Techies: Just Leave Homeless People Alone

Last year, the tech community was stunned by the realization that teaching a homeless man to code did not solve the larger issues of homelessness and American income inequality. Now, they've regrouped, and have a new myopic plan: let's strap GoPro cameras to the poor. » 4/16/14 2:08pm Today 2:08pm

Google Glass Wearer in L.A. Gets Robbed at Taser-Point

One good reason to avoid buying a $1,500 privacy-degrading headset is that people will hate you because of it. Another good reason is that you might get threatened with a stun device and robbed. » 4/16/14 10:43am Today 10:43am

The Bitcoin Broker and the 13-Year-Old Girl in the Bikini

Last year, successful startup CEO and Bitcoin community hero Tony Gallippi testified before Congress on behalf of the oft-maligned crypto-libertarian dream currency. Gallippi, head of the virtual payment company Bitpay, explained to a subcommittee of the Senate Banking Committee that he believed Bitcoin had the power… » 4/15/14 2:45pm Yesterday 2:45pm

Business Insider Writer Says He Was Assaulted for Wearing Google Glass

This past Friday, Business Insider's Kyle Russell (above) covered an anti-eviction protest that targeted a high-ranking Google exec. While walking home, Russell put on his Google Glass, at which point he says it was torn off his face and smashed to bits. » 4/14/14 12:38pm Monday 12:38pm

Protesters Target Home of Google Exec Accused of Evicting Families

Anti-Google activists are at someone's front door again today: Jack Halprin, a top member of the company's legal squadron, is allegedly forcing parents, children, and teachers out of a San Francisco property he owns. » 4/11/14 1:56pm Friday 1:56pm

In Five Days, Everyone in America Can Be a Glasshole

Until now, the privilege of strapping cellphone components and a camera to one's face has been reserved for a vanguard of privacy-eschewing, society-flouting Google devotees—the "Glass Explorers." But a new report shows Google is planning to let the general public buy dystopian skull accessories. » 4/10/14 4:26pm 4/10/14 4:26pm

Wiretapping Advocate Joins Dropbox Boardroom

Condoleezza Rice, known for her cameo on 30 Rock and that time she helped sell the case for the Iraq War and torture, has a new line on her resume: the boardroom of Dropbox. She'll help the cloud startup with "international expansion," which she sure knows a thing or two about. » 4/09/14 6:07pm 4/09/14 6:07pm

Silicon Valley Royalty Cosplay for Game of Thrones Party

Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of the unambiguously sinister data-mining startup Palantir and Clarium Capital alum, is just like the rest of us. When he turns 30, he rents out a castle. And when it's time to watch Game of Thrones, he procures a replica Iron Throne for himself. » 4/09/14 1:08pm 4/09/14 1:08pm

​The Quantified Dog: Are We Out of Bad Ideas?

Last week, tech companies offered the web their April Fool's "jokes," like cats with dead mice, and we all sort of uncomfortably nodded. It's never been harder to discern a facetious idea from the genuine article than right now—and when "Fitbit for your pet" is considered a real business, who's to say what's a joke… » 4/09/14 10:45am 4/09/14 10:45am

Those Who Serve Tech Billionaires Lunch are Facing Eviction

At Google, the people who spoon out gourmet lunches to the Mountain View struggle to feed themselves. At Tesla Motors, chariot-builders of the geek elite, working at the corporate cafeteria means you might not be able to afford your own home. » 4/07/14 4:09pm 4/07/14 4:09pm

Give a Child $30 Million for a Startup, Keep Waiting for It to Start

Last week, Recode reported the departure of two more top executives from Clinkle, a San Francisco startup that's trying to create yet another way to transfer money with your phone. Investors have paid Clinkle tens of millions of dollars since 2011, and the company has yet to release a single product, while it keeps » 4/07/14 11:50am 4/07/14 11:50am

In 2005, Mark Zuckerberg Gave a Talk and Barely Anyone Showed Up

Right now, you read this (very possibly having arrived via Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest, influential, and world-historically diabolical figures in the history of American commerce. Just nine years ago, he gave a guest lecture at Harvard to a mostly empty room, and today we can watch in disbelief. » 4/04/14 3:23pm 4/04/14 3:23pm