Drama

  • Oregon Sues Oracle

    Oregon Sues Oracle

    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is taking Oracle to court. The state of Oregon — my home state, go fightin’ rain and trees — is unhappy with the performance of the website that Oracle built for its Obamacare rollout. The site, frankly, didn’t work as expected. The cost of the Oracle effort? Hundreds of millions of dollars. The best part to all of this is… Read More

  • Y Combinator Solves Big Problems, Ballmer Leaves Microsoft, Aereo Loses

    CrunchWeek: Fusion, Ballmer Takes Flight, And Aereo’s Fight To Stay Alive

    Happy Friday everyone. It’s time for CrunchWeek. This week Kyle Russell and Cat Zakrzewski sat at the round table with your humble servant to sift through Y Combinator’s tackling of big problems, Ballmer’s exit from Microsoft, and Aereo’s most recent legal setback. It isn’t clear how much more fight Aereo may have in it. On a happier note, today’s… Read More

  • 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

  • Free Startup Idea: BurritoCannon

    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

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