Silicon Valley Invents Shoes

Silicon Valley firms crunched their hardest in 2017 to rebrand ordinary merchandise long produced by other industries as uniquely innovative product lines. Some of them were pretty obnoxious, like Lyft’s totally-not-just-a-bus shuttle service, or WeLive’s attempt to market living in communal housing as a lived experience, or the company selling a “private pop-up space” that is literally a tent. Almost all of them felt like ideas cooked up in an ideological and economic bubble. Read More >>

A Startup Set Its Scooters to Scream ‘Unlock Me or I’ll Call the Police’ When They’re Touched

It’s happened to everyone: You’re walking home, minding your own business, when no random devices suddenly screaming at you about how the police are coming if you happen to bump into them. Fortunately, someone is finally disrupting that space. Read More >>

Bidding Website Rentberry May Be the Startup of Your Nightmares

Rentberry has been operating in test cities and angering affordable housing advocates since 2016. But with its new expansion into 1,000 cities in the United States, the rental bidding website is about to piss off a lot more people. Read More >>

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How Magic Leap is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality

Don't you hate it when someone claims to have a magical new technology, but won't tell you how it works? When I saw that a super stealthy startup called Magic Leap had raised £334 million to make animals appear out of thin air, I resolved to find out exactly what was going on. Here's what I found. Read More >>

Twitter Shut Me Down

At 25, I found myself running a very profitable black hat advertising platform. The platform was called Followgen, and I was its sole creator; a self-identified 'hacker' and reluctant resident of New York City. At the time, Followgen was just six months old, and I believed its days were numbered. Read More >>

Fancy New Porn Discovery Engine Attempts to Modernise an Age Old Tradition

Canadian startup PaintBottle (100-per-cent-certified NSFW), is looking to bring a bit of modern programming and UI design to the online porn world, because, why not? Differentiating itself by providing a slick-looking interface and increased, err, usability, PaintBottle is notably devoid of grating flashing banner ads, and shoves high-quality, properly licensed content front and centre for your enjoyment. Read More >>

All the Apple Startup Chimes In History

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a patent for the startup chime sound. But that sound hasn't always been the same. Here you have all the Apple startup chimes since the original Macintosh, released in 1984. Read More >>

Palm Reincarnated as Gram; Shifts Focus to Software, UX and the Cloud

The company behind The Little OS That Simply Couldn't, is changing form yet again. after being formerly dubbed by HP the (rather boring) webOS Global Business Unit, it is now emerging as a totally new and fresh identity called Gram, alongside a slight tilt in focus. Read More >>

The Next Facebook Might Come Out Of the BBC

The BBC wants in on all this new-fangled internet startup fun the American's seem to be having. It's set up a new "startup incubator" called BBC Worldwide Labs, which aims to spit out the next Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest, but from the UK. Read More >>

What It’s Like Inside the Bullshit of a Tech Conference

TechCrunch Disrupt is a tech conference that makes a lot of money for TechCrunch and gives a little bit of attention to tech startups. It's a place where people are overly optimistic, eye-buggingly enthusiastic and entirely removed from reality. A conference for buzzwords that don't mean anything, hollow phrases that sound nice together and proponents of a dictionary exorcised of vowels. Read More >>