Pando

August 2012

  1. Why Isn't This News: The Baby Stays In The Picture

    In this episode of Why Isn't This News, there's a baby!

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sex? The Future of Copulation

    A couple of months ago, a Chinese news program called "Xi’an Up Close” aired a two-minute story in which a young reporter recounted the discovery of a mysterious fungi-like object that some villagers had found during the construction of a well. One of the villagers, who in the video can be seen handling the squishy object and assessing its length with a tape measure, speculated that it was a special type of mushroom usually found deep underground, according to a translation provided by the Shanghaiist.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Bitcoin: How a Virtual Currency Became Real with a $5.6M Fraud

    The first thing I thought of when I read about the Bitcoin Ponzi scheme was "Super Mario Bros”. I had heard of Bitcoin before but had always assumed that, like a coin in the classic Nintendo game, it was relatively worthless in the real world. I was wrong. At the current exchange rate, the man responsible for the Ponzi scheme made off with the equivalent of $5.6 million.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Fast Chat: Twitter Exec on the Titanic Tide of Tweets

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBjWgGFKxyA]

    By Lauren Ashburn , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Why French Startups Want an American Touch

    Berlin gets plenty of attention for its burgeoning startup scene, but London and Paris, sometimes lumped together because of the quick Chunnel connection, have a few things going on, too.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Friday Fifteen -- August 31, 2012

    Today, we're trying something new. It's called the Friday Fifteen: 15 GIFs, Tweets, images, videos, and links that tell the story of the week that was.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Pawntique Brings the Pawn Shop Experience Online, Minus the Sketchy Neighborhoods

    As evidenced by the rise of daily deals sites, local listing marketplaces, consumer electronics consignment services, and a bevvy of designer fashion rental services, people like deals and have lots of stuff that they’re willing to get rid of or exchange. The Internet has only added more liquidity and flexibility to the process. These trends have collided recently in a new Web space: online pawn shops.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  8. What's Old Is New: The Gatekeepers Are Back, and Stronger Than Ever

    In the early days of the Internet, its disruptive nature wasn’t a result of technical protocols or flashy GIFs. It was the promise that anyone could head West, set up shop, and succeed based upon their merits, that a startup out of Stanford could organize the world’s information, or that it was possible for a couple of guys to take out an entire industry. It took the ethos of Silicon Valley startups, where the craziest and most brilliant win, and opened it up to the entire world.

    By Trevor Gilbert , written on

    From the News desk

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