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    Theranos continuously failed to comply with CMS on several counts, documents show

    Theranos continuously failed to comply with CMS on several counts, documents show

    We now know the full extent of the concern over compliance issues at Theranos’ Newark, California lab thanks to new documents TechCrunch has obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began a federal investigation into the practices at Theranos’ main facility in Newark last fall involving erratic test results and… Read More

  • Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane burns out and sells assets

    Lady Gaga’s startup Backplane burns out and sells assets

    “Why do you need money from me when you have every great investor on earth?” That’s the question that caused Backplane to buckle under the weight of its own early buzz. Lady Gaga’s social network builder startup has run out of money, gone out of business and sold its assets to a group of previous and new investors who will try to restart it. That’s according… Read More

  • Uber Drivers Plan Strike During Super Bowl Weekend

    Uber Drivers Plan Strike During Super Bowl Weekend

    Uber has slashed driver wages in the last month, with some reportedly earning less than minimum wage. Now drivers are planning a protest in San Francisco right when they could be significantly increasing their hourly pay. The city expects roughly 300,000 visitors to begin pouring in this weekend for the Super Bowl and that means a very real increase in traffic and Uber ride requests. Uber… Read More

  • The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism

    The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism

    Well, that’s one way to respond when someone doesn’t like your startup. After a Stanford student spotted an internship opening at The League, they declared that they were “totally and utterly ashamed that this dating service came out of Stanford,” and asked, “Is it possible to get any more elitist than this? Does it even cross your mind that you are endorsing… Read More

  • Snoop Dogg Would Like Bill Gates To “Fix His S*&t”

    Snoop Dogg Would Like Bill Gates To “Fix His S*&t”

    When something happens like, I don’t know, Xbox Live going down, what do you do? A lot of us run to Twitter to complain about it. Not because our complaints will be heard, but because hot damn sometimes it just feels good. Read More

  • T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    After an aggressive response to his company, T-Mobile, being called out for being anti-net neutrality on its new “Binge On” product by the EFF, CEO John Legere has backtracked a bit. In case you missed it, he flippantly asked “Who the fuck is the EFF?” during a Twitter Q&A last week. EFF supporters told him. In droves. Here was his apology today, which is, of… Read More

  • Over 200,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Stop Apple From Killing The iPhone’s Headphone Jack

    Over 200,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Stop Apple From Killing The iPhone’s Headphone Jack

    You may have heard the rumors that Apple might be doing away with the headphone jack on the iPhone to push forward the wonderful world of wireless listening. Awesome, right? Well, hold on. First off, as per usual, Apple has said nothing to confirm or deny this, so it’s just a rumor. Still, we’re treated with baffling headlines like this: This confusion is causing a bit of an… Read More

  • FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

    FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

    In the latest episode of “holy shit, how is this guy not in jail…oh, he is…cool”, the FBI was forced to make a statement about today’s arrest of Martin Shkreli for securities fraud. In case you don’t know, Shkreli acquired an unreleased album by the popular rap group Wu-Tang Clan for $2M. There is only one copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”… Read More

  • Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Yesterday, the California DMV posted a draft of proposed regulations for self-driving vehicles. Obviously, Google was waiting to see what came down and now that they’ve had some time to look through it all, their head of the Self-Driving unit, Chris Urmson, has responded with a Medium post. Since these regulations are in draft form, the long back and forth between companies and the… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos (And Probably Others) Would Like To Send Donald Trump To Space

    Jeff Bezos (And Probably Others) Would Like To Send Donald Trump To Space

    Trump, Trump, Trump. I know, you’re probably tired of hearing about him but he just won’t go away. And it’s not even really full-on election season yet. One of his latest Twitter barks (and there have been many) was at CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. Read More

  • Cards Against Humanity Has Made Over $54K Selling Nothing On Black Friday

    Cards Against Humanity Has Made Over $54K Selling Nothing On Black Friday

    While chain stores everywhere are trying to get you to buy things in their physical and online marketplaces, one brand decided to sell absolutely nothing. For $5 a pop. That’s right. The group behind the amazing and legendary card game Cards Against Humanity put nothing but a black screen and form to accept a credit card on their site this Black Friday: Why would people pay Cards… Read More

  • 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

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