Resort Where David Goldberg Died Deletes Treadmill Photo From Its Site

After days of silence and misreporting, the Mexican resort where Sheryl Sandberg’s late husband allegedly died in an exercise fatality has deleted this photo of its treadmill facility. » 5/06/15 4:33pm 59 minutes ago

​How Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla To Google For $11 Billion

In early 2013 Tesla was in dire straits. The automaker was struggling to take orders, produce, and deliver the first batch of Model S sedans, and those that did roll out of the factory were of dubious build quality at best. Tesla was on the verge of implosion, so Elon Musk called up his friend Larry Page at Google. » 4/20/15 2:55pm 4/20/15 2:55pm

Which Tech Company Retracted An Employee's 'Weaponized' Interview?

San Francisco's tech boom has radically altered the city's landscape — Teslas and tech worker shuttles prowl incessantly through the streets and the guy sitting next to you at dinner is invariably pitching his app. Public radio and television affiliate KQED attempted to document the culture shift in a recent… » 4/15/15 9:51am 4/15/15 9:51am

Silicon Valley Is Becoming a Documentary About Silicon Valley

Accuracy is the best thing about Silicon Valley. Anyone who's spent any time in the Bay Area tech scene will wince at how well the show's writers have nailed the culture of nerd despair and hubris. This season, some of the jokes are so dead-on that it's hard to even consider them jokes. » 4/13/15 5:04pm 4/13/15 5:04pm

Ellen Pao Loses on Every Count in Blockbuster Gender Discrimination Suit

Ellen Pao, the former Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers junior partner who sued the high-powered Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination after she was allegedly sexually harassed, targeted for revenge by a former lover, and passed over for a promotion, lost on each the suit's four counts Friday. » 3/27/15 6:12pm 3/27/15 6:12pm

News Industry Shrugs, Prepares to Hand Entire Business Over to Facebook

Facebook, a dull and endlessly scrolling record of personal propaganda and content headlined in two or more sentences, isn't satisfied with the way its 1.4 billion users (most non-sentient) consume the news. According to the New York Times, it takes an epic eight seconds for the average Joe Facebook User to load an… » 3/24/15 12:33pm 3/24/15 12:33pm

A Guide to the Sex Discrimination Lawsuit That's Roiling Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao's blockbuster lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers has been described as "exposing Silicon Valley secrets" and putting the usually secretive world of tech-industry VCs "under a microscope." » 3/09/15 2:56pm 3/09/15 2:56pm

Psychopath Who Harassed Brianna Wu: Just Kidding!

Earlier this month we wrote about "Jace Connors," a seemingly deranged violent Gamergate obsessive who filmed himself kicking a wrecked car and claiming he'd been planning to attack the game developer and writer Brianna Wu. At the time, we believed that "Connors" was terrorizing Wu out of a sincere belief in the… » 2/25/15 1:28pm 2/25/15 1:28pm

Revenge Porn Sleaze Craig Brittain Wants His Past Deleted from Google

Before it was shuttered by the federal government, IsAnyoneDown.com published naked photos of women without their consent. Now Craig Brittain, the site's former owner, is demanding that Google erase anything that mentions his history of brazen, mass privacy violation. That's so cute. » 2/25/15 1:28pm 2/25/15 1:28pm

Cherry Magnate Shoots Self in Head as Cops Raid Hidden Drug Stash

The owner of a Brooklyn-based maraschino cherry company killed himself Tuesday during a drug raid on his Red Hook factory. After watching law enforcement agents discover a fake wall, Dell's Maraschino Cherries owner Arthur Mondella reportedly locked himself in his private bathroom, yelled "take care of my kids" to his… » 2/25/15 1:27pm 2/25/15 1:27pm

Edward Snowden Banned From Reddit During AMA

During an AMA to promote CITIZENFOUR this afternoon, reddit moderators temporarily banned the Oscar-winning documentary's subject from commenting. Edward Snowden was forced to sign-in through another account to explain the delay in his answers. "Hey guys, sorry — the reddit mods are being a little weird. My account is… » 2/23/15 3:31pm 2/23/15 3:31pm

The Time a Cop Pretended His Arm Was a Vagina to Bust a Cyber-Perv

Sometimes the long arm of the law clutches you with nothing more than brute force and brawn. And sometimes that arm folds back onto itself, posing as an underage girl's vagina, in order to trap and incriminate an internet predator. » 2/23/15 2:22pm 2/23/15 2:22pm

Facebook Now Lets You Choose Who Manages Your Account When You Die

What happens to your Facebook profile when you die has long been an important, if controversial, issue. Now, the social network will let you designate a 'legacy contact' to take care of your profile when you die. » 2/12/15 2:31pm 2/12/15 2:31pm

Why Is My Smart Home So Fucking Dumb?

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend. This was the… » 2/12/15 2:29pm 2/12/15 2:29pm

The AI Revolution: How Far Away Are Our Robot Overlords?

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750—a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch… » 2/09/15 3:19pm 2/09/15 3:19pm