Your Instagram Selfies Are Being Scraped and Sold to Brands

Kevin Montgomery · 10/10/14 12:45PM

It was bad enough that companies like Facebook and Google relentlessly mine your information and sell it to advertisers. But now third-party startups are getting into the mix. Thanks to unprecedented access to photos uploaded to apps like Instagram, these third-parties are scanning and storing people's photos on behalf of major advertisers.

Rand Paul Will Embrace Any Idiotic Idea Techies Come Up With

Kevin Montgomery · 10/09/14 12:35PM

Silicon Valley's tech tycoons have been lurching towards the right wing for years now. But with the Valley's valuations climbing to record heights, those billionaires are backing Republicans like never before—and the party of obstruction is willing to say whatever it takes to get their dollars.

Nitasha Tiku · 10/08/14 04:17PM

Silicon Valley Now Has a Fantasy Venture Capital League

Kevin Montgomery · 10/08/14 03:00PM

Thanks to the meritocracy that is Silicon Valley, any doofus with a bloated bank account can become a venture capitalist. But you no longer need the right net worth to get in on the excitement of making speculative bets on startups!

Sean Parker Bought His Way Onto SF's Minimum Wage Initiative

Kevin Montgomery · 10/08/14 11:05AM

Like many other cities across America, San Francisco is attempting to raise its minimum wage and fill a gap caused by federal and state incompetence. The city's voters in the upcoming election will decide whether to up the local minimum wage from $10.74 to $15 an hour, boosting incomes of the most vulnerable workers in the hyper-gentrifying city.

Slack Is Letting Anyone Peek at Their Competitors

Sam Biddle · 10/08/14 08:54AM

Few pieces of corporate software have earned so many fans so quickly as Slack, which is basically a sophisticated chat room for businesses. But as one blogger just realized, a vulnerability in the login page lets you snoop on the other guy.

Nitasha Tiku · 10/07/14 08:45PM

Airbnb just got its very own law! San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed to "legalize but rein in short-term residential rentals by passing the so-called 'Airbnb law.'" Hopefully that marks the end of "almost cult-like" Airbnb proselytizers who followed Supervisor Eric Mar around a farmer's market.

Twitter Engineer Dana McCallum Pled Guilty to Two Misdemeanors

Nitasha Tiku · 10/07/14 12:30PM

At a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, Dana McCallum, a Twitter engineer and prominent women's rights and LGBT activist, accepted a guilty plea for two misdemeanors related to the alleged rape of her wife. McCallum, who is a transgender woman, was initially charged with five felonies for the alleged incident, which occurred in January.

Nitasha Tiku · 10/06/14 05:00PM

Web 2.0's most influential consultants just sold to Capital One, so Mat Honan wrote a eulogy for the entire era: "Web 2.0 was a hothouse of self-promotion—and knives-out backstabbing."