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Ex-CrunchPad Partner to Demonstrate New Tablet

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Fusion Garage plans to demo the CrunchPad tablet without TechCrunch this coming Monday.

We knew TechCrunch's CrunchPad partner, Fusion Garage, would be sharing their side of the story sooner or later. However, it seems CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan is killing two birds with one stone; the company has decided to hold a press event this coming Monday and the purpose of this event is to tell his side of thing as well as show off the CrunchPad.

Earlier this week Michael Arrington announced the death of the CrunchPad. Arrington said the device was killed by "greed and jealousy" as he explained that just just three days before the launch date, Chandra Rathakrishnan emailed Arrington and said Fusion Garage would be launching the CrunchPad alone, without the TechCrunch crew.

Today the San Francisco Business Journal cites Megan Alpers of San Jose-based McGrath/Power Public Relations who says Chandra Rathakrishnan will speak to reporters and demonstrate "the device" both in a video call and in private briefings scheduled for later Monday at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.

"[Chandra] just wants to be able to share his side of the story and he’s going to be showing the device very briefly as well,"said Alpers.

Are you still excited about the CrunchPad demo? We're eager to hear what Chandra has to say and we'd love to see the how the CrunchPad turned out. Still, it all seems a little unfair on the TechCrunch guys who spend 18 months working with Fusion Garage to create the device.

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    The-Darkening , December 4, 2009 10:58 PM
    But can it p...*Is shot repeatedly*
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    nitto555rchallenger , December 5, 2009 1:04 AM
    Yeah, this is just some bad business ethics on Fusion Garage. I hope TechCrunch gets exclusive rights for the CrunchPad and have Fusion Garage pay a huge fine that would ultimately be the end of their business.
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    Ramar , December 4, 2009 10:54 PM
    I know it's already been said before, but it's not just "unfair," it's entirely illegal. At this point I don't really care about his side of the story unless it involves a signed document by Michael Arrington signing over the rights to his involvment in the project.
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    Ramar , December 4, 2009 10:54 PM
    I know it's already been said before, but it's not just "unfair," it's entirely illegal. At this point I don't really care about his side of the story unless it involves a signed document by Michael Arrington signing over the rights to his involvment in the project.
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    The-Darkening , December 4, 2009 10:58 PM
    But can it p...*Is shot repeatedly*
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    Anonymous , December 5, 2009 12:28 AM
    could it be a huge publicity stunt to draw their tablet into the limelight? Hrrm.. I think so
    Where is the cease and desist order and a lien places against Fusion Garage's assets until the courts decided what to do? Nope, instead you get a sympathy blog about an email trying to kick TechCrunch out of the industry. Cry me a river, if this isn't a setup sue them already. This isn't news worthy with or without the scandal.
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    nitto555rchallenger , December 5, 2009 1:04 AM
    Yeah, this is just some bad business ethics on Fusion Garage. I hope TechCrunch gets exclusive rights for the CrunchPad and have Fusion Garage pay a huge fine that would ultimately be the end of their business.
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    Shadow703793 , December 5, 2009 1:14 AM
    Yeah, but can it play CSS and HL2?
    :lol: 

    /sarcasm
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    Ramar , December 5, 2009 1:33 AM
    thepcmancould it be a huge publicity stunt to draw their tablet into the limelight? Hrrm.. I think so Where is the cease and desist order and a lien places against Fusion Garage's assets until the courts decided what to do? Nope, instead you get a sympathy blog about an email trying to kick TechCrunch out of the industry. Cry me a river, if this isn't a setup sue them already. This isn't news worthy with or without the scandal.


    It's been what, three days? Not every company is big enough to have a full-time lawyer ready to pour through legal documents and write up a cease-and-desist.
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    tipoo , December 5, 2009 2:22 AM
    CCCHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    WheelsOfConfusion , December 5, 2009 2:25 AM
    That dick move killed all my enthusiasm for the product. I'm just not going to give my money to a company like that.
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    DawnTreader , December 5, 2009 3:09 AM
    WheelsOfConfusionThat dick move killed all my enthusiasm for the product. I'm just not going to give my money to a company like that.


    then you should not buy Microsoft, Intel or Apple products either.
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    jalek , December 5, 2009 3:43 AM
    It'll still be $200+ and if the company's shady..
    I've donated enough to the Singapore garbage production lines already.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , December 5, 2009 5:06 AM
    DawnTreaderthen you should not buy Microsoft, Intel or Apple products either.

    Actually, for the past few years I haven't. (Apple never).
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    jesseralston , December 5, 2009 11:48 PM
    Assuming that all the legal hassles
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    jesseralston , December 5, 2009 11:49 PM
    Well let me finish my statement I guess. Assuming that all the legal hassles are handled and don't kill the product I would like to buy one. It seems like a useful product (especially for my household).
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2009 1:28 AM

    Mike Arrington is known as a whiny little shmoo in the tech world. I have seldom taken him at his word starting more than eighteen months ago for various reasons. I am sure there is a bit more to this than his "greed and jealousy" tripe.
    Seems Leo Laporte recently came to much the same conclusion:

    http://www.dvorak.org/blog/2009/06/07/leo-laporte-blows-up-at-mike-arrington-on-the-gillmor-gang/

    Bottome line: I don't trust a THING Mikey says.
    He is just a troll.
    No more.
    No less.
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    Blessedman , December 6, 2009 6:42 AM
    you wouldn't do something like this without the consult of a lawyer and assurance that the techcrunch crew has no chance of winning a lawsuit against them.
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    JohnnyLucky , December 6, 2009 10:53 AM
    Sounds like a high tech soap opera.
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    amnotanoobie , December 7, 2009 5:11 AM
    WheelsOfConfusionThat dick move killed all my enthusiasm for the product. I'm just not going to give my money to a company like that.


    +1. If they are willing to screw over a partner, how much more would they care for a petty consumer.