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Uber Launches Corner Store Delivery In D.C.'s Whitest Neighborhoods

It's been a busy day for Uber. In addition to adding a presidential mastermind to the payroll, the company also began an "experimental" delivery service called Corner Store "rolling out first to DC area customers." According to ThinkProgress, those customers all have something in common. (Spoiler: they're white.) » 8/19/14 7:03pm Yesterday 7:03pm

I Went To A Magical Kickstarter Party And All I Got Was So Much Bacon

There is a mystical place in San Francisco where whiskey drinks are made with marshmallows, salads contain pork three ways, rows of grilled cheese are constantly replenished, and the pale beer option is saison. All of it is free. People are healthy as fuck. It's as if everyone stepped out of a PacSun commercial. » 8/19/14 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

People Keep Getting Into Strangers' Cars Because They Think It's An Uber

Just because Uber's motto is "Everyone's private driver," doesn't mean every car is yours for the hailing. But the popularity of apps like Uber and Lyft have spawned some awkward curbside interactions. "Basically anytime I'm pulled over on the side of the street, someone tries to hail me or just opens my car door,"… » 8/18/14 12:15pm Monday 12:15pm

TV Commercials Use Cute Kids To Exploit Panic Over Technology FOMO

Children make great props for gadget commercials. They're cute—like lil mini grown-ups with years before the regret sets in. They also say the darndest slogans. But recent barrage of precocious tots in tech ads puts a cheery face on latent panic currently hovering around threat level teal: our inability to keep up… » 8/15/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

Sam Lessin is leaving his role as VP of product management at Facebook, signing off with "[smiley face] feeling gratitude." Lessin came to Facebook through the Drop.io acqui-hire and plans to kite-surf, trouble-make, and help out his wife Jessin Lessin, founder of the tech news site The Information. » 8/14/14 7:41pm Thursday 7:41pm

Lawsuit Claims Google Wrote Down Plan to Steal Idea on Some Post-Its

Some complaints are a morass of technical jargon and legalese. Others read like the makings of a zany crime-comedy by Steven Soderbergh. One new lawsuit filed against Google for copying the technology to compress video and audio files falls into the latter category, due primarily to allegedly incriminating Post-It… » 8/14/14 3:35pm Thursday 3:35pm

Uber Issues Ultimate Passive-Aggressive Press Release About Lyft

Uber is the Übermensch of the sharing economy. It's better at making money than other startups, it knows how to politick better, and it throws sharper elbows. Uber applied the same superior machinations to a press release claiming that Lyft wants to get acquired by Uber. » 8/12/14 5:30pm 8/12/14 5:30pm

AOL's Digital Prophet Shingy Can't Stop Iterating Amazing Hairstyles

David "Shingy" Shing, the Digital Prophet of an empire built on people who never cancelled their AOL subscriptions, is a sought after speaker. He has preached the gospel of gibberish on live TV and even atop a wrecking ball. Today, he thunkfluenced "The Table" at Young & Rubicam. » 8/12/14 3:40pm 8/12/14 3:40pm

For the first time, Y Combinator's Jessica Livingston has issued a reminder to investors not to sexually harass people on Demo Day. "Don't even think about doing it. I will find out. Y Combinator will not continue to work with you." But will they release your name? » 8/12/14 2:20pm 8/12/14 2:20pm

Lyft Claims Uber Sabotaged Drivers By Canceling More Than 5,000 Rides

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick likes to talk about the unfair ways that taxi incumbents "protect their monopoly" against his popular product. But the bigger Uber gets, the more aggressive its own protectionist tactics become. CNN says new data from Lyft, a smaller rival, shows 117 Uber employees cancelled 5,560 rides with… » 8/12/14 11:15am 8/12/14 11:15am

Here’s What BuzzFeed’s New Investors Really Think About Media

Last night Andreessen Horowitz, the same venture capital firm that invested in Facebook and Twitter, announced a $50 million investment in BuzzFeed that presumes the value of the company to be $850 million. General partner Chris Dixon compared BuzzFeed to Tesla, Uber, and Netflix because of its deep emphasis on… » 8/11/14 3:15pm 8/11/14 3:15pm

Women Won't Name Harassing Venture Capitalists, Even Anonymously

In the past couple weeks both Forbes and Wired have published first-hand accounts of the perils of "fundraising while female." The anecdotes about harassment, discrimination, and the hassle of disproving an investor's assumptions about gender are familiar. But you won't find the name of single male venture… » 8/08/14 4:30pm 8/08/14 4:30pm

Beyonce and Jay-Z Fed Their Crew Venture-Backed Grilled Cheese

Today I met a colleague for lunch at The Melt as part of my ongoing review of the grilled cheese chain that secured $10 million in venture capital funding in order to make more grilled cheese. Only afterward did I learn that the simple act of eating jalapeños melted into cheese melted into bread brought me one step… » 8/07/14 7:05pm 8/07/14 7:05pm

Nothing Says Welcome To Our Tech Conference Like a Tower of Condoms

You may never have heard of BSides Las Vegas, an annual hacker conference on information security, but they have heard of condoms. Participants in the volunteer-run event, which is sponsored by tech companies like Yelp, Microsoft, BlackBerry were greeted with a "colosseum" of condoms at the professional gathering. » 8/07/14 3:37pm 8/07/14 3:37pm

Customers Who Switched to a Startup Bank Got Mad When It Didn't Work

Simple, the banking startup, raised $15 million in venture capital by promising "no worries" and "no fees." Thousands of customers hung around on a waiting list for years to sign up for CEO Josh Reich's crusade against our fragmented banking system, a decision some recently regretted. » 8/07/14 11:20am 8/07/14 11:20am

Rumor: Benchmark May Invest in Tinder at a Valuation as High as $1B.

Venture capital firms have been sniffing around Tinder, the Los Angeles-based dating app, since at least last spring. But according to one Valleywag source, Benchmark's Matt Cohler may soon sign one of Silicon Valley's most coveted term sheets. (On Sand Hill Road, it seems, fast growth is forever, while sexual… » 8/06/14 1:15pm 8/06/14 1:15pm