November 2013

  1. Erik Prince: Blackwater Founder, Free Market Condottiero

    Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of Blackwater, has a new book: “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.” In it, Prince argues that mercenaries are the truest expression of the American war-fighting spirit.

    By pandodailyguest , written on

    From the News desk

  2. iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA's ed tech fiasco

    Remember that crazy billion-dollar scheme cooked up by LA to equip every public school student in the city with their very own iPad? When it was announced earlier this year, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) superintendent John Deasy described the plan in terms of economic justice. To him, iPads weren't just overpriced gee-whiz toys, they were powerful tools that would finally bring equality and level the playing field between black and white, rich and poor — once and for all.

    By Yasha Levine , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Droptype raises the curtain on Marquee, its dynamic Web publishing tool

    Adding a bunch of images, pull quotes, and whiz-bang design elements to this post would be a lesson in frustration. It can be done -- look no further than the story of Adam Penenberg's hacking for an example -- but it's a finicky process that takes far longer than it probably should. That's because, like a lot of big blogs, Pando relies on WordPress, which simply wasn't developed with magazine-like article layouts in mind.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. The last person on Earth not burned by Facebook's privacy settings realizes her entire wall is public

    It could be the headline to an Onion article. It should be the headline to an Onion article. But in this case the story is real and the joke is on me.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  5. The Acaia is an unhip coffee Kickstarter, and that may be a problem

    The world of Kickstarter and coffee quite often collide. It makes sense, really, because the coffee world is always looking for new ways to iterate on how to make the best cup of joe, and Kickstarter is a perfect place to pitch small, niche ideas to passionate communities. And, let me tell you, the coffee community is passionate.

    By Cale Guthrie Weissman , written on

    From the News desk

  6. From the ashes of Nokia, Jolla emerges with a new mobile offer

    Starting a new mobile phone company in today’s competitive market could be seen as a suicidal business plan, but a new smartphone announced this week may have some features that make it appealing.

    By Barry Avery , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Pandohouse Rock: Income inequality in San Francisco

    We all know the rent is too damn high in San Francisco, recently passing the $3000 a month mark for a two bedroom home. Part of this is due to the tech industry's shift north, from Palo Alto and Mountain View to San Francisco proper, where companies like Twitter and Square call home. And that's creating tensions between the new tech gentry and other residents.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  8. With bitcoin's value rising, expect more stories of lost wallets and forgotten passcodes

    With the price of bitcoin averaging $1,125 across the globe, many have minted a small fortune. But the massive run-up hasn’t been so positive for everyone, as a number of people have lost nearly as much. Given the anonymous nature of bitcoin's community, it's unlikely we'll ever know how much wealth has dissapeared.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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