Silicon Valley's Algorithm Expert Wrote the Paper on Tip-to-Tip Jerking

Silicon Valley's attention to detail means even the fictional math is hyper-realistic. IEEE Spectrum profiles Vinith Misra, the brain behind Pied Piper's compression algorithm—and the guy who wrote the mathematical proof of that epic dick joke from the season finale. This guy is a legend. » 7/26/14 3:00pm Saturday 3:00pm

Mike Mills Asks Kids of Silicon Valley Workers About the Future of Tech

"Well, my mom works at Apple. And my dad? He, like, started his own company. But I think he like doesn't really want to do it anymore." That's one quote from a short film by Mike Mills where he talks to children of Silicon Valley employees about changes in technology and how it will affect society. » 6/09/14 8:00pm 6/09/14 8:00pm

Why Isn't the Guy Who Designed Beats Going to Work For Apple, Too?

When Apple bought Beats earlier this week, it also got two high-profile new employees. Dr. Dre is going to work for Apple. So is music mogul Jimmy Iovine. But there's one surprise: Robert Brunner, the industrial designer behind Beats, is not coming along for the ride. Maybe because he worked at Apple 25 years ago. » 5/29/14 3:10pm 5/29/14 3:10pm

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

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

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 Webvan.com? 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