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 33 minutes ago

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 Today 3:10pm

There Are Officially Too Many Apps, And Nobody Is Making Money

The new American Dream was going so well: drop out, make an app for sending emojis that disappear after 5 seconds, and collect your check. But it turns out the app gold rush is broken for almost everyone. » 7/25/14 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

Everything That's Wrong With Y Combinator's Sexism In Tech Post

Ever since Paul Graham stepped down from Y Combinator, the Stanford of startup accelerators has been trying to give off a more welcoming vibe. The attempts thus far have seemed awkward, half-hearted, and therefore insincere. As though Sam Altman got PR advice on crisis control from a YC bro-founder: Just tell 'em what… » 7/25/14 4:15pm Friday 4:15pm

Apple Snuck Backdoor Surveillance Tools Into Their (i.e. Your) iOS

Innovation did not die with Steve Jobs. Apple has quietly installed data discovery software, including a file-relay tool that can bypass backup encryption, in around 600 million iPhones, iPads, and other devices running their latest iOS. You are correct to surmise that this has been a boon to law enforcement. » 7/25/14 3:10pm Friday 3:10pm

Larry and Sergey Are Building Google Maps But For The Human Body

Last night, Google announced what the Wall Street Journal says "may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever." Baseline Study will try to create the most comprehensive picture of "what a healthy human being should be" by mapping personal genetic and molecular information. It will start with… » 7/25/14 1:50pm Friday 1:50pm

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 Thursday 6:40pm

Tinder Is Full of Robot Prostitutes

I moved back to New York from Cairo in January of 2014, and among the biggest culture shocks was American Tinder. In Cairo, there was the occasional woman, mostly Russian tourists on holiday, using the mobile dating app; in New York, I met a torrent of instant flirtation. Patterns emerged: apparently almost every… » 7/24/14 2:47pm Thursday 2:47pm

Mozilla Founder Pens Heroic Facebook Post About a Bad Bachelor Party

I am willing to wager a few shillings that Mozilla founder and former Facebook director Blake Ross has been to a Renaissance fair or two. For he hath bourne, on Facebook, the kind of dramatic play best enacted in a town square—and cast himself as the hero struggling to keep his dark, murderous desires at bay. » 7/24/14 12:45pm Thursday 12:45pm