Tech Founder Sends Female Reporter Gift Basket Loaded With Sexism

Tech's armada of PR professionals can be their own worst enemy. But their protective shield occasionally hides the chauvinism of tech founders. Otherwise you get dudes like Blake Francis, founder of the question and answer app Need, who tried to buy favorable press from a female reporter with a wildly inappropriate… » 10/24/14 7:00pm Today 7:00pm

Twitter Teaching the Homeless to Code In Exchange for Tax Break

The last time a startup programmer taught a homeless man to code, the naive vanity project failed. A few engineering lessons failed to solve socioeconomic realities and the man was still sleeping in the streets eight months later. But Twitter has higher hopes for its new "learning center" where employees can… » 10/24/14 1:10pm Today 1:10pm

Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Stay Anti-Corporate

When a small group of disgruntled Facebook users decamped to Ello four weeks ago, a million more people followed looking for The Next Big Thing in Social Networking. But Ello's newcomers didn't find much reason to stick around, and the anti-advertising "Facebook killer" is already fading away into the internet's… » 10/23/14 4:06pm Yesterday 4:06pm

People Can't Download Facebook's Retro Rooms App

Facebook's habit for blowing app launches has doomed another debut. Rooms, a pseudo-anonymous forum app that appears to be Reddit crossed with 90s-era forums, was supposed to make a big splash in the press today. Instead, people are taking to Twitter to complain the app has been pulled from the App Store. » 10/23/14 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

Which "Tech Couple" Is Spending Millions on a San Francisco Bunker?

Mark Zuckerberg has already won the race to become San Francisco's most obnoxious techie homeowner. But a report says another Noe Valley manse owned by a "tech couple" could surpass Fort Zuckerberg as the most expensive property in the neighborhood. » 10/22/14 5:50pm Wednesday 5:50pm

Handy's Nightmare Tryout Process Is a Startup Stereotype

Before Handy, a house cleaning and odd jobs startup, became the darling of the New York startup scene and raised $30 million dollars, the company was called "Handybook." And according to a person who spent a day interviewing there, its office was a showcase of the worst tech worker stereotypes. Sexism, racism,… » 10/21/14 3:40pm Tuesday 3:40pm

Uber Driver Allegedly Threw Rider On the Street and Smashed Her iPhone

Authorities have charged a San Francisco UberX driver with battery, malicious mischief, and vandalism after "forcibly" pulling a female passenger out of the car and throwing her iPhone down the street. The victim claims it took Uber 20 hours to call her back. » 10/21/14 11:56am Tuesday 11:56am

Former Facebook VP Struggles to Adjust to Rough Life in San Francisco

For many, strolling around San Francisco is a pleasure. But for the optimization-obsessed elites of Silicon Valley, traveling through a world-class city is just laboring tax on their time. Now one former Facebook boss realizes his "soul-crushing" shuttle bus commute out of town was a blessing in disguise.
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Yahoo Still Thinks It Can Acquire Success

Faced with sagging ad sales, Yahoo has decided to keep trying to same failing strategy: gobbling up fledgling startups to reinvigorate the aging behemoth. An activist investor already slammed this approach as a money-burning fuck up. But CEO Marissa Mayer is undeterred. She plans to squander profits from Yahoo's stake… » 10/20/14 1:55pm Monday 1:55pm

More Than 40 Percent of Top Techies Think We're in a Bubble

The Atlantic has embarked on a new quest, dubbed the Silicon Valley Insiders Poll, in which they survey 50 of tech's foremost "executives, innovators, and thinkers." Their findings proved something we already knew: many believe the tech industry is in a bubble. » 10/16/14 6:07pm 10/16/14 6:07pm

Top LivingSocial Exec Pled Guilty to Assaulting Female Bar Patron

The corporate clown car that is LivingSocial faced another meltdown yesterday. According to the Washington Post, the daily deal site's Chief Marketing Officer was convicted of assaulting a woman in a D.C. Four Seasons bar. The 52-year-old executive, Barry Judge, faces up to 180 days in jail. » 10/16/14 3:34pm 10/16/14 3:34pm