Microsoft Shutting Down Silicon Valley Research Lab Amid Layoffs

The company that brought you classics like Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 is making a move that doesn't bode well for future breakthroughs: according to canned employees, its R&D lab in Silicon Valley is closing. » 9/18/14 2:48pm 53 minutes ago

This Has to Be the First Intentional #Normcore Magazine Cover

Bloomberg Businessweek's explanation of this cover is so aggressively content-free as to itself probably count as a performance of #normcore. But they are famously deliberate about their design decisions, and so the real explanation of this scare-quote "ugly" and scare-quote "amateurish" treatment must lie… » 9/18/14 1:56pm Today 1:56pm

Your Electronics Are Probably the Product of Forced Labor

The internet keeps a close eye on what companies like Apple, Samsung, and Sony import out of Southeast Asia, since those components hint at products coming down the pipeline. The Department of Labor keeps a close watch too, but for a very different reason: Uncovering "modern-day slavery" by the factories that make… » 9/18/14 12:29pm Today 12:29pm

VC Shocked By Startups Wasting the Wasteful Money He Handed Them

Fred Wilson is a star venture capitalist, one of those check-cutting white men whose blog posts are read like tea leaves by his peers (Think Marc Andreessen with less skull and more brain). But complaining about wasteful startups wasting the excessive cash you dumped on them is a dumb look. » 9/17/14 5:25pm Yesterday 5:25pm

Thirsty Uber Seeks the Fresh Blood of Military Veterans

Uber, the smartphone-based succubus that's driving taxis to extinction (but isn't really driving disabled people anywhere), is branching out to military vets and their loved ones. They want vet drivers, vet riders and most importantly, several well-placed executives in the federal defense establishment. » 9/17/14 5:05pm Yesterday 5:05pm

Peter Thiel Slams Twitter: "A lot of pot smoking going on over there"

Everyone's favorite gay libertarian hypocrite is up early this morning, and he's got big opinions: Peter Thiel just hopped on CNBC to call Twitter's executives a bunch of weed-snorting losers. » 9/17/14 9:56am Yesterday 9:56am

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 Tuesday 3:10pm

Snapchat Investor Says High-Profile Failures Are Just Around the Corner

Bill Gurley, the Benchmark Capital investor who backed Snapchat and Uber, is uber-bullish when it comes to his own portfolio. But the rest of Silicon Valley, he says, is not nearly frightened enough: "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end." » 9/15/14 1:45pm Monday 1:45pm

Microsoft Buys Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft just announced in a press release that it has acquired Mojang, creators of Minecraft, in a $2.5 billion deal. Furthermore, all three of Mojang's original founders, including Markus "Notch" Persson, will be leaving Mojang following the acquisition. » 9/15/14 11:05am Monday 11:05am

Why Does Andreessen Horowitz Have an Official Rapper?

Divine, an underground rapper from Brooklyn, has taken his friendship with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, who invested in Rap Genius, to the next level. First Divine made a music video for Horowitz's birthday. Now they're posing in matching tees that says: VC LIFE: Inspired by Ben Horowitz. » 9/15/14 10:35am Monday 10:35am

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 9/12/14 12:00pm

Startups With Millions Demand "Tryouts" Before Hiring You

Startups have found a hot not new human resources trend to fit their fast-growth lifestyle: making job candidates work on contract for a week to months before they decide to hire them. But startups have a really good reason for leaning on adult internships. They're just trying to protect their all-important "culture." » 9/11/14 5:55pm 9/11/14 5:55pm