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Punk’d: Google denies ICOA acquisition after news outlets circulate fake press release

Nothing like coming back from Thanksgiving break to report a $400 million Google acquisition and later find out that the original press release was a hoax. That’s what happened Monday morning to several news outlets that relayed a PRweb press release reporting Google’s apparent $400 million acquisition of wireless broadband provider ICOA. But shortly after the… Read More

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“Unpaid Blogger” Michael Arrington departs TechCrunch

A near two week saga at TechCrunch has come to a close. Kind of. Founder Michael Arrington has officially stepped down from the influential technology news site that he started just over six years ago in order to become a full-time venture capitalist. AOL issued this statement this morning: “The TechCrunch acquisition has been a success for… Read More

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Report: Mystery buyer acquiring PopCap for more than $1B

TechCrunch reports this afternoon that Seattle’s PopCap Games, maker of hit casual games including Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, is “in the process of being acquired” at a value of more than $1 billion. If true, it would be major news for the Seattle video-game community, and for the region’s technology industry more broadly. The… Read More