No One Can Correctly Google Any More, Basically

Google has been placing more and more crap around search results, which is very annoying, but it turns out this crapification may work out quite well for the giant internet company. That's reportedly because people can't really tell anymore what's a Google advertisement and what's a Google search result, turning the… » 4/16/12 3:02pm 4/16/12 3:02pm

Silicon Valley's Secret, Vicious Lust for Hollywood Fame

Motivations are supposed to be pure in Silicon Valley. Facebook, for example, was developed to make the world a better place; its billions of dollars in revenue are just a happy accident. And when a Facebook scion eagerly promoted her titillating new reality show, she was roundly condemned as a terrible sellout—by… » 4/13/12 10:46am 4/13/12 10:46am

These Filthy-Rich Lovers Are Tech’s Newest Young Power Couple, Thanks…

Kevin Systrom, 28, made off quite well when he sold his company Instagram to Facebook, personally clearing a reported $400 million, or $725,000 per day of work. But Systrom, described by one associate as an "ultra nerd," didn't get there on his own. Longtime girlfriend Nicole Schuetz has been with him the whole way. » 4/10/12 4:53pm 4/10/12 4:53pm

Facebook Bought Instagram for $1 Billion

In by far its largest acquisition to date, Facebook said it will buy photo-sharing service instagram for $1 billion, or about $100 million per Instagram employee. At last, the world will be blessed with a fresh gigantic explosion in Instagram-manipulated pics. » 4/09/12 2:15pm 4/09/12 2:15pm

How Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Descended Into Reality Television (and How…

Randi Zuckerberg has been awarded a Bravo reality show, a show that will follow young people trying to become "Silicon Valley's next great success stories." The mere existence of the program shows how the myth of golden opportunity in the Valley is, once again, far surpassing reality. But beyond that, the show's a… » 4/05/12 4:27pm 4/05/12 4:27pm

Google's New Cyborg Glasses Are The Creepiest Tech of the Millenium

We've seen plenty of dystopian tech since 2000. Phones that track and record your every movement. Drones that stalk and kill people. An enormous database of your feelings, ruthlessly exploited for commercial purposes. But the "Google Goggles" unveiled today take creepy tech to the next level. » 4/04/12 1:33pm 4/04/12 1:33pm

After Three Mistresses, Google's Chairman Still Adores His Wife

Eric Schmidt has either gone through a sudden midlife transformation or is a hopelessly tangled web of contradictions. Either way, the Google chairman and longtime CEO wants to make one thing clear: He is still devoted to his wife, despite all the, you know, extramarital girlfriends. » 4/03/12 10:13pm 4/03/12 10:13pm

The Most Famous Mistress in Tech Finally Explains Her Spectacular…

Two years ago, a series of odd billboards greeted passers-by in New York, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area. They showed a cuddling, smiling couple under the title "Charles & YaVaughnie" and listed a website documenting the couple's romance. Research only deepened the mystery: The man was an Oracle president… » 4/02/12 7:44pm 4/02/12 7:44pm

This Young, Shirtless Playboy is the Most Interesting New Millionaire…

Charles Forman made tens of millions of dollars selling his company last week. And thank God for that: It's been far too long since "fuck you money" went to a tech whiz who was at least marginally interesting. » 3/27/12 11:30am 3/27/12 11:30am

The Terrible, Racist-Sounding Quote a Tech Honcho Just Gave the Wall…

What is it about Wall Street Journal editors that makes tech executives give horrible, self-destructive quotes? They got Google's CEO to say children will someday change their names to escape their Google hits. And now they apparently got the inventor of the Segway to say many women and minorities are more interested… » 3/22/12 3:06pm 3/22/12 3:06pm

Googlers Must Denounce Evil, Says Google's Ex-Mastermind

It's been almost one year since Eric Schmidt stepped down as CEO of Google, and sometimes it seems like he's experienced a midlife identity crisis. Schmidt drives a Ferrari, will reportedly divorce his wife, and now he's calling on programmers, like those at Google, to speak out against any evil practices their bosses… » 3/21/12 6:15pm 3/21/12 6:15pm

Twitter’s Secret History As the World’s Worst Tech or Media Business

Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately. The microblogging service "has finally turned a corner," declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. "It's a juggernaut," a company executive tells the magazine. But the hard numbers we've been provided paint a very different story. » 3/09/12 10:30am 3/09/12 10:30am

The Tech Industry's Asperger Problem: Affliction Or Insult?

Somewhere north of 15,000 American children are conservatively believed to be afflicted with Asperger Syndrome, a disorder characterized by obsessive and rigid behavior, poor communication skills, clumsiness, and a lack of empathy and reciprocity. Cases of Asperger's and a related disorder, autism, exploded in Silicon… » 3/01/12 10:00am 3/01/12 10:00am

Don't Forgive Path, the Creepy iPhone Company that Misled Us Once…

The tech world has been consumed today with news the app Path quietly uploaded users' iPhone address books without permission. Path, in an increasingly common Silicon Valley ritual, apologized and promised it wouldn't happen again. But the company has given false assurances before. To us. » 2/08/12 7:44pm 2/08/12 7:44pm

How Mark Zuckerberg Accidentally Endorsed Mitt Romney on Facebook

Sometimes you do something on Facebook — comment, post a link, "like" a status message — and it gets totally misinterpreted. And amid the backlash from family, friends, and strangers, you just have to be, like, "Facebook is fucked up, not my problem." Mark Zuckerberg doesn't have that luxury. » 2/08/12 2:41pm 2/08/12 2:41pm

Tech Dorks Are Secretly Wearing Amazing Socks

Silicon Valley geeks are wearing garish fun socks under their very blah super-casual uniforms, according to the always unreliable New York Times Style section. It's "almost like a gang sign," says one Googler. OH REALLY? TELL US MORE. » 2/06/12 6:53pm 2/06/12 6:53pm