Pando

February 2015

  1. Meet Pierre Omidyar! A handy primer for new First Look hires

    Early last week, Ken Silverstein — former Harpers editor and founder of Counterpunch — quit Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, citing management incompetence. [UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Silverstein as co-founder of Counterpunch with Alexander Cockburn; Silverstein sent me an email correctly noting that he founded Counterpunch four months before Cockburn joined, one of those small but not insignificant errors I know all too well as the sole founding editor of The eXile—M.A.] By the end of the week, he went a step further, publishing a searing takedown of First Look on Politico.

    By Mark Ames , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Fair warning: Pandoland is not that kind of conference

    Most people take for granted that the 21st century Western world believes women should have a voice. And yet, as America starts to become a place where white, straight men are a minority-- a small but significant group of those men are doing everything they can to smack women back down. You know some of the men I’m talking about: Brogrammers in Silicon Valley, those who send death threats to female games journalists in the name of “ethics”, anyone who would try to shame a college rape victim.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Read all 13 recaps from our sleepless House of Cards marathon

    We also gave each review its own separate article page. To browse through those, click here.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Courts deem CallFire a common carrier, setting a major precedent at intersection of telecom and tech law

    CallFire scored a legal victory today that could have significant downstream implications for the broader technology and telecom industries.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. An average season ends on a high note: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 13, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 39″ I know there’s only been three seasons of House of Cards, but nevertheless this third season feels like a major departure from the others. While the plots of the first two accomplished their fair share of meandering and detours, the broad strokes of their season-long plot arcs were obvious after only a few scenes. Viewers didn’t quite know how, but they knew this Frank Underwood character would spend each season ascending and ascending to ever-higher positions of power, destroying everyone in his path.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  6. "An empire without heirs." House of Cards Season 3, Episode 12, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 38″ If it weren’t for the words of former male prostitute novelist and a suburban housewife who fantasizes about suffocating her baby, Frank and Claire Underwood might still be together.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Will Claire jump? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 11, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 37″ After almost ten episodes of having to suffer through some light-world version of Frank Underwood who lacked control, confidence, and focus, the demonically brilliant bastard of the first two seasons is back.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Facebook now allows its users, not a drop-down menu, to define their genders

    Facebook might not allow drag queens or Native Americans to use their real names on its service, but it looks like the company isn't totally insensitive to its users' various cultures.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

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