Apple Blacklisted Europe's Biggest Computer Mag for Bending an iPhone

The latest consumer panic around the bend-ability of new iPhones is largely overblown. Most thin metal things bend. But according to the editors of Computer Bild, a hugely popular tech magazine based in Germany, Apple is banning them for even showing a bending phone. » 10/01/14 5:06pm Yesterday 5:06pm

Will a Driver Beating a Passenger With a Hammer Force Uber to Grow Up?

San Francisco's District Attorney has already charged the UberX driver who allegedly used a hammer to beat passenger with two felony counts for assault and battery. But the victim, Robert Chicas, will have a harder time suing Uber directly for an attack that left him hospitalized for three days with a fractured skull,… » 10/01/14 2:10pm Yesterday 2:10pm

Now There's Surge Pricing For Food

Surge pricing is Silicon Valley's most insidious trend. Popularized by Uber—a company synonymous with fucking people over—surge pricing allows companies to jack up prices whenever demand is running a little high, reaping profits for startups while customers on a budget are left behind. And now techies have brought the… » 10/01/14 2:05pm Yesterday 2:05pm

Facebook Apologizes For Discriminatory "Real Name" Policy

Facebook sparked a fierce backlash three weeks ago when it began enforcing a "real name" policy against performers and members of the LGBT community. The company initially dug in its heels, refusing to stop requiring people to use their legal names, inciting hundreds of thousands of people to flee to the… » 10/01/14 11:10am Yesterday 11:10am

Startups Offer "Pre-cations" to Pre-emptively Burned Out Employees

Americans are famously overworked and terrified of taking vacations. And that is no different in Silicon Valley, where young code jockeys are expected to put in long hours on projects that rarely pan out, leading to burnout and high turnover. But startups are testing a new way to milk more work from their staff: … » 9/30/14 6:35pm Tuesday 6:35pm

Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Let Larry Ellison Keep Hawaii To Himself

Welcome to the latest installment of Billionaire Musical Chairs. This week's round was a doozy. Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg zoomed past billionaire Larry Page, as billionaires-in-training watched the net worth from the sidelines. The real action, however, was on the real estate front. » 9/30/14 6:20pm Tuesday 6:20pm

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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 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 Monday 4:30pm

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 Monday 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. » 9/29/14 12:40pm Monday 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