Airbnb Thinks Greenwashing Will Clean Up All Its Bad PR

Airbnb has been losing control of its brand in recent weeks, with headlines dominated by squatters and their new boob-butt-balls brand. But the sharing economy startup is trying to shift the story back to their favor, and they're employing corporate America's favor PR trick to get there: greenwashing. » 7/31/14 5:20pm Yesterday 5:20pm

Airbnb Squatters Have Squatted Before, and Will Squat Again

The Startup Swindlers have a long history of running scams. A Valleywag tipster alerted us to another lawsuit filed against the Pashanin brothers. This time, it's a 2009 lawsuit in which pair were accused of squatting a San Francisco SRO hotel room for three months, once again refusing pay rent or vacate the premises. » 7/31/14 12:15pm Yesterday 12:15pm

Google Eviction Specialist Refuses to Be Served Lawsuit

Jack Halprin may be the head of Google's armada of eDiscovery lawyers, but he's becoming an serial evictor back in San Francisco. After purchasing a seven-unit building in the Mission District in 2012, he quickly began illegally evicting his tenants. But now four of his tenants are suing him for violating a litany… » 7/30/14 6:45pm Wednesday 6:45pm

Airbnb Squatters Are Disguising Themselves In Masks to Avoid Eviction

The Airbnb squatters want to make sure their "10/10, would squat again" experience lasts as long as possible. Forcing their "host" to undergo months of expensive legal work to evict them was only the beginning. Now the startup swindlers are reportedly wearing disguises to avoid being served an eviction notice. » 7/30/14 2:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm

Now the East Coast Has Its Own Predatory Parking App

San Francisco already fought off the scourge of predatory parking apps, successfully getting MonkeyParking and ParkModo to suspend their parking spot auctioning services. But the Street Parking Arbitrage Revolution is just gaining steam on the East Coast, and Bostonians are fucking pissed. » 7/29/14 6:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm

Google just tied its all-time lobbying record, spending "$5.03 million on lobbying from April through June." Reportedly, Google lobbied Washington on issues ranging from "cybersecurity, patent reform, tax reform and immigration" to "autonomous vehicle technology." » 7/29/14 3:15pm Tuesday 3:15pm

Son of Russian Oil Baron Now Runs a Clean Energy Startup

Pavel Khodorkovskiy's father was, at one time, the richest man in Russia. As the head of the now-bankrupted oil giant Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky amassed a $15 billion fortune before being jailed by the Russian government in 2005. But his father was recently pardoned by President Vladimir Putin following international… » 7/28/14 9:00pm Monday 9:00pm

Airbnb Squatters Also Swindled $40,000 From Kickstarter

The two brothers that have been squatting on an Airbnb rental since May have a history of exploiting peer-to-peer startups. Before exploiting California tenant laws to secure months of free rent, they managed to milk nearly $40,000 out of gullible Kickstarter donors. And they're pleased with their racket, saying they… » 7/28/14 3:10pm Monday 3:10pm

San Francisco's Tech Boom Has Pushed Up Office Rents 81% in Four Years

The latest tech boom has been inflating commercial rents all across the Bay Area, but nowhere have the impacts been as acute as in San Francisco. The increases are certainly welcome news to the city's commercial landlords, but non-profits, small businesses, and startups are getting pushed out by rents they can't… » 7/24/14 6:40pm 7/24/14 6:40pm

Twitter Buries Pathetic Diversity Numbers Behind Facebook News

After initially dragging their feet, Twitter has finally released their diversity numbers, one minute before the industry's biggest financial news. It's easy to see why: the company is just as lily white as every other big tech player. » 7/23/14 5:45pm 7/23/14 5:45pm

Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages

Apple is now facing a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages. The suit was originally filed on behalf of Genius Bar employees in 2009, alleging Apple denied workers their legally-required meal and rest breaks. Following years of litigation in California's Superior Court, the case was certified as a class action suit… » 7/22/14 5:48pm 7/22/14 5:48pm

NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Is Now a Venture Capitalist

NBA forward Carmelo Anthony is already rich. The seven time All-Star just signed a five-year contract with the New York Knicks worth a reported $122 to 129 million. But Anthony wants to gamble with his wealth like everyone else, and is putting part of his fortune into Silicon Valley's startup scene. » 7/22/14 1:35pm 7/22/14 1:35pm