Son of Russian Oil Baron Now Runs a Clean Energy Startup

Pavel Khodorkovskiy's father was, at one time, the richest man in Russia. As the head of the now-bankrupted oil giant Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky amassed a $15 billion fortune before being jailed by the Russian government in 2005. But his father was recently pardoned by President Vladimir Putin following international… » 7/28/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

A Blank Profile Is Probably as Good as Whatever You Wrote on OkCupid

Much like Facebook, dating site OkCupid has been conducting secret social experiments on its users—not to influence their moods, but sometimes to influence their opinions of one another. In the latest post on OkCupid's data-driven chronicle of man's inhumanity to man, the OkTrends Blog, we learn that your picture is… » 7/28/14 6:26pm Yesterday 6:26pm

This Guy Just Burned Marc Andreessen into the Next Millennium

One very real risk associated with never shutting the fuck up on Twitter is that you set yourself up to be humiliated on the global stage. It finally happened to the man who deserves it above all. » 7/28/14 3:55pm Yesterday 3:55pm

Airbnb Squatters Also Swindled $40,000 From Kickstarter

The two brothers that have been squatting on an Airbnb rental since May have a history of exploiting peer-to-peer startups. Before exploiting California tenant laws to secure months of free rent, they managed to milk nearly $40,000 out of gullible Kickstarter donors. And they're pleased with their racket, saying they… » 7/28/14 3:10pm Yesterday 3:10pm

There Are Officially Too Many Apps, And Nobody Is Making Money

The new American Dream was going so well: drop out, make an app for sending emojis that disappear after 5 seconds, and collect your check. But it turns out the app gold rush is broken for almost everyone. » 7/25/14 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

Everything That's Wrong With Y Combinator's Sexism In Tech Post

Ever since Paul Graham stepped down from Y Combinator, the Stanford of startup accelerators has been trying to give off a more welcoming vibe. The attempts thus far have seemed awkward, half-hearted, and therefore insincere. As though Sam Altman got PR advice on crisis control from a YC bro-founder: Just tell 'em what… » 7/25/14 4:15pm Friday 4:15pm

Apple Snuck Backdoor Surveillance Tools Into Their (i.e. Your) iOS

Innovation did not die with Steve Jobs. Apple has quietly installed data discovery software, including a file-relay tool that can bypass backup encryption, in around 600 million iPhones, iPads, and other devices running their latest iOS. You are correct to surmise that this has been a boon to law enforcement. » 7/25/14 3:10pm Friday 3:10pm

Larry and Sergey Are Building Google Maps But For The Human Body

Last night, Google announced what the Wall Street Journal says "may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever." Baseline Study will try to create the most comprehensive picture of "what a healthy human being should be" by mapping personal genetic and molecular information. It will start with… » 7/25/14 1:50pm Friday 1:50pm

San Francisco's Tech Boom Has Pushed Up Office Rents 81% in Four Years

The latest tech boom has been inflating commercial rents all across the Bay Area, but nowhere have the impacts been as acute as in San Francisco. The increases are certainly welcome news to the city's commercial landlords, but non-profits, small businesses, and startups are getting pushed out by rents they can't… » 7/24/14 6:40pm Thursday 6:40pm