Startup CEO Arrested for Child Abuse, Assault, and Attempted Murder

News broke on Friday that Zain Jaffer, ex-CEO of mobile ads startup Vungle, was arrested for child abuse (including a charge of oral copulation of a person under 14), assault, and attempted murder. 

The company replaced Jaffer as CEO a day before the allegations were reported in the tech press. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s website indicates that an inmate named Jaffer is being held at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, California. 

Jaffer was featured as part of Inc.’s 35 Under 35 Coolest Entrepreneurs package in 2014.

A Vungle spokesperson wasn’t immediately available. Earlier today, a company representative told VentureBeat: “While we do not have any information that is not in the public record at this point, these are extremely serious allegations, and we are shocked beyond words.” The charges are “obviously so serious that it led to the immediate removal of Mr. Jaffer from any operational responsibility at the company,” the rep told VentureBeat.

Jaffer’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 1, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s records.

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5 Fun Weekend Tech Deals For Gamers, Spotlight Enthusiasts

If time got away from you this week, these weekend tech deals can help you reclaim a little savings. With a little help from our pals at TechBargains, we have five fun tech items to liven up your home.

Mpow FM Projection Alarm Clock – $ 30

This alarm clock has the usual AM/FM features, but packs a few surprises, like a projector that paints a big digital display of the time right on the ceiling. It also has a built-in USB port to charge your phone and the display will dim if it’s too bright and blue for you. Amazon has the Mpow FM Projection Alarm Clock for $ 30 (Discount Code: HQKGWOGC, List Price: $ 40).

Dell XPS 8910 desktop PC – $ 620

If your desktop PC is getting sluggish we’ve got a solid upgrade. This Dell XPS Tower isn’t quite VR ready, but it should run many 3D games with ease for nearly $ 600 with a discount code. It has a 4GHz 6th Generation Intel Core i7, Windows 10 Pro, a 1TB hard drive, Nvidia’s 2GB GeForce GT 730 graphics card, and 16GB DDR4 RAM. Dell’s store has the Dell XPS 8910 Tower Chassis for $ 620 (Discount Code: XPS669, List Price: $ 900).

Holan 2-in-1 LED Solar Spotlights – $ 26

If your yard could use a few highlights in the dark, this pack of four solar-powered 200-lumen spotlights may do the trick. Because they’re weatherproof (IP65), they’re great for backyards, front yards, and can be wall mounted. They can charge up in about a day if there’s decent sunlight and hold a pretty good charge. You can learn more and buy them on Amazon. The 4-Pack of Holan Solar Spotlights are on sale for $ 25.79 (Discount Code: U3AUGD9J, List Price: $ 60).

Vizio E50-E1 50-Inch 4K TV – $ 470

Finding a decent 4K TV for under $ 500 is still a challenge, but you can’t go wrong with a Vizio, which often hits a perfect balance between great prices and excellent picture quality. On top of the sub-$ 500 price, Dell will give you a $ 100 gift card to its store, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding something else you like with the money. The Vizio E50-E1 50-Inch 4K TV is $ 470 (List Price: $ 500).

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop (with Core i7) – $ 650

Gamers, this 15.6-inch laptop has a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM (you can spec up to 16GB), a 1TB hybrid hard drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10 Home, and a 6-cell battery. It should work with a VR setup if you’ve got it, though it’s a little under Oculus’s recommended VR specs. But for 2D gaming, it should do you fine. You can buy the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop for $ 470 (Discount Code: 50OFF699, List Price: $ 900)

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