Plus, Coinbase drains the bank accounts of some crypto customers, a history of the NDA, and how she cracked Facebook’s algorithm and tortured her friends.
Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is moving to Los Angeles from San Francisco and has considered scaling back his involvement with Silicon Valley — perhaps even leaving Facebook’s board. A co-founder of PayPal and an early Facebook investor who funded the lawsuit that shuttered Gawker, Thiel is said to be frustrated with what he sees as intolerance of conservatism in the tech industry. [The Wall Street Journal]
Swiss pharma giant Roche is buying Flatiron Health, a cancer–focused startup, in a deal worth $2.1 billion. Co-founders Zach Weinberg and Nat Turner sold their first startup to Google for around $70 million; Google invested in their second company. [Christina Farr / CNBC]
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase withdrew unauthorized money from the bank accounts of some customers, in some cases draining their accounts and incurring overdraft charges. The company said the multiple charges are “in the process of being refunded.” Coinbase had a busy week: It temporarily halted PayPal withdrawals and released a new product for merchants called Coinbase Commerce — all as the price of a bitcoin hit $10,000 again after falling for almost two months. [Adrienne Jeffries / The Verge]
Andreessen Horowitz has hired away Uber’s head of growth and turned him into a venture capitalist. Andrew Chen is the newest general partner at Andreessen; the firm still doesn’t haven’t any female general partners. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]
Google’s increased traffic to publishers is replacing the traffic publishers lost from Facebook. Digital publishers used to build their business around Google, and now they might do the same thing again. [Rani Molla / Recode]
Here’s how nondisclosure agreements became a tool for powerful people to block journalists from informing the public. Once a legal quirk of the tech industry, which used them to protect trade secrets, NDAs have proliferated across the business landscape, placing every secret and item of misconduct out of range for inquiring journalists who might want to expose a misdeed. [Michelle Dean / Columbia Journalism Review]
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