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    April 11, 2014

    Appeals Court Overturns Conviction of Hacker/Troll Weev

    The Arkansas hacker who became a more pugnacious disciple of Aaron Swartz can go free, a federal appeals court ruled this morning. The news prompted giddy headlines throughout the tech blogosphere, many of which treated Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer as a cause celebre. "Weev Is Free!" TechCrunch trump ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Why OkCupid's CEO Donation to an Anti-Gay Candidate Is Different than Mozilla's

    Last week we told you about the uproar over Mozilla's newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich, who donated $1,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign that banned gay marriage. A few days later, Eich stepped down as CEO, thanks in part to the dating website OkCupid, which called for a boycott on Firefox, saying: "Mozil ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Dating App for Gay Ladies Adopts Pinterest Style, Blocks Pervy Dudes

    Believe it or not, it's hard to be gay in San Francisco. If you're a lady, that is.Sure, lesbians can hit the The Lex to see and be seen, but they won't see that many girls since the bar fits about 12 people comfortably. There's a few fun, monthly dance parties, mostly on week days, and there's many ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Business Insider Fires Horrifying CTO, But Is Still Terrible

    If it wasn't clear before, it should be now: the entire universe of startup technology and business blogs is overrun by the inept, the inane, the egomaniacal, the mercenary, the distasteful, the corrupt, and the outright evil. Last week, with the introduction of the "Titstare" app at a TechCrunch c ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    Twitter: A Rank Cauldron of Misinformation (And Some News)

    When I worked for Cnet during the late-'90s dot-com boom, there were many things that annoyed and perplexed me about the tech-news site. It was run by former newspaper guys. Because of that, the editors displayed a weird, very newspaper-like mix of sensationalism and prudishness. An edi ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    The Big Money Behind Silicon Valley's Scumware Industry

    If your experience is anything like mine, the amount of spam in your email inbox has declined in a big way in recent years. The economics of e-mail spam aren't what they used to be, thanks largely to crackdowns by ISPs and legal actions by governments around the world. Another factor: the rise of so ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Fake News About Google Purchase Bounced Around Internet Echo Chamber

    It was early Monday morning when people first started thinking that Google purchased ICOA Inc., a WiFi hotspot company based in Rhode Island. A headline on PRWeb, which businesses us to post press releases, read: "ICOA Inc. Acquired by Google for $400 Million." It's unclear who broke the story firs ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Drop by San Francisco Next Week

    Here's something to like: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is slated to give his first onstage interview since May in San Francisco next week. The man and his the hoodie will reportedly regale his fellow Facebookers (and annoyed investors?) on Sept. 11 at 2 p .m. at TechCrunch Disrupt SF -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Facebook Wants Narcissists to Pay to Make Sure Everyone Sees Their Brilliant Status Updates

    Imagine this scene:Half-filled Starbucks, around 2 p.m. Man in plaid button-down sits at table, reading story about Michele Bachmann denouncing her Swiss citizenship. Man chuckles, then pulls up Facebook window.Man in plaid button-down: Excuse me.Facebook: Yeah, waddya want?Man in plaid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Desperate Newspapers Pin Hopes on Annoyed Readers

    News publishers have always treated readers like commodities -- because that's what readers are. The real customers for publishers aren't readers, but advertisers. Readers are the product. It's not quite that simple, of course, and more enlightened publishers treat readers with respect and cover the ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Are People Finally Getting Bored with the Tech-Blog Circle Jerk?

