​Snapchat CEO Says Its New Ads Are Swell, Other Ads Are "Totally Rude"

Today Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel joins the grand tradition of tech CEOs who trashed talked ads in ways they later came to regret. In a blog post announcing new ads for American users, the company said it wants to harken back to the days before ads "got creepy and targeted." » 10/17/14 6:20pm Friday 6:20pm

New York Hipster Can't Find Anyone To Buy Her Unwanted Soylent

Adrianne Jeffries had a simple dream: to "hack lunch" by ordering a week's supply of Soylent, the food of the future for people who have better things to do than eat. It took five months for her order to arrive and now Jeffries, managing editor for Motherboard, can't get rid of it. » 10/17/14 3:30pm Friday 3:30pm

iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want to Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behavior, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that's been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper's not so… » 10/17/14 12:20pm Friday 12:20pm

More Than 40 Percent of Top Techies Think We're in a Bubble

The Atlantic has embarked on a new quest, dubbed the Silicon Valley Insiders Poll, in which they survey 50 of tech's foremost "executives, innovators, and thinkers." Their findings proved something we already knew: many believe the tech industry is in a bubble. » 10/16/14 6:07pm Thursday 6:07pm

Top LivingSocial Exec Pled Guilty to Assaulting Female Bar Patron

The corporate clown car that is LivingSocial faced another meltdown yesterday. According to the Washington Post, the daily deal site's Chief Marketing Officer was convicted of assaulting a woman in a D.C. Four Seasons bar. The 52-year-old executive, Barry Judge, faces up to 180 days in jail. » 10/16/14 3:34pm Thursday 3:34pm

Attorney General: 72 Percent of Airbnb Rentals in NYC Are Illegal

While San Francisco is rolling over for Airbnb, New York's attorney general is going after the so-called "home sharing" startup. After subpoenaing records from thousands of Airbnb's New York users, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued a report on the $10 billion rental site's impact on the city. What he found… » 10/16/14 3:15pm Thursday 3:15pm

One Man's Superfund Site Is Another's Techie "Innovation Center"

With all the tech money being flung around the Bay Area, everyone is grabbing for a piece—especially real estate developers. In San Francisco's south-east corner, a Miami-based development company is looking to reinvent a government Superfund site into a techie "innovation center," complete with usual Silicon Valley… » 10/16/14 2:50pm Thursday 2:50pm

Buzzfeed "Temporarily" Breaks Whisper Deal Over Fears of User Tracking

Earlier today The Guardian reported that the secret-sharing app Whisper tracks the location of their anonymous users. The information came to light because the paper was in talks to partner with Whisper. Now Buzzfeed, Whisper's first major media partnership, has been "temporarily" suspended for privacy concerns,… » 10/16/14 2:11pm Thursday 2:11pm

CEO Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud for Spending Startup Funding on Parties

Former Motionloft CEO Jonathan Mills has pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud. The San Francisco entrepreneur, who raised funding from Mark Cuban, was arrested by the FBI in February. He admitted to spending "substantial amounts" of his victims' money on "vacations and other entertainment," like that time he hired… » 10/16/14 1:00pm Thursday 1:00pm

This Is How Whisper Is Tracking Its "Anonymous" Users

Whisper became a darling of the L.A. startup scene based on one simple premise: an app that lets you safely, anonymously share details of your life. But a new report from The Guardian shows the company has been covertly tracking the people who trust it most. » 10/16/14 12:40pm Thursday 12:40pm

Mr. Buzzwords Goes To Washington

Silicon Valley regulars like Google, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Vinod Khosla, Eric Schmidt, Peter Thiel, and a gaggle of venture capital firms have tried to growth hack Ro Khanna into Congress. With polls in a "dead heat," Y Combinator partner Garry Tan decided to make the culture fit argument more explicit, calling … » 10/15/14 5:40pm Wednesday 5:40pm

Apple Paid $1 Million for a Lame Mystery Box to Impress the Press

Apple built considerable anticipation for their September media event. They erected a mysterious white building at site where Steve Jobs unveiled the first Macintosh computer in 1984, leading fanboys to feverishly speculate something mind-blowing was inside. It was just a stage to unveil Watch and a bigger iPhone. » 10/15/14 5:15pm Wednesday 5:15pm

Bow Down to Pinterest CEO: Lord of Ads, Future Ruler of All E-commerce

Cannes Lions—the Science and Technical Oscars of the French Riviera—can be an embarrassing trip for American tech executives trying to woo advertisers. Not so with Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, who managed to reverse "the roles of supplicant and master" because he always knew he wanted to run a profitable business. » 10/15/14 2:20pm Wednesday 2:20pm