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  • Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

    Your Long Wait For TechCrunch-Branded Paper Cups Is Over

    A parent company isn’t all that different from a real parent. They feed you, and give you money. They give you advice (sometimes more strictly than others). And, yes, they embarrass you. Speaking of, today our proud parent company Aol, with vast experience in the retail, online retail, online business, has launched an online storefront for its brands, including TechCrunch. Welcome… Read More

  • Conan O’Brien Has An Office Full Of Robots

    Conan O’Brien Has An Office Full Of Robots

    If you haven’t yet noticed, robots are kind of taking over the world. They’re writing quarterly earnings reports for the AP. They’re reportedly building the next iPhone. And, of course, they help run Conan O’Brien’s office. The late-night comedian explained that robots have been around in his office for quite some time, and that there are different robots for… Read More

  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More

  • New Airbnb Logo Wants You To Draw It Like One Of Your French Logos

    New Airbnb Logo Wants You To Draw It Like One Of Your French Logos

    In a real life scene that could be in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley,’ Airbnb unveiled a very sexually connotative logo today: Bélo. Apparently no one in on the design process asked themselves, in this guy’s parlance, “Does this logo look like a boobs and a butt and a hooha?” Per Armin Vit’s post, “The answer has to be a resounding “No”. If… Read More

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    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    If there’s one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it’s Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block probably knows exactly why he wants to cancel his Comcast service and, presumably, he’s not going to tell you or a Comcast service rep who refuses to take “No” for an answer. Read More

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    What Should YC’s Sam Altman Do With These Bizarre Conway, Paul Graham Oil Paintings?

    What Should YC’s Sam Altman Do With These Bizarre Conway, Paul Graham Oil Paintings?

    The Conway painting was apparently a gift from Steve Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell Jobs and a YC applicant sent in the one of Paul Graham, according to Altman. I would say auction them off for charity. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington once coveted the Conway painting, calling it “an epic painting of the man.” Read More

  • Stop The JerkTech

    Stop The JerkTech

    “Go disr*pt yourself” is what I have to say to founders of startups like ReservationHop and Parking Monkey. They’re emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company… Read More

  • Play With Google’s Psychedelic New Interactive Music Video Cube

    Play With Google’s Psychedelic New Interactive Music Video Cube

    It’s called The Cube, and it’s a trip. Built by Google Creative Labs as “an experimental platform for interactive storytelling”, The Cube is an in-browser manipulateable 3-D box with a different video and audio track on each face. It debuted online today with indie dance band The Presets’ new single “No Fun”. You decide what to watch and hear by… Read More

  • Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People’s Ads

    Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People’s Ads

    Last night a sizable number of Facebook advertisers received receipts listing other people’s ads, including company names, campaign names, and amount spent. Sources tipped us off to the bug, and Facebook confirms to me it occurred and was fixed in about two hours. The company also confirms that no one was charged for other people’s ads, despite one victim claiming otherwise, and… Read More

  • Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Last night I had a dream. In it, everyone in the world used just one word: Yo. “Yo” for hello, “Yo” for yes and no, “Yo” for I’m hungry. “Yo” for everything. So imagine my surprise this morning when I wake up to see that Colbert has turned my nightmare into a reality. Read More

  • US Marshals Accidentally Replies All To Anonymous Bitcoin Auction Bidders In Email Fiasco

    US Marshals Accidentally Replies All To Anonymous Bitcoin Auction Bidders In Email Fiasco

    In a magnificent show of technical ineptitude, today the U.S. Marshals revealed the identities of many anonymous bidders in its $18 million seized Silk Road Bitcoin auction by CC’ing them on an email thread. When one asked a question, the response was sent to 40 of the bidders, many whose names were attached or easily identifiable from their addresses, negating the whole point of the… Read More

  • Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Oh, cute cat video? Let me watch that for a second in the News Feed. Click the play button. NOPE. It was a lie. Just a static image of a play button designed to dupe me into clicking out to some crappy website. Feed reading, interrupted. User experience, injured. Likelihood I’ll click legitimate videos in the future, diminished. Facebook. Seriously. This BS needs to stop. I get it. Sites… Read More

  • This Is Dave Goldblatt, A Facebook Employee And The Newest Valyrian In Westeros

    This Is Dave Goldblatt, A Facebook Employee And The Newest Valyrian In Westeros

    Remember when I told you that you could become a character in Game Of Thrones, replete with your own name, a station in life, and a grisly death? If you don’t, here’s a quick refresher: To benefit a wolf sanctuary in his home city of Santa Fe, as well as a local Food Depot, the series’ author George R.R. Martin promised to name a character after the first man and the first… Read More

  • WTF
    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, A16Z Didn’t Buy Y Combinator For $266 Billion

    No, Andreessen Horowitz isn’t buying Y Combinator for $266 billion. In fact the post, which looks an awful lot like a real TechCrunch post, is actually a hoax and never appeared on the TechCrunch site at all. How was a forgery accomplished so easily and how did it spread so virally that it garnered over 25,000 views in 12 hours? Read More

  • Rap Genius Drops Co-Founder Following Elliot Rodger Manifesto Annotations

    Rap Genius Drops Co-Founder Following Elliot Rodger Manifesto Annotations

    Rap Genius, the startup that wants to “annotate the world,” sees the departure of co-founder Mahbod Moghadam today, owing to Moghadam’s ill-advised annotations on the rambling manifesto of Elliot Rodger. Rodger went on a killing spree this past weekend, injuring 13 and killing seven, including himself. In a blog post detailing the news, co-founder and CEO Tom Lehman describes… Read More

  • WTF
    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify is a magic music box. It’s [Censored] an amazing tool. I like to [Censored] people that the $10 I send it each month is the [Censored] money I spend. Having access to such a massive catalog of tunes on every device I own is the [Censored] knees. But Spotify has an [Censored]-interface issue that makes using it occasionally incredibly frustrating to use: Censored music. Read More

  • #Love: Design For It

    #Love: Design For It

    If you believed the hype, you’d think technology was killing love. To start, the search has been tainted, or so people say. Algorithms are turning serendipity into superficial math. Swipe right and find yourself mired in a hookup culture gone mad. Try the likes of Grindr and experience the irrevocable blurring of the lines between dating and porn. Emojis offend the language of courtship. Read More

  • WePay Withholds Funds From Sick Woman Due To Offer Of Porn For Donations

    WePay Withholds Funds From Sick Woman Due To Offer Of Porn For Donations

    Should credit card processors and crowdfunding sites be able to deny funds to adult entertainers and sex workers? That’s the thorny question at the heart of an unfortunate situation where donated medical funds are being withheld from a sick woman. Legal and moral issues entangle to facilitate descrimination against those who earn a living off their bodies, or at least complicate their… Read More

  • George R.R. Martin Writes Everything In WordStar 4.0 On A DOS Machine

    George R.R. Martin Writes Everything In WordStar 4.0 On A DOS Machine

    George R.R. Martin is an impressive man. Not only can he kill off characters like it’s NBD, and magically make you care for characters who have been historically evil, but he writes millions of words about an imaginary land without any help from the Internet, spell check, or autocorrect. The Song Of Ice And Fire author, and creator behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones”… Read More

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    Ugggghhhhhh

    Ugggghhhhhh

    At a time when Silicon Valley is facing increasing scrutiny over the treatment of women in technology, there emerges a website called Codebabes.com, where, as you may have already heard, involves women stripping as you learn to code and pass online tests. Yes, seriously. People have tried it and posted their results. To which I have to say only this: what in the actual f@ck. Read More