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Can the studio model build a billion dollar company? Santa Monica’s Zuma Ventures is the latest to try

Accelerators are so 2011, or so it now seems. Few, save for Y Combinator, have managed to generate true venture caliber returns for the limited partner backers.

The horrific trickle down of Asshole culture at a company like Uber

We shared this in our News Ticker already, but I still can’t believe that an office of Uber — a company valued at $18 billion and held up as a bastion of modern entrepreneurship — posted an ad that encouraged, played on, and celebrated treating women who may chose to drive cars to make extra money like hookers.

Startups Anonymous: Student entrepreneurship seems rigged…

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

State of Bitcoin: Check out Bitcoin Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen’s fantastic Reddit AMA

Gavin Andresen doesn’t want to be the “spokesmodel” for bitcoin, telling an audience of admirers as much during a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) yesterday.

New game RETRY shows that Rovio can still be an interesting gaming company

Rovio is struggling. In the last year the company has posted declining revenues, replaced its chief executive, and revealed that its Angry Birds franchise lost more than 60 million players between 2012 and 2014.

Apple all but confirms the Chinese government’s behind recent iCloud attacks

Apple has confirmed that it’s aware of “intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information” from its iCloud service, after reports indicated that the Chinese government was performing man-in-the-middle attacks on people in mainland China.

Saving Yahoo may be a long shot, but it’s still worth trying

Forget that Google’s revenue is growing by 20 percent a year. Or that Facebook’s revenue is growing by 55 percent a year, with the bulk of that coming from mobile ads.

Those looking to handicap Apple Pay’s chances at success should look elsewhere around the globe

Apple Pay officially launched today ushering the US squarely into the early 2000s when it comes to contactless mobile payments.

Oracle latest to be sued for Silicon Valley wage-fixing, following Pando’s reporting on their involvement

An antitrust lawsuit was filed last week against Oracle and Google. This makes the third such antitrust lawsuit to grow out of the Silicon Valley wage-fixing sandal.

Uber driver who allegedly assaulted a woman confronts his accuser in a comments section

News site comments sections are usually dominated by trolls and spambots. But over at a CBS local affiliate website in San Francisco, a dispute is playing out that involves possible criminal charges and one of the highest-valued companies in the Valley.

Study: Liberals get news from more sources than conservatives — and neither of them trust BuzzFeed

When it comes to news consumption, the habits of conservatives and liberals are thought to be as polarizing as the political parties that represent them in Washington.

As the BitLicense comment period ends, lawmakers and industry leaders spar over bitcoin regulations

After months of handwringing by the bitcoin community, and a steady stream of reassurances by New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Benjamin Lawsky that New York wishes to embrace and support virtual currency businesses, the comment period for the proposed BitLicense regulations has come to a close.

Even if it disappears, the iPad isn’t going anywhere

The iPad isn’t selling as well as it used to. Apple reported yesterday that it sold 12.3 million of the devices during the last quarter; that’s down from 14.1 million units in the same quarter last year.

Steam pulls game after developer death threat. But I thought it was only a “platform”?

Valve, the company behind the leading game distributor and platform on Windows devices, has pulled a game from its Steam marketplace after its developer tweeted a death threat to one of the company’s co-founders, Gabe Newell.

We are PandoLIVE and talking about Whisper-gate. Call in!

It’s week three of PandoLIVE, our totally unscripted, weekly, call-in show that thousands of people actually listen to and we actually get paid quite a lot of money to produce.

No, social media is not the best way to track Ebola

Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an interview with Graham Dodge, founder of the social media health app Sickweather.

How do you decide how much musicians should be paid when everything is free?

“Is our work actually worth what we think it is?” That quote comes from Marc Andreessen*, speaking to New York Magazine about whether content producers like musicians have received a raw deal in the new digital age.

On tonight’s PandoLIVE, we’ll be talking about Whisper’s privacy scandal and how screwed we all are

Tonight at 5pm, Sarah and I will be LIVE in the studio for another episode of our PandoLIVE call-in show.

TellSpec’s recent PR offensive only highlights just how great a scam it really was

As Pando has covered, Toronto-based TellSpec panhandled on Indiegogo to the tune of almost $400,000 last October, pretending that its small handheld food scanner, that could tell you the nutritional values of your food, was production-ready.

So much for the Chinese government liking Apple’s new security measures

  China is allegedly executing man-in-the-middle attacks against citizens who attempt to visit Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s Live services, and gathering the log-in data associated with those accounts.