Controversies

YouTube

Fans React Angrily After Popular YouTubers File to Trademark 'React'

The Fine Brothers claim the filing was about protecting their brand, but the pair have since announced that they will withdraw the application.
Crowdfunding

This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?

Crowdfunding is all about the numbers, but the humans behind the risky campaigns are often hard to calculate.
Advertising

With Orgying Models and Public Breastfeeding, Are Equinox's Latest Ads a Desperate Ploy or Pure Genius?

The campaign, shot by fashion photographer Steven Klein, features the tagline, 'Commit to something.'
Managing Employees

Stingy Company Ordered to Pay $1.75 Million to Workers It Forced to Choose Between Pay and Bathroom Breaks

'No worker should have to face the choice: Do I take a bathroom break, or do I get paid?'
Chipotle

Chipotle Cooks Up New, Stricter Food Safety Rules Amid E. Coli Fiasco

A dash of DNA testing here and a sprinkle of scalded onions there, and Chipotle just might save face yet.
Dan Price

Video Containing Allegations Dan Price Abused His Ex-Wife Won't Publish and Has Been Deleted

The University of Kentucky, which hosted the TEDx talk in question last October, says it made its decision after being contacted by Price's representatives.
Who Knew?

The Seriously Unsexy Origins of the Graham Cracker

The dry, plain crackers were invented to cool certain urges. You know the ones.
Marketing

The 5 Worst Marketing Fails of 2015

From sickeningly sexist ads to a QR code that accidentally directs to a porn site, here are the gnarliest marketing sins of the year.
Dan Price

Dan Price Says Reports He Abused His Ex-Wife Are False

Kristie Colón reportedly recorded a TEDx talk where she accounts physical and mental abuse at the hands of the Gravity Payments CEO, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Tinder

Tinder CEO Sean Rad Makes Veiled Threat to Vanity Fair Reporter Ahead of IPO

The off-color comments come just days before the Match Group, Tinder's parent company, plans to raise a reported $466 million in its IPO.
Marketing

3 Lessons from Starbucks' Red Cup 'Controversy'

The coffee giant new annual holiday design lit up the Internet -- for the wrong reasons.
Theranos

Safeway Seeks to Dissolve Secret $350 Million Deal With Beleaguered Blood Startup Theranos

The partnership, code-named project 'T-Rex,' called for Theranos blood test facilities to be built in 800 Safeway stores nationwide.
Apps

'Yelp For People' Co-Founder: Your Hate Only Fuels My Resolve to Launch Peeple

Our exclusive Q&A with Julia Cordray, the brassy CEO behind the Internet's most hated app.
Twitter

Tell Us: How Much Do You Hate Twitter's Decision to Swap the Star Button for a Heart?

Many users complained that the decision amounted to a Facebook ripoff and did away with a useful sense of subtlety.