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  • Lyft Burning Cash On The Way To $500 Million Round

    Lyft Burning Cash On The Way To $500 Million Round

    Lyft is raising a half a billion dollar round, but its financials look wobbly. According to Bloomberg, the ridesharing startup took a net loss of $127 million in the first half of this year, off less than $47 million in revenue. It’s not clear if these numbers are GAAP or non-GAAP, but let’s presume those are cash numbers and do not take into account non-cash expenses. So on a… Read More

  • Sean Rad Of Tinder, Ladies And Gentleman

    Sean Rad Of Tinder, Ladies And Gentleman

    Today, the world woke up to a profile of sorts from the London Evening Standard. The profile was about Tinder CEO Sean Rad. And it was, well, special. Where to start? First, let’s get the serious stuff out of the way. Rad’s parent company Match recently filed to go public. So the company is in a quiet period, right? Sure. Unless you’re Rad. Read More

  • Are You Happy Now? Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year Is A Damn Emoji

    Are You Happy Now? Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year Is A Damn Emoji

    I was raised to trust everything the dictionary told me, but damn. What is going on with the world? Today, Oxford Dictionaries named its 2015 “Word Of The Year” and it’s not a word at all. It’s the “tears of joy” emoji. This. 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 Read More

  • Fallout 4 Is More Powerful Than Porn

    Fallout 4 Is More Powerful Than Porn

    Pornhub, an internet web portal site for videos of people that are naked doing things, which I have never ever visited, ever, shared some interesting traffic. Speaking of things I don’t do, a game called Fallout 4 came out on the 10th. And that’s where Pornhub’s story begins… Read More

  • Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over For Going Too Slow

    Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over For Going Too Slow

    The internets lit up today when someone posted a photo of a cop talking to someone in a self-driving car. Yep, it got pulled over. Why? According to Google, it was going too slow. According to the original poster, the Mountain View police officer didn’t get the memo on these things patrolling the streets, so of course wanted to know why the thing was going so damn slow 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

  • In Case You Didn’t Know, /Me Works In Messages On Mac

    In Case You Didn’t Know, /Me Works In Messages On Mac

    It’s Friday, and sometimes when we try to wind our week down something winds us back up. Today, it has to do with the app that a lot of us use the most on Mac…Messages. Read More

  • Theranos Continues Damage Control Messaging

    Theranos Continues Damage Control Messaging

    Silicon Valley blood-test technology startup Theranos has once again responded to allegations made by the Wall Street Journal over questionable test results. Unfortunately, little of that response has to do with the allegations. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been on a selective media tour to do damage control over a WSJ report alleging the company wasn’t using its own tech for… Read More

  • Meet Wove, An E-Ink Touchscreen Computer That Wraps Around Your Arm

    Take your iPad, turn it into a slap bracelet and you’ve got Wove, the first computer that can roll up and wrap around your wrist. Wove is the first product from flexible electronics company Polyera. It functions a lot like a smartwatch, but with the added ability to curve and bend. It’s also one of the first bendable touchscreen displays with a kind of technology that, if… Read More

  • NFL, NCAA And UFC Go After Deadspin And SBNation Over Tweeted Vines And GIFs

    NFL, NCAA And UFC Go After Deadspin And SBNation Over Tweeted Vines And GIFs

    Is it #GIFAGEDDON? One of my favorite ways to consume the best parts of sportsball is in animated GIFs and 6-second Vines. I only want to see that big block or that sweet catch, not the crap before and after it. The NFL seems to agree and probably wants to be the only place you can get those GIFs or Vines, because according to numerous reports, the Twitter accounts of two prominent sports… Read More

  • The Dog Ate Our Homework, Google Drive Is Down (UPDATED)

    The Dog Ate Our Homework, Google Drive Is Down (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: All services have returned and a Google spokesperson provided us with the following statement: Google Drive, Docs editors and Classroom have been restored for 99.5% of affected users as of 1:01 PM Pacific, and for the remaining 0.5% of users by 2:10 PM Pacific. During the event, our top priority was to restore service. We are now turning our attention to understanding what caused… Read More

  • WTF
    Alphabet Now Owns abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com

    Alphabet Now Owns abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com

    Since it couldn’t buy ABC.com or Alphabet.com, Google Alphabet has acquired the next best thing. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com Google announced the structural changes that led to Alphabet back in August, and it just became official. There’s nothing there right now, but Google sure does own it (the record was updated on 10/7/15): According to the completely worthless and… Read More

  • NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

    NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

    The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The Martian,’ a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s book about one man’s struggle to survive on Mars, rocketed to the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. Read More

  • Use Tinder Or Grindr? This Billboard Suggests Getting Tested For An STD

    Use Tinder Or Grindr? This Billboard Suggests Getting Tested For An STD

    I’d like to point out that there is no scientific evidence saying that just using the apps Tinder or Grindr will cause an STD. However, what happens after using those apps as partially intended may. The site FreeSTDCheck.org and AIDS Health Foundation is leveraging the popularity of these dating apps to get the word out about getting yourself checked out for a sexually transmitted disease. Read More

  • Try To Land The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Yourself

    Try To Land The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Yourself

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX is trying to launch a spacecraft and have the rockets return safely to Earth…specifically on a floating barge. As it turns out, it’s not that easy. And it costs a lot of money. There’s now a web game that lets you give it a try yourself. Read More

  • ZenPayroll Is Now Gusto, Adds Benefits To Take On Zenefits

    ZenPayroll Is Now Gusto, Adds Benefits To Take On Zenefits

    Payroll startup ZenPayroll changed its name to Gusto today and is moving beyond payroll, into benefits such as health insurance and workers compensation. Sound familiar? We’ve heard that cloud HR benefits company Zenefits plans to roll out a payroll service similar to the startup formerly known as ZenPayroll. Read More

  • Help Us Rename Our ‘Collaborative Consumption’ Category Because It No Longer Makes Sense

    Help Us Rename Our ‘Collaborative Consumption’ Category Because It No Longer Makes Sense

    Halp! For years, TechCrunch has had a “Collaborative Consumption” category, which included companies like Airbnb, Uber, etc. But as time passes, and more and more ‘on-demand’ companies move from 1099 to W2, the term ‘collaborative consumption’ begins to make less and less sense. Internally, we floated the idea of changing the name of that category to… Read More

  • If This Selfie Emoji Becomes Official, I Am Going Back To Using A Flip Phone

    If This Selfie Emoji Becomes Official, I Am Going Back To Using A Flip Phone

    One of my favorite things to do is to watch and see what emojis become candidates for Unicode updates (don’t judge). Sometimes they’re really great and sometimes they’re, well, obnoxious. Two years ago, the word “selfie” was added to the dictionary, which made my day really awful until I saw that “twerk” was also added. Then it turned into the worst… Read More

  • WTF
    MissTravel Will Find A Sugar Daddy To, Uh, “Sponsor” Your Vacation

    MissTravel Will Find A Sugar Daddy To, Uh, “Sponsor” Your Vacation

    Ever wanted to travel to an exotic island for a week but didn’t have the cash? Well, thanks to MissTravel, that’s not a problem anymore — if, and it’s a big if, you’re a young, attractive woman who’s willing to swipe right on a lonely, wealthy travel companion. MissTravel initially launched as a dating site two and a half years ago, the first in the… Read More

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