Startups Offer "Pre-cations" to Pre-emptively Burned Out Employees

Americans are famously overworked and terrified of taking vacations. And that is no different in Silicon Valley, where young code jockeys are expected to put in long hours on projects that rarely pan out, leading to burnout and high turnover. But startups are testing a new way to milk more work from their staff: … » 9/30/14 6:38pm Yesterday 6:38pm

Jesus, Is the Secret Service Trying To Kill Obama?

News just broke that the Secret Service may have tried to to assassinate President Obama for the third time—according to reports, agents allowed a guy with a gun to get in an elevator with the president earlier this month and had no idea he was armed until someone else pointed it out. » 9/30/14 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Let Larry Ellison Keep Hawaii To Himself

Welcome to the latest installment of Billionaire Musical Chairs. This week's round was a doozy. Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg zoomed past billionaire Larry Page, as billionaires-in-training watched the net worth from the sidelines. The real action, however, was on the real estate front. » 9/30/14 6:22pm Yesterday 6:22pm

Tracy Morgan: "Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident That They Caused"

Tracy Morgan hasn't made many public statements since the six-car accident that critically injured him and killed one of his friends, but he decided today to weigh in on his legal battle against Walmart, the company whose truck crashed into his limo bus. » 9/30/14 5:07pm Yesterday 5:07pm

Report: Zappos CEO's Las Vegas Dreamland Is Imploding

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's deeply sad plan to transform Downtown Las Vegas—the bleakest part of a bleak town—into a startup enclave is dying, Las Vegas Weekly reports. Huge layoffs just arrived, and one of the $350 million project's leaders is already publicly blasting Hsieh. » 9/30/14 4:38pm Yesterday 4:38pm

Hip Alt-Lit Editor Quits Public Writing Career After Rape Accusations

For all its gestures toward radicalism and openness, Brooklyn's hip young "alt lit" scene might not be any less toxic for women than...well, anywhere else, according to a series of essays published this week accusing a prominent young editor of sexual assault. » 9/30/14 4:32pm Yesterday 4:32pm

All the Best New Stuff on Netflix This October

Call it Hallowe'en, call it All Hallows', Werewolf Bar Mitzvah or even Sinéadoconnor, as the Celts did, the Autumnal Equinox means just one thing: Rebirth and Renewal. Now is the time that we, like our ancestors, must take a long hard look at our Netflix queues and decide what goes and what stays, to make way for a… » 9/30/14 4:06pm Yesterday 4:06pm

Reddit Placates "Volatile Users" With Promise to Share Its New $50 M.

If female celebrities break into a cold sweat over Reddit users, just image how investors feel after throwing down $50 million in the hopes of profiting off the crowd-sourced site. But lead investor Sam Altman and CEO Yishan Wong appear to have come up with a plan to appease "the often volatile Reddit community." » 9/30/14 3:32pm Yesterday 3:32pm

Porsche Owning Comic Gets Best Revenge Ever On Email Scammer

When you put a classified ad in a magazine or on Craigslist you open yourself up to both helpful people and opportunistic scammers that claim they're millionaire reverends with long lost Porsche engines. This is the correct way to give those scammers more than a taste of their own medicine. » 9/30/14 3:31pm Yesterday 3:31pm

Steve Carrell's Terrifying Performance in Foxcatcher: NYFF Dispatch One

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As they did for the Toronto Film Festival, film writers Fariha Roísín and Sara Black McCulloch are covering the New York Film Festival this year as a series of conversations about the festival and its programming. The first dispatch includes Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carrell in a… » 9/30/14 3:20pm Yesterday 3:20pm

YouTube Community Scrambles to Address Its Creep Problem

Last week, popular YouTube prankster Sam Pepper was justifiably raked over the coals over a video that depicted him forcibly grabbing women's butts and laughing at it like a stoned child after a dental appointment. Days later, news reports raised some serious allegations against Pepper: that he also sexually abused… » 9/30/14 3:11pm Yesterday 3:11pm