Silicon Valley's leaders usually do a good job finding things to agree on (regulations: bad; disruption: good; workplace diversity: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). But when it comes to campaign finance reform, the tech industry can't make up its damn mind. While Bay Area billionaires are financing super PACs focused on getting money out of politics, they're simultaneously spending millions on their favorite candidates and parties.
USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would they bother?"
Multiple traffic lights were molested last night as crowds of fans flocked to San Francisco's Mission District following the Giants' World Series victory. As the riot grew in size and SFPD officers began losing control of the situation, dozens of fires were ignited as helicopters beaming spotlights swarmed overhead.
For much of Ed Lee's first term as Mayor of San Francisco, he enjoyed both the popular support of the public and the financial backing of tech tycoons. Last March, a stunning 65 percent of local voters approved of Lee's handling of the job. Then the Google Bus protests happened, the cost of living kept rising, and evictions hit crisis levels. Within 13 months, Lee's approval rating sunk by 20 points.
Uber just got caught trying to play the LA Weekly. Within a day of publishing an expose on the company, a "PR handler" representing a former taxi driver contacted the Weekly, looking to publish a piece praising Uber. After the paper did some digging, they discovered the $17 billion startup was trying to plant the story.
When Reddit quietly announced their new Redditmade project last night, we worried it'd be a quasi-Kickstarter knockoff where titillated teenagers crowdfund the release of hacked nudes. But Redditmade is much, much more pitiful: it simply allows Reddit's moderators to hawk depressing merch to the site's volatile masses.
Wall Street wasn't happy with Facebook's latest earnings report. TechCrunch thinks it's because Facebook "refused to break out any data about usage levels of teens, which are widely thought to be abandoning Facebook for apps like Snapchat." C'mon, TechCrunch, where's that fist-pumping Facebook apologia when you need it?
Benchmark confirmed that it has invested* in Tinder, a rumor we reported in August. No details were given about the deal, except that IAC continues to own "a controlling stake," deterring other venture capitalists buzzing around the popular hookup app. *Update: Recode says no money has changed hands, it's a "sweat equity" arrangement:
Tech's biggest players have been clamoring for the federal government to reform their immigration policies, demanding the expansion of the H-1B visa program. But tech's current crop of immigrant workers often find themselves "trapped" by "labor trafficking" rings that are rarely held responsible for abuses.
Kim Kardashian Illuminati West was on stage with Recode founder Kara Swisher this afternoon at the tech blog's Code/Mobile conference. I have no idea whether she arrived from Calabasas with a list of questions Swisher couldn't ask, but regardless this is one stiletto-heeled step for Kardashian and one giant kick in the head for tech kind.