Taxis Have Lost 65 Percent of Their Business, Screwing The Disabled

Uber and Lyft have been squeezing yellow cabs ever since they launched their on-demand car services. But the political shtick that startups are the underdog against "big taxi" is becoming a lie: according to San Francisco's taxi boss, the city's cabs have seen average trips decline by 65 percent in just over two years. » 9/16/14 3:10pm Yesterday 3:10pm

Unfortunately for Silicon Valley's slobbering pursuit of autonomy, California will remain one state. Venture capitalist Tim Draper's plan to break the state into six parts failed to make the 2016 ballot after his "Six Californias" campaign to submitted a insufficient number of signatures to the Secretary of State. » 9/15/14 10:04am Monday 10:04am

Police Accused of Killing Engineer Who Exposed Wage-Fixing Scandal

Brandon Marshall was an accomplished quality assurance engineer who helped exposed the illegal anti-poaching practices of some of Silicon Valley's biggest firms. But he also suffered from mental health issues. And according to an investigation by the San Jose Mercury News, the Roku engineer was experiencing a mental… » 9/12/14 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

Foreign Tourists Stunned By Luxurious Startup Offices

Techies from across the world flocked to San Francisco this week to take part in TechCrunch Disrupt, hoping to make an impression on tech's top brand journalists and maybe land some venture bucks. But this year's annual startup conference came with a bonus feature: tours that proselytize Silicon Valley's culture of… » 9/10/14 4:00pm 9/10/14 4:00pm

Now that Tinder has put their sexual harassment lawsuit behind them, the company is raising a fresh round of financing. According to TechCrunch, the new investment will make the dating app "worth" between $750 million and $1 billion. » 9/10/14 1:35pm 9/10/14 1:35pm

Peter Thiel Admits "The PayPal Mafia" Built Bombs In High School

Here's a big shocker: PayPal, the early online payment processing service that made a batch of Silicon Valley legends, was founded by a team of psychopaths. Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder and early Facebook backer, reveals in his new book that four of the six members of "The PayPal Mafia" built bombs for kicks in… » 9/09/14 7:50pm 9/09/14 7:50pm

Tech Companies Want to Suppress Settlement Like They Suppressed Salaries

Silicon Valley tried to settle away a $9 billion wage-fixing lawsuit, which alleges that companies including Apple and Google colluded to suppress employee wages. But a federal judge nixed the paltry $324.5 million pay out, saying it was not enough. Now the companies behind the conspiracy are appealing, insisting the… » 9/08/14 2:13pm 9/08/14 2:13pm

Uber Is Now Sponsoring a Police Militarization Conference

As citizens continue to criticize America's increasingly-militarized civilian police forces, cops across the country are descending upon Oakland for the controversial Urban Shield war games conference. Mother Jones' Shane Bauer has been roaming the conference's showroom floor, where drones that "drop stuff 'like the… » 9/05/14 2:40pm 9/05/14 2:40pm

Yelp has been cleared of an extortion suit. A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit alleging the user review company forced businesses to buy advertising or have their rankings altered, ruling that the tactic amounts to "hard bargaining." A shareholder lawsuit over similar allegations is ongoing. » 9/03/14 12:13pm 9/03/14 12:13pm

The IRS Wants to Take a Bite Out Of Silicon Valley's Free Lunches

No employee perk in Silicon Valley is as cherished as the gourmet meals dished out in corporate cafeterias. But soon, Google's multimillion dollar chicken tab could come with a tax bill from the IRS. » 9/02/14 2:00pm 9/02/14 2:00pm