Rich Pricks Ruined Burning Man (Again)

OK, this headline is misleading because it implies Burning Man was ever not lame, but for old-timers who cherish the annual pyrotechnic MDMA and BO festival, the end has been nigh. Now the New York Times is here with more bad news. » 8/21/14 10:03am Today 10:03am

Dumb Tech Conference Sues Pointless Tech Conference for Word "Summit"

When your tech conference is best known for paying $40 million to buy its own mountain, it's hard to stand on moral high ground. But Summit Series, the "hipper Davos" is suing Paddy Cosgrave, the creator of another vanity tech confab called F.ounders, aka "Davos for geeks," for damages of at least $2 million. » 8/20/14 3:10pm Yesterday 3:10pm

Secret's flimsy anti-bullying system wasn't adequate enough to keep the app from being banned in Brazil. A court ruled that Secret violated the country's constitutional ban on anonymity, and has ordered Google and Apple to remove the gossip platform from their app stores. » 8/20/14 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

Top Tech Investor: "Michael Brown was an asshole"

Chris Sacca has almost 1.5 million Twitter followers. He's invested in Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Among venture capitalists, he's a hero. And he has some thoughts about Ferguson, MO. » 8/20/14 11:10am Yesterday 11:10am

Techie Apartment Complex Declares San Francisco the "Promised Land"

NEMA hadn't even opened before the luxury apartment complex became the recipient of San Francisco's collective scorn. The complex, which is conveniently nuzzled between the headquarters of Twitter, Square, and Uber, attempted to rename the poverty-stricken Mid-Market neighborhood "New Market"—ostensibly to help its… » 8/19/14 8:00pm Tuesday 8:00pm

Uber Launches Corner Store Delivery In D.C.'s Whitest Neighborhoods

It's been a busy day for Uber. In addition to adding a presidential mastermind to the payroll, the company also began an "experimental" delivery service called Corner Store "rolling out first to DC area customers." According to ThinkProgress, those customers all have something in common. (Spoiler: they're white.) » 8/19/14 7:03pm Tuesday 7:03pm

Legendary Investor Has No Idea If Delivery Apps Will Ever Be Profitable

Silicon Valley loves reviving the dead. Whether it's propping up publishing or resuscitating mobile app incubators, investors are hellbent pumping money into yesteryear's financial fiascos. And no where is that Culture of Resurrection quite as apparent as it is in the on-demand delivery market. » 8/19/14 6:35pm Tuesday 6:35pm

Obama Mastermind David Plouffe Is Now Uber's Machiavelli

In 2008, David Plouffe helped Barack Obama win one of the most pivotal elections in American history. Today, he just announced he's going full-time at Uber, helping the transit startup try to conquer the world. » 8/19/14 2:19pm Tuesday 2:19pm

I Went To A Magical Kickstarter Party And All I Got Was So Much Bacon

There is a mystical place in San Francisco where whiskey drinks are made with marshmallows, salads contain pork three ways, rows of grilled cheese are constantly replenished, and the pale beer option is saison. All of it is free. People are healthy as fuck. It's as if everyone stepped out of a PacSun commercial. » 8/19/14 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

One Woman Finally Calls Out a Tech Investor for Creepy Advances

Almost all venture capitalists are men, which means a woman with a good startup idea will almost certainly need the favor of a man at some point. Sometimes the man exploits this imbalance, but for many reasons, names are rarely named. But here's a woman who isn't afraid. » 8/19/14 1:20pm Tuesday 1:20pm

The tech boom has already pushed up office rents in San Francisco 81 percent in four years, causing rents to approach levels last seen during the dot-com bubble. Now analysts are predicting the city's office rents will surpass Manhattan's "by the end of 2015." » 8/19/14 12:25pm Tuesday 12:25pm

Startup Staples Ad On Parking Tickets Promising To Make It All Go Away

In the new appified San Francisco, startup advertisements are everywhere: Our highway are lined with their obnoxious billboards, spinning-sign guys are used to recruit Lyft drivers, and ads dangle from doorknobs like pizza menus. Now, one startup is taking the scourge of parking tickets and using them to hawk… » 8/18/14 8:45pm Monday 8:45pm

Google's Cafeteria Has a Multimillion Dollar Chicken Bill

Google developed a reputation in the mid-aughties for its lavish employee perks, particularly their corporate kitchens dishing out gourmet meals for their well-fed workers. But in a recent Business Insider profile of Nate Keller, the former Google executive chef unveiled the high cost of keeping Mountain View's… » 8/18/14 5:20pm Monday 5:20pm

Glasshole Wants You To Wear A Computer On Your Face While You Cook

National Geographic magazine, a mail-order Caring About Things merit badge for baby boomers, has been running a "Future of Food" series on the Plate, its food blog, for the past few months. This month's entry was written by Mary Beth Albright, an attorney, food writer, and former contestant on Food Network Star's… » 8/18/14 4:46pm Monday 4:46pm

People Keep Getting Into Strangers' Cars Because They Think It's An Uber

Just because Uber's motto is "Everyone's private driver," doesn't mean every car is yours for the hailing. But the popularity of apps like Uber and Lyft have spawned some awkward curbside interactions. "Basically anytime I'm pulled over on the side of the street, someone tries to hail me or just opens my car door,"… » 8/18/14 12:15pm Monday 12:15pm

Kevin Rose Can't Help Himself From Relaunching Failed Startup Idea

What happened to just letting a shitty idea die? For Kevin Rose, giving up the dream of owning a thriving app incubator is something he can't let go of. The former television personality's last company, Milk, released one app before the entire company shut down. Now after two years of investing, Rose is rehashing his… » 8/15/14 6:20pm Friday 6:20pm