WTF

  • Blogception

    Blogception

    The tech news cycle is a desperate bitch, as we’ve brought up before; A brief rundown of yesterday’s bitchmeme sparked by a mere tweet from my colleague MG Siegler once again proves how absurd it is. “I used to love to plant one really weird bit of random information (sometimes even false) into stories to catch the rewrites,” MG wrote in response to developer… Read More

  • Failed Anti-Oatmeal Lawyer Says “Mission Accomplished”

    Failed Anti-Oatmeal Lawyer Says “Mission Accomplished”

    In what appears to be a final burst of notoriety-seeking and odd behavior, Funnyjunk’s crack lawyer, Charles Carreon, told Ars that he had won because now he was “famous” and “notorious”. “Mission accomplished,” he said, apparently without irony or self-awareness. Read More

  • Facebook News Feed Is Getting Faster, So I Made It This Tramp Stamp

    Facebook News Feed Is Getting Faster, So I Made It This Tramp Stamp

    Facebook’s news feed is so slow to give you the goods, you could almost call it prude. But you’re about to get lucky. Now the feed will load faster, as it will be pulling in fewer stories to start so you can get browsing immediately, Facebook just told us. Plus, if you don’t want to see every little move your friends make, there’s a new “Hide Ticker” button… Read More

  • WTF
    Can Someone Send TechCrunch’s Fax Number To Vanity Fair?

    Can Someone Send TechCrunch’s Fax Number To Vanity Fair?

    Vanity Fair is one of my all-time favorite magazines — it publishes loads of incredibly well-written stories about fascinating topics and people. Its regular features, like My Stuff and the Proust Questionnaire, are always entertaining. So, I was pretty excited to get an email from one of Vanity Fair‘s publicists this morning, offering an advance copy of a story that will run in… Read More

  • Auto-Sunk. Check Your Hidden Facebook “Other” Inbox For Your Missing Emails

    Auto-Sunk. Check Your Hidden Facebook “Other” Inbox For Your Missing Emails

    Click ‘Messages’ on Facebook and then “Other” in the right sidebar and you might find emails missing from your Gmail or other personal and work accounts. Without giving you any warning or notification, Facebook last week changed your profile to hide any email addresses you’ve previously listed and instead show only your little-known “@facebook.com”… Read More

  • Chinese Servant Gets 10 Years In Jail For Stealing Overpriced Nokia Vertu Handset

    Chinese Servant Gets 10 Years In Jail For Stealing Overpriced Nokia Vertu Handset

    Here’s a sad, and slightly ridiculous, coda to the story of Vertu, Nokia’s wrong turn into making bling-tastic handsets encrusted with diamonds and gold: a servant in China convicted of stealing one from her boss has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 20,000 yuan (over $3,000). The story, as published in the English edition of the Chinese People’s Daily Online… Read More

  • You’re 37% More Likely To Date Someone If You’ve Got Facebook Friends In Common

    You’re 37% More Likely To Date Someone If You’ve Got Facebook Friends In Common

    “Oh you know Johnny? Then let’s get naughty.” Whether it’s for one night or forever, we’re more likely to choose mates who have Facebook friends in common with us. This comes according to a new study by Coffee Meets Bagel, a startup that shows you a suggestion of someone to date each day and connects you if you both fancy each other. Out of Coffee Meets… Read More

  • #FailedTechBands Is Funnier Than Most Hashtags, Shows Genius Of Twitter Personalized Trends

    #FailedTechBands Is Funnier Than Most Hashtags, Shows Genius Of Twitter Personalized Trends

    “The Black IPs” lol. I follow nerds on Twitter, so rather than just the latest pop stars and sports games, I was delighted to see a nerdy hashtag in my Trending Topics. It’s thanks to Twitter’s new Tailored Trends that launched on Tuesday and shows you personalized trends based on who you follow. “Creedence ClearRecentHistory? Revival” brilliant. In just a… Read More

  • Why Is Gizmodo Paying People To Harass Zuckerberg?

    Why Is Gizmodo Paying People To Harass Zuckerberg?

