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  • 7,000 People Are Watching Two Fish Play Street Fighter

    7,000 People Are Watching Two Fish Play Street Fighter

    Two fish are playing Street Fighter over on Twitch, and more than 7,000 people are watching the mayhem. Or, partial mayhem. Sometimes the fish don’t swim in a pattern that leads to much confrontation. That said, the game is afloat, with the fish “Aquarius” taking on “Robert the Bruce.” Read More

  • Implosion of Mt.Gox, Seamless IPO, and Facebook Kills Facebook Email

    Free Startup Idea: BurritoCannon

    So it’s lunch time, and you haven’t accomplished nearly enough to warrant yourself a jaunt outside to get some food, let alone having iced so many to-dos that you are going to leave the office for a sit-down meal. And you want a burrito. After full minutes of running estimates in my head, I’ve discovered this situation happens between three and fourteen times per week to… Read More

  • Uber Strikes Back, Claiming Lyft Drivers And Employees Canceled Nearly 13,000 Rides

    Uber Strikes Back, Claiming Lyft Drivers And Employees Canceled Nearly 13,000 Rides

    The war of words between Lyft and Uber continues to escalate. Following allegations that its drivers and employees were regularly hailing and canceling rides that they booked on its competitor’s service, Uber issued a statement claiming Lyft is guilty of the same actions. Furthermore, Uber claims these actions were taken after Lyft’s investors urged Uber to buy the company. Read More

  • Westboro Baptist Church Protesting SF Tech Workers This Afternoon

    Westboro Baptist Church Protesting SF Tech Workers This Afternoon

    The Westboro Baptist Church, the group known for its hate-filled picketing outside the funerals of soldiers and those who died of AIDS, has found a new target – the tech industry. The group plans to picket pretty much every major tech company in Silicon Valley from Facebook to Reddit this afternoon. In what looks to be a press release created in Microsoft Paint, the WBC released a… Read More

  • Save $9, Here Are The TechCrunch Staff’s Email Addresses

    Save $9, Here Are The TechCrunch Staff’s Email Addresses

    I hate email. But there’s one thing I hate even more: people selling my email address. Currently trending at the top of Product Hunt, Pressfarm is an email database for tech journalists — and it’s not free. After creating an account, you can pay $9 a month to get access to a curated list of email addresses of people working for publications such as Business Insider, Re/code… Read More

  • Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Are we in a bubble? We’re in a bubble. CYNK Technology, a ‘company’ with a grand total of $39 in assets, has seen its share price rise dramatically, spiking to a valuation of more than $6 billion in a matter of days. The company’s 52-week low valued the firm at less than $18 million. Read More

  • Burned

    Burned

    It’s hard to write a story without a protagonist, but here goes. In the past week, Tinder’s former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe filed a complaint with the California courts claiming that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against at work, stripped of her co-founder title, and pushed out of the company unfairly. The challenge in telling this story, as is very common… Read More

  • SF Parking App Warned By SF City Attorney Open-Sources Its Code

    SF Parking App Warned By SF City Attorney Open-Sources Its Code

    Parking app Sweetch has open-sourced its code this morning in an effort to solve the parking crisis in San Francisco. The free, open-source project, called Freetch is open to any developer willing to work on solving parking problems for the city. City Attorney Dennis Herrera called out Sweetch and other parking apps earlier this week in a cease-and-desist letter it sent to MonkeyParking. Read More

  • Google I/O Protester Stopped The Conference Claiming To Be Jack Halprin Eviction Victim

    Google I/O Protester Stopped The Conference Claiming To Be Jack Halprin Eviction Victim

    A protestor claiming to be one of the eviction victims of Google lawyer Jack Halprin broke into Google I/O this morning. The alleged victim held up a sign and yelled, “Google is evicting me from my house… Jack Halprin is a millionaire… He is evicting me and my family from my house.” Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone, Facebook's Slingshot and Yo | Crunchweek

    CrunchWeek: Amazon’s Fire Phone, Facebook’s Slingshot, And Yo

    This week Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell, and myself sat around the round table to dig into the week’s news: Should we buy Amazon’s new Fire smartphone? Is Slingshot Facebook’s mobile moonshot? And, of course, Yo. Just Yo. Read More

