In the news on April 9: Year of the recalls continues with addition of pistachios and prescription drugs; and the economy is still bad; but the Bay Area has one of the most exciting ferry runs in the world!

Lawyers continue to suffer as intellectual property firm Townsend & Townsend lays off 61. SF Biz Times

Pistachio consumption grinds to halt as recall continues. Those eating nuts out of ‘small clear containers’ and ‘gold gift towers’ have cause for concern. CBS5

Genentech pulls psoriasis drug Raptiva after link to fatal brain infection is found. Chron


Google and Microsoft vie to acquire Twitter. Have meetings in which grown men discuss ‘tweeting’ without a hint of irony. D

Parts of Bay Area still without phone service. Local authorities predict surge in productive activity prompted by inability to spend entire day texting. Chron, CNET

Cisco to buy Tidal Software as part of plan to expand beyond networking equipment business and take over world. ABC7


Proposed ferry service between the East Bay and San Francisco could make Berkeley the new Brooklyn. Not to fear San Francisco the world’s ‘second most exciting ferry ride’ is still the run between Sausalito and the city. Chron

Flashbacks of dot-com crash as San Francisco businesses close are tempered by fairly weak silver lining. Ex

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