Pando

February 2014

  1. Data shows that Budweiser won the (social media) Super Bowl

    Confirming what anyone who watched the Budweiser Puppy Love commercial already knew, startup Poptip confirmed that Budweiser won the social media Super Bowl. Hearts melted, viewers swooned, thousands of puppies got adopted from local shelters across the nation (probably), and Budweiser earned 5,491 mentions on Twitter from 3:30pm EST to 6:30pm EST. It was the most popular brand on the social networking platform throughout the event.

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Is paying for Super Bowl air time a waste of money? Here are some charts that explain.

    As the Daily Mail's head of social media sagely pointed out, "The only people who 'won' the Super Bowl were the Seahawks." But that hasn't stopped reporters and analysts from proclaiming a Super Bowl victory for any number of brands that sought to dominate the conversation on Sunday and, in theory, get more people to buy their shit.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Ray Kurzweil is wrong: The Singularity is not near

    Technology culture celebrates "the crazy ones," those who expand our understanding of life, who can forge new realities out of their own imagination. Then again, sometimes "the crazy ones" come up with things that are just plain crazy.

    By Nathan Pensky , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Bitcoin payday: BitPay's Payroll API means bitcoin salaries are near

    It’s about to get much easier to be paid in bitcoin. Atlanta-based bitcoin payments platform BitPay recently introduced its Bitcoin Payroll API into limited beta and continues to expand its service. Previously, paying employees in bitcoin required that an employer have a high degree of technical competency and assume the currency risks associated with holding bitcoin. BitPay aims to solve both issues.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Cleaning up space debris with sailing satellites

    Since the birth of space flight in 1957, the number of man-made objects orbiting the Earth has grown every year. There are now more than 15,000 such objects larger than 10cm, at least those that we know of. Even very small particles can pose a risk to spacecraft, because of the high relative velocities at which they travel. Not only can space debris affect critical equipment such as communications satellites, but it can also endanger manned space flights.

    By Mark Schenk , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Super Bowl tweets were only up 3% this year. Is Twitter hitting a plateau?

    As Twitter embarked on its historic IPO last November, people had two big concerns about the company: One, that it wasn't profitable; and two, that it wasn't growing its user base fast enough. In fact, since the fourth quarter of 2012, active user growth has steadily decelerated.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  7. GoldieBlox Super Bowl ad undermines its Beastie Boys legal position

    Oh, look. Goldieblox, the toy company that seeks "to inspire the next generation of female engineers," had a new commercial run during the Super Bowl.

    By Adam L. Penenberg , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Why I invest in ethical fashion

    When people ask why I invest in Ethical Fashion, that is companies that treat workers well and try to minimize their impact on the environment, I often make comparisons to the organic foods movement.

    By Rob Broggi , written on

    From the News desk

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