One of Peter Thiel’s venture capital firms has devolved into legal chaos

Peter Thiel’s troubled venture capital firm, Mithril Capital, has become embroiled in lawsuits and countersuits full of explosive claims that air the kind of dirty laundry Silicon Valley typically keeps inside the house.

In the months following Recode’s reporting about problems at Mithril Capitalincluding a federal investigation from the FBI and other agencies over concerns of financial misconduct — things have only gotten messier for the firm. On Thursday, Mithril’s former general counsel, Crystal McKellar, filed a lawsuit against the firm alleging that Mithril had retaliated against her with a lawsuit it had filed against McKellar last month.…

The many places you can buy Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, in one chart

Now that it tastes like (or close to) the real thing, meatless meat has become mega-popular. You no longer need to choose between your desire to enjoy a delicious burger and your desire to spare animals or the environment from harm. That’s thanks, in large part, to two companies.

Beyond Meat has been selling its plant-based meat products in restaurants like Subway and Denny’s and grocery stores like Whole Foods. Its competitor, Impossible Foods, has snagged major deals with restaurant chains like Burger King, but it was long locked out of the retail market as one of its …

Colorado’s cleanest energy options are also its cheapest

Of all the states in the US, Colorado may be the best prepared for a genuine, large-scale energy transition.

For one thing, thanks to its bountiful sunlight and wind, Colorado has enormous potential for renewable energy, most of which is untapped. The state currently generates only 3 percent of its electricity from solar and just under 18 percent from wind.

The political climate is favorable as well. As of earlier this year, Democrats have a “trifecta” in the state, with control over the governorship and both houses of the legislature. Gov. Jared Polis campaigned on a promise to target …

The absurdly high cost of insulin, explained

When inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting’s co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1. They wanted everyone who needed their medication to be able to afford it.

Today, Banting and colleagues would be spinning in their graves: Their drug, which many of the 30 million Americans with diabetes rely on, has become the poster child for pharmaceutical price gouging. …

Bill Gates on Elizabeth Warren, Jeffrey Epstein, and why he’d pay more — but not too much more — in taxes

Bill Gates epitomizes the elite in 2019.

Gates sits at the center of the conversation about Big Tech, Big Money, and Big Philanthropy — all of which are increasingly unpopular with Americans who worry about the personal wealth that a small group of tech company leaders has amassed. But on Wednesday during an appearance at the New York Times’ Dealbook conference, the world’s second-richest person tried to offer a defense of billionaires in an age of massive income inequality.

Gates had to tangle with thorny questions about his connections to Jeffrey Epstein, whether the Gates Foundation should be as …

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Facebook has a leaky document problem

  • Thousands of revealing internal documents and emails that Facebook struggled to keep secret were just made public, giving more details about how Facebook dealt with privacy and user data issues. [Business Insider / Rob Price]
  • Read the nearly 4,000 pages of previously sealed documents here. [NBC News]
  • The documents are part of a