    At this point, I have to believe that all the people in the Pando Daily-TechCrunch-Uncrunched-whatever micro-universe have consciously incorporated their onanistic little circle jerk into their collective business model. You can almost picture it just that way: Michael Arrington, Sarah Lacy, MG Sieg ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    PandoDaily: Just What We Needed, Another Tech-News Site

    ​Really? Seriously? Another site devoted to technology news? Yep, 'fraid so. This one, PandoDaily, will be written by, among others, some of the people who had previously made TechCrunch so awful: Sarah Lacy (who runs it), Michael Arrington, MG Siegler, and Paul Carr. These are people who believe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    More TechCrunch Defections Reported

    ​TechCrunch, also known as the New York Times of excitable gadget blogs, has had a tough few months. After the firing of founder Michael Arrington in September, a few of the alleged journalists in his employ threw themselves into paroxysms of self-important hand-wringing and resigned. Meanwhile, A ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Music Links: Hear the New Wax Idols Record, Kreayshawn Draws the VIPs, and Pondering the Future of Google Music

    Listen to this.​ Hear No Future, the new album from SF's Wax Idols, and check out their release show at Vitus in Oakland. [The Bay Bridged] You didn't sleep through it: Feist didn't actually play "1 2 3 4" at the Warfield on Monday. [SF Gate]

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    October 4, 2011

    TechCrunch: Rewriting Press Releases, Gonzo-Style

    ​A lot of people love (or until recently, loved) TechCrunch. These seem to be people who want to know every last bit of news about the technology business, no matter how trivial, as soon as it breaks; entrepreneurs looking for financing; or venture capitalists looking for startups to invest in. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    See Who Unfriended You on Facebook with New Timeline

    Are you sure you want to know who doesn't want to be your friend?​Warning: this will probably cause some bruised feelings. Maybe even a case of Facebook depression.Ever curious about who decided you weren't worth the hassle on Facebook? For those willing to spend a few minutes, you can quickly see ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Michael Arrington's Rhetorical Jiu Jitsu

    ​ The defense that Michael Arrington and TechCrunch have mounted against charges that the tech-news site has violated ethical norms comes down to: "Trust me." But of course, that won't cut it. As with laws, ethics rules exist because people can't be trusted to always police themselves. Even if m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    TechCrunch's Michael Arrington Leaves Journalism, Enters Investment World

    Joi via FlickrWhat conflict?​It's the kind of story whose twists and turns make you realize why Twitter can be useful. TechCrunch's founder and coeditor, Michael Arrington, announced Thursday night that he'll be joining the investment world: He's starting a venture capital fund to invest in start ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Spotify (Finally!) Announces U.S. Launch

    ​ After years of waiting, Spotify -- the Europe-only music-streaming service that U.S. techies have been lusting after for years -- has finally announced its plans to enter the U.S. market. Yes, really. So break out the champagne and reefer, or whatever. Unless you work for Apple, Rhapsody, P ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Google to Launch Cloud-Based Music Service Today, Major Labels Not Included

    ​ The Google I/O Conference is in S.F. The confab's keynote speech is scheduled for this morning. And Google execs say today's the day that the Internet search giant is planning to unveil its long-awaited cloud-based music service -- without any licensing deals from the major labels. Music Be ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Facebook Sued Over Intifada Page That Promoted Killing Jews

    Back to court ... again​Attorney Larry Klayman is taking Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg to court, accusing the "self-hating Jew" of not quickly removing the Facebook page called "Third Palestinian Intifada," which promoted killing Jews.Klayman, who is also the founder of Freedom Watch, is asking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Sure, You Can Make An Entire Song on the iPhone, But It Will Probably Suck

    Not your path to musical greatness, if this song is any indication.​An Israeli duo calling themselves Ilan & Sipo have posted a video on YouTube showing off a song they made entirely with an iPhone. Aside from the final Pro Tools session, every last note, effect, filter and vocal recording was ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Google Pays Kickbacks -- Or So Say TechCrunch's Anonymous Hearsay Sources

    If anonymous hearsay says it, it must be true.​Is Google today's incarnation of Alan Freed, the 1950s R&B disc jockey accused of taking payments to play certain songs? TechCrunch cites anonymous sources suggesting something like that.A major agency "is pushing a ton of advertising dollars thro ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    How to Be a Tech Company for Halloween

