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    Aneel Bhusri on disruption and taking on Oracle: “It always comes from the upstarts”

    The first generation of enterprise software giants badly missed “the cloud.” There might be no better real world example of the innovator’s dilemma. Stalwarts like Oracle and SAP largely ignored the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, willingly ceding what they viewed as a small opportunity to any upstart willing to make a play for it. Many tried. And yet, despite this lack of competition, most of the early cloud companies failed to gain much traction. This was a topic of conversation…
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    Listen again to this week’s PandoLIVE

    Most of the airtime of this week’s PandoLIVE call-in show was given over to our discussion about Whisper’s current privacy scandal. Fortunately, though, there was still time to talk about our sponsor Rackspace’s plan to murder children and turn them into delicious jam. I suspect they’re going to regret trusting us to ad-lib their ads now. You can listen to the full show below: … SPONSOR MESSAGE: Free Hosting!  Visit www.rackspacestartups.com to see if your startup qualifies for free hosting…
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    Aneel Bhusri: I thought Larry Ellison was a nice guy… and then he went off on Workday

    Speaking on stage at tonight’s PandoMonthly, Aneel Bhusri explained what it was like when Larry Ellison “went off” on Workday at the 2012 AllThingsD conference just before Workday’s IPO. Here’s his response, as reported by the WSJ: Larry: It’s going to be very interesting to monitor Workday. We monitor Workday, and we beat Workday all the time. Workday doesn’t use a database. They use Flash as a user interface, so they can’t run on iPhones or iPads. Whenever we’re in a…
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    Pando members — watch the livestream of Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang. RIGHT NOW

    Starting right now in San Francisco, Sarah Lacy is interviewing Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang for this month’s PandoMonthly. As ever, we’ll be covering news from event here on Pando, but Pando Members can watch the whole interview, live and in HD, in the members’ area. If you’re not yet a member, you can join right now, right here.
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    So Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs. But will the movie be any good?

    You may have heard that Aaron Sorkin, the purveyor of verbal acrobatics and thinly-drawn female characters behind “West Wing” and “Social Network,” has written another biopic of a famous entrepreneur: Steve Jobs. Now the upcoming film, which will be helmed by “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle, has a leading man. Christian Bale will pick up where Ashton Kutcher left off by playing the mercurial Apple founder. Say what you will about Bale  — the “Batman voice” is still the worst — but…
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    Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems (Newsweek)

    “In some ways the higher echelons of Google seemed more distant and obscure to me than the halls of Washington. … I was intrigued that the mountain would come to Muhammad. But it was not until well after Schmidt and his companions had been and gone that I came to understand who had really visited me.” ~Julian Assange, in Newsweek
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    Senator demands answers as Guardian publishes evidence that Whisper exec lied about user privacy

    There’s no pretty way to say this: Whisper is fucked. Earlier today, it was reported that Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has written to CEO Michael Heyward demanding a Committee staff briefing to explain the company’s privacy protections. In the letter, embedded below, Rockefeller wrote: To assist the committee in evaluating questions that have been raised about [Whisper's] practices and policies, I request a Committee staff briefing from your company… I…
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    Sen. Jay Rockefeller calls for briefing on Whisper’s privacy practices

    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has called for a briefing on Whisper’s privacy practices in the wake of the Guardian’s report claiming that the “anonymous” app tracks users. [Source: Re/Code]
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    70 researchers question claims that Lumosity makes you smarter

    In a letter signed by 70 researchers, neuroscience experts have called into question apps like Lumosity that claim to improve brain functions. While these apps cite research to support their claims, the letter states that the research is “only tangentially related to the scientific claims of the company, and to the games they sell.” [Source: Science]
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    Why Ello’s idealism might be the real deal

    I haven’t paid much attention to Ello, the nascent social network that attracted headlines when it debuted because of its promise not to sell user data or make money from advertisements. And I’ll admit that a not-insignificant part of me wished that people would shut the hell up about it. That changed this morning, when the company announced that it has become a public benefit corporation with a charter that specifically prohibits selling data or showing advertisements, even though it also…
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    Care about journalism? Don’t read GigaOM until it drops the NSA as an advertising partner

    As difficult as it is for journalistic purists to accept, sponsored content (or “native advertising” or “advertorials” — pick your poison) has become an inescapable form of monetization in the new media economy. But “sponsored content” covers a wide spectrum. Sometimes an advertiser will sponsor a series of stories but leave editorial control entirely in the hands of the news outlet (that’s how Pando does it). Other times, articles are written wholesale by the sponsor. Often they are innocent enough, like this Buzzfeed post prepared by Starbucks’ marketing team…
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    Google demonstrates its power over the press by cowing German publishers

    The last few months have brought a lot of talk about how Facebook and its algorithms control the media landscape by rewarding publications for following trending stories, prioritizing light content over hard news, and worrying more about a story’s sensationalism than its accuracy or implications. Meanwhile, another tech company has been quietly manipulating the press and fighting to keep its control over the media landscape, and it’s done so with nary a complaint from many journos.…
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    No more clueless meetings. Charlie is a virtual assistant that prepares briefing sheets on every meeting attendee

    We’ve all been there, rushing into a meeting with someone we’ve never met, barely sure of their name let alone their professional background or personal interests. It’s a tough place to start a new relationship, and totally avoidable with a little prep. But we’re all busy. If only we were like the President, or anyone even half as important, who has an assistant prepare dossiers on each participant before every meeting. Prepare to feel like the President. Charlie is…
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    Let’s stop focusing on why wearables might change the world and deal with market reality

    As far as 50-page existential ponderings on the current state and future direction of wearable technology go, The Wearable Future — a new report released Tuesday as part of PwC’s consumer intelligence series — is a doozy. It is filled with talk about wearables needing to move toward more “human-centered design,” reshaping the market around user experience in order to meet its destiny of reshaping every industry you could possibly think of: medicine, retail, human resources… For the dystopian…
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    “We unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards.”

    — Electronics for Imaging's defense for paying foreign workers $1.21 per hour

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    A Quora thread is getting its own show. What other Quora questions would make compelling TV?

    Having already tapped Tumblr and Twitter for television show ideas, Hollywood is looking to a less-likely source for inspiration: The Q & A site Quora. According to Variety, producer Josh C. Kline is pitching production companies on an idea he found in a Quora thread below the question, “If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?” Yeah, it’s the kind of question asked by the kid in the dorm room smoke…
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