Suit: Zillow Says Women Over 40 Are "Too Old to Close," "Can't Keep Up"

A second lawsuit filed in a California court this week accuses Zillow of being an "frat house" which promotes sexual and ageist harassment. This time, a single mother is suing after being fired by Zillow because she checked into a hospital to treat injuries sustained in a car accident. » 12/04/14 8:00pm 12/04/14 8:00pm

Zillow Accused of Subjecting Female Employees to "Sexual Torture"

Zillow has built up a $4.5 billion valuation by amassing an immense real estate database. But a lawsuit filed in a California court accuses the company of cultivating an "adult frat house" culture in which female employees are constantly solicited for sex by co-workers, ranked on their breast size, and fired if they… » 12/02/14 4:33pm 12/02/14 4:33pm

Airbnb Had Housing Activists Pushed Into a "Free Speech Zone"

This weekend Airbnb held its first-ever conference for hosts in San Francisco. Inside, executives restated the company's goal to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Outside, local cops allegedly shoved housing activists who were protesting Airbnb's role in the eviction crisis, confining demonstrators into a "free speech" pen. » 11/24/14 4:35pm 11/24/14 4:35pm

Will Facebook Really Let Its Bus Drivers Unionize?

Facebook's fleet of shuttle bus drivers will vote today on whether to join the Teamsters labor union. The drivers have protested their work conditions, saying their employer requires them to work 15.5 hour-long split shifts, receive pay below the living wage, and say they're "held hostage" for the six hours between… » 11/19/14 5:55pm 11/19/14 5:55pm

Uber Investor Ashton Kutcher Defends Slandering Critical Journalists

Ashton Kutcher is a walking conflict of interest. He invests his acting fortune into startups like Uber and then promotes those companies without disclosing his financial ties. Now that Uber's culture of sleaze is making headlines across the country, Ashton's back out there defending Uber's exposed plans to… » 11/19/14 12:35pm 11/19/14 12:35pm

Parents Forced Frat Boys to Screw a Partner Out of a Popular Startup

Yik Yak may not be a household name like Snapchat, but it's almost as popular. The anonymous college bulletin board app was founded by three frat brothers at Furman University last fall and has already pulled in around $85 million in venture capital. Like other apps born out of frats, two of the founders allegedly… » 11/18/14 5:20pm 11/18/14 5:20pm

Talent Agents for Programmers Can't Wait to Take Their 15 Percent

If coders are the new rock stars, then it makes sense the music industry's hanger-ons want to play Scooter Braun to Silicon Valley's top engineers. That's exactly the case with 10x Management, a techie talent agency founded by two former music managers. » 11/18/14 2:45pm 11/18/14 2:45pm

Rap Genius Co-Founder Finally Pushes Venture Capitalist Over the Edge

Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam is a testament to just how far you can push a venture capitalist. The Yale graduate is one of tech's foremost delusional fools—repeatedly embarrassing himself, his company, and everyone connected with it. He eventually resigned from the startup after publicly praising parts of a… » 11/17/14 9:30pm 11/17/14 9:30pm

Snapchat Dances on Money to Unveil New Payment Feature

Snapchat, an unprofitable company "worth" $10 billion, just unveiled a new feature called "Snapcash." It allows teen users send each other money, just like Venmo already does. Snapchat celebrated the feature by dressing actors up in suits with dollar signs and having them dance on showers of cash. » 11/17/14 4:20pm 11/17/14 4:20pm

The Great Google Glass Experiment Is Fucked

Just over two years ago, Google's Sergey Brin was on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, taking a bow following fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg's Google Glass-studded show. Back then, Google Glass was riding a high wave of positive press: The New York Times proposed it was "the future of technology" and fashion… » 11/17/14 2:30pm 11/17/14 2:30pm

Google Faces Class Action Suit For Exploiting Contract Workers

Google has become the latest tech company hit with a lawsuit for exploiting contract workers. Reuters reports that a class action suit has been filed against Google, alleging the company misclassified employees as independent contractors. The plaintiff behind the suit also alleges he was refused the overtime wages and… » 11/14/14 6:10pm 11/14/14 6:10pm

You Can Now Order a Knockoff Soylent Called "Schmoylent"

Addicts will go to great lengths to get their fix. And shipping delays for the meal replacement Soylent have created a market of famished nu food fiends. One San Francisco startup has decided to fill the void with a knockoff powder they call "Schmoylent." » 11/14/14 3:25pm 11/14/14 3:25pm

Twitter Rated "Junk" by Credit Rating Agency

Twitter just can't get it together. Their corporate vision is blurred, executives are fleeing, and when the company spent an entire day trying to impress Wall Street investors, they botched it by opening a garbage bag of a "strategy statement." Now concerns over the company's future has led Standard and Poor's to… » 11/14/14 12:55pm 11/14/14 12:55pm

Startup Exploits Evictions to Create Party Pad for Tech Workers

Single-room-occupancy hotels are some of the last scraps of low-income housing left in San Francisco. But for the city's high-tech strata, they're just another piece of property to flip for profit. And one tech-centric housing company stands accused of using unlawful evictions to turn a SoMa SRO into a gaudy co-op… » 11/13/14 3:15pm 11/13/14 3:15pm

Techies Invest In Fund to "Unshackle" Immigrant Startup Founders

The United States' (disgraceful) immigration process has long been the bane of the tech industry. But a new venture capital fund thinks it's hacked the immigration process, allowing bring on foreign entrepreneurs to run startups in the US. » 11/13/14 2:00pm 11/13/14 2:00pm