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Why I don’t believe in “cinematic” VR

Alice in Wonderland. Disney 1951. [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Armando Kirwin, a former film maker now working on the future of entertainment. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Kirwin was not paid for this post.] I’m not an expert on cinema. I helped make about a dozen Hollywood films, worked [...]

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Why Ello’s idealism might be the real deal

I haven’t paid much attention to Ello, the nascent social network that attracted headlines when it debuted because of its promise not to sell user data or make money from advertisements. And I’ll admit that a not-insignificant part of me wished that people would shut the hell up about it. That changed this morning, when the company [...]

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Google demonstrates its power over the press by cowing German publishers

The last few months have brought a lot of talk about how Facebook and its algorithms control the media landscape by rewarding publications for following trending stories, prioritizing light content over hard news, and worrying more about a story’s sensationalism than its accuracy or implications. Meanwhile, another tech company has been quietly manipulating the press [...]

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No more clueless meetings. Charlie is a virtual assistant that prepares briefing sheets on every meeting attendee

We’ve all been there, rushing into a meeting with someone we’ve never met, barely sure of their name let alone their professional background or personal interests. It’s a tough place to start a new relationship, and totally avoidable with a little prep. But we’re all busy. If only we were like the President, or anyone [...]

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Thanks to the DEA, Facebook’s controversial real-name policy might actually come in handy

Facebook’s real-name policy has found little love. But it might find new support after the company invoked it in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration, warning the agency that using someone’s name and photos to create a fake account, even as part of an investigation, will not be tolerated. The letter follows a BuzzFeed [...]

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Trouble magnet MeUndies signs shoplifting NFL player to endorsement deal

MeUndies is no stranger to controversy. The irreverent apparel basics company and lifestyle brand – or as it’s often more pejoratively described, an underwear delivery startup – was one of the first mainstream consumer brands to advertise alongside porn. Later, the company made social ads so risque they were banned from Facebook – a fact that it [...]

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BBC’s Whatsapp Ebola alerts are more proof that tech can help save the world — it just can’t do it alone

In an effort to help combat the spread of Ebola, the BBC has created a new service that sends “audio, text message alerts and images” in both French and English to subscribers in West Africa via WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook acquired for $22 billion in September. It’s an interesting counterpoint to the idea that [...]

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Facebook’s Safety Check is the best thing the company has done in months

Facebook is adding a feature to its mobile applications that allows users in areas affected by earthquakes, tornadoes, and other calamities to tell their friends they’re safe. It’s called Safety Check, and it’s the most self-aware feature Facebook has announced in a long while. It’s not unusual for tech companies to make unpopular decisions. People [...]

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Clickhole brilliantly sends up Ello with its ad-less, colorless, wordless social network Zylch

Columbia Journalism Review? Nieman Lab? David Carr’s Times column? You’re all on watch. Clickhole has become the best media criticism site on the planet. The subsidiary of the Onion began by largely lampooning the clickbait listicles and quizzes of sites like Buzzfeed and its Expanded Universe of copycat sites like Viralnova and Distractify. Recent highlights include “How [...]

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Watch our full PandoMonthly fireside chat with Bessemer Venture’s Jeremy Levine

Jeremy Levine has invested in some of the biggest consumer hits of the Web 2.0 era, including LinkedIn, Yelp, and Pinterest. He’s also refreshingly humble and honest about some of his biggest misses — In 2004, Levine brushed off a relentless kid named Eduardo Saverin, telling him, “Kid, haven’t you heard of Friendster?” That mix of [...]

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