Michael Arrington, founder of the influential technology blog TechCrunch, announced Wednesday he is taking a leave of absence after suffering from several instances of physical and verbal abuse, including a death threat last summer.
Arrington, well-known in Silicon Valley for his reporting on tech news as well as reviewing start-up companies, said he is leaving the blog at least through February because the abuse has intensified. The final straw came Tuesday at a conference in Germany when "someone walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face," he said.
"I draw the line at being spat on," Arrington wrote in a blog post. "It's one step away from something far more violent."