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Heyward admits he has no idea whether the Guardian’s reporting on Whisper is accurate


Finally, after days of dithering, the CEO of Whisper has admitted what we all suspected: He has absolutely no idea whether the Guardian’s reporting on his company is accurate.

By still failing to act, Michael Heyward allows the cancer inside Whisper to grow


On Friday, I made the should-be uncontroversial point that Michael Heyward, the CEO of Whisper, should respond to the privacy scandal that continues to obliterate public trust in his company.

So, what should we talk about on Monday’s PandoLIVE?


It’s that time of the week again, when we pick the topics for Monday’s PandoLIVE. Sarah and I will be in the Rackspace studio from 5pm Pacific tomorrow and we’d love for you to join the discussion (877-959-6739).

GM’s hit and run: How a lawyer, mechanic, and engineer blew the lid off the worst auto scandal in history


As the sun was setting on a stormy Georgia day, Brooke Melton was 30 miles outside of Atlanta in her Chevy Cobalt.

It’s time for Whisper’s CEO to do his damn job


It was Michael Heyward’s game to lose. The well-documented awfulness of Secret, and its suicide-happy founder David Byttow had made Whisper by default the “less evil” secret-sharing app.

Evgeny Morozov did not “plagiarize” in the New Yorker, but what he did was almost as bad


Evgeny Morozov is almost certainly smarter than me and he’s probably smarter than you. I know because the Belarus-born academic and author has held all sorts of vague positions like “fellow” and “visiting scholar” at prestigious universities that wouldn’t let me anywhere near, except maybe the basketball arena to watch a game.

Quick! Get your ticket to next week’s Pando Monthly with Aneel Bhusri and Jerry Yang


A triple treat for PandoMonthly attendees next Thursday: Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Workday CEO/Greylock partner Aneel Bhusri together on stage in San Francisco, interviewed by Pando’s Sarah Lacy.

Why you shouldn’t freak out about Twitter’s new timeline experiments


For the most-experienced power users of Twitter, the timeline is sacred. We constantly prune and pluck at the accounts we follow, shaping our feed to produce the funniest and smartest timeline of curated chaos we can handle.

Amazon may not have the best products or services, but it can still lead in customer service


If there’s anything in need of “disruption” in the tech world, it’s customer service. Fortunately, companies are beginning to realize that just making cool or useful products is not enough.

How can Apple offer the future of payments if its own stores are so inefficient?


It’s strange to think that Apple can promise the future of payments when it can’t process financing requests in its own retail stores.

Whitepages adds Spam Score to its Android caller ID app, leaves iOS badly outclassed


With many consumers abandoning landlines in favor of mobile phones, telemarketers, robocallers and other forms of more nefarious spam calls are no longer confined to the home.

The tech market needs a hero. It will have to settle for Google.


For the average tech consumer, things are going pretty well in October 2014. Ever sleeker, more powerful devices are rolling out by the week.

The Guardian’s Whisper story shows why journalists should never sign NDAs to visit tech companies


Early today, the Guardian delivered a remarkable scoop: that anonymous app Whisper employees claim to be tracking users in ways that would make the NSA rise to its feet in applause.

After a heated hearing, NYC taxi commission postpones ridesharing vote


Following a series of arguments from stakeholders across the taxi, car service, and ridesharing spectrum, New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) decided to postpone a vote on controversial rule changes governing ridesharing services today.

You already have bed bugs. Now get ready to deal with rat mites.


You’re not going to like this. Imagine taking the two most disgusting creatures that torment New Yorkers.

Guardian claims anonymous app Whisper tracks its users; Whisper EIC calls report “a pack of vicious lies.”


If a new report from the Guardian is to be believed, the anonymous messaging app Whisper isn’t nearly as anonymous as it claims.

The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State’s retreat from Kobane (except me)


KUWAIT CITY — A strange thing happened in Kobane, the Kurdish border town besieged by Islamic State: It didn’t fall.

Uber faces deja vu as riders complain of rate gouging following Caltrain fatality


Uber found itself in a familiar vat of hot water last night after seemingly rate-gouging stranded travelers during a state of emergency.

BBC’s Whatsapp Ebola alerts are more proof that tech can help save the world — it just can’t do it alone


In an effort to help combat the spread of Ebola, the BBC has created a new service that sends “audio, text message alerts and images” in both French and English to subscribers in West Africa via WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook acquired for $22 billion in September.

Startups Anonymous: “The Rise of the Rest,” and why Steve Case may owe Minnesota startups an apology


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


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