Pando

April 2015

  1. Why the 2016 election may be the worst yet for journalism -- and what Facebook can do to fix it

    April is a big month for journalists who like to think and talk about journalists, what with the Pulitzer finalists announced last week. But yesterday was also a big day for media navel-gazers as Pew published its annual State of the News Media report. The sprawling study includes a number of fascinating takeaways about the audiences, revenues, and user habits of the modern news economy, like that more people than ever look to Facebook -- and their phones -- to discover and consume news.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  2. I honestly can't decide if this is progress or the opposite

    A friend in New York forwarded me a blog post from NewsCred celebrating the fact that 43% of its office is female by.... bringing in another tech startup called GLAMSQUAD to do makeovers for them. I got this email about an hour ago, and I've spent an hour feeling like one of those old Shredded Mini Wheat commercials.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Internet Explorer's parting gift: A slightly safer browsing experience

    Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer. But it plans on teaching the ancient Web browser a new trick before it's taken to the digital farm where software "retires." And that trick might just help make the web a little bit safer for consumers.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. China hypocritically attacks the US for "upping the ante" on cyberwarfare arms race

    The United States isn't the only superpower that gets a little hypocritical when the topics of cyberwarfare or cyberespionage are brought up. China's defense ministry also condemns others' actions while the country builds up its own hacking abilities.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Wall Street to Facebook: What else ya got?

    Behold Facebook's success on the Internet. One out of every five mobile minutes, Zuckerberg said last week, is spent on Facebook or Instagram. Now, according to Pew Research, we learn that Facebook controls 10 percent of digital ad revenue, including 37 percent of all mobile display ads.

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Bitcoin platform Circle gets $50M -- and global credibility -- from Goldman Sachs and China's IDG Capital

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Boston-based Bitcoin platform Circle has added $50 million in new funding — valuing the company at $200 million.

    By Dennis Keohane , written on

    From the News desk

  7. 'Pay by Flywheel' lets riders pay for street hails via its app

    Flywheel, a ride-hailing startup that partners with existing taxi companies in San Francisco and other cities on the West Coast, has introduced a new feature that allows consumers to pay for a ride through its app, even if it wasn't booked through it.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Millennials are finally buying homes, as Winklevii-backed TripleMint relaunches to help

    In two days I've talked to two startups that emphasized the idea of "owning every step of the process" or "owning the process from end to end." The first was New York chef David Chang's food delivery startup Maple, which launched yesterday to handle preparation, packaging, ordering, and delivering of meals in a way only a handful of its competitors do.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

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