Ex-Googler Poached By Obama Is Already Praising "Talented Regulators"

A few weeks in the White House has imbued chief technology officer Megan Smith with a newfound respect for Silicon Valley's number one enemy: regulation. While Larry and Sergey try to dismantle healthcare law, the former VP of Google X is complimenting "talented regulators" in The New York Times Magazine. » 10/31/14 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

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

Pinterest Engineer Describes Isolation of Being Black In Silicon Valley

USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would… » 10/30/14 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm

"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 6:13pm Thursday 6:13pm

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

Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to Be Gay"

Since he took control of Apple after the death of Steve Jobs, it feels like the only person who didn't say how Tim Cook is the most powerful gay executive in the world was Tim Cook. Today, he lets it all out. » 10/30/14 8:07am Thursday 8:07am

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

Whisper CEO Insists That The Guardian "Got the Facts Wrong"

Whisper CEO Michael Heyward has turned more forceful in dismissing allegations from The Guardian that his anonymous app was tracking users, including people who opted out of geolocation before sharing their secrets. » 10/29/14 5:30pm Wednesday 5:30pm

Microsoft cut another 3,000 jobs today. Meanwhile former CEO (and current Clippers owner) Steve Ballmer is on stage at a Wall Street Journal conference singing lyrics that Fergie custom-recorded for his new basketball team. » 10/29/14 3:15pm Wednesday 3:15pm

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

Freakout Levels Over "Burn Rate" Are At Historical Lows

When Benchmark Capital's Bill Gurley first expressed his concerns about "burn rate," the rate at which companies burn through his venture capital, startups started wondering whether they were setting money aflame too fast. » 10/29/14 1:45pm Wednesday 1:45pm

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

Benchmark confirmed that it has invested* in Tinder, a rumor we reported in August. No details were given about the deal, except that IAC continues to own "a controlling stake," deterring other venture capitalists buzzing around the popular hookup app. *Update: Recode says no money has changed hands, it's a "sweat… » 10/28/14 5:35pm Tuesday 5:35pm

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