Pando

December 2012

  1. Get ready for the age of premium micropublishing

    Over the weekend, three young developers took part in a hackathon and cobbled together a tool that will make creating a paid magazine as easy as publishing a blog post.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Mind Candy: Bringing adorable monsters to the US via the Web, the movies, and McDonald's

    Companies have a knack for getting children to fall in love with monsters. Whether it's the wide variety of dueling critters in Pokémon, the saccharine pastels of Neopets, or a movie about children's screams being used as an energy source, the terrifying truth is that kids like grotesqueties, which is a fun new word I just made up.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Innovators rejoice: Quick Start wants to untangle the patent process

    The hullabaloo over patents isn’t ending anytime soon. Last summer, Apple and Samsung duked it out in a California court, arguing over hardware issues for their smartphones. Samsung was forced to pay licensing fees. And HTC is caught in the fray too -- ditto on licensing fees. And then before that, the tech giant Honeywell sued startup Nest for infringing on patents when creating its “smart” thermostat. And these are just the high-profile cases.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Nope, Nokia still isn't leaving Windows Phone

    Every time someone suggests that Nokia's relationship with Windows Phone 8 is on the rocks, the troubled lovers remind everyone of just how much they mean to each other. The companies' relationship is unique in that Nokia has committed to only building devices with Windows Phone 8, an operating system completely outside of its control. Apple and RIM stick with iOS and BlackBerry, respectively, because they control the entire experience – other manufacturers, like HTC and Samsung, are happy to make devices running just about any operating system under the sun.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. This is what you wanted, right? A perfect meritocracy?

    Did you hear the news? We’ve done it! The Silicon Valley dream has finally come true. We’ve built the perfect meritocracy!

    By Bryan Goldberg , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Nominate your favorite startups, entrepreneurs, and apps for our 2012 Reader's Poll

    NOTE: Nominations for our Readers Poll are now closed. Please vote on the final winners here.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Ray Ozzie's Cocomo raises $4M for "cloud-based backends"

    Cocomo, the Boston-based startup founded by former Microsoft exec and Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie, has raised $4 million in venture backing in debt, according to an SEC filing. The company, doing business as Talko Inc., has been super stealthy about its purpose. Its homepage isn't much more descriptive.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  8. The Daily is dead, but not for the reasons you might think

    And now watch as “media observers” launch a fusillade of "I told you sos" at Rupert Murdoch and the failed Daily. Just hours after News Corp. announced this morning that it is shuttering its iPad-only news publication, plenty of people are already telling us what went wrong. Gawker didn't even wait for The Daily to close up shop, publishing a prescient analysis of its impending demise before it published its first edition.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

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