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Silicon Valley’s new obsession: boring-ass startups

Last week Flexport raised a $110m Series C, placing its pre-money valuation at a whopping $800m. This is not a company that makes photo sharing apps or design-porn hardware: it is a customs brokerage and freight forwarding service. (Jesus, just reading that can put you to sleep). And its success is indicative of a larger […]

Zachary Crockett • September 25, 2017

Webmaster gone wild…

An Arizona IT was sentenced to 4 years of federal probation after holding a corporate website hostage and redirecting it to a gay porn site.

Kamran Rosen • September 21, 2017

Billionaires’ first jobs

An analysis of billionaires' very first jobs.

Zachary Crockett • September 19, 2017

The “dark patterns” that influence our decisions on the web

Hidden recurring payments, spam from friends on social networks, and sneaky add ons when booking flights -- this is how the internet takes your money.

Lindsey Quinn • September 8, 2017

Surprise: apps are still dead in the water

There was a time, long ago, when a wantrepreneur could dream up a new app and get a million first-week downloads. That time, my friends, is no more.

Zachary Crockett • August 28, 2017

Millennials are tuning in to Snapchat

In less than a month, NBC’s original daily news segment, “Stay Tuned”, has garnered 29 million unique viewers on Snapchat.

Kamran Rosen • August 21, 2017

Who actually uses Google’s ball pits?

How engineers waiting for their stock to "vest" at big tech companies make 6-figure salaries while doing barely any work.

Lindsey Quinn • August 8, 2017

GrubHub gobbles up Eat24

Yesterday, GrubHub acquired Yelp’s food delivery platform Eat24 for $287.5m, in a play to gain as much of a lead on Uber and Amazon as possible.

The Hustle • August 4, 2017

The biggest names in tech are doing deals with… Roomba?

SoftBank has just taken a small stake in Roomba maker, iRobot, boosting their stock 22%, to a market value of $2.4B. Yep. As it turns out, the “robovac” has a lot more to offer than sucking skittles out of your shag.

Lindsey Quinn • July 27, 2017

Ever try watching Big Bang Theory without a laugh track?

The internet has developed its own “organic” laugh track -- and it’s the secret sauce of some of our favorite viral videos.

Lindsey Quinn • July 20, 2017

A Microsoft font is scandalizing Pakistan’s First Family

How Calibri is playing a crucial role in an unfolding political scandal in Pakistan.

Zachary Crockett • July 13, 2017

3 strikes, you’re out

Potato riots, poultry strikes and disgruntled ship builders....it's been a crazy July.

Lindsey Quinn • July 5, 2017

GoFund my scam

The company that aims to be the charity of the internet has a bit of a fraud problem.

The Hustle • June 23, 2017

Only social media can ban you from social media

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that made it a felony for registered sex offenders to use Facebook and other social media sites. It’s a monumental decision — one of the first to grapple with the complex relationship between the internet and the First Amendment. It all began with a […]

The Hustle • June 21, 2017

Podcast data miners hit paydirt

Soon, the app will give ‘casters detailed insights into how many plays a given podcast episode gets, which parts users skip over, and where users are listening.

The Hustle • June 13, 2017

We’ll rub your back if you rub ours

After 2 years in “stealth mode,” Carmera launched publicly, aiming to create good 3D maps that anyone can use. But they're doing it a little differently.

The Hustle • June 9, 2017

You can finish this story later…

Or now. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has a 5-minute trick to beating procrastination.

Kamran Rosen • June 9, 2017

True Hollywood Story: LaCroix

Recently, your mom's favorite bubbly water has become a millennial media darling.

The Hustle • June 8, 2017

HATE annoying banner ads? READ HERE

Obnoxious, click-baity ads are the worst, so Google plans on installing a native ad blocker directly into its Chrome browser.

The Hustle • June 5, 2017

You go that way, we'll go this way

Food delivery startups are dropping like flies. But against all odds, one of them filed for IPO yesterday.

The Hustle • June 2, 2017

Baywatch Tomato score: certified sore loser

In a dramatic twist of events, producers of box office flop, Baywatch, are now blaming Rotten Tomatoes for their movies’ poor performance.

Kamran Rosen • June 1, 2017

Iceland’s new Costco is on fire

Not literally, but the first Costco branch opened in Reykjavik, Iceland last week and people are. Jacked. Up.

The Hustle • May 31, 2017

“I believe the future belongs to AI”

That’s 19-year-old world champion Ke Jie upon a recently losing a game of Go to Google’s AlphaGo robot.

The Hustle • May 24, 2017

Whirlpool wants to recommend… recipes?

The world’s largest maker of home appliances like fridges, ovens -- and yes, washing machines -- just acquired recipe search engine, Yummly.

The Hustle • May 5, 2017

Home off the range

In a blog post titled “Hanging up my spurs,” VC cowboy Chris Sacca announced he’s retiring from investing and heading back to his house on the prairie.

The Hustle • April 27, 2017

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