Palo Alto, Calif. – Technology blog TechCrunch said that it
has terminated an intern who asked for, and in at least one case received,
compensation in exchange for including certain companies in articles. Founder
and co-editor Michael Arrington said that the intern, who was not a full-time
writer, asked for a Macbook Air in exchange for a post about a startup, and
actually received a computer on another occasion. The blog has deleted all of
the intern’s posts.