News & Analysis

  1. Mobile Payments

    Looking to handicap Apple Pay’s chances at success? Look elsewhere around the globe

    Apple Pay officially launched today ushering the US squarely into the early 2000s when it comes to contactless mobile payments. I say this not to suggest that Apple Pay isn’t an innovative and potentially-transformative service – it is – but, rather, to illustrate that much of the rest of the world has been paying for goods and services using their phones for years now. Case in point, while living in Seoul South Korea in 2005 and 2006, something very similar to…
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    Oracle latest to be sued for Techtopus wage-fixing, following Pando’s reporting on its involvement

    An antitrust lawsuit was filed last week against Oracle and Google. This makes the third such antitrust lawsuit to grow out of the Techtopus Silicon Valley wage-fixing sandal. Unlike most of the secret non-solicitation agreements being litigated, this one involving Google, Oracle and Sun was limited to non-recruitment of management level and above. The plaintiffs representing the class suit (embedded below) are Hogue Belong, who seeks to represent Oracle managers and senior workers affected from 2007 on; and Greg Garrison, an Oracle…
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    Uber driver who allegedly assaulted a woman confronts his accuser in a comments section

    News site comments sections are usually dominated by trolls and spambots. But over at a CBS local affiliate website in San Francisco, a dispute is playing out that involves possible criminal charges and one of the highest-valued companies in the Valley. Over the weekend, a San Francisco Uber driver allegedly pulled a woman from his vehicle and smashed her phone following a dispute over directions. The man was cited by police for battery, malicious mischief, and vandalism, and Uber has suspended the…
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    SF Uber driver allegedly pulled rider from car, smashed her phone

    A rider has accused a San Francisco Uber driver of pulling her out of the car and smashing her phone, after a disagreement over directions. Uber has suspended the driver, who was cited by police for “battery, malicious mischief, and vandalism.” [Source: KPIX in San Francisco]
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    Study: Liberals get news from more sources than conservatives — and neither of them trust BuzzFeed

    When it comes to news consumption, the habits of conservatives and liberals are thought to be as polarizing as the political parties that represent them in Washington. A study from 2012 found that only 27 percent of Fox News watchers identify as Democrats, while only 16 percent of MSNBC viewers identify as Republican. But what if go beyond the makeup of individual news outlet audiences to look at the broader habits within ideological groups. Fox News can’t be the only place these conservatives get their news, right?…
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    As the BitLicense comment period ends, lawmakers and industry leaders spar over bitcoin regulations

    After months of handwringing by the bitcoin community, and a steady stream of reassurances by New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Benjamin Lawsky that New York wishes to embrace and support virtual currency businesses, the comment period for the proposed BitLicense regulations has come to a close. The process began with a set of public hearings between regulators and bitcoin industry stakeholders in January, followed by Lawsky publishing a first draft of the proposed regulations to Reddit…
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    Even if it disappears, the iPad isn’t going anywhere

    The iPad isn’t selling as well as it used to. Apple reported yesterday that it sold 12.3 million of the devices during the last quarter; that’s down from 14.1 million units in the same quarter last year. The company actually sold more Macs than iPads last quarter — something few would have thought possible a few years ago, when many believed tablets would eventually replace traditional PCs. All kinds of things could explain the sales slump. Maybe people aren’t as fond of…
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    Bank of England’s real-time settlement system offline following technical glitch

    The Bank of England’s “Real Time Gross Settlement Payment System” (RTGS), which much like the US FedWire provides intraday, inter-bank settlements and liquidity, has been  offline since 6am London time this morning. The BOE has described the issue as a technical glitch. Regardless of the cause, a enterprise-class payments system which last year £70 trillion in payments across 5000 entities, is not functioning. This is a big deal. [Source: Zerohedge]
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    Steam pulls game after developer death threat. But I thought it was only a “platform”?

    Valve, the company behind the leading game distributor and platform on Windows devices, has pulled a game from its Steam marketplace after its developer tweeted a death threat to one of the company’s co-founders, Gabe Newell. Why? Because he was frustrated about the store’s inability to remove a logo claiming that the game was in public beta. The decision to pull the game is simultaneously laudable and worrisome. It’s laudable because the gaming community needs to learn that it’s not…
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    Hoverboards are now one step closer to reality

    Hoverboards. Besides flying cars, there might not be a better symbol of our idealistic futurism than the hoverboard, thanks to countless films and cartoons featuring the devices. Well now we’re one step closer to getting an actual hoverboard thanks to Arx Pax, a company using the same tech found in “levitating” trains to create rudimentary hoverboards for the masses — or at least the masses willing to spend $10,000 to fly about an inch off the ground. [Source: Engadget]
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    Is Apple’s Spotlight tool an invasion of privacy? Depends who you ask

    Yesterday morning the Washington Post reported that Spotlight, the computer-and-Internet search tool Apple improved with the newest versions of its operating systems, shares search and location data by default. Now the Verge reports that Apple resets the IDs used during those searches every 15 minutes, “blurs” user locations, and anonymizes all information. [Source: The Verge]
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    We are PandoLIVE and talking about Whisper-gate. Call in!

    It’s week three of PandoLIVE, our totally unscripted, weekly, call-in show that thousands of people actually listen to and we actually get paid quite a lot of money to produce. (Thanks Rackspace!) This week Paul is in the middle of full on Carr-a-thon about the Guardian-Whisper scandal, including an epic and bizarre debate with Keith Rabois who was, um, going to the bathroom for seemingly half the day. The media has gotten sidetracked like a dog chasing a squirrel all…
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    No, social media is not the best way to track Ebola

    Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an interview with Graham Dodge, founder of the social media health app Sickweather. The headline read, “Could you use social media to track Ebola or Enterovirus? Sickweather thinks so.” By looking at the title, a reader might reasonably assume that Sickweather, which aggregates social media posts in a user’s area to chart the spread of diseases like the flu, thinks it can track Ebola. It fits nicely into that 21st century narrative where iPhones,…
  19. Lyft gets the go-ahead to offer rides at SFO

    Lyft has announced that San Francisco International will become the second airport to allow the ridesharing service to operate there. The first was Nashville International. [Source: Lyft]
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    In a panic over Ebola, USF cancels visit from African journalists

    The University of South Florida has cancelled a visit from 14 journalists who live in African countries. You’ll never guess why… Ohm wait, yes you will. Ebola panic. [Source: Poynter]
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    Apple beats analyst estimates on Q4 earnings

    Apple beat analyst estimates in its 4th quarter earnings report, its first since unveiling a new line of iPhones, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. The company posted $1.43 earnings per share on an estimated $1.31 and $42.1 billion in revenue on an estimated $39.85 billion. [Source: Apple]

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