“B.A.R. publisher Thomas E. Horn and general manager Michael Yamashita announced to the paper’s staff Monday, April 22 that the Bob Ross Foundation, which owns the B.A.R. , has signed a letter of intent with Todd Vogt and Patrick Brown. Vogt and Brown are shareholders in the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which owns the Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly.”
B.A.R. to get new partners [BAR]

“Zynga executives say they’re “doubling down on big bets,” which means killing off games that won’t bring in big bucks in the long run and sticking to franchises that do.”
Zynga launches Draw Something 2, kills four other games [CNet]

“Zynga Inc.’s surprise profit in the first three months of the year got overshadowed by a revenue decline, a drop in the number of users and a lower-than-expected second-quarter forecast.”
Zynga reports lower 1Q revenue, shares fall [AP via Chron]

“Let it be known that Tosca Cafe is still open for business.” (last item)
La Nebbia to ham it up as enoteca [Chron]

“all I heard was uncritical boosterism, grandiose claims, creepy futurism, and the unfettered hubris of a 31-year-old CEO who claims to be altruistically saving the world while getting filthy rich in the process and refusing to even pay the local taxes that a fair public process concluded that Airbnb and its hosts owe. And after Dr. Jones failed to ask the questions I had submitted and cut off the Q&A early, Chesky turned and darted out a back door before I could ask him myself (his company’s spokespeople also still haven’t responded to my inquiries from last month).”
The hype, reality, and accountability of collaborative consumption [SFBG]

“GroupMD, a San Francisco start-up that aims to give doctors a secure place to share clinical data, has named Robert Rowley, M.D., as its chief medical officer.”
Ex-Practice Fusion CMO Robert Rowley named to same role at GroupMD [Biz Times]

” the power of reviving local manufacturing lies in the simple possibility of exposing even our youngest makers to the wonders of a small blue tile, made in a massive orange kiln, just a two-block walk from home.”
‘Making’ local builds pride of place http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Making-local-builds-pride-of-place-4461327.php?t=3fec1b900a3f99889e

“Rover.com offered sitters who could care for Boogie one-on-one in their homes, or at his, for as little as $25 a night. It was a level of care at a price not available at any local kennel.”
Rover.com like Airbnb for your dog [Chron]

the author

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 eve@sfappeal.com.

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