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Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social+Capital Raising $450M For New Fund, Filing Shows — Social+Capital Partnership, the investment firm founded by former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, is raising $450 million for its third fund, dubbed "Social Capital Partnership III, L.P.," according to regulatory documents filed today. The new fund represents a significant boost in size from Social+Capital's second fund, which targeted a $325 million raise beginning in early 2013.

Uber Database Breach Exposed Information Of 50,000 Drivers, Company Confirms — Uber announced today that its database was breached by an unauthorized third party last year. The company confirmed the breach in a company blog post published this afternoon, authored by Uber's managing counsel of data private Katherine Tassi. The breach, which occurred in May 2014, revealed the names and license plate numbers of approximately 50,000 drivers across various states.

As Ellen Pao V. Kleiner Trial Plays On, VC’s Upper Echelon Is Laid Bare To The Real World — The world of venture capital has generally long been cloaked in understated reticence and secrecy. That's especially been true for the more traditional top tier Sand Hill Road firms, such as Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. After all, a big benefit of being in the private market is, well, the privacy.

As Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Trial Gets Underway, A Number Of Power Players To Take Stand — It was nearly three years ago that TechCrunch broke the story that Ellen Pao, then a partner at vaunted Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, was suing the firm for alleged gender discrimination and professional retaliation she said she experienced after reporting a colleague for sexual harassment.

Thumbtack Adds Big Name Design And Engineering Execs To Oversee Big Growth — Nearly six months after scoring an attention-grabbing funding round of $100 million, service marketplace Thumbtack has attracted two new big name executives to help oversee its ambitious growth plans for the months ahead.

CrunchWeek: YikYak Vs. Spam, VCs Funding Coffee, Big Steps For Science Tech — Another week in tech has come and gone, bringing a fresh crop of stories for us to talk about on CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few TechCrunch writers together to talk about some of the most interesting news of the past seven days.

Despite What The FCC Says, Some Carriers Still Make It Hard To Unlock Your Phone — Over the past week, a number of headlines have trumpeted a big victory over the notoriously bad practices of big U.S. mobile carriers when it comes to unlocking phones. But one digital rights activist and researcher says that things aren't quite as rosy as they might seem.

Silicon Valley Favorite Philz Coffee Gulps Up $15 Million To Expand Nationwide — A lot of coffee shops would probably love to claim that they're not *just* a coffee shop. But that can actually be said about Philz Coffee. Philz has become an institution of sorts in its native San Francisco Bay Area, with many a tech industry product or deal being hatched over a cup of its strong brew.

CrunchWeek: President Obama In Silicon Valley, Tesla’s Earnings Miss, Facebook After Death — There's definitely a feeling of love in the air. You could say that's because the weather is unseasonably warm in the San Francisco just in time for the weekend, or because Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

August Capital Raises $450 Million For Its Seventh Fund, August VII — August Capital said today it has closed on $450 million for its latest venture capital fund, called August VII. The new raise represents a downsizing of sorts for the 20-year-old Sand Hill Road firm. In 2012 August Capital raised $550 million for its sixth fund, August VI, and prior to that in 2009 raised $650 million for its fifth fund, August V.
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Feb 27, 2015

For the record, I realize it could have been age or seniority assumption too. Just found it funny given context! #courtroomhumor #jokes #lol

Feb 27, 2015

Court comms person just warned @alexia that if she published photos taken inside courtroom, her editor would be called. Gender assumptions!

Feb 27, 2015

They should hand out a legend for commonly used buzzwords in #kleinerperkins trial. "leverage," "thought leader," odd startup names, etc.

Feb 27, 2015

@fmanjoo @ShaleneGupta has good tweets from here in courtroom! IMO not enough action to justify live blog though. Not Judge Judy (sadly)

Feb 26, 2015

@marshallk my only guess is that many don't use Reddit, "microblogging" sounds suitably tech/niche, 1 pub wrote it, & others ran with it

Feb 25, 2015

When I think microblogging I think Twitter, Tumblr, Pownce, Jaiku. Never Reddit though. Am I missing something?

Feb 25, 2015

Seeing multiple mainstream news sites calling Reddit a "microblogging site" in Ellen Pao reporting. I've never heard it described as such.

Feb 24, 2015

Seems to make it clear there's been a lot of turmoil at KPCB in recent years. Hard to tell whether it's chicken or egg with the legal case.

Feb 24, 2015

One striking thing in Pao case is how many partners named are no longer fulltime w/ KPCB today. Seems more than typical amount of turnover.

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