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Autodesk take aim at the disappointment of 3D printing

Last September, Autodesk opened a large two-story workshop on Pier 9 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, a luxuriant facility with the indulgent goal of bringing its employees closer to the machines they were making software for.

Uber wisely over-communicates about surge pricing ahead of busy holiday weekend

Uber’s surge pricing has landed the company in hot water on countless occasions. Most publicly were the company’s arguably tone-deaf response in the lead-up to Hurricane Sandy in New York, where rates climbed as high as 8X normal as people tried to get home from work or leave the city.

First Look staffers finally admit Omidyar massively interfered with editorial, say Taibbi accused of sexist bullying

Well this is absolutely remarkable. Just a few days after NY Magazine reported that Matt Taibbi was on the way out of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, Taibbi’s former colleagues have published what they claim is the inside story on his departure.

Nike’s new LeBron ad and the dangers of buying into the “Believeland” hype

Who is LeBron James? Is he a fresh-faced youth who, displaying maturity beyond his years, keeps his head and down and lives up to the hype?

Omidyar-funded candidate takes seat in new Ukraine parliament

Ukraine just held its first post-revolution parliamentary elections, and amid all of the oligarchs, EU enthusiasts, neo-Nazis, nepotism babies, and death squad commanders, there is one newly-elected parliamentarian’s name that stands out for her connection to Silicon Valley: Svitlana Zalishchuk, from the billionaire president’s Poroshenko Bloc party.

By speaking for just herself, Rachel Sklar speaks for all women

I guess it had to happen eventually. Rachel Sklar and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on how to talk about the challenges facing women in tech, and beyond.

SEC chairman turned bitcoin board member Arthur Levitt talks volatility, regulation, and currency instability

There’s a revolving door between industry and the regulatory halls of Washington DC. It’s not uncommon to see high profile regulators “retire” from public service to land cushy jobs in the financial industry, pharma, defense, and other sectors where their “experience” and “connections” can pay major dividends.

Freaked out by artificial intelligence? Don’t watch the trailer to “Ex Machina”

One of the good things about living in a scarily disruptive era of unprecedented surveillance and technology is that it makes for great fodder for artists.

The MPAA bans Google Glass, but I’d rather share a theater with Glassholes than assholes

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have updated their policies to force theater-goers to turn off and put away “wearables” at show time.

The tech industry is turning health trackers into commodities before they even go mainstream

We’ve reached Peak Health. In the last few days, Google has released a fitness application that uses smartphone sensors to measure physical activity; Microsoft has announced its own health platform and fitness tracker; even Nintendo has revealed a device that “reads a user’s movement, heart rate, respiration and fatigue, and sends that data to servers to be analyzed,” as Polygon reported Wednesday night.

Listen again to this week’s episode of PandoLIVE

Not to be confused with St Louis, Missouri restaurant, PanD’Olive, PandoLIVE is our weekly call-in show, hosted by Sarah Lacy and me.

What’s In A Name: PandoLIVE is not to be confused with Pan D’Olive

For the past month or so, Pando’s “What’s In A Name?” series has been examining the importance of choosing the right name for your startup or product.

The music industry is flatlining, but music apps are bigger than ever

Between 1999 and 2009, US music industry revenues were cut in half, thanks to the demise of overpriced CDs, the advent of cheap, song-by-song downloads, and piracy.

Uber PR’s latest trick: Impersonating its drivers and trying to scam journalists

Uber will stop at nothing to win. Even, apparently, manipulating the press. With a valuation approaching $20 billion and more than $1.5 billion of VC to deliver a return on, Uber’s got a lot to prove.

Startups Anonymous: An important message to founders about humility

[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches.

Apple Pay’s first week reminds us that Apple’s secret sauce is in driving adoption

Ask ten people to answer the question, “What sets Apple apart from other consumer electronics and technology companies?

You can run, but you can’t hide: Google expands its real-world surveillance system with Google Fit

Google is getting into the health-tracking business. The company has developed an application that allows Android smartphone owners to collect health-related information in one place.

Reddit’s new crowdfunding platform actually gets a lot of things right

Reddit is finally putting its fanatical community to work. The company announced today that it has created a crowdfunding portal, Redditmade, to help users “collaborate and support each other” when it comes to various projects.

This comic book perfectly explains big data and the threat it poses to our privacy rights

Ten years ago, California State Senator Liz Figueroa raised concerns over a definitely-not-evil company called Google that had been tracking keywords through its Gmail service, servicing ads to Gmail users and non-users alike based on that data. Her worry was less over the marketing tactics, and more over the possibility that Google would keep a digital dossier of all its users.

Matt Taibbi leaves First Look Media (And this time he means it!)

Following an earlier report in New York Magazine that Matt Taibbi had taken a “leave of absence” from Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, Omidyar has now confirmed Taibbi’s permanent departure.