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    Cisco reportedly altered Russia sales records

    BuzzFeed reports that Cisco altered its sales records after Western countries imposed sanctions on Russia preventing it from selling Internet equipment to the country’s military or security forces. The report claims that Cisco was even able to sell equipment to the FSB; executives at the company have “vehemently denied” allegations that they tried to evade any sanctions. [Source: BuzzFeed]
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    Snowden documents show spy agencies exploiting issues with China’s most popular browser

    New reports from CBC News and the Intercept show that intelligence agencies in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand exploited vulnerabilities in Alibaba’s UC Browser to surveil 500 million people. The agencies also planned to use various app stores to distribute their spyware. The reports indicate that UC Browser offered up all kinds of information about its users. This is notable because it’s the most popular Web browser in China and…
  4. Overheard

    “I don’t particularly think that the existing computer science curriculum has been effective for anybody. It needs to be situated in a real-world or meaningful context so people understand why they’re doing it. That doesn’t make it less rigorous — students learn the same things, but in a different way.”

    — National Center for Women & Information Technology co-founder Lucy Sanders

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    Apple Maps will finally support public transit

    The lack of information about subways, trains, and buses is one of the key problems with Apple’s navigation service, but a report claims that this data will finally be available in the tool when iOS 9 ships this year. [Source: 9to5Mac]
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    Shopify jumps on NYSE

    Shopify’s share price rose as much as 69 percent in opening trading on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. The price was originally set at $17; the company is said to have raised around $131 million. [Source: Reuters]
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    Pew: Most Americans don’t trust private companies or government agencies with their data

    Pew reports that a majority of Americans (roughly 65 percent) believe there are inadequate restrictions on government data collection. Many others have also complained about the amount of data held by online advertisers, social sites, video streaming services, search companies, and other online service providers. The findings are the result of a survey of 498 adults conducted in 2014. Pew estimates that its margin of error is plus or minus 5.6 percentage points. In many cases, this still means a…
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    Stripe looking to raise up to $500M

    Stripe, the digital payments company, is reportedly looking to raise a new round of funding of up to $500 million. This round might also value the company at $5 billion, which makes it too much to be a unicorn, but too little to be a decacorn… how many other types of corn are there? [Source: TechCrunch]
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    Delta spurns travel startups

    Delta has reportedly prevented several travel startups from obtaining information about its flights as part of an effort to “restrict how—and whether—sites can use their fare and schedule data.” The affected startups are Hipmunk, TripAdvisor, and CheapOair. [Source: The Wall Street Journal]
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    “Mad Men Integrated” imagines Don Draper as a millennial social media marketer. And it doesn’t suck!

    Here at Pando, we’re big fans of Mad Men — or at least I am, to such an extent that I ranked and recapped all 92 episodes the other day. But you know what’s (usually) the worst? Social media accounts and sites that imagine the plots of beloved television shows as if they were made in “modern” times. They aren’t categorically bad, but the formulaic nature of the concept enables lazy joke-telling. The most popular of these, Twitter’s “Modern Seinfeld,” is most…
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    As the douchebags start piling up in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” maybe Erlich isn’t so bad?

    Forgive the lateness of this: I’ve been stuck at Sterling Cooper writing 19,000 words about the Mad Men series finale and all 91 other episodesSilicon Valley isn’t anywhere near the same level as Mad Men in terms of documenting the emotional contours of a workplace. Nevertheless, “Homicide,” this second season’s sixth episode, touches on a number of salient issues facing workers in the new tech economy — and most fascinatingly, accurately paints the Valley as just as ruthless, cutthroat, and “douchey” as any industry where people stand…
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    Walking with Disruptors: I crashed yesterday’s big sharing economy conference in SF

    Yesterday, in a windowless, former “Italian men’s club” in San Francisco’s North Beach, flanked by strip clubs on all sides, the “On Demand Conference” was held to address the surging on-demand economy. All our favorite, “established” on-demand services companies sent reps, from Lyft and Uber to Postmates. Also present were the next wave of companies, tackling food-delivery and valet and shipping and laundry and all the other supposedly excruciating aspects of adult life. There were thought-leaders and journalists and would-be entrepreneurs. For some reason Pando was…
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    The Living, Breathing, Evolving Book: Why I Published My eBook On Medium

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Greg Muender that originally appeared on Medium. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process and Mr Muender was not paid for his work.  Imagine you just picked up your brand new luxury sedan. It cost you almost six figures, but boy is it worth every penny. It came with all the bells and whistles, and you didn’t spare a single expense — cutting edge technology, state-of-the-art features, advanced electronics and display. There is just one…
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    Flickr’s and Google’s algorithms are behaving badly

    Flickr and Google are offering a case study in the dangers of faulty algorithms. Flickr’s problem stems from a system that automatically tags images shared to its service with what it sees in the photos. A black-and-white photo is tagged “blackandwhite,” for example, while a nature shot can be tagged with “outdoor.” The problem is that this system automatically tagged several images — one of a black man, another of a white woman — with “ape.” It also labelled…
  19. Overheard

    “After May 22, 2015, the National Security Agency will need to begin taking steps to wind down the bulk-telephone-metadata program in anticipation of a possible sunset in order to ensure that it does not engage in any unauthorized collection or use of the metadata.”

    — Justice Department memo sent before the Patriot Act comes up for renewal

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    Tsotsis leaves TechCrunch

    TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis is leaving the publication to attend the Sloan management masters program at Stanford’s business school. Tsotsis told Recode that the move had nothing to do with Verizon’s imminent purchase of AOL, which acquired TechCrunch in 2010. [Source: Recode]
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    Like FREAK before it, Logjam shows why governments shouldn’t undermine encryption

    A newly-disclosed vulnerability undermines several common security protocols and leaves information sent over many connections vulnerable to surveillance. It’s called the Logjam bug, and it could affect thousands of sites and services. The researchers who discovered the vulnerability guess that it might have been used by the National Security Agency to surveil its targets. It could also be used by other attackers who wish to “read and modify any data” someone is sending. Here’s how the researchers describe the…

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