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Embattled Whisper CEO suspends editorial staffers as investigation into privacy scandal continues

As the Guardian newspaper continues its investigation into Whisper’s use of user data, CEO Michael Heyward has suspended members of his editorial team, pending completion of a full inquiry into the allegations.

Qello is quietly building a “Netflix for music films” — and maybe building the future of digital video

So what will be the big buzzword of 2015? I’m placing my bets on “OTT.” OTT stands for “Over-the-top” and it refers to video and audio streaming services that don’t directly involve a cable company.

Why I don’t believe in “cinematic” VR

Alice in Wonderland. Disney 1951. [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Armando Kirwin, a former film maker now working on the future of entertainment.

The War Nerd: How do you deal with wannabe jihadis? An upgrade to business class

KUWAIT CITY—It’s been a busy week for Canada’s home-grown jihadis. Monday, October 20: Martin Rouleau, a French-Canadian convert to Islam, ran down two Canadian soldiers with his Nissan Altima, then led the RCMP on a chase that ended when he rolled the Nissan, came up out of the wreck waving a kitchen knife, and got himself shot to death “like he wanted to.” Wednesday, October 22: Michael Zehaf-Babeau, also Quebecois and a recent convert, shot a soldier standing guard at a war memorial then ran into Parliament, firing as he ran, until he was shot dead by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Pandora just posted record revenues. So why is its stock down 41 percent since March?

For years, Pandora has been lumped with Spotify when talking about the profitability struggles of streaming music services.

JustFab settles deceptive marketing claims with CA district attorneys, pays $1.8M fine

JustFab is on the short list of most valuable private tech companies in LA. But the subscription ecommerce giant’s rise to this lofty perch hasn’t been without its share of controversy.

Kudos: Uber acts swiftly and decisively to reassure passengers after transporting NY ebola patient

For all the blame we heap on Uber for its frequent mismanagement of scandals and crisis situations, the company deserves credit in equal measure today for its apparent swift and responsible handling of an encounter with New York state’s first Ebola patient earlier this week.

ZipTask relaunches to tackle the $480 billion per year outsourcing industry

With the war for technical talent as fierce as ever, more and more companies are turning to outsourcing.

Surprise! The Internet is chock-full of assholes

The Internet is filled with assholes who ruin it for everyone else. That’s the takeaway from two seemingly disparate news items — the first that cloud storage service Bitcasa is ending its unlimited plan, and the second that Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee doesn’t like that his legacy is being used to spread “the dark side of humanity,” as the Guardian puts it — published today.

Inventables’ new 3D carver wants to give the maker movement new life

The last time I spoke to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan he’d launched the company’s new Easel software platform at SXS, a program designed to take the prohibitively inaccessible complexities of 3D design more manageable.

Aereo uses up another of its nine lives

It hasn’t been Aereo’s year. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the company’s service, which allowed its users to record over-the-air broadcasts and watch them on their smartphones, tablets, and other devices, was operating in violation of the Copyright Act of 1976 because it was so similar to cable offerings.

We asked Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang: How much will China’s tech companies shape the new global economy?

Alibaba. Tencent. Baidu. We hear the company names and we see their impressive valuations. But very few Westerners actually use these products and services, and therefore it’s difficult to sense how big a role they will play in shaping the new global economy, particularly because of China’s attitudes toward censorship and Internet freedom.

Aneel Bhusri on disruption and taking on Oracle: “It always comes from the upstarts”

The first generation of enterprise software giants badly missed “the cloud.” There might be no better real world example of the innovator’s dilemma.

Listen again to this week’s PandoLIVE

Most of the airtime of this week’s PandoLIVE call-in show was given over to our discussion about Whisper’s current privacy scandal.

Aneel Bhusri: I thought Larry Ellison was a nice guy… and then he went off on Workday

Speaking on stage at tonight’s PandoMonthly, Aneel Bhusri explained what it was like when Larry Ellison “went off” on Workday at the 2012 AllThingsD conference just before Workday’s IPO.

Pando members — watch the livestream of Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang. RIGHT NOW

Starting right now in San Francisco, Sarah Lacy is interviewing Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang for this month’s PandoMonthly.

So Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs. But will the movie be any good?

You may have heard that Aaron Sorkin, the purveyor of verbal acrobatics and thinly-drawn female characters behind “West Wing” and “Social Network,” has written another biopic of a famous entrepreneur: Steve Jobs.

Senator demands answers as Guardian publishes evidence that Whisper exec lied about user privacy

There’s no pretty way to say this: Whisper is fucked. Earlier today, it was reported that Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has written to CEO Michael Heyward demanding a Committee staff briefing to explain the company’s privacy protections.

Why Ello’s idealism might be the real deal

I haven’t paid much attention to Ello, the nascent social network that attracted headlines when it debuted because of its promise not to sell user data or make money from advertisements.

Care about journalism? Don’t read GigaOM until it drops the NSA as an advertising partner

As difficult as it is for journalistic purists to accept, sponsored content (or “native advertising” or “advertorials” — pick your poison) has become an inescapable form of monetization in the new media economy.