Pando

January 2014

  1. Guardian publishes video of GCHQ harddrive destruction, and an amazingly racist quote from Edward Snowden

    Two somewhat bizarre mini-twists in the story of Edward Snowden today, both courtesy of my former colleagues at The Guardian.

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  2. "Angry Birds" will have angry users until privacy rules are clear

    It was reported this week that the NSA and British intelligence agency GCHQ have been gathering information from popular apps including David Cameron’s favourite game, "Angry Birds."

    By Arosha K Bandara , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Here's the leaked Uber email to drivers, showing it's finally taking background checks seriously

    Earlier this week, following the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against Uber, the company finally admitted it hadn't been independently background checking its drivers from black car companies. Instead, Uber had been relying on the black car companies themselves to verify the background of its drivers.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  4. A potentially doomed attempt to remove narcissism from social media

    If the social media "selfie" was a stock, following its fortunes would be an emotional roller coaster. Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2013 was “selfie.” Then Selfies At Funerals blew up on Tumblr, and everyone seethed with outrage at growing societal narcissism. Then James Franco wrote an op-ed for the New York Times defending the "selfie," just to settle the market.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Box is the unicorn that Mark Cuban let get away

    Reports yesterday indicate that Box has finally filed paperwork for its long anticipated 2014 IPO. As is customary with marquee exits, that news leads to a question of who stands to see the biggest return. But uniquely, Box’s earliest investor won’t be cashing in once the company enters the public markets.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Pennsylvania still doesn't trust cyber charter schools, and rightfully so

    This week, for the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Department of Education rejected each and every one of the programs hoping to open full-time cyber charter schools in the state. The state government is sending a clear, unambiguous signal that its cyber school standards are tougher than ever before.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Vietnamese music archivist folds VC backing into copyright lawsuit. Is this the end of pirating?

    Last week, Lang Van, holder of one of the world's largest collections of Vietnamese music, took a stand against online piracy. It levied a lawsuit, not only against the Vietnamese-based company VNG Corporation, but the venture firm IDG Ventures, which heavily invested in VNG, as well.

    By Cale Guthrie Weissman , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Uber's wrongful death suit means everyone's finally talking about ridesharing liability

    On Monday Uber was hit with the first wrongful death lawsuit ever levied against a Transportation Networking Company (TNC). In case it wasn't clear from the flood of national media coverage (including here on Pando), that's a Big Deal.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

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