    Gizmodo posted a “story” yesterday entitled “We’ll Pay You for Photos of Mark Zuckerberg.” Desperation aside, this is as crazy as it is stupid (And we’re not even sure it’s legal). See, Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of a company. Sure, that company is all about sharing with friends, but when you have more than 14 million people subscribed to your page… Read More

  • The Only Logical Thing To Do With These Lenovo IdeaPad Ads Is Start A Caption Contest

    The Only Logical Thing To Do With These Lenovo IdeaPad Ads Is Start A Caption Contest

    Marketing never ceases to crack me up. Sometimes that’s a good thing, like when Samsung cracks a few fanboi jokes at Apple ahead of the Superbowl. It’s funny, and it delivers their message in a compelling, entertaining way. But there are some marketing efforts that are unintentionally hilarious — like when Samsung partnered with hot new clothing line Rag & Bone in… Read More

  • WTF
    Twitter Makes Its Bird Logo More Optimistic As Its Business Model Takes Flight

    Twitter Makes Its Bird Logo More Optimistic As Its Business Model Takes Flight

    While it used to fly straight ahead, Twitter’s new bird logo has its beak held high, representing a company ready to take off, not just cruise on. Bloomberg’s sources close to Twitter said the company expects to generate $1 billion in sales in 2014, almost double eMarketer’s prediction, so it’s fitting that the Twitter bird is looking skyward and has a new… Read More

  • WTF
    The Mysterious Words You Can’t Tweet

    The Mysterious Words You Can’t Tweet

    The legend goes something like this: as a child, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s father would relentlessly hound him to “Get better”, so Jack eventually banned the phrase from being tweeted. Go ahead and try it, the tweet won’t go through. But the legend? It’s a hoax. Here’s the real story… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Gets His Own Bizarre Animated News Video On IPO Day

    Zuckerberg Gets His Own Bizarre Animated News Video On IPO Day

    If only Facebook IPO day were a little less of a snoozefest than it is now. If only it had Zuckerberg impaling investors while riding a bull rampaging through a city. Or an elevator to space. Or Zuckerberg bouncing Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar off a giant scale. But sadly, our surrealist dreams will never be realized. We will just have to settle for the ho-hum performance of… Read More

  • In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

    In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

    They say if you want to understand the future, you have to look at children. And if my 10-year-old cousin’s chat history is any indication, we will soon be communicating in emoji, Egyptian hieroglyphics or some other kind of pictographic language that renders the 2,000-year-old Roman alphabet obsolete. Sometimes she sends me full e-mails with dozens of lines of straight emoticons… Read More

  • WTF
    Spotify Crop Circle Appears Near Stonehenge

    Spotify Crop Circle Appears Near Stonehenge

    Aliens are streaming our music! A crop circle bearing a striking resemblance to the Spotify logo has appeared in Wiltshire, England near Stonehenge. The Swedish startup denies having anything to do with the formation pressed into a canola seed field. Sirius XM satellite radio must feel a little jealous, as it’s been beaming music into space for years. Hopefully the extraterrestrials like… Read More

  • WTF
    Things You Never Thought Would Happen: Wu-Tang’s Raekwon Makes “Google That” Rap Video

    Things You Never Thought Would Happen: Wu-Tang’s Raekwon Makes “Google That” Rap Video

    “She told me that she Googled my name up / Shootings, robberies and big coke came up”. These are lyrics from “Google That”, a vulgar, violent new rap song from NORE Styles P, and Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon immortalizing the search engine. In it, the rappers brag about how their crimes and jail time are so famous you can find them on the Internet. Most tech… Read More

  • WTF Was That “Happy” Song At The End Of The Apple Earnings Call?

    WTF Was That “Happy” Song At The End Of The Apple Earnings Call?

    Earning calls are super fascinating when you think about it; For multiple hours a quarter we tune in with the thousands of other tech bloggers to dissect the financials of the public companies we spend our lives covering. Here at TC we’ve started calling covering these calls “putting our Rao face on,” inspired by our star senior editor Leena Rao, who is just amazing at… Read More

  • WTF
    A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse

    A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse

    Oh San Francisco, has it really come to this? Are we now at the point where the disheveled men on street corners no longer ask for change, but rather developers? Apparently so. I walked out of the TechCrunch offices yesterday afternoon and passed this guy at the Caltrain station. He handed me a business card, cut out of cardboard with the URL fingg.com scrawled onto it in black Sharpie… Read More

  • WTF
    Marriott Puts An End To Shady Ad Injection Service

    Marriott Puts An End To Shady Ad Injection Service

    Late last week, one Justin Watt discovered something suspicious going on with the wi-fi at his hotel, the Times Square Marriott. Not content to charge him hundreds for the room and $16.95 for internet access, it appeared that the service provider was using JavaScript injection to serve banner ads on every website guests visited. The story spread like wildfire for obvious reasons, and at… Read More

  • NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    The Big Apple is looking into upgrading its existing pay phones, and a pilot study is underway that replaces everyone’s favorite anachronism with something a little more 21st-century: giant touchscreens. According the NY Post, the city will unveil 250 revamped phone booths next month that have been revamped with 32-inch touchable displays. These access points would be set up for Skype… Read More