    ​ Forget the Zuckerberg mask -- be a whole damn tech company for Halloween. Here's how. Apple How to dress: Wear all white with silver shoes. Limit your ports: No pockets, no fly. Your hair should be seamless.   How to scare people: Jailbreak your pants.   The night's over when: You call ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    AOL to Buy TechCrunch; Reported Price Tag is $25 Million

    Michael Arrington​AOL has announced that it is buying the San Francisco-based tech industry blog TechCrunch, an influential business news site that has built a strong following in Silicon Valley.Initial reports suggest the acquisition price -- which has not been publicly disclosed by either party ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Twitterers Dub TechCrunch Women's Panel a #catfight

    Bringing new meaning to the term 'TechCrunch'...​You know the age-old complaint: When a man bosses people around, he's "in charge," but a woman who does the same is a "bitch." Well, here's a new one for the cyber age: When women in tech hold a provocative panel discussion about being women in tech ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Fast Company Influence Project Pisses Off Online Influencers

    You can add another entry to the annals of botched social media campaigns; Fast Company and San Francisco based digital marketing agency Mekanism turned Fast Company readers into digital guinea pigs this morning with The Influence Project, an ornate marketing rickroll where users had to register the ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Totally True Song: "We All Just Want to be Big Tech Stars"

    Continuing the tech-exec-as-rock-star meme we have this silly video, which not only is likely the best thing that could ever come from a Nickelback song, but also features would-be Larrys and Zucks hilariously lip-synching in tech hotspots about venture capital and Luddite bosses. My favorite chorus ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    You've Got Fail: iPhone OS 4 Slow to Load During Jobs' Keynote (PIC)

    We're sitting on the floor of Moscone West watching the multiple live blogs of the Steve Jobs' keynote on our iPad, iPhone, and MacBook simultaneously. Apparently we're not the only ones who have failed this morning at the WWDC launch of the iPhone 4, among other things. According to TechCrunch's ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Finally: xkcd With Garfield

    ​You may be familiar with the website Garfield Minus Garfield, in which the lasagna loving cat is extracted from his namesake comic, leaving his owner Jon to have spooky conversations with blank spaces. You may also be familiar with the popular nerd comic, xkcd, populated with stick figures tha ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Watch Out S.F.: Bloomberg Announces Startup Investment, Doesn't Tell Arrington to F*ck Off

    Photo via MG Siegler/Flickr​ Dispatch from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt The mayor made a stop at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City 10 minutes ago. Here's what we learned: --Firstmark Capital is investing $300,000 in MyCityWay, which created the app NYC Way, ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Facebook To Unveil Simpler Privacy Controls

    Facebook higher-ups say they're that much more committed to making your decision to post this picture online consequence-free​Facebook has been ripped several new ones lately over its apparent penchant for revealing too much of exhibitionists' information, destroying bad relationships, costing idi ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    TechCrunch Disrupt: If A Startup Can Make It Here

    If you're going to be battling for the attentions of high-profile judges like investors Bijan Sabet and Yossi Vardi, you might as well make it entertaining. While the judges are still out on the overall winner of the TechCrunch Disrupt startup competition, UJAM definitely won the talent competit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Will Twitter 'Follow' Bug Raise Credibility Questions?

    Sadly, Justin is wrong. He's still the shit.​It seems like the folks at Twitter are still struggling to deal with a glitch that had tech geeks buzzing this morning. After a brief period in which users' accounts were "reset" to display zero followers and followees -- the blog TechCrunch, for exampl ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Every Time a Blogger Tweets, A Post Gets Its Wings

    Photo by Laughing Squid/ Scott Beale​Jacob Harris, Senior Software Architect at The New York Times took the stage earlier today at Chirp Twitter conference in San Francisco. He reminisced about how something he started as a hobby, Twitter, is evolving into the primary way we now interact with jour ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz!

