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    But seriously, why did Theranos have just one spokesperson?

    But seriously, why did Theranos have just one spokesperson?

    Theranos did have a spokesperson, as in used to have one person handling all public relations efforts outwardly. We’ve confirmed Brooke Buchanan, VP of communications, left her position within the company on Friday. Buchanan could not be reached for comment on the departure but the head of comms was handling all calls, emails, and any other messages related to the troubled one drop… Read More

  • Uber settles on $7.5 million in background checks lawsuit

    Uber settles on $7.5 million in background checks lawsuit

    Uber faces a growing number of legal troubles these days – the latest involves a court settlement of $7.5 million for background checks. Uber has agreed to pay the $7.5 million sum to a group of San Francisco drivers alleging the company acquired consumer background reports without asking them first. Uber also agreed to pay $100 million to San Francisco and Massachusetts drivers in… Read More

  • Walgreens formally cuts ties with Theranos

    Walgreens formally cuts ties with Theranos

    Walgreens has terminated its three-year partnership with blood analysis startup Theranos, citing the myriad bad test results and an ongoing federal investigation as the reason for ending the relationship “effective immediately.” Theranos promised the drugstore chain it could detect hundreds of diseases using just one drop of blood – a promise which turned out to be too good to… Read More

  • Uber accused of wage stealing in new lawsuit from New York drivers

    Uber accused of wage stealing in new lawsuit from New York drivers

    The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) and 10 Uber drivers have filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing Uber of stealing wages. The group representing 5,000 Uber drivers in New York filed the new claims today and says the rideshare giant unfairly skims driver wages without offering the added protections they’d get as employees. The suit was filed in federal court… Read More

  • The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

  • Wireless charging startup uBeam accused of being the next Theranos

    Wireless charging startup uBeam accused of being the next Theranos

    uBeam could be vaporware, according to a blogger claiming to be uBeam’s former VP of engineering. They accuse the startup of being unable to fulfill promises made about its technology. [Update: Reporter Lee Gomes confirmed with the author that they are former uBeam VP of Eng Paul Reynolds. More below] uBeam says it’s building a device that could wirelessly charge your phone or… Read More

  • Prete splits from Treat to bring unlimited blowouts to SF

    Prete splits from Treat to bring unlimited blowouts to SF

    Prete is a new blowout startup launching today in San Francisco and Los Angeles that wants to hook you up with unlimited hair styling. No cuts, color or anything else, just as many blowouts as you want for $129 a month. Some of you may recall a story I wrote about a similar blowout service coming to SF called Treat that wanted to use established salon space for unlimited blowouts. Treat gained… Read More

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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

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