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

Nitasha Tiku · 10/16/14 01:11PM

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, according to Digiday. Whisper and its editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman have vigorously denied the allegations.

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

Nitasha Tiku · 10/16/14 12:00PM

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 Grammy-award winner Miguel (above) for a private show and numerous trips to Vegas.

Airbnb Investors Finance Smear Campaign as Reward for Favorable Law

Kevin Montgomery · 10/15/14 12:45PM

When San Francisco began considering legalizing Airbnb, the flourishing startup was quick to ingrain itself in the political process. Airbnb's lobbyists secretly helped author favorable legislation, then created an astroturfing organization to strike down the sections they didn't like. And now that the legislation has passed, Airbnb's investors are rewarding their City Hall stooge with a smear campaign against his electoral opponent.

Salesforce Brags Conference "Will Completely Shut Down" San Francisco

Kevin Montgomery · 10/13/14 02:00PM

When it comes to throwing corporate bashes in San Francisco, Salesforce specializes in making life hell for locals. For their annual conference, Dreamforce, the company takes over swaths of SoMa, crippling transit systems and turning businesses across town into giant lines.