TechCrunch: Read the mud-slinging pitches Facebook’s PR firm sent us

TechCrunch: Read the mud-slinging pitches Facebook’s PR firm sent us . “Facebook’s latest PR crisis has cast a lurid spotlight on a GOP-led publicity firm called Definers Public Affairs, after a New York Times investigation revealed last week the firm had sought to discredit Facebook critics by, in one instance, linking them to the liberal financier George Soros — a long-time target of anti-semitic conspiracy theories. The sight of any company paying a firm to leverage anti-semitic and antisocial sentiment on its behalf is, to put it very politely, not a good look.”

TechCrunch: New, new, new TechCrunch

TechCrunch: New, new, new TechCrunch. “Today, we’re launching new, new, new TechCrunch to about 10 percent of our readers. If you’re in that group, you’re going to see a very, very 1.0 version of our new site that we’re going to build on over the next few years to deliver what we hope is an experience that aligns perfectly with what we cover as well as how we cover it.”

CrunchBase Has Launched a Pro Version

CrunchBase is now offering a pro version. “CrunchBase Inc., the online database of the tech startup ecosystem that spun out of TechCrunch Inc. and parent company AOL/Verizon late last year, is debuting a professional version of its service with better search, filtering and notification capabilities than its free offering. The company is pitching CrunchBased Pro, which is priced at $29 per month on an annual subscription basis, at professionals searching for companies to do business with, venture capital investors and entrepreneurs looking for money.”

TechCrunch Launches a Messenger Bot

TechCrunch has launched a bot for Facebook Messenger. I asked it to give me stories about archives and it chirpily replied, “This is the latest news about ‘archives’” and gave me stories from 2010, 2013, and 2009, respectively. It’s early days yet in bot-world. “Similar to our Telegram bot launched last month, our Messenger bot will help you stay on top of the topics and stories you care about. You can subscribe to different topics, authors or sections of the site, and the bot will send you news articles from TechCrunch about the things you are interested in the most.”