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Meet Pierre Omidyar! A handy primer for new First Look hires


Early last week, Ken Silverstein — former Harpers editor and co-founder with Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch — quit Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, citing management incompetence.

Fair warning: Pandoland is not that kind of conference


Most people take for granted that the 21st century Western world believes women should have a voice. And yet, as America starts to become a place where white, straight men are a minority– a small but significant group of those men are doing everything they can to smack women back down.

Courts deem CallFire a common carrier, setting a major precedent at intersection of telecom and tech law


CallFire scored a legal victory today that could have significant downstream implications for the broader technology and telecom industries.

Facebook now allows its users, not a drop-down menu, to define their genders


Facebook might not allow drag queens or Native Americans to use their real names on its service, but it looks like the company isn’t totally insensitive to its users’ various cultures.

Kim Dotcom’s Mega is dropped by PayPal over end-to-end encryption, may adopt Bitcoin instead


Mega, the end-to-end encrypted cloud storage platform founded by mercurial entrepreneur and occasional outlaw Kim Dotcom, is back in the news.

Watch with me: I’m recapping every episode of my sleepless House of Cards Season 3 marathon


Netflix just flipped the switch on Season Three of House of Cards, and with a pot of coffee brewing and a freezer full of popsicles (nothing but the coldest snacks for the coldest show on television) I’m staying up all night to watch it. Follow all the outrageous political machinations here (and on my Twitter feed) as I recap each episode.

The War Nerd: Why did Mohammed Emwazi become Jihadi John?


Everybody knows by now that Jihadi John, that masked man with the bowie knife and the London accent, is actually Mohammed Emwazi, a rich boy from Maida Vale, one of the poshest neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Watch with me: I’m recapping every episode of my sleepless House of Cards Season 3 marathon


Netflix just flipped the switch on Season Three of House of Cards, and with a pot of coffee brewing and a freezer full of popsicles (nothing but the coldest snacks for the coldest show on television) I’m staying up all night to watch it. Follow all the outrageous political machinations here (and on my Twitter feed) as I recap each episode.

Twitter keeps Dick Costolo’s promise with new anti-harassment tools


Dick Costolo wasn’t kidding when he said Twitter would better handle abuse in the future. The company has introduced new features — one which allows its users to report when others are posting their personal information and another which requires trolls to verify their phone numbers or email addresses with the service — to address its harassment problem.

SF’s real income inequality issue isn’t hipsters priced out of homes — It’s the homeless


As the tech boom continues to bring more and more attention to San Francisco’s socioeconomic issues, a well-trod narrative has emerged: Tech companies have brought more and more upper-middle class workers to the Bay Area where housing — affordable or otherwise — has been limited by geographic and legislative pressures.

And the House of Cards marathon is under way! Follow along here for live recaps all night long


Netflix just flipped the switch on Season Three of House of Cards, and with a pot of coffee brewing and a freezer full of popsicles (nothing but the coldest snacks for the coldest show on television) I’m staying up all night to watch it. Follow all the outrageous political machinations here (and on my Twitter feed) as I recap each episode.

Capping a big month for coffee startups, Blue Bottle Coffee acquires Perfect Coffee


The term “coffee startup” may sound like a punchline to Silicon Valley observers eager to call “bubble” at any investment that doesn’t involve self-driving cars or other world-beating technology.

Join Cloudera founder and “Data God” Jeff Hammerbacher at our next San Francisco PandoMonthly


There are many reasons to be impressed by the next guest of PandoMonthly San Francisco, Jeff Hammerbacher.

Strange new legal complaint alleges that Google tried to steal employees’ lunch


Google has just been slapped with another class action wage-theft lawsuit complaint. Unlike previous successful wage theft filings, however, this complaining obtained by Pando, is oddly vague.

Uber says it loves the military. So why is its auto-loan partner screwing over veterans?


Among the many themes at our 24-hour Don’t Be Awful event was that no company is 100 percent “good” or 100 percent “bad.” Take Uber.

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Why do we watch “House of Cards”? Stay up with me tonight to find out as Season Three premieres


Most would agree that Netflix’s wildly popular series House of Cards — which premieres its third season at 3:00 AM tomorrow, Eastern Time — has garnered enough praise and accolades to be considered one of the greatest shows on “television.” And yet it doesn’t fit comfortably into the modern canon of great TV.

Twenty20 raises $8M, removes the velvet rope on its crowdsourced stock photo platform


Twenty20 has long hinted at ambitions to reshape the way stock photography is sourced. But for the better part of its three years in operation, the company has looked, at least from the outside, more like a photo enthusiasts community, akin to early Instagram or VSCO today.

Poetic justice: Revenge porn operator wants stories about his misdeeds to disappear from Google


Craig Brittain, the man behind a now-defunct revenge porn site, is finding out what it’s like to have private information and images proliferate on the Web without his consent.

Facebook offers help to at-risk users without placing them under a microscope


Facebook has announced new features to help people at risk for self-harm or suicide. The features allow Facebook users to tell the service when someone appears to be at risk for harming themselves.


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