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  • Bitcoin Slumps

    Bitcoin Slumps

    2015 has not been kind to bitcoin thus far. The cryptocurrency, which has endured a stiff price decline since its late-2013 heights, is back below the $300 mark. Bitcoin’s total transaction volume, as measured by Blockchain.info, has also slipped in recent days. Read More

  • After Google Files Suit, Mississippi’s AG Calls For “Cooler Heads”

    After Google Files Suit, Mississippi’s AG Calls For “Cooler Heads”

    The slap fight between Google and the state of Mississippi has reached what could be its conclusion. It seems that Google will win its battle against a wide-ranging subpoena filed by a state employee, which it thinks exceeds the jurisdiction of the filing party. Read More

  • Expect A Gentler Valleywag In 2015

    Expect A Gentler Valleywag In 2015

    “If I had my druthers, I’d write about AI, and supercomputers, and fusion energy. I don’t really care about who’s fucking whom,” new Valleywag editor Dan Lyons tells me, signaling a tone shift for the tech tabloid. “Even when I did the fake Steve stuff, I had a rule that I never wanted to write about Steve’s family or his wife. It was just about… Read More

  • PCH International In Talks To Buy Fab For $15 Million

    PCH International In Talks To Buy Fab For $15 Million

    Multiple sources have confirmed that Fab is in talks to sell to PCH International for $15 million, in a half cash and half stock deal. Another source put it at possibly as much as $50 million. Contractual agreements are in the very early stages between the two companies (and these things could always fall apart). However, if it does happen, we’ve been told that some assets will be… Read More

  • Uber CEO Says Exec’s Threats To Journalists “Showed A Lack Of Humanity” But Doesn’t Fire Him

    Uber CEO Says Exec’s Threats To Journalists “Showed A Lack Of Humanity” But Doesn’t Fire Him

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has responded to the controversy caused by Uber Exec Emil Michael suggesting the company should dig up dirt on journalists who criticize it, including PandoDaily’s editor Sarah Lacy. In a tweetstorm, he said that “Emil’s comments at the recent dinner party were terrible and do not represent the company…His remarks showed a lack of leadership, a… Read More

  • Microsoft Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Latest Apple-Bashing Ad

    Microsoft Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Latest Apple-Bashing Ad

    Microsoft is up to its old tricks again, and just in time for the holidays. The latest ad out of Redmond pits its Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air, and with all the holiday cheer and spirit you’d expect in mid-November. Going over all the same features we see listed in every Surface Pro 3 ad, Microsoft talks about the touchscreen and the pen and the detachable keyboard, all the tune… Read More

  • Taylor Swift Leaves Spotify & Sean Rad Gets Demoted at Tinder

    CrunchWeek: Taylor Swift Shakes Off Spotify, Sean Rad Gets Demoted

    This week New York-based TechCrunchers Jordan Crook and Anthony Ha Skyped in to chat about Taylor Swift removing her back catalog of music from Spotify and Sean Rad’s removal from the CEO position at Tinder. Read More

  • AirBnB Legal, Microsoft CEO Remarks And Snapchat Leak

    CrunchWeek: Airbnb Is Legal, Satya Nadella’s Unfortunate Statement, And The Snappening

    We’ve got some big topics to talk about on CrunchWeek: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors decided that Airbnb is legal in the city, Satya Nadella said that women shouldn’t ask for a raise (and apologized), and Snapchat users sharing photos using a few third-party clients found out today that their messages have likely been compromised. Read More

  • The iPhone 6 Plus Gets Bent

    The iPhone 6 Plus Gets Bent

    Every year, Apple announces a new iPhone. And every year, we go through a very similar cycle. First it’s rumors and leaks, and then spy shots from factory lines, and then the announcement comes! And then it’s reviews, and long lines, and pre-order figures, and first weekend sales figures… which brings us to today. Welcome to the “-gate” portion of our event… Read More

  • Alibaba IPO, Microsoft Buys Minecraft and Sarah's Manservant

    CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant

    Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her. Read More

  • Microsoft Held In Contempt As It Battles A Domestic Search Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

    Microsoft Held In Contempt As It Battles A Domestic Search Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

    Microsoft has been held in contempt of court after failing to comply with a warrant, following a rejection of a request for appeal on July 31st. The case stems from a United States government search warrant for data stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland. Microsoft contends that the data is outside the purview of the domestic warrant. The United States government disagrees. Microsoft has thus… Read More

  • Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    Burning Man Founders Admit The Festival Has Jumped The Shark But That’s Okay

    The stories of billionaires flying into Burning Man on private jets with hired sherpas, body guards turning people away from VIP art cars and private glamp camps going for $25K in dues seems to be on everyone’s lips at the annual festival in the desert. While this is not the norm, it’s a reality and it has many asking if Burning Man has jumped the shark. Read More

  • 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