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Before It Was Mature Facebook, Infant Facebook Was 'Wild'

'Wired' takes a closer look at Zuckerberg and his team during the social media giant's early days

(Newser) - It's true that Mark Zuckerberg jump-started Facebook in the spring of 2004 while attending Harvard, but it was in the infant firm's new home in Silicon Valley just a few months later where endless hours of frenetic coding, partying, and a "brogrammer 'tude" started to transform... More »

Pastor's Foul-Mouthed Tweets Lead to His Resignation

Rev. Gregory Stevens had choice words for the city of Palo Alto

(Newser) - A California pastor has resigned in the wake of controversy that followed his use of some foul language while bashing his city on social media. In Twitter posts that wound up on the desks of Palo Alto city council members, Rev. Gregory Stevens, associate pastor at First Baptist Church, reportedly... More »

Bay Area Home With Holes in Roof, Mildew Sells for $1.23M

Fremont home was condemned

(Newser) - A condemned Northern California house with holes in the roof and mildew in the pipes sold last month for $1.23 million, a price tag that highlights how a housing shortage is fueling skyrocketing home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Listing agent Larry Gallegos said Wednesday he received... More »

Home Destroyed by Fire Could Be Yours for $800K

Welcome to San Jose

(Newser) - It's certainly not the prettiest house on the block. But a burned-out home on a 5,800-square-foot lot in Silicon Valley could be yours if you have $800,000 to spare and act fast. "This is what it's worth," realtor Holly Barr tells KTVU of the... More »

Prosecutors: CEO Took 'Hundreds of Thousands' From Own Workers

Isaac Choi, former chief exec of WrkRiot, pleads guilty to wire fraud

(Newser) - The startup's motto was "No games. Just jobs." Except there were some games, too. Isaac Choi, the former CEO of short-lived tech startup WrkRiot—which developed software to be used in job searches before its closure in September 2016—pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court... More »

Silicon Valley's Not-So-Hidden Secret: Sex Parties

Author documents the lifestyle among the tech industry's regulars

(Newser) - Silicon Valley parties get an R-17 rating in a new exposé by author Emily Chang. In an excerpt of her book Brotopia in Vanity Fair , Chang writes about the prevalence of parties where sex and drugs (typically Ecstasy) are the norm. Insiders give her the details, and while they speak... More »

Safety Experts Say 'Raw Water' Trend Is a Very Bad Idea

Drinking untreated water has more drawbacks than the price tag

(Newser) - Is drinking "raw water" a great way to get beneficial minerals and microbes removed by filtration—or do people who pay $15 a gallon for untreated water have more money than sense? The subject has been hotly debated since a New York Times story last week looked at people—... More »

Silicon Valley Is on This Diet, So I Tried It Too

Business Insider writer felt like a 'superhero' after subsisting on eggs, butter, bacon

(Newser) - Silicon Valley techies adopt some unusual eating habits to boost productivity, including one firm where workers fast on Tuesdays. Melia Robinson wanted to see how one of these dieting regimens would affect her, and she concludes for Business Insider that it "vastly improved my life." The course she... More »

In Silicon Valley, This Job Pays a 'Startling' Salary

Become an AI specialist, kids

(Newser) - US News & World Report is out with a list of the 10 best jobs for millennials (No. 1 is web developer, No. 2 is dental hygienist), and says its list took into consideration the group's priorities. And, per a survey it did of 1,000 millennials, salary... More »

Ellen Pao and the 'Second Class' Workers of Silicon Valley

Pao opens up about sexism and her discrimination lawsuit

(Newser) - Two years after losing a high-profile sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit, Ellen Pao is opening up about her experiences with sexism in Silicon Valley. "Sometimes the whole world felt like a nerdy frat house," Pao says in the Cut , which has a lengthy excerpt from her new book,... More »

They Have a Hit HBO Show. It Could Land Them the Nobel

It revolves around 'middle-out' compression

(Newser) - It would certainly be a first: to create not just a hit HBO show, but to win a Nobel Prize in the process. It's apparently an actual possibility for Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge and showrunner Alec Berg. The detail comes from a New Yorker piece (as spotted by... More »

Google Co-Founder's Flying Car Takes Off

Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available later this year

(Newser) - Airbus' flying car might have competition. Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley startup named for the location of the Wright brothers' first controlled flight and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has revealed its flying car prototype and says buyers will be able to get their hands on a similar design... More »

Silicon Valley Invests $120M in Hilariously Inessential Juicer

Human hands are more efficient than Juicero's WiFi-enabled juicer

(Newser) - The Juicero juice machine —basically a fancy WiFi-enabled Keurig machine but for juice—was already an "unnecessary luxury," the Verge reports. Now it's just "flat-out unnecessary." That's because—as revealed by Bloomberg —a pair of human hands work just as well as... More »

Mike Judge: Expert Chronicler of 'American Suckiness'

The man behind 'Beavis & Butt-head' now thinks 'Idiocracy' was too optimistic

(Newser) - Mike Judge, the man behind Beavis & Butt-head and Office Space, has spent his entire career "exploring the contours of American suckiness." And the New York Times commits more than 4,000 words to getting to the bottom of the man and his oeuvre in a hilarious profile.... More »

More Silicon Valley Sexism Accusations—This Time, Tesla

Employee files harassment suit against company on tail of complaints against Uber

(Newser) - Is it something leaking out from under the hood? First Uber was hit with sexism and harassment allegations ; now Tesla is under the microscope. But the difference between AJ Vandermeyden, who's just lodged a lawsuit against Elon Musk's electric-car giant for "pervasive harassment," and Susan Fowler,... More »

Silicon Valley Shows How Much It Hates Trump's Travel Ban

Apple, Facebook, Google among the heavyweights to file legal challenge

(Newser) - Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have lined up against President Trump's travel ban. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and 94 other tech companies have filed a legal brief with a federal appeals court opposing the ban, reports the Washington Post . The president's executive order banning travelers... More »

In Silicon Valley, Armageddon Is Taken Very Seriously

'New Yorker': Richest Americans are prepping for doomsday

(Newser) - Prepping for Armageddon is no longer monopolized by conspiracy theorists on the fringe. As a lengthy New Yorker story explains, it's actually quite common among the richest Americans in Silicon Valley. For the uber-rich, preparing for a breakdown in society, whether caused by an earthquake, a military attack, or... More »

Peter Thiel: Lack of Corruption Can Be 'Too Boring'

Tech billionaire sits down with Maureen Dowd

(Newser) - Billionaire tech investor and PayPal founder Peter Thiel made big headlines for his once-secret funding of the lawsuit that destroyed Gawker, then for his strong backing of Donald Trump, the latter an anomaly in Silicon Valley. Now he "explains himself" in an interview with Maureen Dowd, as the headline... More »

Third of Schoolchildren Near Silicon Valley Are Homeless

Their families are being pushed out of their homes by the area's ballooning wealth

(Newser) - The Guardian has revealed a shocking statistic about schoolchildren living near the extreme affluence of Silicon Valley: more than one-third of them are homeless. That's 1,147 kids in the Ravenswood City school district, which encompasses East Palo Alto. These children live in RVs, shelters, and other families' homes... More »

Tech Bigwigs Headed to NYC for Trump Tech Summit

It could be 'super awkward'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has invited some of the biggest names in tech to a summit at NYC's Trump Tower on Wednesday, and a good number of them have RSVP'd yes, per USA Today and Investor's Business Daily . Reported "ayes" are Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Apple's Tim... More »

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