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Rejoice! The War Nerd Dispatches is now available as an eBook and (100 copies only!) paperback

“It was a glorious fifteen months we had of it, too. I’ll always remember NSFWCORP with gratitude. I honestly liked everyone I met there, which is not exactly my usual response.

Black Mirror’s new “Christmas Special” takes on robot slaves, smart homes, and blocking IRL

Every generation needs its Black Mirror. In 1932, Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World reflected the ugliest sides of consumerism, commoditization, and complacency.

Tor founder warns attack on network could be “really bad,” allowing traffic to be hijacked

Oh boy. For weeks, Pando has been covering the cosy relationship between the Tor network and the US government.

Tor warns users of possible attempt to disable its network

The Tor Project has issued a statement warning that it has learned of a possible “attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days.” The statement doesn’t identify the source of the alleged threat but warns an attack might come “through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities.” After assuring users that their anonymity won’t be compromised in the event of an attack, Tor appears to beg any would-be server seizers not to do anything mean: We hope that this attack doesn’t occur; Tor is used by many good people….

This ruling may convince retailers like Target to take data breaches more seriously

The data breach said to have affected 110 million consumers who shopped at Target in the tail-end of 2013 might become even more expensive for the beleaguered retailer.

eBay finally cuts ties with ultraconservative ALEC

It’s about time. Following in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and practically every other major tech firm that claims to care about the environment, eBay has finally announced it will not renew its membership with the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Judge says alleged Silk Road founder can’t be held responsible for every bad thing that happened on the platform

As the trial of alleged Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht, gets closer, a federal judge has ruled on what federal prosecutors can and cannot bring up in court.

Uber launches UberLUX service in LA, offers high-priced rides in Teslas, Mercedes, and BMWs

Los Angeles is considered by many to be a city of glitz and glamour. It’s ground zero for the entertainment industry and many of the world’s most beautiful people.

With rabid overseas demand, home design favorite Houzz looks to triple its international reach in 2015

After getting a taste of international operation in 2014, Houzz is going back for a second helping in 2015.

SOPA lives? MPAA looks to revive parts of the controversial bill to fight piracy

The Motion Pictures Association of America wants to implement some aspects of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act of 2011, and it’s enlisting the help of state-level lawmakers to do so, according to numerous reports about the association’s efforts.

The reaction to the “Instagram Rapture” shows how narcissistic the service really is

Instagram recently decided to permanently delete many of the spam accounts it’s discovered on its service.

Yahoo and Flickr reverse decision to sell Creative Commons photos

Flickr has pulled a 180 and decided not to use Creative Commons-licensed images to create posters it planned to sell to consumers.

The Google lawyer evicting all his tenants may be a jerk; but it wouldn’t matter if SF would just build more housing

In 2012, Jack Halprin bought an apartment building at 812 Guerrero St. in San Francisco’s Mission District for $1.4 million.

The War Nerd: More proof the US defense industry has nothing to do with defending America

KUWAIT CITY—This has been a classic week in the defense procurement industry. The armed services are trying to boost their worst aircraft, the totally worthless F-35, by trashing their best, the simple, effective, proven A-10 Warthog.

Listen to this week’s PandoLIVE

This week’s PandoLIVE was taped in an LA hotel room as we prepared for the last PandoMonthly of the year.

Open Garden raises $10.8M to build a “Second Internet” — for the people, by the people

Open Garden has raised $10.8 million to create the next Internet. And as crazy as that sounds, thanks to the success of its FireChat peer-to-peer messaging service, it might just work.

Flowboard presentation product renamed FlowVella, ushers in the post-tablet era of digital storytelling

What’s in a name? Flowboard, the upstart presentation and storytelling platform, is betting today that a beloved product is more important than the branding with which it’s adorned.

The Islamic State joins North Korea as a surprising suspect in a cyberattack

A new report from Citizen Lab claims the so-called Islamic State could be responsible for a cyber attack meant to reveal the location of members of the “Raqqah is being Slaughtered Silently” (RSS) advocacy group for reporting on the Islamic State’s human rights violations in occupied Syria.

A popular phone-breaking tool has been updated to bypass iCloud’s heightened security measures

A tool used by law enforcement to gain access to Apple’s iCloud service has been updated to bypass the two-factor authentication feature, which requires a randomly-generated code in addition to a user’s normal password.

Bustle raises $15.5m to “double down” on strategy, hire more (better paid) journalists

Women’s lifestyle site Bustle has closed a $15.5m funding round, lead by new investors General Catalyst.