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    APPLES TO ORANGES

    ‘Titstare’ App Backlash Compared to Iraq War

    Tech conference judge says it was hyped by the media.

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon opened on Sunday with a presentation of the app “Titstare,” which allows users to take photos of themselves staring at women’s boobs. And obviously, some people were offended and decried the “bro culture” pervading tech conferences. TechCrunch was quick to apologize for the presentation. But The Atlantic found that Elias Bizannes, one of the judges for the hackathon, defends Titstare as an attempt at humor. Ha. He went on further to say that the press manipulated this story and made comparisons to coverage during the Iraq War. “You're just as bad as the majority of American’s [sic] who thought Al-Qaeda was in Iraq and hence one of the stupidest wars of recent memory, all thanks to taking things hook line and sinker due to the media.”

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    True or False?

    Arrington Spat Gets Weirder

    Gawker and Julia Allison fight over claims of abuse.

    The strange, potentially sordid case of TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington, who is weathering allegations of assault from an ex-girlfriend, just keeps getting more tangled and bizarre. And in a twist somehow fitting to this very viral story, Internet Celebrity Julia Allison has now become part of the unfolding tale.

    As with everything so far in the Arrington case, it's hard to tell who, if anyone, is really telling the truth (or half-truth). On April 12, Gawker writer Adrian Chen posted an update to the news that Arrington's lawyer had issued an online letter claiming that the allegations of rape and abuse by Arrington's ex-girlfriend, Jenn Allen, were false and that the couple had remained friends long after the alleged incidents, and threatening to sue unless Allen retracted her claims.

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  • TechCrunch Founder and Co-Editor Michael Arrington speak onstage at Day 3 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 held at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse on September 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Araya Diaz/Getty)

    Tech Scandal

    Who Is Michael Arrington?

    Nina Strochlic on the the TechCrunch founder and the abuse allegations that have rocked the tech sphere.

    TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is in the midst of a spectacular fall from grace. After the tech mogul was accused of sexual assault and physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend on Facebook last week, two former confidants of Arrington’s have emerged to voice their belief in the harassment and abuse claims, along with an HR director from a former company where Arrington worked. Arrington himself didn't immediately comment, but on Sunday he took to his blog, writing, "All of the allegations against me are completely untrue, and I've hired a law firm to represent me in the legal actions against the offending parties." On Monday, he tweeted out a picture of her Facebook status, saying, "Everything else aside, Jenn needs help, now," and asking her friends and family to reach out.

    But why did all the allegations take so long to come out? Here’s a guide to the scandal unfolding in Silicon Valley.

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