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Yelp Worker: I Had to Live on Rice and Water

Talia Jane says she got fired for complaining about wages

(Newser) - A Yelp employee who complained about having to live in near-poverty conditions has a new problem—she needs a job. Talia Jane wrote an open letter to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Friday seeking higher compensation and detailing her struggles to afford food, rent, and transportation in San Francisco, and got... More »

Tech Investor Found Dead in High-End Condo

Jay Greenwald was only 51

(Newser) - A highly regarded tech investor was found dead in his New York condo Saturday after apparently overdosing on drugs, the New York Daily News reports. Jay Greenwald, 51, was reportedly fully clothed and face-down on his bed near empty pill bottles when a housekeeper discovered him and a female companion.... More »

Rising Tech Star Finds Herself in the Hot Seat

Questions arise about her company's revolutionary blood-testing technology

(Newser) - A 31-year-old tech billionaire and Stanford dropout has gone from gracing the covers of magazines to defending her revolutionary blood-testing company against charges that its work is inaccurate and misleading, the New York Times reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos 12 years ago because she... More »

Apple Unveils Thinner iPad Air 2

But no big surprises emerge out of Cupertino

(Newser) - Those who want a shiny new iPad for the holidays will have the option of shelling out $499 for the newly unveiled iPad Air 2, reports the Verge . The device is 6.1mm thick, down 18% from its predecessor, and Apple calls it the "world's thinnest tablet."... More »

It's Time to Destroy Nerd Culture

Pete Warden: Nerds have won, but they've become bullies themselves

(Newser) - Pete Warden is a self-described nerd with two decades in the computer industry to back up the claim. In an essay at Quartz , however, he no longer sounds very proud of it. Nerds, he points out, just aren't what they used to be. Twenty years ago, they were the... More »

Software Update Prevents iPhones From Making Calls

Apple quickly pulls iOS 8.01 amid complaints

(Newser) - Apple had to quickly yank an update to its mobile software today after the upgrade caused more problems than it was supposed to fix, reports the Verge . The company released iOS 8.01 this afternoon, hoping to get rid of widely reported bugs with iOS 8. But about an hour... More »

Silicon Valley Milestone: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

But he'll stay with company he founded as chairman

(Newser) - Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO of Oracle, the business software maker he founded in 1977. But he's not going far: Ellison will reclaim the title of chairman and is also taking the role of chief technology officer. Oracle says Ellison wants to focus on product engineering, technology... More »

High-Tech Workers Make How Much?

In San Mateo County, Calif., they averaged $291K

(Newser) - Want to earn coin? Try being a high-tech worker in San Francisco. Their average salary leaped nearly 19% last year to $156,518, topping all cities nationwide in that job sector, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now consider San Mateo County (which includes part of San Francisco), where last year'... More »

Tech Exec Shoots CEO, Kills Self

He was upset over demotion, police say

(Newser) - An exec "despondent" over being demoted at a Chicago technology firm shot his boss and killed himself during a one-on-one meeting yesterday, police say. ArrowStream CEO Steven LaVoie, 54, was shot twice as he struggled for the gun with former chief technology officer Tony DeFrances, reports the Chicago Tribune... More »

Female Yahoo Exec Accused of Sex Harassment by Female

Woman claims she was coerced into sex, then fired when she put a stop to it

(Newser) - Sexual harassment complaints aren't uncommon in the tech industry, but a new one at Yahoo is making headlines because of an unusual twist: A female executive is accused of coercing a female subordinate into sex. The lawsuit filed by engineer Nan Shi says that her boss, mobile exec Maria... More »

Stop Bashing Silicon Valley Nerds

They've become scapegoats: Noah Smith

(Newser) - Silicon Valley has taken some serious heat lately on many fronts; in fact, as Noah Smith puts it on Bloomberg View , it's effectively been branded the new "Mordor." Among its evils: "venture capitalists who trick bright young people into throwing their lives away on hopeless startups;... More »

The Internet's Workforce Is Faceless

We've forgotten that huge deals have a human toll: George Packer

(Newser) - Early 20th-century America had its factory workers; later decades had store employees. But today's Internet economy hides the faces of its workers, writes George Packer in the New Yorker . "Amazon’s workforce is made up mainly of computer engineers and warehouse workers, but when you think of Amazon... More »

Tech Milestone: Apple Outsells All Windows PCs

Company's products hit the mark for first time

(Newser) - Apple has an industry milestone to celebrate: In the fourth quarter, its computers outsold PCs that run on Windows for the first time globally, reports analyst Benedict Evans . He's not talking Macs only—Apple computers include iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. The development illustrates the "scale of mobile,... More »

It's Time to Re-Embrace 8-Hour Workdays

Tech industry in particular revels in long days: Nathan Pensky

(Newser) - It's like a "badge of honor" in the tech world for employees to put in long days under the mantra of "always connected" or "entrepreneurship as lifestyle," writes Nathan Pensky at Pando . And while such dedication might be necessary in the short term for a... More »

$500K? Not Enough to Woo Google Programmer

Startup founder's offer comes up about $2.5M short

(Newser) - Business Insider has a tale from Silicon Valley that might be educational for tech entrepreneurs looking to build a staff or college freshmen trying to figure out a major: The founder of a successful startup wooed a Google programmer with a seemingly generous salary offer of $500,000, only... More »

Samsung Owes Apple Another $290M

Damages are for copying features from iPhone, iPad

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley jury today added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million. The verdict covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous... More »

Hey Tech Guys: Women Don't Want Massive Phones

Zeynep Tufekci describes her frustrations dealing with her too-big Nexus

(Newser) - Zeynep Tufekci was covering a protest in Istanbul when Turkish soldiers began firing tear gas into the peaceful crowd. She whipped out her phone—a Google Nexus 4—hoping to document the outrage, and clutching her bag with one hand, tried to snap a picture with the other. It was... More »

San Francisco Expensive? Think $4 Toast

Petition calls on mayor to get city's cost of living under control

(Newser) - A group in San Francisco has launched a petition urging the mayor to get the city's cost of living under control—and $4 toast is at the heart of it, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . This all started several weeks ago with a blog post in Venture Beat by... More »

Apple Sitting on Extraordinary Pile of Cash

As in, it holds 10% of all corporate cash out there

(Newser) - Apple CEO Tim Cook had dinner with billionaire investor Carl Icahn last night, and Icahn gave him an earful: He says he "pushed hard" for a $150 billion buyback for shareholders, reports Bloomberg . And as a new Moody's analysis shows, the company is sitting on an enormous cash... More »

Brutal Day for Blackberry: Cuts 40% of Workforce

Company reports $1B loss

(Newser) - Apple may be celebrating another successful iPhone rollout today, but it's a far different story for Blackberry. The company said it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40% of its global workforce, as it reports a nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss a week earlier than expected. The stock... More »

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