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Workpop is not your father’s job site

Chris Ovitz has daddy issues. He wouldn’t admit as much himself, of course, or at least not to a journalist, but you only have to spend ten minutes with him, or thirty seconds thinking about his new startup, Workpop, to figure out what’s going on.

Gurley and Wilson point to sky high burn rates, not valuations as the red flag in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is no stranger to cries of “bubble!” and the usually accompanying concerns over crazy valuations.

Olive Garden servers have one of the toughest jobs in the industry. Trust me — I used to be one.

As if recovering from an August full of bad news, social media has finally turned its attention in September back to far more trivial matters — namely, the pseudo-Italian restaurant chain Olive Garden.

Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar unite in information warfare against “Big Taxi” with new TaxiFacts website

Uber, Lyft, and, to a lesser extent, Sidecar are bitter rivals who have proven willing to do anything in their power to discredit or poach riders and drivers from one another in pursuit of dominance in the future of transportation market.

German judge lifts Uber ban because of the taxi industry’s laziness

The Frankfurt Regional Court in Germany has ended the temporary injunction issued against Uber earlier this month because taxi companies in the country waited too long to request it, according to Deutsche Welle.

Hackers make the case for trusting Amazon’s and Apple’s “walled gardens”

If there’s anything a small segment of the tech-using population hates, it’s being forced to shop from a single marketplace.

Tim Cook’s defense of Apple’s privacy is incomplete at best

It’s hard to imagine the mental acrobatics required to defend your company’s data practices after just announcing it would start using your thumbprint in many applications and allow you to add your credit card information to its new payment service.

vArmour reveals the stealthy details of its dynamic and distributed data center security solution

In the world of cyber-security stealth can be an asset to both attackers and those companies trying to defend corporate networks and underlying data.

What’s In A Name?: Meet the name doctor of HAXLR8R

As the founder of HAXLR8R, a Shenzhen based accelerator for hardware startups, Cyril Ebersweiler often finds himself in the trenches with young founders working with them to fix a horrible product name, or find a name that better fits a particular product.

Why the outrage over Apple’s U2 stunt is good news for the future of music

Last week, amid the frenzy over new iPhones and smartwatches, Wired’s Mat Honan wrote a truly excellent requiem for the humble iPod.

PayPal drops the gloves, calling out Apple’s iCloud security in new payments ad

As the rumors of an Apple payments platform swirled leading up to last week’s keynote, plenty of smart people asked whether the world’s most valuable company was about to kill eBay’s generation one online payments subsidiary PayPal.

Greenwald in New Zealand: Grandstanding doesn’t get more condescending or counter-productive

As an expat-New Zealander anticipating a coming election Friday US time, I was a little caught off my guard to see Glenn Greenwald parachute into the middle of our little campaign promising massive new revelations.

Apple leaves PayPal out in the cold with an omission from its list of preferred Apple Pay payment platforms

Nobody likes to be left out when the cool kids send out invitations to the hottest party. That’s exactly where PayPal finds itself today as details emerge of Apple’s list of preferred payments platforms for merchants looking to support its recently announced Pay (or Apple Pay) product.

Tickets on sale now for NY Pando Monthly with Bessemer’s Jeremy Levine

Way back in the 2007-era when I was writing about the early wave of Web 2.0 and social media, even as many of the big Sand Hill Road firms wanted nothing to do with the consumer Web, one guy’s name kept coming up: Jeremy Levine.

Shots fired: Authors appeal to Amazon’s board over its bullying of publishers

A large number of authors have written a letter to Amazon’s board protesting the company’s negotiation tactics — which mostly involve bullying publishers until they agree to its terms — as the company continues its dispute with Hachette over ebook prices and revenue sharing.

Think sexism in tech is bad? It’s time for journalism to face its own diversity issues

In recent months, news outlets have rightfully taken tech companies to task over their lack of racial and gender diversity.

JibJab acquires Hello Santa on-demand live video chat service, envisions a multi-genre Uber for fantasy

To be five-years-old again. I regularly find myself imagining what it would be like to experience childhood through the technology-enhanced lens of the modern world.

Der Spiegel details Treasure Map, the NSA’s “Google Earth for global data traffic”

The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, have access to information stored by German telecoms and the devices connected to them, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the German publication Der Spiegel.

The new Android One smartphones are a threat to Microsoft, not Apple

Android smartphones are often a mess of inconsistent hardware and wildly different software. So many companies make phones with varying displays, touched-up versions of the software, and seemingly random features that there isn’t so much an Android market as there is a market for smartphones that happen to rely on at least some of Google’s mobile software to function.

Coinbase aims to fill the United Way’s coffers with bitcoin donations with its new merchant integration

With bitcoin continuing to grow in awareness and adoption but not yet breaking out from niche to truly ubiquitous status, the question remains, what is bitcoin’s truly killer feature or use case.