The "CrunchPad", a 12-inch tablet device created by Michael Arrington, the founder of the TechCrunch blogs with input from readers, is no more.
The CrunchPad project has been binned by the blogger, who states the "entire project self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication".
While a lengthy blog post over on TechCrunch will fill you in on all the gory details, it seems due to contractual oversights Arrington's partners in the venture decided to go it alone, resulting in all parties falling out big time.
"It was so close I could taste it. Two weeks ago we were ready to publicly launch the CrunchPad. The device was stable enough for a demo. It went hours without crashing", Arrington says.
"We could even let people play with the device themselves - the user interface was intuitive enough that people 'got it' without any instructions. And the look of pure joy on the handful of outsiders who had used it made the nearly 1.5 year effort completely worth it".