Report: Zappos CEO's Las Vegas Dreamland Is Imploding

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's deeply sad plan to transform Downtown Las Vegas—the bleakest part of a bleak town—into a startup enclave is dying, Las Vegas Weekly reports. Huge layoffs just arrived, and one of the $350 million project's leaders is already publicly blasting Hsieh. » 9/30/14 4:14pm Today 4:14pm

Reddit Placates "Volatile Users" With Promise to Share Its New $50 M.

If female celebrities break into a cold sweat over Reddit users, just image how investors feel after throwing down $50 million in the hopes of profiting off the crowd-sourced site. But lead investor Sam Altman and CEO Yishan Wong appear to have come up with a plan to appease "the often volatile Reddit community." » 9/30/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Tech's Push to Help Schools Looks Like a Campaign Ad For Ed Lee

Just two weeks before San Francisco's 2011 mayoral election, billionaire angel investor Ron Conway pushed out a viral campaign ad for Mayor Ed Lee that featured cameos from local sports stars and Silicon Valley tech celebs. Now, 13 months before Lee's next election, Conway's techie advocacy group has released another… » 9/30/14 2:28pm Today 2:28pm

Uber Used Private Location Data for Party Amusement

The reasons to dislike Uber are as large and numerous as its paper valuation, but they all revolve around one central free market conceit: Uber never hides its contempt for you. The latest example comes from venture capitalist Peter Sims, whose ride was tracked to entertain guests at an Uber party. » 9/30/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

Source: These Post-Its Show Google Scheming to Steal Trade Secrets

Two lawsuits filed last month against Google claim the search giant tried to steal superior video streaming technology from VSL Communications, a company it was in talks to acquire. According to the filings, VSL discovered the scheme thanks to some Post-It notes on which phrases like "Try to destroy email" were… » 9/29/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Walmart Appoints Instagram's CEO to Its Board of Directors

Walmart, a ruthless retailer known for abusing employees and pulverizing local businesses, just installed Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom onto its board of directors. And why the hell not? Walmart is desperate for some Silicon Valley magic to rub off on its burdened brand. » 9/29/14 4:30pm Yesterday 4:30pm

Anti-Corporate Ello Bravely Enforces Trademark Violation Complaint

The key to sound like an informed, annoying Silicon Valley insider for Fall '14 is owning an invite-only Ello account. Talking point: it's like Facebook, but it puts people above companies. Except, exactly like Facebook, brands will run the show. » 9/29/14 3:32pm Yesterday 3:32pm

Inside Amazon's Kafkaesque "Performance Improvement Plans"

Amazon CEO and brilliant prick Jeff Bezos seems to have lost his magic touch lately. Investors, employees, and authors are all lashing out against different elements of Bezos' business practices. Don't worry, Jeff: Amazon has just the thing to improve you. » 9/29/14 1:47pm Yesterday 1:47pm

European Commission Accuses Apple of Profiting Off Illegal State Aid

The European Commission is set to formally accuse Apple of funneling billions into an illegal Irish tax shelter—possibility setting up the world's largest corporation for "a record fine of as much as several billions of euros," according to the Financial Times.http://valleywag.gawker.com/apple-is-being... » 9/29/14 12:40pm Yesterday 12:40pm

Uber Driver Charged for Bashing a Passenger In the Head With a Hammer

An Uber driver has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury for hitting a passenger in the head with a hammer in Bernal Heights, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. » 9/26/14 6:57pm Friday 6:57pm

Men Taking Up Space in San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its yuppie bread lines, especially outside of trendy lunch spots surrounding the startups of SoMa. And you can find conclusive evidence of the industry's maleness at Man Lines, a Tumblr chronicling clusters of Y chromosomes in the city. » 9/26/14 6:10pm Friday 6:10pm

Google Workshops Explain Sexism to "Skeptical" Employees

Google has been trying to build cars that drive without humans for longer than it's been trying to hire more women and minorities. But the company really knows its audience. Workshops at the center of its diversity initiative were specifically designed for one personality type: "a skeptical, scientifically minded… » 9/26/14 5:40pm Friday 5:40pm

Mark Zuckerberg Pays Kids to Squat in Parking Spots Overnight

The extravagant renovation of Mark Zuckerberg's $10 million San Francisco "fixer-upper" has already aggravated neighbors with months of noise and parking concerns. But Zuckerberg's own actions are making the impacts of the ongoing 17 month project worse. According to CBS, the boy billionaire has been paying a squad of… » 9/26/14 4:45pm Friday 4:45pm

Marc Andreessen Sounds the Alarm on Marc Andreessen's Tech Bubble

For a third time, a prominent venture capitalist is warning us all that some sort of ominous economic shit is about to go down. And for the third time in a row, he isn't admitting that it's his fault: Today's hypocrite is Marc Andreessen. » 9/26/14 3:25pm Friday 3:25pm

Investor Wants Yahoo and AOL to Merge Into Single Corporate Catastrophe

What happens when you combine two dying '90s internet relics into one conglomerate of uselessness? According an activist investor at Starboard Value, a proposed merger of Yahoo and AOL could see "significant appreciation" in Yahoo's stock price and the revitalization of both brands. How exciting! » 9/26/14 3:25pm Friday 3:25pm

Why Aren't Uber and Lyft Railing Against Legal Threats from SF and LA?

Yesterday, the district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles sent letters to Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar threatening potential legal action, including an injunction to their service unless they make "major changes" regarding background checks and pricing. So where's the usual bombast and bluster about antiquated… » 9/26/14 1:15pm Friday 1:15pm

Richard Branson Is So Rich He Doesn't Realize How Stupid He Looks Here

Sir Richard Branson (net worth: $4.6 billion) just tweeted out this photo of himself and Lucas Duplan, whose hilariously disastrous app he invested in last year. The caption is "this is why I invest in startups." Let's think about this. » 9/26/14 11:15am Friday 11:15am

Ello Is There Anybody Out There

Ello is a bright and clean new social network that promises, in its manifesto, to stay free of ads, never sell your data, and not make anyone use real names. People are paying attention to Ello because other people are paying attention to Ello. It is invitation only. New members were joining at the rate of 4,000… » 9/25/14 5:45pm Thursday 5:45pm