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  • The Tale Of The Talented Mr C. — Who Used TechCrunch To Get Into A 5-Star Hotel

    The Tale Of The Talented Mr C. — Who Used TechCrunch To Get Into A 5-Star Hotel

    “Good Evening,” began the polite email. “I recently transitioned into the role as Foreign Media Specialist for TechCrunch magazine here in San Francisco. As part of my new position I will be traveling first to South East Asia to show potential Tech Executives various locations to take Personal Vacations, Tech Conventions, Weddings, and to host Corporate Vacation Getaways. On… Read More

  • ADP Sues Zenefits For Defamation, Rolls Out A Competing Service

    ADP Sues Zenefits For Defamation, Rolls Out A Competing Service

    Payroll giant ADP has filed suit in federal court against HR startup Zenefits and its founder Parker Conrad for defamation. ADP and Zenefits are locked in an on-going battle over client information used to run payroll. ADP claims Zenefits was gleaning this information from the ADP system in an unauthorized manner and that this posed a security risk. ADP blocked Zenefits from accessing… Read More

  • Payroll Giant ADP Cuts Off Small Business Clients’ Access To Zenefits

    Payroll Giant ADP Cuts Off Small Business Clients’ Access To Zenefits

    HR startup Zenefits and 50-year-old corporate payroll incumbent ADP are pulling no punches in a battle over the use of third-party data. The dispute seems to have started around June 4th when ADP cut off Zenefits small business clients using the ADP RUN payroll system from sharing data with Zenefits. ADP said in a statement that it did this because Zenefits was, “pulling sensitive… Read More

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    Bolt Threads Comes Out Of Stealth With $40 Million In Funding To Make Clothing From Material Found In Spider Webs

    Bolt Threads Comes Out Of Stealth With $40 Million In Funding To Make Clothing From Material Found In Spider Webs

    Do you like spiders? Do you like the idea of wearing spider webs? Well, you’ll soon be able to wear clothing made from the same material as spider webs if a new startup called Bolt Threads gets its way. The startup plans to make clothing that is stronger than steel and softer than Merino wool by manipulating the genes of bacteria to get them to produce the same silken threads that… Read More

  • Meat This New Tinder User

    Meat This New Tinder User

    Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

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    Searching For The N-Word On Google Maps Pulls Up The White House And Other Minority Institutions

    Searching For The N-Word On Google Maps Pulls Up The White House And Other Minority Institutions

    Searching for racist keywords brings up things like the White House and other historically black institutions in Google Maps. The Huffington Post and other media outlets reported yesterday that typing in “nigga house” in Google Maps sends users to the White House. However, searching for “n***** king” also leads to the White House and typing in “n*****”… Read More

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    Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

    Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

    A small group of protesters held signs and handed out t-shirts to protest robots today at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. What did they have against robots you might ask? Well, they are (apparently, seriously) concerned that robots could one day surpass human intelligence and they were genuinely anxious about this. A spokesperson for the group told TechCrunch they hoped to raise… Read More

  • The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags Crunch Network

    The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags

    Apple’s focus should be on selling as many watches as possible, not becoming a fashion brand. Read More

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    BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory

    BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory

    At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones. After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which both lag dramatically behind Android and iOS in terms of market share, still bought their smartphones in spite of their limited app ecosystems. BlackBerry CEO… Read More

  • Get Somewhere with Hovertrax

    The Hovertrax Is Like Two Dumb Little Segways For Your Feet

    If laziness was a sport, the equipment would be the Hovertrax. You step up onto the foot pads, tip your feet forward, and two motorized wheels carry you around while gyroscopes auto-balance the Hovertrax so you don’t fall off. What’s hilarious is just how casual you look riding it. You’re basically standing upright while cruising up to 8 miles at 5 miles per hour on a… Read More

  • A Look Back At 2014

    A Look Back At 2014

    2014 was an amazing year in startup news. In fact, we wrote more than 13,000 articles here on TechCrunch. That’s why we are giving you a handy TL;DR guide to remind you of all the big news from the past year. Apple: We predict that large phones will be the next big thing. WhatsApp: Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of all the $$$$. Amazon: Remember that one time we built… Read More

  • Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ Feature Will Chronicle Your 2014, Good Or Bad

    Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ Feature Will Chronicle Your 2014, Good Or Bad

    Facebook has again unleashed its Year In Review app, automatically compiling some of the most-liked photos from your feeds over 2014 and puts them into a neat little timeline. When you sign into Facebook, you’ll see an advertisement to check out your Year In Review, customize it, and share it with your friends. If you’re still having trouble finding it, you can simply sign into… Read More

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    Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

    Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

    Recently a Microsoft employee published a blog post on the company’s Office blog. The missive, under the name of Tim Carroll, a “senior product manager on the Office 365 team,” is perhaps the worst and best corporate blog post of all time. A Microsoft spokesperson informed TechCrunch that “the blog post was not properly vetted,” that it has been taken down, and… Read More

  • Uber's Terrible No Good Very Bad Week And Barbie Apologizes

    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

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    Yet Another Reminder To Mind Your Words

    Yet Another Reminder To Mind Your Words

    “You can’t post that photo,” said the founder and CEO of a prominent, exited startup. He was talking to his PR agent in a W hotel suite in Times Square. I had just taken a selfie with the two of them, at the publicist’s request, and then excused myself to use the restroom. “Seriously, you can’t post that,” said the CEO. “I look so gay in that… Read More

  • The Rosetta’s Philae Probe Makes History, Successfully Lands On Comet 67P

    The Rosetta’s Philae Probe Makes History, Successfully Lands On Comet 67P

    In an historic mission that has taken more than a decade, the European Space Agency has successfully landed a probe called the Philae Lander on a comet called 67P, marking the first time a space craft has ever successfully landed on the surface of a comet. The probe, which has its own Twitter account, tweeted that it had a new address on 67P. Touchdown! My new address: 67P! Read More

  • Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Plant-based food startup Hampton Creek is readying a response and planning to counter-sue major food corporation Unilever over the meaning of ‘mayo.’ Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek this weekend, involving its “Just Mayo” product. Unilever’s two main concerns are over market share for its Hellmann’s mayonnaise product and consumer confusion… Read More

  • Taylor Swift Explains Why She Knew Spotify Was Trouble

    Taylor Swift Explains Why She Knew Spotify Was Trouble

    Taylor, I’ma let you finish but… Spotify is still one of the best music streaming services of all time. Now that I got that off my chest, let’s take a look at tall musician Taylor Swift, and her thoughts on the “grand experiment” of Spotify, where she explains why she pulled her entire catalog off of Spotify as her fourth album, 1989, was launching. Why, Taylor? Read More

  • Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

    Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

    On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google’s new Inbox app? Would you pay for it? eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50. Google’s Inbox is a newly announced mobile app that is meant to totally replace the way you used to deal with your email. It was released as a… Read More

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    Never Trust A TechCrunch Writer With An AOL Email Address

    Never Trust A TechCrunch Writer With An AOL Email Address

    So about a week ago I wrote about a sales and marketing company called Infusionsoft. It wasn’t a particularly in-depth article, just a quick post noting that the company had raised some additional funding, but anyway, it happened. Read More

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