Source: These Post-Its Show Google Scheming to Steal Trade Secrets

Two lawsuits filed last month against Google claim the search giant tried to steal superior video streaming technology from VSL Communications, a company it was in talks to acquire. According to the filings, VSL discovered the scheme thanks to some Post-It notes on which phrases like "Try to destroy email" were… » 9/29/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Uber Driver Charged for Bashing a Passenger In the Head With a Hammer

An Uber driver has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury for hitting a passenger in the head with a hammer in Bernal Heights, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. » 9/26/14 6:57pm Friday 6:57pm

Google Workshops Explain Sexism to "Skeptical" Employees

Google has been trying to build cars that drive without humans for longer than it's been trying to hire more women and minorities. But the company really knows its audience. Workshops at the center of its diversity initiative were specifically designed for one personality type: "a skeptical, scientifically minded… » 9/26/14 5:40pm Friday 5:40pm

Why Aren't Uber and Lyft Railing Against Legal Threats from SF and LA?

Yesterday, the district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles sent letters to Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar threatening potential legal action, including an injunction to their service unless they make "major changes" regarding background checks and pricing. So where's the usual bombast and bluster about antiquated… » 9/26/14 1:15pm Friday 1:15pm

Ello Is There Anybody Out There

Ello is a bright and clean new social network that promises, in its manifesto, to stay free of ads, never sell your data, and not make anyone use real names. People are paying attention to Ello because other people are paying attention to Ello. It is invitation only. New members were joining at the rate of 4,000… » 9/25/14 5:45pm Thursday 5:45pm

VC Firm Settles Sickening Sexual Harassment Suit From Female Admins

CMEA Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in March, 2013 by three female executive administrative assistants. The complaint, which is embedded below, alleges "pervasive and severe" sexually and racially charged statements and actions made by former… » 9/24/14 5:50pm Wednesday 5:50pm

Everyone's mad that LookSmart founder Evan Thornley put up a slide at a startup conference saying, "Women: Like Men, Only Cheaper." But that's out of context. His point was that "there's a great arbitrage" in recognizing a women's skills, then paying them less. » 9/23/14 6:00pm 9/23/14 6:00pm

Airbnb Cofounder's Previous Startup Idea Was Butt Pads

What drives startup founders to barrel through the free market with such Randian ruthlessness? Money, duh. But there's another possibility. Perhaps the will to succeed is so consuming because they know it might be the best idea they will ever have. » 9/23/14 5:00pm 9/23/14 5:00pm

Ex-Cisco Engineer Caught On Google Maps Pled Guilty to Wife's Murder

Bradley Graham Cooper, a former engineer for Cisco, pled guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife yesterday. Part of the evidence against Cooper was a Google map search to the location of her body. Investigators said Cooper did the search the day before the murder, while his computer was connected to… » 9/23/14 12:25pm 9/23/14 12:25pm

Larry Ellison Learns Hawaiian Island Makes Uncool Engineering Project

After Oracle founder Larry Ellison plunked $300 million to buy his own island, he described his plan to transform Lanai into a "sustainable Eden" as "this really cool 21st-century engineering project." Now, in classic Silicon Valley fashion, Ellison is running the tropical rebrand with the "veneer of egalitarianism,"… » 9/23/14 8:30am 9/23/14 8:30am

It Just Got Easier to Sue Failed Kickstarter Campaigns for a Refund

Kickstarter has decided to update its famously laissez-faire attitude when it comes to protecting donors who have pledged more than $1 billion through the company over the years. The new terms state that a successfully funded campaign that fails to produce "rewards," i.e. the product, may have to "return remaining… » 9/22/14 5:25pm 9/22/14 5:25pm

Meet The Special People Helping Celebrities Invest In Startups

The New York Times has located a new breed of hustlers trying to convince Hollywood celebrities to make money off startups instead of traditional endorsement deals. It's not even a hard sell, according to Timothy Karunaratne: "I think it's a fair statement to say most people would rather be Mark Zuckerberg than Will… » 9/22/14 1:30pm 9/22/14 1:30pm

Kevin Rose Is Competing With His Own Investment

On September 4th, Kevin Rose, the Digg founder turned partner at Google Ventures, sent out a series of texts to the folks who were beta testing his new photo-sharing app, Tiiny. People were curious about the similarities between Tiiny and another photo-sharing app, Cap, made by Rose's protege Danny Trinh. » 9/19/14 4:35pm 9/19/14 4:35pm

Snapchat Investor Says High-Profile Failures Are Just Around the Corner

Bill Gurley, the Benchmark Capital investor who backed Snapchat and Uber, is uber-bullish when it comes to his own portfolio. But the rest of Silicon Valley, he says, is not nearly frightened enough: "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end." » 9/15/14 1:45pm 9/15/14 1:45pm

Why Does Andreessen Horowitz Have an Official Rapper?

Divine, an underground rapper from Brooklyn, has taken his friendship with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, who invested in Rap Genius, to the next level. First Divine made a music video for Horowitz's birthday. Now they're posing in matching tees that says: VC LIFE: Inspired by Ben Horowitz. » 9/15/14 10:35am 9/15/14 10:35am

Startups With Millions Demand "Tryouts" Before Hiring You

Startups have found a hot not new human resources trend to fit their fast-growth lifestyle: making job candidates work on contract for a week to months before they decide to hire them. But startups have a really good reason for leaning on adult internships. They're just trying to protect their all-important "culture." » 9/11/14 5:55pm 9/11/14 5:55pm

Soho House Is Having a Hackathon

Soho House New York, the members-only club that once tried to banish investment bankers, has been much more welcoming to the new crop of capitalists. Techies should feel even more comfortable in lap of luxury now because the club is adopting one of their native customs: the hackathon. » 9/11/14 3:00pm 9/11/14 3:00pm