver on that promise by saving lives? DripDrop, which offers a truly disruptive, medical-grade oral rehydration system can claim just that. After less than two years in the market, the product is now used by professional and elite amateur athletes, military and first responders, and in disaster relief and mainstream hospital settings. But despite these high-intensity use cases, DripDrop is a simple powdered beverage mix…
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    After a crazy day, Meerkat founder says “I want to be in India, I want to be on Jimmy Fallon… I want to be everywhere”

    Yesterday was quite a day for Meerkat founder Ben Rubin. First, his company announced that it had raised money from Greylock Ventures and a bunch of other venture funds, many with connections to the entertainment industry: Lorne Michaels-connected Broadway Video Ventures, Universal Music Group,  and Comcast Ventures. Then, later yesterday morning, Twitter, which served as a conduit through which Meerkat quickly gained widespread popularity, unveiled Periscope, its own live-feed application, described by some as a Meerkat killer. When you…
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    Cloudera’s Jeff Hammerbacher on the ugly underbelly of Silicon Valley’s startup culture

    Jeff Hammerbacher actually had to fly to San Francisco for his PandoMonthly last month. The former Facebook mafia “data god” and Cloudera co-founder made his name and fortune in the Valley, but he’s since moved to New York. Part of that was for an opportunity at Mount Sinai Hospital. But part of it was also that he was just done with the Valley’s hypergrowth startup game– as much as he’d profited off of it. In this clip of our fireside chat,…
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    Oh boy. Jury sent back out in Pao trial, court in recess

        “At this point I am going to ask you to resume your deliberations. I am unable to record the verdict, i will speak to the lawyers outside of your presence and very possibly ask you to come back in, but in the meantime you must talk amonst yourself about Ms. Pao’s fourth claim.” A final — or maybe not final — twist in the Ellen Pao vs Kleiner trial. The judge in the case has just sent the…
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    Here’s the verdict form from Pao v. Kleiner Perkins

    Recode has published the verdict form jurors were tasked with filling out as they sought to determine the end to Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins. It’s available at the source. [Source: Recode]
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    BREAKING: Jury finds in favor of Kleiner in Pao vs Kleiner trial

    BREAKING… (Previously.) After two days of deliberation, the jury in the Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers trial has emerged to deliver its verdict. Even though many reporters, including myself, expected Kleiner to win, the verdict, when it came, still caused audible shock in the courtroom. Over the course of the four-week trial, the jury was persuaded by attorney/s for Kleiner that Pao was not discriminated against by her former employer, and that her termination and lack of promotion were…
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