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 Today 2:00pm

Why Does Google Employ a Pro-Slavery Lunatic?

In 2011, Justine Tunney was an anti-establishment organizer within Occupy Wall Street, exhorting class warfare on the sidewalk. Today, it appears that Tunney spends her time ranting against the poor, advocating for the overthrow of American democracy, and not least notably, working at Google's New York branch. » 7/30/14 12:45pm Today 12:45pm

​The Westboro Baptist Church Is Protesting All of Silicon Valley

Westboro Baptist Church, the reviled homophobic hate group, has found a new target to protest: every company in Silicon Valley. Congratulations, you just found the quickest way to make the tech industry look hella sympathetic. The enemy of these lunatics is everyone's friend. » 7/30/14 12:35pm Today 12:35pm

Bloomberg: Snapchat Could Be "Worth" $10 Billion

What do we do if Evan Spiegel wasn't just arrogant, but right? What if Snapchat turned down $3 billion in order to someday make much, much more? A new report out of Bloomberg says the app's valuation is in the stratosphere. » 7/30/14 12:05pm Today 12:05pm

Amazon Pleads With Hachette to Cut E-Book Prices

In the ongoing spat between Amazon and Hachette over pricing, Amazon has now called for Hachette to simply cut its e-book prices—a move which, it claims, will lower consumer prices on digital titles and provide writers with a larger paycheck at the same time. » 7/30/14 9:46am Today 9:46am

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 Yesterday 6:00pm

Is the Grilled Cheese Startup Silicon Valley's Most Elaborate Joke?

Three years ago, the powerhouse tech investors at Sequoia Capital announced they were putting $10 million into The Melt, a small chain of grilled cheese sandwich restaurants. Today, The Melt is not only still around, but somehow dumber than ever. » 7/29/14 4:37pm Yesterday 4:37pm

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 Yesterday 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

A Blank Profile Is Probably as Good as Whatever You Wrote on OkCupid

Much like Facebook, dating site OkCupid has been conducting secret social experiments on its users—not to influence their moods, but sometimes to influence their opinions of one another. In the latest post on OkCupid's data-driven chronicle of man's inhumanity to man, the OkTrends Blog, we learn that your picture is… » 7/28/14 6:26pm Monday 6:26pm

This Guy Just Burned Marc Andreessen into the Next Millennium

One very real risk associated with never shutting the fuck up on Twitter is that you set yourself up to be humiliated on the global stage. It finally happened to the man who deserves it above all. » 7/28/14 3:55pm Monday 3:55pm

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