Another Silicon Valley investor has ripped in to Gawker Media — alleging the company behind "Deadspin" and "Jezebel" published a fake story.
"That publication printed lies," angel investor and Inside.com founder Jason Calacanis told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" Friday. "We know this because at one of my companies we sent them a fake story and they printed it the same day. Gawker, during that period, was paying for stolen content."
The story in question, according to Calacanis, was a 2007 leak he sent from a fake Yahoo email account, then published as, "Is Kokua the new site from Calacanis?." The story, which was picked up by other acclaimed technology blogs, is couched with skepticism:
This may or may not be an early screenshot of Jason Calacanis' new search site. The prototype is called Kokua, and looks like a video version of About.com. It's search engine, wikipedia and podcasting directory rolled into one. Calacanis, the entrepreneur who sold Engadget and other weblogs to AOL for $25m, enjoys spreading confusion, and intrigue; but a spoof page with that in mind would be a lot of effort, even for him.