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Uber ordered to pay $20m in fines following (probably last ever) FTC investigation into dishonest advertising

You might have missed it, what with the world ending and all, but this past Thursday, Uber agreed to pay a total of $20m to drivers in 18 US cities after making false claims about the earning potential.  The fine was imposed following an FTC investigation into a series of Craiglist ads posted in early 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of women march in protest against Trump: Facebook News tries to silence them all


We don't usually post on Pando at the weekend, but this is too topical and too shameful to wait until Monday.  As you certainly know, today is the day of the Women's March on Washington in protest of Donald Trump.

New dystopian hellscape, New you

Our long national nightmare is beginning. By the time you read this today, all being as scheduled, Donald Trump will be President of the United States.

New dystopian hellscape, New you

Our long national nightmare is beginning. By the time you read this today, all being as scheduled, Donald Trump will be President of the United States.

With a $70 billion valuation on the line, why won't Uber stop punching itself?


Since last fall, there’s been a fascinating slow and steady erosion in the press and the public’s confidence that Uber’s record breaking valuation is warranted.

“Children hang onto your gun arm”: Inside China’s one child policy and what Mei Fong gave up to become a mother

If you want to read one amazing book this year by a business journalist, one awesome book on China, and one powerful book on motherhood, I have good multi-tasking news for you: All you have to read is “One Child: The story of China’s Most Radical Experiment” by Mei Fong.

Peeq: A raw, heartwarming update from the winner of the 2015 Pando Prize

Attendees (or viewers) of Pandoland 2015 will probably remember Peeq: The microphone-in-a-ball educational startup that walked away with our $15k Pando Prize, chosen by Pando's writers and editors.  When we last checked in with the company, a little over a year ago, Peeq had just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the rest of the cash it needed to get it debut "Qball" device into production.

This month in serious ridesharing allegations

Uber driver Keith Avila helped a 16-year-old girl escape a sex trafficking ring after he overheard two older women say the runaway teen would be delivered to a “John” waiting at a Holiday Inn.

Needed: Angry 20 something and hands-off billionaire to build the media company the universe really needs

There aren’t many winners in Trump World. At least, there aren’t many winners outside of the deplorables, basket-cases, racists, sexists and Twitter Eggs who make up Trump’s inner circle.

BUMMER! I couldn’t be less bullish on cannabis startups. And the venture industry seems to agree

Hold on: Is the National Cannabis Industry Association high? This article is going to piss off a lot of libertarian pals of mine, but lately, I’ve noticed that the only people in California that I talk to who aren’t freaked out about what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for them are weed activists.

We stand with TechDirt, and so should you

My sincere apologies if it seems like an “all Peter Thiel all the time” day on Pando today. Believe me when I say no one’s fingers burn as painfully as mine when writing his name.

Thiel confirms Palantir will not help build Trump's Muslim database

Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd interviewed Peter Thiel (a Pando investor, for crying out loud) about his support for Donald Trump.

Brian Chesky's unbelievable journey

[Editor's note: This piece, based on my PandoMonthly interview with Brian Chesky, originally ran on Startups.co as part of an editorial collaboration with Pando aimed at sharing founders' struggles, challenges, and origin stories with millions of founders across America.] Brian Chesky’s dad wasn’t thrilled he had decided to go to art school.

What we all missed when Marissa Mayer became Yahoo CEO

And so the sad slow moving car crash that was Yahoo is almost at an end. The deal with Verizon is still in process, the remaining assets will be renamed the much-mocked “Altaba,” and in a shock/not-shock announced this week, Marissa Mayer will step down from the board.

No shock: Venture capital didn’t crash in 2016. Here’s why many insiders wish it would.

Remember early 2016? Tech stocks had one of the worst starts since the dot com bust. No one thought Donald Trump would get the nomination, let alone the Presidency.

Worried about Facebook's coziness with Trump? Watch what Alex Stamos does next

Interesting piece on Re/Code this morning about the “secret meeting” of Valley engineers who fear that Trump is very, very bad for tech.

Elon Musk: Too Crazy to be Lucky

[Editor's note: This piece, based on my PandoMonthly interview with Elon Musk, originally ran on Startups.co as part of an editorial collaboration with Pando aimed at sharing founders' struggles, challenges, and origin stories with millions of founders across America.] We can quantifiably say that Elon Musk has been the best tech entrepreneur of the modern era.

“You can’t hotfix a bridge”: Christina Allen on the confidence you gain from building

Christina Allen is a builder. She moved to Silicon Valley in the 1980s. Before it was a gold rush. Before everyone knew what “VCs” were.

In Praise of Things That Just Work: Goodreads

Lots of chatter today about Amazon's potential purchase of American Apparel, just days after a similar bursts of chatter about the company's move to open even more bricks and mortar book stores, just after the announcement of their checkout-free retail experiment, not long after they rebooted Top Gear and trounced the BBC's own version of the same show...

M&Apalooza: 2017 will be a year of put up or shut up in Silicon Valley

It’s the first week of January and everyone not on a plane to CES (that’s us!) is making predictions (that’s also us!


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