The Google Mystery Barge Is Dying

Or sinking, more like it, because it is a boat. Or it was a boat, before Google began to phase out its plan for grand, floating Android showrooms, a dystopian-commerce future we couldn't handle and didn't deserve. » 8/01/14 9:50am 2 minutes ago

Airbnb Thinks Greenwashing Will Clean Up All Its Bad PR

Airbnb has been losing control of its brand in recent weeks, with headlines dominated by squatters and their new boob-butt-balls brand. But the sharing economy startup is trying to shift the story back to their favor, and they're employing corporate America's favor PR trick to get there: greenwashing. » 7/31/14 5:20pm Yesterday 5:20pm

Airbnb Squatters Have Squatted Before, and Will Squat Again

The Startup Swindlers have a long history of running scams. A Valleywag tipster alerted us to another lawsuit filed against the Pashanin brothers. This time, it's a 2009 lawsuit in which pair were accused of squatting a San Francisco SRO hotel room for three months, once again refusing pay rent or vacate the premises. » 7/31/14 12:15pm Yesterday 12:15pm

Sean Rad Keeps Pretending He's in Charge of Tinder

Tinder is not really a startup. The tumult-filled dating company is owned by IAC, and answers to it like any subsidiary. So why is Tinder CEO Sean Rad telling the New York Times his app is "self-financed," among other nonsense? » 7/31/14 11:29am Yesterday 11:29am

Google Eviction Specialist Refuses to Be Served Lawsuit

Jack Halprin may be the head of Google's armada of eDiscovery lawyers, but he's becoming an serial evictor back in San Francisco. After purchasing a seven-unit building in the Mission District in 2012, he quickly began illegally evicting his tenants. But now four of his tenants are suing him for violating a litany… » 7/30/14 6:45pm Wednesday 6:45pm

Israeli Army Member Crowdfunded Battle Gear for Urban Warfare

Two years ago, students at ITP, NYU's "high-tech funhouse," built a fake Kickstarter to warn viewers about the possibility that crowdfunding platforms might eventually be used for warfare. That bit of online performance art turned out to be prescient. Earlier this week, a campaign on Crowdtilt successfully raised… » 7/30/14 6:40pm Wednesday 6:40pm

App Debt: How Kim Kardashian and Uber Will Bankrupt Us All

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the celebrity role-playing game from the Seinfeld of reality stars, is currently the fifth most popular free iPhone app on Apple's charts. It's also the fifth-highest grossing. One analyst predicted revenue of $200 million this year. But how many of the fame gamers that put it there have any… » 7/30/14 3:56pm Wednesday 3:56pm

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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 3:15pm