Tech news site Mashable has sacked its editor-at-large, Ben Parr. AllThingsD reports that the writer and entrepreneur confirmed his departure on Monday.
Parr's bio on Mashable has now been updated to describe him as the site's "former editor-at-large."
"Ben is currently working on a yet-to-be-announced project," the site says.
Parr joined Mashable in August 2008. AllThingsD says Mashable limited its official response to a single sentence “confirming the terms of departure were termination."
Emails sent to Parr's Mashable account now receive an automated response: "Ben Parr is no longer with Mashable."
Business Insider reports that Mashable paid Parr a $250,000 cash bonus to encourage him to stay until July next year, according to "several sources familiar to the matter."
BI's unnamed source claims that Parr’s payout was a breach of contract. "There's a chance the agreement was shot down, or Parr and Mashable couldn't reach a new agreement," BI says.
Mashable was founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005. In 2009, Time magazine named the site one the 25 best blogs of the year. It described Mashable as "the largest and most popular blog focused on social networking."