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Buzzfeed editor: We stand by fired staffer’s reporting on Edward Snowden


Earlier this week, Buzzfeed fired writer Benny Johnson for plagiarizing 41 of his pieces from other online sources.

Tor received over $1.8m from the US government last year, including $830k from military spies


Earlier this month, Pando’s Yasha Levine revealed that almost everyone involved in Tor was (or is) funded by the US government.

Former Orlando Predators owner redirects domain name to police list of current Orlando predators


Today in actually pretty funny revenge pranks… The former owner of the Orlando Predators has been accused of getting revenge on a football league by redirecting his team’s website to a police list of sexual predators.

Buzzfeed staffer who claimed Pentagon sources threatened to kill Snowden is fired for dishonesty


Benny Johnson, a former writer at Glenn Beck’s the Blaze, has been fired from Buzzfeed for 41 instances of plagiarism.

Meet the Russian hacker that helps advertisers defraud their AdWords competitors


What kind of chutzpah does it take to use Google’s own gmail and YouTube services to defraud the company’s cash cow AdWords business?

Gawker no longer even trying to pretend it’s not grotesquely hypocritical on tax


Earlier today, Gawker’s Valleywag blog expressed its outrage that Google is still paying barely any taxes on its revenue.

You likely haven’t heard of Benchmark’s new GP and that says everything about where Benchmark is going


Benchmark announced this week that it’s hiring Eric Vishria as its newest general partner. It was hardly the biggest industry news of the week.

Forget the outrage over Google’s genetic testing ambitions. Convenience beat out privacy long ago


Google’s decision to enter our homes by purchasing Nest and Dropcam has attracted scrutiny from privacy advocates worried about giving the company access to even more information.

Something borrowed: Bose sues Beats (and sugardaddy Apple) for patent infringement


Bose has reportedly sued Beats Electronics over patents related to its noise canceling headphones, according to a breaking news tweet by CNBC.

We can all complain about diversity in tech… or we can do something about it like Kathryn Finney


This week, Twitter became the latest tech company to release numbers on the diversity of its workforce.

The Road


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marc Ruxin, Founder/CEO of TastemakerX, which was recently acquired by Rdio where he has become the COO.

What brands and publishers can learn from the celebrity stars of Snapchat


When we think of social networks from a brand, publisher, or celebrity perspective, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and maybe Pinterest rise to the top of our mental lists.

Report: Google has removed around 50,000 links thanks to Europe’s “right to be forgotten”


Europeans have asked Google to remove more than 91,000 links from its search results, and the company has granted more than half of those requests, according to a Bloomberg report.

I guess Lyft has moved into its new headquarters


Hey, 2300 Harrison, do you even Lyft? Late last year it was reported that ride-sharing service Lyft (that’s the one not run by a Randroid sociopath) had signed a lease on a new 65,000sq ft San Francisco headquarters on the corner of 19th and Harrison.

Zenefits tackles another founder pain point with automated stock option management


There are things only founders understand about building a company. Some of them are abstract, like the psychological toll of carrying the the responsibility of employees’ livelihoods and investors capital on your shoulders.

Following Pando reporting, congressional IP address blocked from editing Wikipedia for ten days


Earlier this week, I reported that an IP address connected to the US House of Representatives had made a series of bizarre updates to Wikipedia, including implicating Cuba in fake moon landing conspiracies and the assassination of JFK and accusing radio host Alex Jones of being a Russian spy.

State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too


Back in February, Sarah wrote a long “State of Pando post, announcing our new Speaking Truth To The New Power tagline and sharing our plans for the Pando’s third year.  Since that time, a lot has happened: some exactly according to plan, some absolutely not.

Barry Silbert steps down as SecondMarket CEO, plans to focus 100% on digital currency spinoff


SecondMarket founder Barry Silbert is stepping down as CEO of the company with a goal of focusing on the firm’s burgeoning digital currency business, which will soon be spun out as a standalone company.

Facebook is no longer a social network. It’s the world’s most powerful news reader


It was barely two years ago that things were starting to look absolutely awful for Facebook. Its stock was hitting one new low after another, at one point falling to half of its IPO value.

As Reason’s editor defends its racist history, here’s a copy of its holocaust denial “special issue”


“The German concentration camps weren’t health centers, but they appear to have been far smaller and much less lethal than the Russian ones.” —Reason magazine, January 1976 Last weekend, I wrote about how Reason magazine — and their backers, the Koch brothers — was supporting a major push to further sell Silicon Valley on the “virtues” of libertarianism.


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