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Heartbleed continues to wound Android users

Researchers said on Tuesday that many Android applications are susceptible to the Heartbleed bug, which can allow hackers and government officials to gather data from online services, despite assurances that most Android users aren’t at risk.

Chatham Asset Management just sent Pando this seven page legal threat, written by Marty “Mad Dog” Singer

Last week Pando published the first in a series of stories by David Sirota examining proposed contracts for the handling of New Jersey public pension funds.

The revolving door between Google and the Department of Defense

So, Google continues to try to distance itself from the military-industrial complex. Last month, the company made a big stink about refusing a tiny bit of DARPA funding for two robotics companies it purchased, hoping that people already forgot that the companies had been financed by the Department of Defense.

Supporters of Indian politicians apparently hack Time 100 poll

Time Magazine is letting readers vote again on the world’s 100 most influential people. While the magazine’s editors will make the final decisions, they have for a number of years held an online poll.

If online sales taxes reduce Amazon sales then why does Amazon support online sales taxes?

An excellent little piece of economic research here detailing the manner in which the imposition of online sales taxes reduce Amazon’s sales in those places where they are imposed.

Beyond anti-virus: Sentinel Labs raises $12M to bring predictive intelligence to the enterprise security game

The enterprise computing landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, which means that the challenge of securing this environment has as well.

Ahead of FB’s earning announcement, new research shows just how addicted we’re getting

Facebook’s first-quarter announcement this evening promises a small moment of reflection following a frenetic few months for the company.

Your obligatory Earth Day post

I can never recall whether it’s we hurrying to hell in a handcart or whether we’re supposed to think of that handcart hurtling towards us.

Enigmatic founder of Russia’s largest social network flees the country and his ties to oligarchs

Until yesterday, Pavel Durov was the boyish founder and CEO of Vkontakte, the dominant Russian social network, which has nearly ten times the number of users Facebook does in that country.

Palcohol has its label approval revoked: Here’s a fine grain analysis of what that means

This morning the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reversed its April 8th approval of labels for powdered alcohol product Palcohol, saying “Those label approvals were issued in error and have since been surrendered.” Most of the press around Palcohol has lazily stated that the government had approved of the product, and this has resulted in both mockery and outrage.

YP brings programatic buying to local ads with OpenX partnership

There’s a race underway among publishers and advertisers to deliver targeted local ads to consumers. Facebook appears positioned to get in on the mix thanks to its new location-aware features, while Google Maps, Foursquare, and Yelp have each dabbled in this area.

Dancing Giants: At SAP, it is about trying to make the battleship turn faster

For Ken Tsai, the VP of Product Marketing for SAP’s HANA software, every day is constant balancing act.

“Everything you need to know about X.” Why explaining the news is harder than it looks

Have you had something “explained” to you yet today? Chances are, you have. The last few weeks have brought the launch of three new sites designed to be companions to, rather than sources of, breaking news.

Ad platform Decisive thinks transparency makes for better mobile ads

Mobile ads are becoming more and more common, and more often than not they are annoying. Decisive’s David Dundas thinks this may be due to a lack of transparency on the ad analytics side.

Avoiding the next Mt. Gox: Vault of Satoshi bitcoin exchange launches proof-of-solvency service

As the bitcoin community continues to recover from a series of high-profile exchange and wallet platform failures, none bigger than the multi-hundred million dollar implosion of Mt.

Dry Drunk: Much mocked Palchohol follows classic Valley disruptor playbook

There has been a lot of — uh — buzz in the last few days about Palcohol, the world’s first powdered alcohol product.

What worries me about the Jason Padgett story

Two things that worry me about the Jason Padgett story in fact. Padgett being the guy who got punched in the head and turned into a mathematical savant as a result: A self-proclaimed former “goof” and college dropout has told how he became a maths genius after suffering a traumatic brain injury Jason Padgett is a “sudden savant” who sees elaborate geometric shapes in every day objects and has the ability to recreate them by hand.

They may be called “public” pensions, but you’re not allowed to see what they’re doing

In the first installment of Pando’s still-ongoing investigation of the New Jersey pension system, one thing seemed to stick out: many readers couldn’t believe that the texts of the agreements signed between public pensions and alternative investment managers (read: hedge funds and private equity) are almost always secret.

Video: Two-thirds of California is still in historically bad drought conditions. Why?

Last year was California’s driest year on record yet, and as of right now two-thirds of the state is still in “extreme” to “exceptional” drought conditions, according to the U.S.

The Internet of Udders: Vital Herd wants to put chips in cows, save farmers billions of dollars

Connected cows. It sounds all too odd, right? But rolling the numbers, it makes a lot more sense than that connected thermostat or smart lock pundits can’t stop declaring the pinnacle of civilization.