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Happy Halloween! Here are the five best horror movies about technology


The best horror movies are reflections of a society’s collective anxieties. Sure, they may feature ghosts or zombies or other imaginary creatures.

Strong brew: Starbucks CEO promises to compete on mobile payments, reveals on-demand delivery plans


The era of mobile payments has arrived, seemingly overnight. But while plenty of companies have attempted to enter this market in years past, none have managed to drive mainstream adoption of their technology.

Strong brew: Starbucks CEO promises to compete on mobile payments, reveals on-demand delivery plans


The era of mobile payments has arrived, seemingly overnight. But while plenty of companies have attempted to enter this market in years past, none have managed to drive mainstream adoption of their technology.

The War Nerd: Crunching numbers on Kobane


How many Islamic State fighters have died in Kobane? That question isn’t as easy to answer as you might expect.

Facebook’s nonsensical decision to support Tor-powered connections


Facebook has added an “experimental” feature allowing Tor users to connect directly to one of its data servers via an encrypted connection in order to remain anonymous.

Yes, Apple Pay will disrupt in-store purchases — but its impact on in-app commerce may be even greater


The vast majority of the discussion surrounding Apple Pay has focused on brick-and-mortar commerce. This may be natural given that Apple’s merchant launch partners were Macy’s, McDonald’s, Walgreens, Staples, Disney, and several other major physical retailers.

Here’s one more reason not to use your iPhone’s fingerprint scanner


Need another reason not to secure your smartphone with a fingerprint? A Circuit Court judge has ruled that police can require suspects to unlock a device with their fingerprint, but may not with a passcode.

Autodesk take aim at the disappointment of 3D printing


Last September, Autodesk opened a large two-story workshop on Pier 9 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, a luxuriant facility with the indulgent goal of bringing its employees closer to the machines they were making software for.

Uber wisely over-communicates about surge pricing ahead of busy holiday weekend


Uber’s surge pricing has landed the company in hot water on countless occasions. Most publicly were the company’s arguably tone-deaf response in the lead-up to Hurricane Sandy in New York, where rates climbed as high as 8X normal as people tried to get home from work or leave the city.

First Look staffers finally admit Omidyar massively interfered with editorial, say Taibbi accused of sexist bullying


Well this is absolutely remarkable. Just a few days after NY Magazine reported that Matt Taibbi was on the way out of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, Taibbi’s former colleagues have published what they claim is the inside story on his departure.

Nike’s new LeBron ad and the dangers of buying into the “Believeland” hype


Who is LeBron James? Is he a fresh-faced youth who, displaying maturity beyond his years, keeps his head and down and lives up to the hype?

Omidyar-funded candidate takes seat in new Ukraine parliament


Ukraine just held its first post-revolution parliamentary elections, and amid all of the oligarchs, EU enthusiasts, neo-Nazis, nepotism babies, and death squad commanders, there is one newly-elected parliamentarian’s name that stands out for her connection to Silicon Valley: Svitlana Zalishchuk, from the billionaire president’s Poroshenko Bloc party.

By speaking for just herself, Rachel Sklar speaks for all women


I guess it had to happen eventually. Rachel Sklar and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on how to talk about the challenges facing women in tech, and beyond.

SEC chairman turned bitcoin board member Arthur Levitt talks volatility, regulation, and currency instability


There’s a revolving door between industry and the regulatory halls of Washington DC. It’s not uncommon to see high profile regulators “retire” from public service to land cushy jobs in the financial industry, pharma, defense, and other sectors where their “experience” and “connections” can pay major dividends.

Freaked out by artificial intelligence? Don’t watch the trailer to “Ex Machina”


One of the good things about living in a scarily disruptive era of unprecedented surveillance and technology is that it makes for great fodder for artists.

The MPAA bans Google Glass, but I’d rather share a theater with Glassholes than assholes


The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have updated their policies to force theater-goers to turn off and put away “wearables” at show time.

The tech industry is turning health trackers into commodities before they even go mainstream


We’ve reached Peak Health. In the last few days, Google has released a fitness application that uses smartphone sensors to measure physical activity; Microsoft has announced its own health platform and fitness tracker; even Nintendo has revealed a device that “reads a user’s movement, heart rate, respiration and fatigue, and sends that data to servers to be analyzed,” as Polygon reported Wednesday night.

Listen again to this week’s episode of PandoLIVE


Not to be confused with St Louis, Missouri restaurant, PanD’Olive, PandoLIVE is our weekly call-in show, hosted by Sarah Lacy and me.

What’s In A Name: PandoLIVE is not to be confused with Pan D’Olive


For the past month or so, Pando’s “What’s In A Name?” series has been examining the importance of choosing the right name for your startup or product.

What’s In A Name: PandoLIVE is not to be confused with Pan D’Olive


For the past month or so, Pando’s “What’s In A Name?” series has been examining the importance of choosing the right name for your startup or product.


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