Facebook Is Turning Users Into Voter Data Experiments

Facebook's team of mad data scientists caught flak this summer for experimenting on their users' emotions. But the company has a proud history of turning people into unwitting research subjects. For at least six years, the social network has been mining the political preferences of its users without their consent. The… » 10/31/14 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

Tech Billionaires Wanna Be the Only Billionaires Playing Politics

Silicon Valley's leaders usually do a good job finding things to agree on (regulations: bad; disruption: good; workplace diversity: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). But when it comes to campaign finance reform, the tech industry can't make up its damn mind. While Bay Area billionaires are financing super PACs focused on getting money out… » 10/30/14 7:20pm Thursday 7:20pm

"My Uber Is Down There!": San Francisco Hero Stands Up to Riot Cops

For many, the riots that broke out last night in San Francisco following the Giants' World Series victory were sheer terror. Bonfires raged in the street, buildings and buses were attacked, and at least two people were shot. » 10/30/14 3:50pm Thursday 3:50pm

Here's What the Mission Riots Looked Like After the Giants' Victory

Multiple traffic lights were molested last night as crowds of fans flocked to San Francisco's Mission District following the Giants' World Series victory. As the riot grew in size and SFPD officers began losing control of the situation, dozens of fires were ignited as helicopters beaming spotlights swarmed overhead. » 10/30/14 1:45pm Thursday 1:45pm

Can San Francisco's Puppet Mayor Survive Despite His Techie Friends?

For much of Ed Lee's first term as Mayor of San Francisco, he enjoyed both the popular support of the public and the financial backing of tech tycoons. Last March, a stunning 65 percent of local voters approved of Lee's handling of the job. Then the Google Bus protests happened, the cost of living kept rising, and… » 10/29/14 6:50pm Wednesday 6:50pm

Uber just got caught trying to play the LA Weekly. Within a day of publishing an expose on the company, a "PR handler" representing a former taxi driver contacted the Weekly, looking to publish a piece praising Uber. After the paper did some digging, they discovered the $17 billion startup was trying to plant the… » 10/29/14 3:07pm Wednesday 3:07pm

Reddit Unveils the Worst Kickstarter Clone We've Ever Seen

When Reddit quietly announced their new Redditmade project last night, we worried it'd be a quasi-Kickstarter knockoff where titillated teenagers crowdfund the release of hacked nudes. But Redditmade is much, much more pitiful: it simply allows Reddit's moderators to hawk depressing merch to the site's volatile masses. » 10/29/14 1:55pm Wednesday 1:55pm

Wall Street wasn't happy with Facebook's latest earnings report. TechCrunch thinks it's because Facebook "refused to break out any data about usage levels of teens, which are widely thought to be abandoning Facebook for apps like Snapchat." C'mon, TechCrunch, where's that fist-pumping Facebook apologia when you need… » 10/28/14 8:03pm Tuesday 8:03pm

Google Employee Thinks Paying Women to Date Him is Philanthropy

The Bay Area's tech boom might be benefitting the scores of white men that mainly make up the industry, leaving women and minorities behind. But techies have found a new way to redistribute their fortunes: paying women to service them. » 10/28/14 4:41pm Tuesday 4:41pm

Tech Firms Employ Thousands of Immigrants as "Indentured Servants"

Tech's biggest players have been clamoring for the federal government to reform their immigration policies, demanding the expansion of the H-1B visa program. But tech's current crop of immigrant workers often find themselves "trapped" by "labor trafficking" rings that are rarely held responsible for abuses. » 10/28/14 2:15pm Tuesday 2:15pm

Soylent CEO Is Lifehacking Water By Pissing In the Sink

Rob Rhinehart thinks he's hacked food. As the inventor of Soylent, he's managed to replace the inefficient process of chewing food. But his lifestyle is still full of luxuries like water. Now the monkish nu-food mogul is torturing his body to save some H2O. » 10/27/14 5:26pm Monday 5:26pm

I'm still puzzled on how the tech rich are coming down on this race: on one hand, rewarding their City Hall doormat for doing A Good Job makes complete sense. Plus, he'll be obedient at the state level, which might help should there ever be a close fight in the state assembly. » 10/27/14 2:57pm Monday 2:57pm

Tech Corporations Don't Even Know What Their D.C. Lobbyists Are Up To

In recent months, companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo have dialed back their most egregious political donations, pulling support from climate change-denying groups like ALEC and the Chamber of Commerce. But tech firms continue funneling money into right-wing campaigns, and the Silicon Valley liberals who… » 10/27/14 2:30pm Monday 2:30pm

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 10/24/14 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 "teach… » 10/24/14 1:10pm 10/24/14 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 10/23/14 4:06pm