Few monuments illustrate the tension between state law and tech-world secrecy more perfectly than the mysterious four-story barge docked off the coast of Treasure Island, rumored to be either a data center or, more likely, a floating stockroom for Google's new line of wearable computing. Neither ... More >>
Our current era is referred to as "the new Gilded Age" so often that it has become a cliche. But of course, the cliche is true: wealth disparity is unprecedented, the poor are increasingly suffering and the middle class is vanishing. Today's plutocrats are leeching from society just as their count ... More >>
When you see lobster on a menu, usually you have visions of hot dog buns overstuffed with lobster meat and succulent claws, mixed together with some mayonnaise or warm butter, and perhaps a few diced bits of celery for crunch. Sushi Sam's in San Mateo won't be confused with any of the lobster shack ... More >>
It's become sexy to talk about Silicon Valley in stark social class terms. George Packer steered the conversation in an epic New Yorker article, waxing nostalgic about orchards and Eichler homes even as he documented the dissolute lifestyles of today's newly minted tech elite. Shortly thereafter, Sa ... More >>
This past weekend, meat became the star darling of the Silicon Valley nerd world. Food Tech Connect, an organization devoted to innovations in food systems, herded together over 250 people from a smattering of fields at Stanford for Hack//Meat -- a 48-hour hackathon intended to develop solutions t ... More >>
It was only a matter of time before someone created new technology that would bust cell phone crooks. The good folks over at TrustGo, a Silicon Valley-based security software company, have made it that much easier for you to get your stolen phone back -- and see who took it. Imagine this: A ma ... More >>
Krystyl Baldwin has left the Silicon Valley startup world in order to launch a new dream of serving street food. Her idea is My Cupcake Truck, which would sell cupcakes with the icing amount controlled by the customer. "Not just any cupcakes," reads her pitch. "Cupcakes customizable to your liking! ... More >>
It was the thud heard 'round the world: The opening sentence of a story about sexism in Silicon Valley anchoring the front page of the New York Times' Sunday business section. "Men Invented the Internet," declared David Streitfeld, and it was impossible not to do a double-take, even if you didn't kn ... More >>
If the airlines are deficient at anything, it's making the skies friendlier -- or friendly at all. But in its never-ending quest to be cute, Virgin America Airlines has made another attempt to show us just how much personality the Silicon Valley-based company has. SFist snapped this ... More >>
On his swing through the West Coast, President Barack Obama stopped in Silicon Valley today where he answered questions for an hour at LinkedIn's campus in Mountain View. His main focus: Jobs. He deftly turned almost every question from the audience back into a endorsement; for his newly propos ... More >>
Investors wanted!At The Snitch, we've been saddened to see the end of the crazy Airbnb story, where travel renters terrorized a lessor by ransacking and stealing from her apartment.We'd like to give it new life by suggesting another start-up business idea: Airbnb for chainsaws.
San Franciscans might be total sluts, but we definitely do not attract our partners based on the way we dress. According to GQ magazine, San Francisco ranked No. 20 on the list of the worst-dressed cities in America. It seems like a head scratcher to us, considering we are No. 1 in so many other way ... More >>
Represents the Silicon Valley?When we read in the Chronicle today that supporters of our very own Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer were rolling out the red carpet for GOP House Speaker John Boehner, we had to give it a second read -- just to make sure that we hadn't misunderstood. And then we gave i ... More >>
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Not a revolutionaryFacebook, Twitter, Zynga, and their ilk -- standard bearers for the ill-defined phenomenon known as "social media" that is now supposed to be the future of the Web -- are having a tough time these days in the thinking person's press.Over the past f ... More >>
Bringing new meaning to the term 'TechCrunch'...You know the age-old complaint: When a man bosses people around, he's "in charge," but a woman who does the same is a "bitch." Well, here's a new one for the cyber age: When women in tech hold a provocative panel discussion about being women in tech ... More >>
Rounding out an unofficial tour of Silicon Valley, Conan O'Brien visited Google's Mountain View headquarters on Wednesday, ribbing Google CIO Vivek Kundra about the company's infamous aloofness: "You guys are so power mad here at Google, You're such entitled A-holes. Hey, Conan's in the area, make ... More >>
In further proof that Techcrunch founder Mike Arrington has a sense of humor, we present The Richter Scales' "In the Valley" a ballad to the tune of "At the Copacabana" making light of the perpetual back-stabbing, intrigues and general decadence of Silicon Valley culture.For those of you that only a ... More >>
"It's a hard time to be a lawyer, no doubt about it." "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." -- Henry VI, Act IV, Scene III. Mr. Shakespeare was wrong in his chronology. The first thing you do, if you want to kill the lawyers, is kill the economy. Then the attorneys will wither and die ... More >>
Infiltrator joins the Young Republicans to experience the blue suits, big hair, and free beer of the Republican state convention
Remember the not-so-good old days?
A journalist frets about job security, then realizes things could be worse -- he could be a janitor at Yahoo!
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Soylent Green Is People!; Nightclub Jitters
A close look at Kibu.com, the teen Web site -- backed by Silicon Valley's elite -- that vaporized $15 million in a matter of months
Thank You ... Thank You Very Much; Yet More Gratitude; Love Your Server. Is It Gucci?; Greek Grammar Debate Rages On
Foreign workers coming into the country for high-paying tech jobs often bring wives with them. When these women are beaten and abused, they have nowhere to run.
Where Have All the Doc Martens Gone?; Special: IKEA Labor Unrest!; Silicon Valley Gold Digger: "I 'Fess Up."
A young software engineer has a plan to teach Silicon Valley to change its tightfisted ways
Parting Is Such Sweet ... Hey, I Said Sell at $45
Former Lusty Lady dancer Caity McPherson struggles to make a living on the oversexed Internet
How the boys at OSC -- the hippest high-tech start-up ever -- created the magical software that lets any garage band in America record studio-quality CDs. And then lost the magic almost overnight.
If you grind a live microphone to bits, or amplify a flamethrower, are you making music -- or an appalling spectacle called "noise"?
With a new (powerful) champion in Silicon Valley, a recent court victory, and ranks that continue to swell by the day, long-beleaguered "contract workers" have reason to believe their house may not be so bleak after all.
Red Herring Editor Tony Perkins is a self-described maverick, a stylish fast-talker with a knack for making friends and influencing people in the high-tech world. Not bad traits for a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, but are they what it takes to publish a "m