Tech Founder Sends Female Reporter Gift Basket Loaded With Sexism

Tech's armada of PR professionals can be their own worst enemy. But their protective shield occasionally hides the chauvinism of tech founders. Otherwise you get dudes like Blake Francis, founder of the question and answer app Need, who tried to buy favorable press from a female reporter with a wildly inappropriate… » 10/24/14 7:00pm Friday 7:00pm

Hewlett-Packard Imitated HBO's Silicon Valley By Hiring Flo Rida to Rap

Last night, Hewlett-Packard hosted a launch event for its new Helion Development platform at Temple, a nightclub in San Francisco's Financial District. To celebrate cloud computing, the company offered guests a giant fake pink cloud, "loads of light up glow sticks," and a performance by Flo Rida. » 10/24/14 1:30pm Friday 1:30pm

Twitter Teaching the Homeless to Code In Exchange for Tax Break

The last time a startup programmer taught a homeless man to code, the naive vanity project failed. A few engineering lessons failed to solve socioeconomic realities and the man was still sleeping in the streets eight months later. But Twitter has higher hopes for its new "learning center" where employees can "teach… » 10/24/14 1:10pm Friday 1:10pm

FBI: Google Employee Scammed Undergrad Into Sending Him Nude Pics

Silicon Valley mega-corps like Google often target promising young men like Nicholas Rotundo, fresh from college. And sometimes those young men are terrorizing their classmates with a nude Gmail extortion scheme. » 10/24/14 10:59am Friday 10:59am

Study Says Venture Capitalists Are Nervous For the First Time in Years

There's a cool new trend sweeping Sand Hill Road and it's called self-doubt. Just look at your Tweetdeck. Everybody who's anybody is suddenly spazzing out. According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index, confidence levels have chilled for the first time since early 2012. » 10/23/14 6:00pm Thursday 6:00pm

Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Stay Anti-Corporate

When a small group of disgruntled Facebook users decamped to Ello four weeks ago, a million more people followed looking for The Next Big Thing in Social Networking. But Ello's newcomers didn't find much reason to stick around, and the anti-advertising "Facebook killer" is already fading away into the internet's… » 10/23/14 4:06pm Thursday 4:06pm

No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson's Innovators

I'm glad Walter Isaacson is getting such an outpouring of love from reviewers and talk-show hosts for including Ada Lovelace in The Innovators, his new history of the digital revolution.1 Thanks to Isaacson, Lovelace is finally receiving at least a few bytes of the attention she deserves for having written the first… » 10/23/14 2:43pm Thursday 2:43pm

Senator Rockefeller Demands Privacy Answers from Whisper

Whisper sold itself to the world as the safest place to spill your secrets online, and it turned out that wasn't really true. Now the privacy backlash has reached so far, even this 77-year-old dude cares about it. » 10/23/14 2:30pm Thursday 2:30pm

People Can't Download Facebook's Retro Rooms App

Facebook's habit for blowing app launches has doomed another debut. Rooms, a pseudo-anonymous forum app that appears to be Reddit crossed with 90s-era forums, was supposed to make a big splash in the press today. Instead, people are taking to Twitter to complain the app has been pulled from the App Store. » 10/23/14 2:20pm Thursday 2:20pm

Judge Ruled Powerful VC Firm Can Keep Harassment Complaints Private

In 2012, Ellen Pao, a partner at the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, sued the venerated venture capital firm for sexual harassment and discrimination. It was a more cloistered time and the allegations were shocking, creating a fissure in Silicon Valley's self-image and spurring a wider discussion about sexism in the… » 10/22/14 8:15pm Wednesday 8:15pm

Which "Tech Couple" Is Spending Millions on a San Francisco Bunker?

Mark Zuckerberg has already won the race to become San Francisco's most obnoxious techie homeowner. But a report says another Noe Valley manse owned by a "tech couple" could surpass Fort Zuckerberg as the most expensive property in the neighborhood. » 10/22/14 5:50pm Wednesday 5:50pm

Sean Parker's Wedding Was So Horrible He Has to Make an Apology App

What feels like several dozen years ago, Silicon Valley's reformed party boy and his Middle Earth bride celebrated their love (and love of nature) by shitting up part of a protected redwood forest. Now the state is making him build them an "I'm Sorry" app. » 10/22/14 3:26pm Wednesday 3:26pm

Marissa Mayer addressed her haters during Yahoo's earnings call. Tumblr, she claimed, will generate $100 million in revenue in 2015. As for profitability, Mayer said Tumblr will reach "positive Ebitda," which doesn't seem like enough return to shut down activist investors. » 10/21/14 7:15pm Tuesday 7:15pm

Google Invests $542 M in Bizarre Florida Man Promising Virtual Reality

Recode tried to warn you over and over that Silicon Valley found love in a hopeless place (Florida). Now it's official. Google announced that it led a $542 million round in Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup run by wackadoo supreme Rony Abovitz. » 10/21/14 4:30pm Tuesday 4:30pm

Handy's Nightmare Tryout Process Is a Startup Stereotype

Before Handy, a house cleaning and odd jobs startup, became the darling of the New York startup scene and raised $30 million dollars, the company was called "Handybook." And according to a person who spent a day interviewing there, its office was a showcase of the worst tech worker stereotypes. Sexism, racism,… » 10/21/14 3:40pm Tuesday 3:40pm