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NPR proves that, once again, Uber is lying (and trying to smear journalists when caught)

Ooooof! A rare misfire for Uber’s ruthless and normally uncannily effective master spinner Rachel Whetstone yesterday. It seems Uber comms got caught up in just which lies it was telling to the press and just which of its embattled constituents– drivers, riders, or lawmakers– it was throwing under the bus this week. In an conversation with NPR’s All […]

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Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg just lobbed another grenade on the unicorn fire

roundly mocked by the techies still loyal to the platform. Apparently Facebook wasn’t done fucking with Twitter. And Amazon is joining in too. Both companies have decided that finally they will cave to shareholder pressure and report stock compensation as a real expense, in accordance with GAAP accounting. This, after more than a decade of insisting it […]

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NSFWLIVE: The Broadcasting Board of Guv’nors

In the first of this week’s episodes of the radio show formerly known as NSFWLIVE, I’m joined from London by James Aylett.  Topics of conversation include Donald Trump (obviously) and the anti semitism row rocking British politics. The big question: Is there anywhere in the English speaking world that isn’t completely racist? Oh, and we rename […]

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Another VC insists every startup (not in their portfolio) is screwed. Once again, no data cited

Today in VCs trying to talk us into a market correction, the Wall Street Journal gives us: Keith Rabois from Khosla Ventures!  In a May 2 story, Christopher Mims writes a bold unequivocal story– or at least a bold unequivocal headline: “This Tech Bubble Is Bursting.” The problem with his argument? It’s more of the same. […]

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It took Arianna Huffington three whole days to stop adding disclosures to Uber stories

When Arianna Huffington announced last week that she was joining the board of Uber, the nation’s journalists went predictably batshit. Such a brazen conflict of interest for the editor in chief of one of the world’s highest trafficked news sites to take a job helping run the planet’s nastiest tech company. But don’t worry dahling, Arianna assured her twitchy […]

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“Pied Piper’s product is its stock”: More uncomfortable truths in season three, episode two

Last week, I hoped that this season of HBO’s Silicon Valley would focus more on decacorn jokes and less on dick jokes. (Both “d-words” cited in last week’s episode.)  This week opened with a testicle joke and the episode’s denouement included a horse penis. Such are the ups and downs of this show every season. Still, […]

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Amazon is one volatile puppy

Amazon had a strong first quarter, but probably not for the reasons you’ve been reading about in breathless tweets and giddy commentary. To recap, Amazon blew away analyst estimates with revenue up 28 percent to $29 billion (against Wall Street expectations of $28 billion) and earnings per share of $1.07 (versus the consensus of 58 cents). And the stock […]

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In just four years, Facebook has achieved something Google has spent its life as a public company attempting

If you are like me, you probably already feel like you have already experienced a heady overdose of just how FUCKING AMAZING Facebook’s earnings were. Perhaps the best Tweet: “We had a great start to the year,” said Mark Zuckerberg and literally no one else on earth $FB https://t.co/CNgRDs7mRN — Hope King (@lisahopeking) April 27, 2016   Yup… […]

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Male superheroes, girls’ underwear: A giant missed opportunity

Earlier this month my daughter Evie and I went to Disneyland for her third birthday. Among the characters she met: Lightning McQueen, Mater, Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Woody. Not a princess among them. I don’t have anything against girls who like princesses. I love the Little Mermaid and Frozen, personally. But Evie is more into […]

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Nothing about Arianna Huffington joining Uber is surprising

Nothing about Arianna Huffington joining the Uber board is surprising. The bipartisan backlash isn’t surprising. Yes, most Uber critics are experiencing outrage fatigue over the least ethical company in Silicon Valley. And, yes, negative stories about Uber usually bring out an equal and opposite chorus of pro-Uber trolls. Unfortunately,  “Arianna joins Uber” is a special case: A headline […]

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Cloudflare launches HTTP/2 Server Push for all customers

Cloudflare has launched something cool that I don’t entirely understand. It’s offering support for something called “HTTP/2 Server Push” to all of its customers, for free.  Cloudflare, as you probably know, specializes in keeping sites online even if hackers would prefer they weren’t. They also offer a range of optimization tools to increase load times and […]

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LinkedIn’s new office wants you to get the f*ck back to work

In between its 10,000 daily posts cheerleading for Donald Trump, Business Insider still occasionally finds time to publish some of the journalism that made it famous. That is, slideshows of fancy tech offices. This week it was the turn of LinkedIn’s new San Francisco skyscraper at 2nd and Howard. BI’s Matt Rosoff took his camera on a […]

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