News & Analysis

  1. poodles

    New bug POODLE leaves some data insecure, but it’s easier to fix than Heartbleed and Shellshock

    Google researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the popular Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) tool that could allow attackers to perform so-called “man-in-the-middle” attacks to access encrypted private information. The vulnerability is called POODLE, and even though the majority of Web browsers have been updated to a version of SSL that doesn’t feature the bug, hackers can force the browsers to use older, vulnerable versions of SSL to enable their attacks. One of the researchers who discovered the POODLE bug
  3. Overheard

    “In the Apple space, there’s about maybe one or two partial blogs that are actually trying to go out and get original material. But most of them are rewriting our stuff or The Wall Street Journal. We do that too, because we would have one exclusive per day and nobody would come to us and they would just go to an aggregator and read what they read.”

    — 9to5Mac founder Seth Weintraub

  4. elsewhere

    Apple wants to secretly object to sapphire supplier’s bankruptcy

    Apple has asked the courts to allow it to testify against the bankruptcy claim made by GT Advanced Technologies, the company that supplies the sapphire used in its camera lenses and TouchID sensors, Ars Technica reports. The company is asking to testify in secret because it wants to “protect the confidential commercial information contained therein and to comply with the terms of its confidentiality agreements with GTAT.” [Source: Ars Technica]
  5. elsewhere

    Bono apologizes for forced U2 album download

    Bono has apologized for Apple’s decision to force the latest U2 album onto all of its customers in September. He said that the band got “carried away” and that it was worried people might not have heard their “years of work” on the album if it was released in a way that didn’t, you know, involve a large tech company sending it out to all of its customers. [Source: U2]
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    Power nerds and computer Putins: Iggy Pop weighs in on the new music economy

    I discovered the punk pioneer Iggy Pop in the least punk of ways: In the bargain bin of a suburban Virgin Megastore. The cover and title of “Raw Power,” and the animalistic interplay between them, were irresistible. Coming of age in the 90s, my conception of punk rock was informed by Green Day, the Offspring, and Blink 182. But this clearly wasn’t the work of privileged pranksters or skateboard brats. This would truly tear me to shreds. Now, 40 years after the…
  8. Newsweak Dorian

    Support Dorian Nakamoto, but please don’t line his attorney’s pockets for his doomed case against Newsweek

    Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who was seemingly wrongly outed in a Newsweek (or as we dubbed it, “Newsweak”) cover story as the creator of bitcoin, is planning to sue the once great magazine. Nakamoto and his attorney Ethan Kirschner of Kirschner Law have set out to raise a legal defense fund, launching via the website and an associated Twitter account. Donations are being accepted via bitcoin (naturally), but also by credit card. In a section…
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    Dorsey and Rabois deny reports that Square considering sale to PayPal

    Square’s founder Jack Dorsey and former COO Keith Rabois vigorously denied reports by Bank Innovation today that the company was in “early” but “serious” discussions to be acquired by eBay. Both took to Twitter (Dorsey’s prior company) to voice their displeasure with what Rabois (perhaps mistakenly) described as libelous accusations. [Source: Rabois / Dorsey]
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian to shut down

    The San Francisco Print Media Company, which owns SF Weekly, the Examiner, and the Bay Guardian, has announced that it will shut down the 48-year-old Bay Guardian newspaper. “Unfortunately, the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years,” writes SF Media Company publisher Glenn Zuehls. [Source: SF Weekly]
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    With the Matter reboot, has Medium actually pulled off what Pierre Omidyar only promised?

    Investors and advisors in Medium who I’ve spoken with say one thing has consistently surprised them about the company: That famed founder Evan Williams is not “religious” about anything. Typically when someone has two successes under their belt– albeit Blogger far smaller of a win that Twitter– they think they know it all. And let’s be honest: Williams doesn’t really need anyone else’s money to build whatever he wants. Add to that the fact that Blogger sold early and he…
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    Report: Google to lead $500M round in “cinematic reality” company Magic Leap

    Sources tell Re/Code that Google will lead a $500 million funding round in a company called Magic Leap, which promises to deliver “what we believe will be the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world.” That boast suggests that it can improve upon the experience offered by Oculus Rift, which Facebook recently bought for $2 billion. [Source: Re/Code]
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    Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to have eggs frozen

    By January, two of the biggest tech firms in the US will begin picking up the bill for female employees who want to have their eggs frozen. According to NBC News, Facebook has already begun the practice and Apple will start in a couple months. “Having a high-powered career and children is still a very hard thing to do,” egg-freezing advocate Brigitte Adams told the outlet. [Source: NBC News]
  16. click-bait

    Clickhole brilliantly sends up Ello with its ad-less, colorless, wordless social network Zylch

    Columbia Journalism Review? Nieman Lab? David Carr’s Times column? You’re all on watch. Clickhole has become the best media criticism site on the planet. The subsidiary of the Onion began by largely lampooning the clickbait listicles and quizzes of sites like Buzzfeed and its Expanded Universe of copycat sites like Viralnova and Distractify. Recent highlights include “How Many Of These Smells Can You Identify?” and “8 Signs He’s Cheating” (like “A hound barks thrice at dawn”). But…
  17. pando-inside-baseball

    Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories?

    “The Brits and the Yanks have long enjoyed a “special relationship,” and the bond between The Guardian and The New York Times is certainly special. But when it comes to printing stories based on top-secret documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the relationship between the British and American media outlets occasionally seems frayed as well.” – Daily Beast
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    Watch our full PandoMonthly fireside chat with Bessemer Venture’s Jeremy Levine

    Jeremy Levine has invested in some of the biggest consumer hits of the Web 2.0 era, including LinkedIn, Yelp, and Pinterest. He’s also refreshingly humble and honest about some of his biggest misses — In 2004, Levine brushed off a relentless kid named Eduardo Saverin, telling him, “Kid, haven’t you heard of Friendster?” That mix of wisdom, candor, and storytelling made for one of our most enjoyable and valuable PandoMonthlys yet. Joining Sarah Lacy on stage in New York, Levine…
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    Zuck donates $25M to CDC for Ebola fight

    Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help the group fight the Ebola epidemic, Mark announced with a Facebook post today. [Source: Mark Zuckerberg]
  21. Different Strokes for Different Folks

    Anti-burn: How bootstrapped Zoho survived two tech bubbles and became a massive success

    Silicon Valley has been up in arms of late over burn rates. With private companies raising larger rounds at higher valuations than ever before and chasing broader market opportunities than possible in the past, it’s no surprise that entrepreneurs are spending at an unprecedented rate to grow as fast as they can. But, despite these understandable circumstances, several of the industry’s most respected investors have raised a red flag on the issue, arguing that it’s a symptom of good times…

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