Google Invests $542 M in Bizarre Florida Man Promising Virtual Reality

Recode tried to warn you over and over that Silicon Valley found love in a hopeless place (Florida). Now it's official. Google announced that it led a $542 million round in Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup run by wackadoo supreme Rony Abovitz. » 10/21/14 4:57pm 9 minutes ago

FBI Dashes American Teen Girl Trio's Dreams of Joining ISIS

ABC News reports that the FBI caught three American girls, ages 15-16, en route to Syria to join militant groups. A law enforcement official said the girls had made their way to Germany and were planning to join groups, including ISIS, "to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media… » 10/21/14 4:42pm 25 minutes ago

Handy's Nightmare Tryout Process Is a Startup Stereotype

Before Handy, a house cleaning and odd jobs startup, became the darling of the New York startup scene and raised $30 million dollars, the company was called "Handybook." And according to a person who spent a day interviewing there, its office was a showcase of the worst tech worker stereotypes. Sexism, racism,… » 10/21/14 3:46pm Today 3:46pm

Fun: Teresa Giudice Wants to Go to the Orange Is the New Black Jail

Real Housewife of New Jersey Teresa Giudice is looking forward to being a Real Housewife of Fun! Jail, according to her legal crisis manager, who just quit. Wendy Feldman tells E! News she dropped Giudice as a client after she asked a judge to send her to the Orange Is the New Black prison. » 10/21/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 2:34pm Today 2:34pm

North Korea Releases American Detained for Placing Bible in Nightclub

Jeffrey Fowle, one of the three Americans being held by North Korea, has been released, the State Department confirmed today. Fowle, 56, had been in captivity since May of last year; he was awaiting trial on charges of "Christian proselytizing" for leaving a Bible in a nightclub.http://gawker.com/north-korea-se... » 10/21/14 2:22pm Today 2:22pm

Matthew McConaughey: Racist Team Name "Gives Me Some Oomph"

Matthew McConaughey, actor, chest-thumper, and true detective, has done some serious ethical calculus regarding the name of Washington D.C.'s football team. And after weighing the history of "redskin" as an ethnic slur against the "little bit of fire and some oomph" the team's emblem brings, he's made his final… » 10/21/14 2:12pm Today 2:12pm

Airbnb Accused of Illegally Lobbying For Favorable Legislation

Airbnb is proving itself to the quite the political operator. In an ethics complaint filed today in San Francisco, Airbnb has been accused using off-the-books lobbyists to help push legislation that legalized the startup. » 10/21/14 1:43pm Today 1:43pm

The US Cities That Allow the Tiniest Apartments (Not Where You'd Think)

The development of micro-housing—apartments and other dwellings smaller than 300 square feet—is a growing trend in many popular cities cramped for space. But where in the country can you find the teeniest examples of this trend? Maybe not the cities you'd first guess. » 10/21/14 1:31pm Today 1:31pm

Hoarder House In Palo Alto Is On the Market for $1.8 Million

If a rising tide lifts all boats, then Google rising up as corporate landowner of Santa Clara County has lifted all housing prices. A tipster directed us to this cracked-on-the-outside, hoarder-on-the-inside home in Palo Alto going for $1.8 million. » 10/21/14 1:02pm Today 1:02pm