The News Desk

  1. "We got geeks": Inside Google's ugly war against the homeless in LA

    In Los Angeles, Google has a brilliantly simple plan to combat homelessness: Hire private security to harass and push the homeless out sight, and then make sure that the smelly bastards and their tents and carts never come back.

    By Yasha Levine , written on

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  2. At Pandoland’s startup competition, VCs go head to head in front of a live audience

    On Wednesday, this year’s Pandoland concluded in Nashville in dramatic fashion when the winner of the startup competition, Umano, had to negotiate the terms of its $100,000 award with the panel of venture capitalists that had selected it from the nine other very worthy finalists.

    By Dennis Keohane , written on

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  3. The Permanent Startup: RelaxFeet disrupts the massage industry, one foot at a time

    If you've spent much time walking in the neighborhoods of San Francisco for the past few years, you may recognize Juvey, the friendly foot. The mascot currently adorns the 13 storefronts operated by RelaxFeet, a local, affordable chain of massage parlors.

    By Dan Raile , written on

  4. Google, Apple, Genentech file to be included in suit they fought to be removed from. What gives?

    The Silicon Valley corporate practice of shipping outlying employees to-and-from HQ in giant private shuttles erupted in conflict early last year with a spate of well-documented bus blockades.

    By Dan Raile , written on

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  5. "Silicon Valley"'s Season 2 finale finally balances the best and the worst of the modern tech industry

    Having spent the last week reporting from Bonnaroo and helping to put on the tech conference-cum-whiskey party Pandoland in Nashville, you'll have to forgive me for filing my review of Silicon Valley's Season 2 finale five whole days after it aired. Not that the broader sphere of cultural criticism was in some dire need of another blogger's recap of a television show. But the season's tenth and final episode, "Two Days of the Condor," holds special significance for Pando, as the fate of the show's protagonist became tied up with a subplot that echoes one of this site's most-read and most-important stories.

    By David Holmes , written on

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  6. Pierre Omidyar's corporate spying scandal buried for good as eBay sells Craigslist stake

    It didn’t get much attention, but eBay just quietly unloaded its 28.4 percent stake in Craigslist, putting to rest one of the most sordid episodes in Silicon Valley, in which eBay executives — including First Look Media publisher Pierre Omidyar and HP chief Meg Whitman — were directly implicated in corporate spying, stealing secrets, and exploiting Craigslist’s anti-capitalist idealism.

    By Mark Ames , written on

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  7. Pao to pay KPCB $275k in fees, way cleared for appeal

    June began with news that Ellen Pao had filed to appeal the ruling in her gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Yet further information as to the scope and specifics of that appeal has neither been filed with the court or discussed in public.

    By Dan Raile , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Pandoland's digital swear jar: The results are in!

    Let's face it: The Pando team-- and many of our guests-- just aren't going to stop swearing on stage. So at this year's Pandoland, which just wrapped up in Nashville, we decided to monetize all that profanity with a digital swear jar and leaderboard. The cost was $10 a swear, with all proceeds going to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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