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Not torn apart

I’m not sure the universe has room for another opinion column written about the barbaric terror attack in Manchester earlier this week. I’m certain it doesn’t need that column to be written on a Silicon Valley technology news site. After all, there are only so many new ways one can condemn the unspeakable monster who […]

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Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter. Wait. Greg Gianforte, the RightNow Technologies guy?

A few days ago, I started paying attention to the special election in Montana. Particularly how the Democratic candidate was making in-roads not by running against Donald Trump – who apparently is still pretty popular in Montana – but by running against Paul Ryan. That is, by running against the GOP’s health care plan. Then I […]

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Nine months ago, it was unclear how committed Alphabet was to beating Uber. Now, it has two powerful motivators: Revenge and $70 billion

Editor’s Note: “Uber Tuesday” is a new weekly column by me all about Uber. To protect my sanity, I’m (mostly) confining everything I have to say about the Valley’s most highly valued and most toxic startup to one day of the week. Enjoy. Remember, about nine months ago, when the battle between Google and Uber […]

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The Beat

Did you see Trump fired Comey? Did you see Trump gave secret intel to the Russians? Did you see Trump told Comey to stop investigating Flynn? Did you see they’ve appointed a special counsel? Did you see Trump called the investigation the biggest witch hunt in American history? Did you see / Did you see […]

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Ben Lerer: "We’re in 1985 all over again"

[Editor’s note: This piece, based on my PandoMonthly interview with Ben Lerer, originally ran on Startups.co as part of an editorial collaboration with Pando aimed at sharing founders’ struggles, challenges, and origin stories with millions of founders across America.] It’s hard to decide who has changed the most in the last 12 years: Thrillist or its co-founder and […]

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What shield law? Lawyers for Ebbu co-founder Michael Wendschuh tried to subpoena Pando writer’s notes and sources

As regular readers will know, Pando has a longstanding policy of publishing any and all legal threats we receive, no matter how baseless or ridiculous.   This promise of transparency, which we inherited from our time at TechCrunch, operates as a safeguard to ensure that readers always know if anyone is trying to shut down our reporting […]

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The Quitter: Schadenfreude Tourism? Cash me in!

“Brexit means Brexit!” With those words British Prime minister Theresa May confirmed that Britain’s exit from the EU would be complete and irreversible. Also confirmed: Her place amongst the worst sloganeers in British political history. In fairness to May, the bar for excellence in British political soundbites is set stratospherically high. This, after all, is […]

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Snap’s unhappy honeymoon

I’ll admit it, the first thing I thought when Snap unveiled its magic eraser this week was that a company losing as much money as Snap is should think twice about using that name. I mean, Mr. Clean sells a magic eraser, but P&G is steadily profitable and besides, who’s going to mess with that […]

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“Why are we trying to hide this?”: Finally, Uber gets its big, ugly, un-hackable day in court

Yesterday, I attended Michele Dauber’s Stanford Law Center conference on how to protect Title IX in a President Trump world. The conference itself was controversial well before attendees gathered. Just the poster generated a dispute. Dauber– who is leading the effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky and has spent her career fighting against domestic violence and […]

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