Tech Billionaires Wanna Be the Only Billionaires Playing Politics

Silicon Valley's leaders usually do a good job finding things to agree on (regulations: bad; disruption: good; workplace diversity: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). But when it comes to campaign finance reform, the tech industry can't make up its damn mind. While Bay Area billionaires are financing super PACs focused on getting money out… » 10/30/14 8:01pm Yesterday 8:01pm

Pinterest Engineer Describes Isolation of Being Black In Silicon Valley

USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would… » 10/30/14 7:01pm Yesterday 7:01pm

​Thursday Night TV Is Hot on the Trail of Those Celebrity Nude Hackers

You good? You know it's Devil's Night, or what they call Mischief Night in some places where they don't know what it's called. That's the night that you do all the things you would normally do on Hallowe'en, but twice as hard and 24 hours early, because of ADHD and a generalized unrest. If you are in a danger zone for… » 10/30/14 6:13pm Yesterday 6:13pm

Ivy League School Will Offer Class on "Wasting Time on the Internet"

Next year, at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, a group of students will screw around online. Between lectures on thinkers like John Cage and Betty Friedan, they'll be asked to browse the likes of Tumblr or Twitter and hopefully, by they end of the semester, they'll have something meaningful to say about it… » 10/30/14 6:05pm Yesterday 6:05pm

University Bans Soccer Team From Wearing PornHub Jerseys

England's University of Kent has dashed an intramural soccer team's dream of a sponsorship from PornHub, one of the biggest streaming porn sites in the many-tentacled MindGeek empire, and ordered the players to stop wearing their PornHub jerseys immediately. » 10/30/14 5:56pm Yesterday 5:56pm

What's a Manhattan Government Waiting Room Doing in a Brooklyn Garage?

Much has been made of the power of art to take its observer to magical, faraway places. In Northwestern Expansion, an installation currently on view in Park Slope, the artist Corina Reynolds takes an opposite tack, precisely replicating the mundane, fluorescent-lit waiting room of a Manhattan government building. » 10/30/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

What Are The Odds These New Media Brands Will Survive? A Power Ranking

It was a sunny morning like any other (it was yesterday) when the shocking news fell on Mediatown: The future of a much-ballyhooed web start-up, Racket, was in Limbo's grasp, due to warring egos, shifting amounts of start-up capital, allegations of harassment, and managerial backbiting. » 10/30/14 4:33pm Yesterday 4:33pm

Everything Coming to Netflix in November

Hallowe'en is a time when the veil between past and present, living and dead, goes soft; and of course, so too we find the line between what is available and what is no longer or temporarily unavailable ever so slightly permeable, on the last day of the month, when it comes to Netflix. Imagine if you will that you… » 10/30/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Matt Taibbi Left First Look Media After Female Staffer’s Complaint

Earlier this week, New York magazine’s Andrew Rice reported that journalist Matt Taibbi had left First Look Media, the journalism startup of eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar. Today four of Taibbi’s former colleagues reveal, in a detailed blog post published on First Look’s own site The Intercept, why exactly Taibbi… » 10/30/14 4:10pm Yesterday 4:10pm

"My Uber Is Down There!": San Francisco Hero Stands Up to Riot Cops

For many, the riots that broke out last night in San Francisco following the Giants' World Series victory were sheer terror. Bonfires raged in the street, buildings and buses were attacked, and at least two people were shot. » 10/30/14 3:50pm Yesterday 3:50pm

Definitive Proof That Nostradamus Predicted Star Wars

The prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus remain famous more than 400 years after his death. He has been credited with predicting events like the French Revolution and World War II. But, after careful scrutiny, we present evidence that his prophecies were, in fact, plot spoilers for the Star Wars films. » 10/30/14 3:21pm Yesterday 3:21pm

This Could Be the Year You Quit Wasting 91,980 Minutes Behind the Wheel

Each year the average American spends 1,533 hours driving a car — 64 full days of getting from point A to point B. That's equivalent to watching every episode of Breaking Bad 32.6 times (don't put it past me). As a driver, it's your duty to own this potential, and lots of car companies are already willing to help you… » 10/30/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm