TechCrunch’s history since AOL bought it in 2010 has been as turbulent as the private roller coasters many Facebook employees will likely install in their Silicon Valley mansions post-IPO.Gawker’s Adrian Chen • Commenting on AOL’s reported plans to sell TechCrunch, Engadget and most of its other tech-related properties in a single package. One amazing line really says it all.
My face appears in the image uploaded to the article. And I made a comment on the story. And so now these dumb lawyers are coming after me.TechCrunch commenter Rick Stratton • Discussing how the comment “Hey I finally made it onto TechCrunch” turned him into a target for Facebook’s lawyers. Stratton received a four-page letter from Facebook’s legal team for that and a Facebook screenshot that featured Stratton in a story about Defaceable, a Chrome browser extension that allows users to comment anonymously on any site using Facebook Comments. When Facebook mobilized their legal team to deal with Defaceable, Rick was accused of working with the development team. Now he’s doing everything he can to prove that he’s just another guy on the web. source (via • follow)
At any other publication, Paul would have been fired long ago. And his post would be taken down. But I will let it stand. When Paul was hired, he was promised that he could write anything and it would not be censored, even if it was disparaging to TechCrunch. I will still honor that agreement.Erick Schonfeld responds to Paul Carr, after his resignation from TechCrunch and the ensuing fight on Twitter. We are witnessing the implosion of one of the Web’s best sites. (thanks Abbas Naqvi of Jigartronic)
As we wait to see just how involved Arrington will remain, as a media company that should supposedly hold up some sort of journalistic ethics, AOL is coming out looking quite sleazy.The Atlantic Wire’s Rebecca Greenfield • Offering her take on the debacle revolving around Michael Arrington and TechCrunch. Here’s the issue we see, as outsiders: Michael Arrington has always been as much of a player in Silicon Valley as he’s been a journalist, so there’s always been a small conflict of interest there. But by making the “player” element a bigger part of his job title by creating a venture capital fund, he makes himself a target. But wait. Tech journalism is already incestuous and ethically broken. A few examples: Business Insider’s Henry Blodget was once a financial analyst barred from the securities market for fraud. The WSJ’s Kara Swisher is married to a female Google exec (which she discloses). And Gizmodo parent Gawker Media pays for stories that can draw millions of eyeballs to their sites. The difference is that AOL, which bought TechCrunch a year ago, is a big company that knows better. Or should. And the end result is that it makes AOL look really bad. source (via • follow)