In the news on March 27: Intel, Apple, and Twitter all have plenty going on; taxes, they go up, they go down; and acquisitions are completed and postponed.


SF businesses can get payroll tax reimbursements for cut workers. SFBT

FDA holds off on approving Genentech cancer drug. AP via CBS5

Or should we say Roche cancer drug? Chron

Unemployment benefits extended, whew. SFBT

Hello, service station attendant. Are you checking my tire pressure as now required by law, or are you just happy to see me? SFBT

What recession? Local businesses we’ve never heard of raise VC. Chron

A desire to beat the impending sales tax increase has not caused a rush to the car dealer. Chron

Tesla’s changed their mind about building their cars in the Bay Area. Chron


SF web entrepreneurs trying to save money. Thanks for the tip. Reuters

Don’t believe the hype: Twitter hasn’t announced shit in terms of a Biz (heh) model. CNET via CBS5

The Chronicle disagrees with that assessment. Chron

Don’t believe the hype 2: Twitter full of famous people’s flunkies. CNET, Valleywag

Intel’s busy: Their new graphics chip discussed at GDC 09. CNET

Their new Macbook air chip. CNET

AND they sue and get sued. Reuters

Apple’s SF-held Developer’s Conference dates (June 8-12). Chron

iTunes raises, lowers prices at the same time. CNET

Apple to offer price-jacked contractless Phones in stores. CNET

Google Maps become less trustworthy as user-created maps begin to appear in search. CNET

Google greenwashes…Google blog

Even as they lay off 200… Reuters

And they’re not buying any new stuff. Reuters via Wired

GDC 09 attendees: not as unattractive as we expected. CNET

Santa Clara based Agilent to lay off 2700. Chron


The windows work, but so the escalators? Curbed SF

Civic Center’s Trinity residental development sallys forth. Curbed SF

Newly approved 14 story affordable ‘loin housing building struggling to add grocery store to mix. Curbed SF

Check out 270 Castaneda, it looks weird inside. Socketsite

2170 Pacific is almost $3M, and no one wants to buy it. Shocking. Socketsite

Lembi family real estate empire continues to crumble. Socketsite

SFGate tries to kill Chronicle deader by publishing blog post singing praises of using craigslist for real estate sales. Shhhh! Chron

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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