Now There's Surge Pricing For Food

Surge pricing is Silicon Valley's most insidious trend. Popularized by Uber—a company synonymous with fucking people over—surge pricing allows companies to randomly jack up prices whenever demand is running a little high, reaping profits for startups while customers on a budget are left behind. And now techies have… » 10/01/14 2:05pm Yesterday 2:05pm

Facebook Apologizes For Discriminatory "Real Name" Policy

Facebook sparked a fierce backlash three weeks ago when it began enforcing a "real name" policy against performers and members of the LGBT community. The company initially dug in its heels, refusing to stop requiring people to use their legal names, inciting hundreds of thousands of people to flee to the… » 10/01/14 11:10am Yesterday 11:10am

Startups Offer "Pre-cations" to Pre-emptively Burned Out Employees

Americans are famously overworked and terrified of taking vacations. And that is no different in Silicon Valley, where young code jockeys are expected to put in long hours on projects that rarely pan out, leading to burnout and high turnover. But startups are testing a new way to milk more work from their staff: … » 9/30/14 6:35pm Tuesday 6:35pm

Tech's Push to Help Schools Looks Like a Campaign Ad For Ed Lee

Just two weeks before San Francisco's 2011 mayoral election, billionaire angel investor Ron Conway pushed out a viral campaign ad for Mayor Ed Lee that featured cameos from local sports stars and Silicon Valley tech celebs. Now, 13 months before Lee's next election, Conway's techie advocacy group has released another… » 9/30/14 2:28pm Tuesday 2:28pm

Walmart Appoints Instagram's CEO to Its Board of Directors

Walmart, a ruthless retailer known for abusing employees and pulverizing local businesses, just installed Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom onto its board of directors. And why the hell not? Walmart is desperate for some Silicon Valley magic to rub off on its burdened brand. » 9/29/14 4:30pm Monday 4:30pm

European Commission Accuses Apple of Profiting Off Illegal State Aid

The European Commission is set to formally accuse Apple of funneling billions into an illegal Irish tax shelter—possibility setting up the world's largest corporation for "a record fine of as much as several billions of euros," according to the Financial Times. » 9/29/14 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

Men Taking Up Space in San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its yuppie bread lines, especially outside of trendy lunch spots surrounding the startups of SoMa. And you can find conclusive evidence of the industry's maleness at Man Lines, a Tumblr chronicling clusters of Y chromosomes in the city. » 9/26/14 6:10pm Friday 6:10pm

Mark Zuckerberg Pays Kids to Squat in Parking Spots Overnight

The extravagant renovation of Mark Zuckerberg's $10 million San Francisco "fixer-upper" has already aggravated neighbors with months of noise and parking concerns. But Zuckerberg's own actions are making the impacts of the ongoing 17 month project worse. According to CBS, the boy billionaire has been paying a squad of… » 9/26/14 4:45pm Friday 4:45pm

Investor Wants Yahoo and AOL to Merge Into Single Corporate Catastrophe

What happens when you combine two dying '90s internet relics into one conglomerate of uselessness? According an activist investor at Starboard Value, a proposed merger of Yahoo and AOL could see "significant appreciation" in Yahoo's stock price and the revitalization of both brands. How exciting! » 9/26/14 3:25pm Friday 3:25pm

Beach-Blocking Billionaire Must Reopen California Coast to Commoners

Forgetful venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has been blocking public access to Martin's Beach ever since he closed its only access road in 2010. But a California judge ruled Wednesday that Khosla acted illegally in doing so, forcing the Sun Microsystem's co-founder to reopen the Half Moon Bay beach. » 9/25/14 1:25pm 9/25/14 1:25pm

Tech Titans Lobby Hard So Privacy Law Won't Hurt Precious Wearables

Apple may have only unveiled their long-awaited Watch a few weeks ago, but they're already pushing the government to make sure it isn't subjected to health privacy regulations. According to Politico, companies including Intel, Apple, and Fitbit are pouring millions into lobbying campaigns against regulating wearables… » 9/24/14 7:15pm 9/24/14 7:15pm

Silicon Valley Now Selling Trade School Diplomas Called "Nanodegrees"

Sebastian Thrun, founder of Google X and the former project lead of Google Glass, started Udacity in 2011 to bring "university-level education to the world." But the lofty mission of his unaccredited for-profit online education racket is already dead, and Thrun just pulled in 35 million more investment dollars to… » 9/24/14 2:00pm 9/24/14 2:00pm

Eduardo Saverin Invests in Startup That Only Rents Silver Audis

Eduardo Saverin made his billions as one of the co-founders of Facebook. But for a man who help pioneer the modern era of social networking, Saverin sure does hate talking to other people. According to Forbes, Saverin was the lead Series B investor in Silvercar, an app-based car rental company that only rents out … » 9/23/14 4:15pm 9/23/14 4:15pm

Predatory Parking App Booted From San Francisco Tries Los Angeles Next

MonkeyParking is the rare kind of app that forced San Francisco's tech-teeming citizenry to throw up their hands and say "enough." The illegal app was chased out of town by the City Attorney after residents and politicians alike objected to a startup auctioning off public street parking to the highest bidder. Now the … » 9/22/14 7:35pm 9/22/14 7:35pm