Silicon Valley Deserves Silicon Valley

Until now, no one adequately embarrassed Silicon Valley on TV. All prior attempts either embarrassed themselves, or fell just short. But Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's HBO foray into the sociopathic pit of Northern California's tech scene is beyond adequate: It gives the fuckers the graceful slap across the face they… » 4/02/14 3:39pm 4/02/14 3:39pm

A new movie about Chicago; an unbelievable road diet in Buenos Aires creates 100 blocks of pedestrian space; and a tour of the vibrant city of Accra. Plus, another idea for solving San Francisco's housing crisis, and everyone's favorite cokehead mayor hits the late night talk show circuit, all in this week's Urban… » 3/10/14 5:20pm 3/10/14 5:20pm

Norman Foster on Apple's HQ: Over 1,000 Bikes, Four-Story Glass Doors

Spaceship Apple is freaking huge: A 2.8 million square-foot orb on a 176-acre parcel serving 12,000 employees in oh-so-suburban Cupertino. While talking to Architectural Record, architect Norman Foster defended the headquarter's massive size and weird shape, and revealed some intriguing new details. » 3/07/14 1:00pm 3/07/14 1:00pm

Sorry, It's Not Tech Money Ruining San Francisco

They're being targeted as harbingers of evil as their buses chug through otherwise inaccessible, gentrified neighborhoods. Now San Francisco's tech workers are fighting back with a networking event called the Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour, that, in addition to sounding like a whole lot of fun, hopes to… » 3/04/14 12:00pm 3/04/14 12:00pm

Google Bought a NASA Blimp Hangar To Go With Its Barge

Google just snatched up a piece of American history in Silicon Valley. NASA announced on Monday that Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures LLC would take over the Moffett Federal Airfield including the iconic and hulking Hangar One, former home of America's biggest blimps. » 2/11/14 11:53am 2/11/14 11:53am

The Most Unbelievable Part of The Circle? The Architecture.

Dave Eggers' new book The Circle is a creepy tale about a tech company—which is proving to be annoying to people who actually work in tech. It's also overhyped and may have even ripped off another Silicon Valley story. But there's one thing Eggers gets the most wrong in The Circle, according to design critic Alexandra… » 11/21/13 5:40pm 11/21/13 5:40pm

The 50 Biggest Websites of 2010 (As Predicted in 2000)

Remember A lot of people do, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone with anything nice to say about it. At the dawn of the internet retail revolution, Webvan was supposed to do for groceries what Amazon had done for books. The site failed miserably. But that's not what futurists of the year 2000… » 10/15/13 12:40pm 10/15/13 12:40pm

Facebook Is Building Its Own "Resort-Inspired" Factory Town

Facebook is dipping its big blue thumb into the real estate market, investing in a cushy 394-unit apartment complex that's a 45-minute walk to its new Frank Gehry-designed Menlo Park campus. » 10/02/13 5:20pm 10/02/13 5:20pm

Is L.A. Too Spread Out to Be a Tech Center?

New York Times tech writer Eilene Zimmerman did not come to Los Angeles to make friends, you guys. In her story and blog post about L.A.'s startup culture, Zimmerman manages to cram as many tired stereotypes as she can into a single sentence: "As a city, Los Angeles has been better known more for sprawl, gang violence… » 9/09/13 3:40pm 9/09/13 3:40pm

Is It Smarter To Invest In Silicon Valley Or Hollywood?

If there's one thing I know about Gizmodo readers and staff, it's that we all have a bunch of excess money that's stressing us out. What should we do with it? Where should we invest it? Tough questions. But even if the whole tech startup vs. blockbuster investing question doesn't quite apply to you it's still kind of… » 7/14/13 7:29pm 7/14/13 7:29pm

This Book Showed ‘80s Kids the Computerized, War Games War of Tomorrow

Here in the 21st century, soldiers can be sitting in a room in New Mexico while piloting an unmanned aerial vehicle halfway around the world in Afghanistan. Back in the early 1980s this kind of reach was still largely the stuff of science fiction. But the incredibly rapid development of computing power and satellite… » 7/08/13 2:43pm 7/08/13 2:43pm

30 Years Ago, the Next Silicon Valley Could Have Been in Vermont

There's Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Beach in Los Angeles, Silicon Alley in New York, Silicon Hills in Austin and lately tech boosters in New Orleans have been trying to get the name Silicon Bayou to stick. Everybody wants their region to be the next destination for science and… » 6/19/13 1:35pm 6/19/13 1:35pm

HBO Picked Up That Silicon Valley TV Show That Might Be Good

We heard last year that HBO had greenlit a dark, single camera Silicon Valley comedy show pilot by Mike Judge (Office Space) but with the blink and you'll miss it nature of TV pilots, you never know what's going to happen until it hits the airwaves. Well, it's going to air. Deadline reports that HBO has picked it up… » 5/16/13 11:43pm 5/16/13 11:43pm

Amazon Is Making a TV Show Called Betas That's About Nerds in Silicon…

Not to be left out from the copycat networks making shows about Silicon Valley, Amazon Studios is producing a half-hour comedy series called Betas. It's centered around four nerds " and their quest for nerd fame as they attempt to crack the ultimate code." One of these shows has to be good, right? » 3/27/13 11:30pm 3/27/13 11:30pm