Former Facebook VP Struggles to Adjust to Rough Life in San Francisco

For many, strolling around San Francisco is a pleasure. But for the optimization-obsessed elites of Silicon Valley, traveling through a world-class city is just laboring tax on their time. Now one former Facebook boss realizes his "soul-crushing" shuttle bus commute out of town was a blessing in disguise.
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Tinder Wants Users to Pay Up Before It Shows You Better Matches

During the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit—a gathering of "the world's brightest young game changers" and the middle-aged men who are obsessed with them—Tinder CEO Sean Rad announced that his dating app will start offering a paid premium option in early November. » 10/20/14 4:10pm Yesterday 4:10pm

Yahoo Still Thinks It Can Acquire Success

Faced with sagging ad sales, Yahoo has decided to keep trying to same failing strategy: gobbling up fledgling startups to reinvigorate the aging behemoth. An activist investor already slammed this approach as a money-burning fuck up. But CEO Marissa Mayer is undeterred. She plans to squander profits from Yahoo's stake… » 10/20/14 1:55pm Yesterday 1:55pm

Microsoft CEO Apology Less Convincing When He Stands to Make $18 M/Year

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is better prepared for his apology tour than he was for his panel at the Grace Hopper conference for women in computing. He gave CNBC and USA Today the same line explaining why he encouraged women to rely on "karma" and the "have faith in the system" rather than ask for a raise. » 10/20/14 1:45pm Yesterday 1:45pm

​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