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  • Zenefits Under Investigation For Allegedly Allowing Unlicensed Brokers To Sell Health Insurance

    Zenefits Under Investigation For Allegedly Allowing Unlicensed Brokers To Sell Health Insurance

    Cloud HR platform Zenefits may have allowed salespeople to illegally act as insurance agents in at least seven states. According to a BuzzFeed investigative report, the startup let unlicensed brokers sell health insurance, leading to at least one commissioner to investigate in Washington State. Those unlicensed solicitations go back to at least the summer of 2014, and the Washington State… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Meeting Your Match Online

    Hello and welcome to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This week we took a look at online dating, which was once a curiosity. It’s now just a bit more than that. In the wake of the recent Match Group public offering (the company owns Tinder, a popular dating app), eyes are back on the space. How much room is there in online dating? Is it better to go niche or big and enjoy… Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Rentpocalypse

    Hello my dear morning cohorts, and welcome back to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show and running experiment concerning how long you are willing to look at my face. This week we looked into a topic that is for people in the thick of it, painful, and for those not, likely a bit confusing: Rental markets in technology-heavy cities. Of course, as TechCrunch is based in San Francisco… Read More

  • Theranos Disputes WSJ’s Accuracy In Report Claiming Secret $350 Million Safeway Deal

    Theranos Disputes WSJ’s Accuracy In Report Claiming Secret $350 Million Safeway Deal

    Safeway grocery stores dropped a $350 million deal with Theranos, according to the Wall Street Journal. Theranos put out a statement today disputing the Journal’s report but failed once again to dispel the claim. “We were disappointed to see yet another inaccurate WSJ article, entirely relying on anonymous sources,” said the Theranos statement. “As we relayed to the… Read More

  • Eminem Partners With Genius, Alex And Drew Rap Battle The News

    Eminem Partners With Genius, Alex And Drew Rap Battle The News

    Today, Eminem announced that he’d be investing in and partnering with lyric-annotation site Genius. It’s kind of a match made in heaven, seeing as Eminem’s lyrics are constantly scrutinized. Here’s what Eminem had to say about the tie-up: Coming up we would always obsess over the lyrics from our favorite MCs. Picking everything apart, trying to get into their heads. I… Read More

  • Housing Activists Swarm Airbnb On Day Before The Vote On Prop F

    Housing Activists Swarm Airbnb On Day Before The Vote On Prop F

    A group of activists from the Coalition on Homelessness took over Airbnb headquarters in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco this afternoon to protest what they believe is a company at the root cause of evictions and homelessness in the city. Airbnb has added the lion’s share (more than $8 million) into defeating Proposition F, a proposal some believe is hiking up the rent in SF… Read More

  • Home Services Startup Porch Sheds 90 Employees, Key Executives Bolt

    Home Services Startup Porch Sheds 90 Employees, Key Executives Bolt

    Porch, one of the many companies positioning themselves to be the go-to place for “home services,” has laid off 90 members of its staff according to Geekwire. We’ve reached out to Porch for a statement (See the update below). The company has raised $98.85M to date in 3 rounds. Their competitors include Amazon, Angie’s List, Pro.com and HomeAdvisor, just to name a… Read More

  • Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”

    Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”

    If you’re not familiar with Shark Tank, it’s ABC’s show that drops companies in front of investors from all walks of life, including the very loud Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. It’s oddly become a family favorite for a lot of people I know, mostly because they get to shout at the TV and make predictions on whether someone will invest or not, or talk about… Read More

  • Walgreens Halts Theranos Testing Center Expansion

    Walgreens Halts Theranos Testing Center Expansion

    Walgreens won’t be going forward with any plans to open up more Theranos Wellness Centers until it can “understand the truth,” behind recent questioning of the blood work startup’s technology, according to the Wall Street Journal. Walgreens and Theranos announced a partnership in September 2013, allowing Theranos to offer its lab testing services at Walgreens… Read More

  • Theranos Takes Yet Another Swipe At WSJ Allegations In A Lengthy Statement

    Theranos Takes Yet Another Swipe At WSJ Allegations In A Lengthy Statement

    Theranos continued playing defense this morning with a much more in-depth post on what the company claims the news organization got wrong in two damning articles published last week. One WSJ article alleged Theranos was outsourcing most of its technology to test blood samples on its 240 blood tests and that the company was in fact only using its proprietary ‘Edison’ machine for… Read More

  • Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Attempts To Clear Up The Bad Blood With WSJ

    Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Attempts To Clear Up The Bad Blood With WSJ

    The energy in the room was palpable as audience members waited to see if Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes would really show up this morning for her onstage interview at the Wall Street Journal Live conference. But show up, she did. Holmes took the hot seat in the midst of a very public brawl with the Journal, which published a couple of articles alleging Theranos wasn’t using its own… Read More

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