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‘Silicon Valley’ shows how ridiculous the new iPhone X truly is

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Sometimes, it takes the cast of Silicon Valley to poke fun at the real world Silicon Valley. While the show masterfully ribs its own version of tech industry, a new cut from Funny or Die mashed scenes from Silicon Valley with Apple’s iPhone keynote to reveal the ridiculousness that is the IRL iPhone X.  Sure, the iPhone X is an impressive phone (it better be with that price tag), but the way Apple fans praise anything the company does is something we should all call out and laugh at. While cool, Animoji is not the breakthrough technology we need (or […]

Mark Zuckerberg needs to put on a damn tie

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Zuckerberg in his classic uniform. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)Image: Getty Images for Vanity Fair Let’s just say it: Mark Zuckerberg dresses horribly, and he should be ashamed every time he appears in public. Here is a man in charge of the world’s most important social network — one that probably ended American democracy as we knew it! — and thanks to a general acceptance of his limp-ass techno-bro privilege, he gets away with wearing the same ugly T-shirt and jeans whenever he steps outside. It’s a uniform that says “I’m better than you,” an astonishing hubris […]

Surprise: Google doesn’t make the top 10 best companies for gender diversity in tech

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Not on the list.Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock It’s been a tough week for diversity in tech. Former Google engineer James Damore’s memo has ignited a pointless debate about whether or not women are inherently less capable of careers as software engineers. With the memo treated among many as a legitimate piece of scientific analysis, it can be discouraging for those who see it as manipulating scientific studies to support a flawed and problematic premise. The whole situation was reflective of larger problems with gender and racial diversity throughout Silicon Valley. Even at companies where engineers aren’t circulating arguments for why their […]

Uber’s days without drama resets back to zero

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Your scandal is arriving now.Image: ALTAFFER/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Remember #DeleteUber? So much has happened since people complained about Uber CEO … err rather … former CEO Travis Kalanick being on President Donald Trump’s advisory council and Uber stopping surge pricing during Trump’s travel ban. It’s like we can’t go a day without Uber-related drama. SEE ALSO: Uber at war: Major investor sues cofounder Travis Kalanick for fraud Case in point: On Friday, a group of Uber shareholders requested via a strongly worded email that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from Uber’s board of directors. That news arrived just a day after […]

Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

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Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with conservative political beliefs face discrimination at Google and that ideological diversity is more important than racial and gender diversity. SEE ALSO: So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of […]

Trump crushed a program startups and VCs were really looking forward to

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is an outspoken advocate for immigration reform in the United States.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg On July 17, 2017, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists were planning to celebrate. While the Barack Obama administration was unable to get much immigration reform through Congress, the Department of Homeland Security had approved a program right before the 44th President left the office. The International Entrepreneur Rule, referred to many in Silicon Valley as the “startup visa,” would have provided a way for foreign entrepreneurs to come to the United States and build their businesses. It seemed on some level like a no […]

Secret Silicon Valley app Blind now lets any tech employee join

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Image: christopher mineses/mashable When Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced his departure last month, thousands of Uber employees spent more than two and a half hours, on average, browsing Blind. The app is an exclusive network of forums only available to employees at just over 100 tech companies, prompting Silicon Valley types to gab and gossip. SEE ALSO: Blind: The hot app where all the best Silicon Valley gossip is read right now That community is now rapidly expanding. As of Monday, any member of a tech company can join Blind. They will have access to the newly created topics channels […]

The insidiousness of Silicon Valley VCs, and their pithy, pathetic apology blogs

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Image: vicky leta/mashable Venture capitalist Dave McClure is done. This one’s important. VCs come and go all the time, but McClure is out at 500 Startups, the Mountain View, California-based venture fund and startup accelerator he helped cofound in 2010. Seven someodd years later, and McClure’s finished there. There was no posh gig elsewhere. His ouster wasn’t a performance-based result, either. As reported by the New York Times, McClure’s on the skids because he allegedly sexually assaulted at least one woman and harassed multiple others, per testimonies from the women. SEE ALSO: So many men resigned from Uber that it […]

Court rules in favor of Twitter in fight against U.S. government for transparency

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Image: bloomberg/getty images Defending freedom of speech continues to be Twitter’s strong game. The company’s ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. government for the right to publish aggregated data requests had a new development in favor of the 140-character network on Thursday. SEE ALSO: Twitter Sues U.S. Government for Right to Be More Transparent A federal judge in California ruled against the U.S. government’s arguments that Twitter should not be allowed to report the precise number of data requests in their biannual transparency reports, ruling that the government’s reasons are unsubstantiated. Ars Technica first reported this new development in the case, […]

WTF is up with ‘WTF,’ the new political movement from Silicon Valley billionaires

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Image: winthefuture.com/ The cofounders of two tech giants have teamed up to rethink the Democratic Party. On the Fourth of July, they launched a project called WTF short for “Win The Future” that is virtually crowdsourcing a political agenda on Twitter, Recode reported. SEE ALSO: Trumps Tech Week did not make America great No, this isn’t the premise of the next season of HBO’s Silicon Valley. LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus have been working on this project since President Donald Trump’s victory for real. They are pushing out the campaign via an exclusive on tech news […]