Pando

August 2014

  1. SoCal Uber drivers align with the Teamsters in search of better working conditions

    Weeks after San Francisco cab drivers formed a union in hopes that solidarity would offer a solution to the onslaught of on-demand transportation startups, Uber drivers in Southern California are taking their own steps toward organization in the hopes of earning better treatment from their contract employer.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. As Apple tries to save the album, why do new releases still come out on Tuesdays?

    Today, Apple announced the lineup of its eighth iTunes Festival, which will feature Deadmau5, Kasabian, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. T-Mobile's "Music Freedom" plan subsidizes data plans without (really) threatening net neutrality

    T-Mobile has announced that its Music Freedom program, which allows some customers to stream music without the requisite data counting against their monthly limit, will expand to include Rdio, Grooveshark, and a number of other services by the end of the year. It already offered a similar deal to people using Pandora, Spotify, and a few other streaming services.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. This Is My Jam unveils new features to help solve music's social problem

    The social Web has turned us into over-sharing monsters that broadcast every action, thought, or emotion to everyone we've ever known. Facebook said last year that its users can encounter more than 1,500 stories every day. More than 500 million tweets are shared to Twitter in that time. Combined with the social features included in everything from Spotify to Goodreads, it's amazing that any of us find time to do something besides browse these all-too-social networks.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Coinbase surprises with news of a year-old deposit insurance program, but what of its cold storage?

    Coinbase dropped a bombshell on the bitcoin world yesterday by revealing that not only are its bitcoin deposits insured, but they have been so for more than a year. This after months of competitors listing insurance as a differentiating feature. The company wrote in a blog post: We’re proud to publicly announce that Coinbase holds insurance against theft or loss of its bitcoin. We’ve been insured for almost a year, but given the recent claims of insurance in the industry, thought it was appropriate to tell our users about it. Our users, of course, won’t be charged for this insurance. While Coinbase’s latest announcement is undeniably good news, the details of the insurance protection demand further analysis. First, the company specifies that it is insured against “losses due to breaches in physical or cyber security, accidental loss, and employee theft,” by not “bitcoin lost or stolen as a result of an individual user’s negligence.” Fair enough.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Samsung has finally announced a smartwatch worthy of the moniker

    Samsung might have finally announced a smartwatch people want to wear.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. "Yo, have you heard of Silicon Valley?" Ben Horowitz hosts Nas in Redwood City

    Hip hop was born sometime in the 70’s, probably in New York, and grew up over the course of block parties in that city’s toughest neighborhoods. Last night, it was presented to a seated crowd at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, at an event hosted by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz*.

    By Dan Raile , written on

    From the News desk

  8. UPDATED: Code Club cofounder resigns after being ordered not to criticize Google

    [Update: A Google spokesperson reached out to say. "We have not asked Code Club or its board to refrain from criticisng us." Code Club also published a blog post stating, "We are not under any obligation to endorse any of the products or services of our corporate funders."]

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

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