    Another week in the books here in San Francisco...​By now you should be well acquainted with the drill. Answer all the questions right, mail us a perfect score, and we'll give you a prize. Nice! 1. Who is Gregory Giusti? A. The Cal State East Bay professor charged in a bevy of child porn/molestati ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Yelp Announces Changes ― Are They Enough to Satisfy Class-Action Plaintiffs?

    Three separate lawsuits accuse Yelp of strong-arming potential advertisers.​Are lawyers in the class-action suit against Yelp smelling victory? Yesterday, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the user review giant would drop the "Favorite Review" feature and let readers see the reviews that w ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Dugg: Jay Adelson, Co-Founder of Digg, Out the Door

    Jay Adelson​"There can be only one" is a hell of a line -- best one Highlander had. But you don't get to say it all that often in real life. But, then, you and I aren't high-stakes San Francisco Web movers and shakers. So while many users of the popular San Francisco-based site Digg may have spat ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    April Fools' Day: Forcing Bloggers to Fact-Check

    Would an evil company do this? ​It's April Fools' Day, also known as the day Bloggers Live in Fear of Blogging a Fake Story Seriously. Google is already up to its hilarious tricks (Seriously guys, we are not evil, just look at our affinity for whimsy!) and the St. Stupid's Day Parade kicked off at ... More >>

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    January 10, 2010

    Video: The Richter Scales Take on Crunchpad Debacle, Google Voice Gate, and Murdoch/Google Wars

    In further proof that Techcrunch founder Mike Arrington has a sense of humor, we present The Richter Scales' "In the Valley" a ballad to the tune of "At the Copacabana" making light of the perpetual back-stabbing, intrigues and general decadence of Silicon Valley culture.For those of you that only a ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    The Apple Tablet: One More Reason to Hope Daddy's Check Clears

    For those of us that haven't touched a PC since The Oregon Trail, Apple CEO Steve Jobs provides a much needed service; his iPhone revitalized our mobile consumer habits to the point of creating an entirely new species of urban dweller. We now use our phones to hail cabs, land planes, and stalk our f ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Tech Scene Rickroll: Then the Internet Ate Itself, and Exploded.

    We've been discussing the emergence of a new species of meta-nerd here at; as this Paste Magazine infographic demonstrates, being cool in late 2009 means donning your "Three Memes One Shirt" shirt to work, interrupting your co-workers with "Im'ma let you finish ...," and/or buying your ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Hold Fast: Did Twitter Pull Us Through the Recession?

    And by Twitter of course, we mean what is known as the realtime web (yes that's now one word). On the heels of the Techcrunch Realtime Crunchup we attended in S.F. last week and approaching the Parisian Le Web next week, a savvy observer might notice that automatically tacking the word realtime on ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Smart People Like Memes Too: The Chive Turns One

    We did an unexpected thing last Saturday morning -- we surfed the Internet. And before you can say, "Isn't that what you do every morning Pinky?," we'll tell you that while our job has us running the content gamut from stripper clowns to breaking news about which former S.F. Senator isn't running fo ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    In the Game of Foursquare, S.F. Wins

    Since we've moved up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles we've noticed a strange phenomenon. Our new friends have an easier time finding each other and the places they've decided to congregate.Suspecting that perhaps this is because San Francisco checks in on the geo-locational social gaming App Foursq ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Pickups Amnesia: Verizon Droid Launch at Bimbo's 365 Club

    View more photos in "Silversun Pickups & Metric @ Verizon Droid Launch."Indie rock music met tech at last Friday's Verizon Droid Launch at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco, where Canadian Band Metric and Silverlake band Silversun Pickups played to celebrate the launch of Verizon Droid, an iPhon ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009
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    August 7, 2009

    10 Reasons Sightglass Coffee Has Not Returned My Emails

    ​ Image Source: Juliale on Flickr I have been trying to get someone from Sightglass Coffee (270 Seventh Street @ Folsom) to talk to me for well over a month now - to no avail. Who does a person have to touch inappropriately to get in contact with these guys?  Sightglass, according to Twitter, ... More >>

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