These Letters Reveal Which Congressmen Google Has In Its Pocket

Yesterday twelve U.S. Congressmen signed, sealed, and delivered a letter (embedded below) to members of the European Parliament lobbying their counterparts to leave Google alone. According to the Financial Times, at least three letters from American legislators were sent as part of a "rare and concerted public… » 11/26/14 6:00pm 11/26/14 6:00pm

Blue Bottle, Which Raised $45 M, Cut Health Benefits for Part-Timers

Blue Bottle, the artisanal coffee retailer popular with hipsters from coast to coast, just informed employees that part-time workers will not receive health benefits, effective January 2015. A tipster reached out to Valleywag with the news and the company confirmed the change. » 11/25/14 7:19pm 11/25/14 7:19pm

Clinkle Is Bribing College Students With a Vending Machine Full of Cash

Clinkle, a well-funded startup run by Lucas Duplan, the Prince Joffrey of mobile payments, recently revealed its $30 million idea. After rounds of layoffs and many setbacks, young Duplan has bestowed the world with . . . a debit card. Not sold? Well how about if Clinkle gives you $20 from its Treat Bot vending machine? » 11/25/14 3:45pm 11/25/14 3:45pm

Tech Companies Stoke Fears of a Talent Shortage to Get Cheaper Labor

How is Silicon Valley supposed to stay exceptional when its belief system keeps getting debunked? First empirical evidence proved there's no such thing as a meritocracy. Then they had to add a disclaimer that "change the world" may not mean for the better. Now the shortage of tech workers—a phenomenon used to justify… » 11/24/14 6:50pm 11/24/14 6:50pm

List of Salaries For Interns Who Can Code Will Burn Your Eyeballs

Earlier today Tiffany Zhong tweeted out a list of "top" offers for undergraduate internships at tech companies. Her use of a single paltry money bag emoji in the caption barely cover$$$$$$$ it. The hospital bill for internal organ corrosion after staring directly at this list will be smaller than what these kids cop… » 11/24/14 2:45pm 11/24/14 2:45pm

Fab May Sell for a Pittance While Ex-Founder Abandons Fab-Like Startup

For years, venture capitalists exuberantly assumed Fab, the online furniture store, could be worth $1 billion, despite mounting evidence that it was difficult to make money off of flash sales. Now TechCrunch reports that Fab may soon be sold to PCH International, an Irish supply chain company, for $15 million "and… » 11/21/14 4:50pm 11/21/14 4:50pm

Male Startup Founders Think Your Vagina Should Smell Like a Ripe Peach…

When the PayPal cofounder came for your period, I did not speak out enough. So I blame myself, really, for this waste of science. According to Inc. magazine, two male bio-hackers just "previewed plans for a new probiotic supplement that will enable women to change the way their vaginas smell."

It is called it Sweet… » 11/19/14 8:25pm 11/19/14 8:25pm

Startups Promising the Future Have Resorted to Embarrassing Direct Mail

Silicon Valley thinks the U.S. Postal Service is a joke. Tech investor Tim Draper called it a classic example of a "fat and lazy" industry. They tried, but failed to put it out of business. "Paper" itself is a dirty word. But when there's inventory to move, the old ways will do. » 11/19/14 3:10pm 11/19/14 3:10pm

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. » 11/18/14 7:02pm 11/18/14 7:02pm

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

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… » 11/18/14 4:15pm 11/18/14 4:15pm

Uber Exec Proposes Smearing Female Reporters Who Criticized the App

Uber's competitors, regulators, and drivers can take a breath. The company, which believes it is worth $25 billion, has a new nemesis: reporters who don't follow the puff piece protocol. A top Uber executive suggested hiring opposition researchers "specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female… » 11/17/14 10:20pm 11/17/14 10:20pm

Uber Gets Closer to Driverless Cars by Letting Riders Control the Music

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick believes in magic. With the "magic" of driverless cars, he recently said on stage, the cost of his car service will become cheaper because riders don't have to pay for "the other dude in the car," i.e. the human driver. Now with Uber's new Spotify partnership, you don't even have to listen to… » 11/17/14 1:25pm 11/17/14 1:25pm

Goldman Sachs Sucks at Recruiting Engineers Until They See the Salary

The recruiting funnel from the Ivy League to Goldman Sachs has been short on engineers ever since Silicon Valley decided to exploit Wall Street's moral failings to fill their tech campuses. But according to Dealbook, the vampiric cephalopod is biting back with a "new, hipper website" and a bunch of buzzwords. » 11/14/14 4:10pm 11/14/14 4:10pm

Reddit Installs Interim Female CEO and Says The Job Is Hers to Lose

When Reddit CEO Yishan Wong announced that the crowd-sourced news site had raised $50 million, he called his financiers "patient, long-term investors who support our views on difficult issues." But less than two months later that patience seems to have run out and over a suspiciously simple dispute. » 11/13/14 7:15pm 11/13/14 7:15pm

Keira Knightley Talks About Billionaire Tech CEOs Like They're Aliens

Beautiful human and fragrance retailer Keira Knightly sat on Jimmy Kimmel's couch last night and discussed a private Silicon Valley screening of her new movie, The Imitation Game, hosted by American billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, American millionaire Harvey Weinstein, and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, a well-known… » 11/11/14 12:30pm 11/11/14 12:30pm

Aereo, the once-promising startup that wanted to bring live TV to your laptop, is laying off "most of its staff." The company raised $97 million in financing to fight broadcasters like Fox, NBC, and Disney by exploiting a loophole in copyright law, but lost in the Supreme Court. » 11/06/14 7:55pm 11/06/14 7:55pm

Google's Newest Perk Is DNA Testing For Employees With Cancer

The perk competition between tech companies has taken a very personal turn. Google will soon start covering the cost of DNA tests "for employees and their family-members suffering from cancer," says Reuters. » 11/05/14 8:30pm 11/05/14 8:30pm