Nitasha Tiku · 11/18/14 07:02PM

If you had a wager on which tech reporter would quit journalism to get paid by the company he once covered, I hope you bet on a long shot. The staff of TechCrunch is intact. But Snapchat believer Ellis Hamburger is leaving The Verge to work for Snapchat.

Parents Forced Frat Boys to Screw a Partner Out of a Popular Startup

Kevin Montgomery · 11/18/14 05:20PM

Yik Yak may not be a household name like Snapchat, but it's almost as popular. The anonymous college bulletin board app was founded by three frat brothers at Furman University last fall and has already pulled in around $85 million in venture capital. Like other apps born out of frats, two of the founders allegedly screwed the third out of the company—only this time it was under parental supervision.

Uber CEO Posts 13-Tweet Apology Without Answering a Single Question

Nitasha Tiku · 11/18/14 04:15PM

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just responded to privacy and ethics concerns about Emil Michael, after the top executive publicly suggested paying $1 million to smear journalists who have criticized the multi-billion corporation. Kalanick's medium of choice was Twitter and his method was a "tweetstorm," a series of thoughts that give the illusion of substance and circumspection because they are presented in a numerical order.

Rap Genius Co-Founder Finally Pushes Venture Capitalist Over the Edge

Kevin Montgomery · 11/17/14 09:30PM

Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam is a testament to just how far you can push a venture capitalist. The Yale graduate is one of tech's foremost delusional fools—repeatedly embarrassing himself, his company, and everyone connected with it. He eventually resigned from the startup after publicly praising parts of a serial killer's manifesto. Yet it took a post about thieving from Whole Foods for one of his investors to finally disown him.

Keep Daly City Uncool

Bob Calhoun · 11/17/14 05:10PM

This is a guest post by author Bob Calhoun. Last week, Yishan Wong resigned as Reddit CEO because he wanted to move the company's office from the hip SOMA district in San Francisco to Daly City, a fog-enshrouded stretch of suburbia on the city's southern border.

Snapchat Dances on Money to Unveil New Payment Feature

Kevin Montgomery · 11/17/14 04:20PM

Snapchat, an unprofitable company "worth" $10 billion, just unveiled a new feature called "Snapcash." It allows teen users send each other money, just like Venmo already does. Snapchat celebrated the feature by dressing actors up in suits with dollar signs and having them dance on showers of cash.

The Great Google Glass Experiment Is Fucked

Kevin Montgomery · 11/17/14 02:30PM

Just over two years ago, Google's Sergey Brin was on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, taking a bow following fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg's Google Glass-studded show. Back then, Google Glass was riding a high wave of positive press: The New York Times proposed it was "the future of technology" and fashion critic Vanessa Friedman mused that Glass was "the next big accessory." But Glassholes have since turned face computing into a social malfunction, and now Reuters is reporting the project's future is in jeopardy.

Google Faces Class Action Suit For Exploiting Contract Workers

Kevin Montgomery · 11/14/14 06:10PM

Google has become the latest tech company hit with a lawsuit for exploiting contract workers. Reuters reports that a class action suit has been filed against Google, alleging the company misclassified employees as independent contractors. The plaintiff behind the suit also alleges he was refused the overtime wages and was not paid for all the time spent working.

You Can Now Order a Knockoff Soylent Called "Schmoylent"

Kevin Montgomery · 11/14/14 03:25PM

Addicts will go to great lengths to get their fix. And shipping delays for the meal replacement Soylent have created a market of famished nu food fiends. One San Francisco startup has decided to fill the void with a knockoff powder they call "Schmoylent."

Startup Exploits Evictions to Create Party Pad for Tech Workers

Kevin Montgomery · 11/13/14 03:15PM

Single-room-occupancy hotels are some of the last scraps of low-income housing left in San Francisco. But for the city's high-tech strata, they're just another piece of property to flip for profit. And one tech-centric housing company stands accused of using unlawful evictions to turn a SoMa SRO into a gaudy co-op for dozens of tech workers.