Sup, welcome to the Pando digest of everything you missed at SXSW, installment #2. Today it is drizzling, proving that not enough of us knocked wood yesterday while praising the weather.
“I find that phenomenally offensive.” Newsweek’s Editor-in-chief Jim Impoco is not happy that we’re questioning his magazine’s huge Bitcoin scoop.
According to a report on TechCrunch, citing unnamed sources, Google Ventures has pulled its $100,000 investment from women’s lifestyle site Bustle.com, “after deeming the startup out of touch with its values.” Specifically, TechCrunch claims that it was a series of controversial posts written by founder Bryan Goldberg here on Pando that “were the straws that broke Bustle’s Google backing.” (Although TechCrunch did not name its source, Google Ventures GP MG Siegler is a former TechCrunch employee, and a current contributor to the site.
Ain’t no one player that could beat this lunacy. / Ain’t no hustler on the street could do a whole community.
Hello world. Welcome to day one of 2014 SXSW. It’s off to a much better start than the last two years.
The hustle and bustle of SXSW can get quite overwhelming. At one corner of a room you see VCs chitchatting about God knows what.
Just in time for the weekend, the short stories you might have missed. In the race and culture category this week we have the Arab lady who insists that no one but Arabs should be allowed to do belly dancing.
To say that technology will be a defining force in shaping the future of the world is so obvious, it hardly bears mentioning.
Samsung today announced that its Milk Music service, which allows users to stream music for free, has debuted on its Galaxy smartphone line.
As James Robinson wrote earlier this week, television remains the undisputed heavyweight king of advertising, handily beating digital ads in 12 rounds: According to Nielsen and Simulmedia, the average American watches 146 hours of TV each month and only 12 hours of online video.
“The American public called PBS the most trusted source for news and public affairs programs and the most ‘fair’ source for news coverage.” – PBS, February 20, 2014 Last month, in response to Pando’s revelations that anti-pension mogul John Arnold secretly was financing PBS’s “Pension Peril” series, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issued a scathing report demanding immediate reform. Criticizing “the lack of transparency” at PBS, CPB’s ombudsman Joel Kaplan declared that public broadcasting outlets must let the public access details of their financial dealings.
Much is being made of the manner in which the robots and the algos are coming to steal all our jobs. When they do all the work then, how on earth will we all be able to feed ourselves, occupy our time?
Inventables put Shapeoko 1 – its $300 computer controlled mill – on sale in April 2012. Next week, coming up on two years later, CEO Zach Kaplan will go on stage at SXSW to announce Easel, new software that could make its machine, and others like it, easy to use for the first time in history.
As the cost of higher education skyrockets, the price of textbooks has increased at an even faster clip. According to the American Enterprise Institute, the cost of textbooks in 2012 was 812 percent higher now than it was three decades ago while tuition rose 559 percent over the same time span.
Drones might soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not explicitly outlawed the unmanned aerial vehicles.
When Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert arrived at the Sundance Film Festival last month, his plan was to participate in a panel, take in a few films, and have a good time with the tens of thousands of other revelers who descend on the mountain town every winter.
Android users are putting lipstick on Google’s technological pig. Flurry reports that, more than ever, consumers are using applications that allow them to change Android’s looks, commonly known as “launchers.” Use of these apps almost tripled between the third and fourth quarters of 2013; it more than doubled again between the end of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.
Unicycles are all the rage. It’s cool to be a cat lady. Men love to wear high heels. People like Google Plus.
OAKLAND—On February 18, several hundred privacy, labor, civil rights activists and Black Bloc anarchists packed Oakland’s city hall.
Yesterday, I argued that online giants – Facebook, Apple and Google – will use our addiction to apps, and our need to access them across all devices, to lock us in to their platforms for years to come.