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WASHINGTON (AFP) - TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced Wednesday he is taking a break from writing for his influential technology blog after being spat on at a conference and getting death threats.
Writing on techcrunch.com, Arrington, 38, said an unidentified man "walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face" on Tuesday at the Digital, Life, Design conference he was attending in Munich, Germany.
"In the past I've been grabbed, pulled, shoved and otherwise abused at events, but never spat on," Arrington said. "I think this is where I'm going to draw a line.
As a popular website, TechCrunch faces a high degree of public scrutiny, and TechCrunch employees have been periodically accused of various conflicts of interest. However, no claims of conflict of interest against TechCrunch have ever been proven. Original MobileCrunch editor Oliver Starr's duties are now handled by several authors. Starr was apparently fired by Arrington, allegedly for a conflict of interest arising from Starr's serving as Senior Mobile Analyst for "The Guidewire Group." Starr claims that the dispute arose instead from a payment dispute with Arrington over payments allegedly due Starr.