Pando

January 2015

  1. After stonewalling for weeks, Uber makes nice with NYC and offers up trip data to the city

    Earlier this month, I addressed why I believed "Uber would rather be suspended in New York than hand over data to the TLC."

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Google Now learns even more about your likes, habits, and activities

    Google has taken another step towards knowing everything about its users.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Calm down, tech journalists: It's okay if you don't use Snapchat

    On the day Snapchat announced partnerships to host media content from publications like VICE and National Geographic, Bloomberg's Joseph Weisenthal tweeted, "Real talk for a moment. I've never used Snapchat. Is this a career liability, a la not using Twitter from 2009-2015?" Then yesterday, Slate's 32-year-old tech reporter Will Oremus shared similar anxieties, posing the question, "Is Snapchat Really Confusing, or Am I Just Old?"

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  4. By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Vine Kids is loud, colorful, and everything a child wants from a smartphone

    Vine has introduced a new mobile application dedicated to allowing children to watch six-second videos in an app that caters to their love of bright colors, weird sounds, and cartoon characters that will haunt their dreams a few years from now.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Verizon plans to let consumers opt out of its invasive "perma-cookie" program

    Verizon will soon allow consumers to "completely opt out" of the program which assigns permanent identifiers to every device on the carrier's wireless network.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Russian dating site pays hacker to recover stolen emails, but don't call it a ransom

    Russian dating service Topface has paid a hacker an undisclosed sum to return 20 million customer email addresses he stole -- but the company would prefer if you wouldn't refer to the exchange of goods for stolen information as a ransom, thank you very much.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Uber sued in California by Delhi rape victim, compared to "electronic hitchhiking"

    A 26-year-old New Delhi woman has sued Uber in California in response to her alleged December 6 rape by one of the company’s transportation network drivers (full complaint below). Identified only as Jane Doe in the complaint, the alleged victim accuses the company of negligence, fraud, and battery, among other claims. The complaint reads, in part: Through its relentless marketing efforts, Uber has urged the public to defy common sense and undermine every parent's edict – "don't get in the car with a stranger." Unfortunately, despite its self-proclaimed "commitment to safety," opening the Uber app and setting the pick-up location has proven to be the modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking. ...

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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