  • Microsoft Kills Vendor Program That Offered To Pay People To Write About IE

    Microsoft Kills Vendor Program That Offered To Pay People To Write About IE

    Repeat after me: Don’t pay people to write about your thing. Repeat after me: Don’t offer to pay people to write about your thing. Repeat after me: People will write about your thing if they think that your thing is cool, or newsworthy, so build things that are cool, or newsworthy. Microsoft was called out last night for a program, executed through a third party, offering… Read More

  • Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of billions. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, it should be a home run. But it won’t be. And not because it’s different… Read More

  • ‘51%’ Fears Rattle The Bitcoin Community

    ‘51%’ Fears Rattle The Bitcoin Community

    In January, there was worry in the bitcoin community regarding GHash, a mining pool. It controlled a rising share of the total bitcoin computational power used to mine the cryptocurrency — it’s share was creeping towards the 50% mark. Here’s a sample of what was written in January, when GHash was at a still-distant 42%: “[That percentage puts] uncomfortably close to… Read More

  • Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    After pleading guilty, former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo will pay a $100 fine and serve three months in prison for stealing trade secrets. His case picked up wide notice not due to the nature of the crime — trade leaks happen every day — but instead in terms of how he was caught. Kibkalo leaked code to a French blogger, and Microsoft took a look into that account for… Read More

  • Ron Conway And Chamath Palihapitiya Debate SF Housing And Google At Next Big Thing Conference

    Ron Conway And Chamath Palihapitiya Debate SF Housing And Google At Next Big Thing Conference

    Venture capitalists Ron Conway and Chamath Palihapitiya got caught up in a shouting match toward the end of one session on inequality at The Next Big Thing Conference in Sausalito, Calif., today. In an answer to what he would do if he were Mayor Ed Lee, Palihapitiya said he’d resign. That was the last straw for Conway, who’d been waving his hand for comment for the last 10 minutes… Read More

  • One Year Later, SFO Still Refuses To Meet With Uber, Lyft And Sidecar To Discuss Dispute

    One Year Later, SFO Still Refuses To Meet With Uber, Lyft And Sidecar To Discuss Dispute

    Uber, Lyft and Sidecar sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last week asking him to intervene in the ongoing dispute over the right to pick up passengers at the San Francisco International Airport. We’ve reached out a couple of times to the mayor’s office for comment on this. No word back yet, but one thing is clear — one year later, there’s zero progress… Read More

  • The Platform Wars

    The Platform Wars

    During its WWDC keynote this year, Apple took on the world: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive for cloud storage; WhatsApp, Snapchat and BBM for messaging; Skype and your cell phone for calls; Google for search; and so on. Hell, Apple even took on Objective-C. Read More

  • Iran Summons Zuckerberg Over Instagram, WhatsApp Complaints

    Iran Summons Zuckerberg Over Instagram, WhatsApp Complaints

    Iran has summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to court over privacy concerns involving WhatsApp and Instagram. He won’t go, of course, because the U.S. and Iran do not have an extradition treaty. And because the summons is ludicrous. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Read More

  • #Love: Thanks, Porn

    #Love: Thanks, Porn

    As a modern married male, the times spent alone with my computer and a box of tissues are, in some ways, the best times. That is not to say the manifold pleasures of family life and the wild menagerie of mere existence aren’t amazing, but a body likes to be alone. For this I thank porn. While there is no doubt that there are dark corners of this industry and that porn, to some people… Read More

  • India’s Flipkart Nears $330M Myntra Deal, As Common Investors Push To Fight Amazon, eBay

    India’s Flipkart Nears $330M Myntra Deal, As Common Investors Push To Fight Amazon, eBay

    India’s biggest e-commerce company, Flipkart, is in the final stages of completing a merger deal with the country’s fast growing online fashion retailer Myntra, in what could potentially create a much stronger entity for fending off aggressive rivals Amazon, Walmart and the eBay-backed Snapdeal. At least three people directly familiar with ongoing talks said the Myntra board… Read More