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Adam L. Penenberg

  1. The big picture: What I see for 2013 and beyond

    As a journalist bungling around the startup ecosystem I sometimes find myself mired in day-to-day minutiae – a media-seeking startup’s Series A, customer backlash from changes to a social network’s terms of service, new apps, the latest Twitter feuds. It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture.

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  2. The Best & Worst of Everything in 2012: A Mega, Meta Mashup

    We read through through dozens of year-end lists – and, yes, checked them twice – to bring you Pando’s curated best and worst of 2012.

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  3. The book as we know it is dead

    Some people get misty-eyed when they speak of books. Plato viewed them as “immortal sons deifying their sires” and a Chinese proverb poeticized books as “a garden carried in the pocket.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning believed that “no man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” Somerset Maugham ventured, “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” Ernest Hemingway opined, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Stephen King extolled books as “a uniquely portable magic.” P.J. O'Rourke advised to “always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”

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  4. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and information as a weapon

    US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns that America faces the threat of a cyber Pearl Harbor, a sneak digital strike over a virtually illimitable digital battlefield that could cripple our nation’s power grid, financial networks, and transport systems. The White House recently confirmed that Chinese hackers broke into its computers, and for more than a decade state-sponsored digital spies have treated American business as a giant R&D lab. Shortly after taking office, President Obama ordered attacks on computers linked to Iran’s nuclear enrichment programs, and the US remains one of the biggest buyers of black market code that can be used to infiltrate or destroy foreign networks. The headless hacker collective known as Anonymous unleashed a series of website defacements and takedowns dubbed “OpIsrael” to retaliate for Israel shelling the Gaza Strip and live-blogging (and -tweeting) assaults on Hamas targets.

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  5. Why Tesla is like Amazon and Elon Musk like Jeff Bezos

    For Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk it must feel like sweet vindication.

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  6. The big takeaway: Learning from failure

    Before Jay Rogers started Local Motors, “a next generation American car company” that relies on community members to help design cars like the groundbreaking Rally Fighter, he was a marine who served three tours of duty. He spent much of it in Iraq -- Basra, Baghdad, Najaf -- where he witnessed the ravages of war first hand, losing friends and countless acquaintances in firefights, house-to-house sweeps, truck convoys though hostile terrain, helicopter accidents. Experiences like this made him aware of his own mortality.

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  7. Embargoes, NDAs, and tech journalism’s way of doing business

    Last week, Antonio Regalado, an editor at Technology Review, asked my opinion about a stealth company circulating a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for a pre-launch product demo. The company was making it a pre-condition for him to get a sneak peek at the technology. If he signed he was told he could join other reporters in respecting a press embargo.

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  8. Spotify's Daniel Ek: Build it, but they still might not come

    The startups that have called on venture capitalists for funding with a product in hand but no clear strategy on how to make money are legion: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the list goes on and on. For some it works out. For many others — most of which you've never heard of — it doesn't.

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