Are Investors Afraid of the Tech Bubble? Let's Read Their Emails

For the first time in a long time, some of venture capital's biggest names are openly worried. Sky-high valuations, easy money, and mounting burn rates are on everyone's mind (and in everyone's blog posts). But what's the private reaction? » 9/19/14 3:01pm 49 minutes ago

Groupon Sneaks Out Horrible Diversity Report Before Alibaba IPO

Tech titans slowly began releasing their diversity numbers earlier this year as a well-intentioned conversation starter about the industry's troubling sameness. But as the disclosures pressed on, companies began burying their reports, hoping no one would notice how truly terrible their gender and racial breakdowns… » 9/19/14 1:49pm Today 1:49pm

Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:44pm Today 1:44pm

TechCrunch Takes Brave Stand Against Sexism Towards Men

The internet's app release bulletin board of record is expanding into new territory: MRA editorials, straight from the dankest depths of some godforsaken subreddit. » 9/18/14 5:14pm Yesterday 5:14pm

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 Yesterday 2:48pm

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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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