“The popular contemporary understanding of a hacker is as a kind of virtual spy; someone who breaks into secure virtual infrastructures – particularly ones belonging to governments — to exploit that data or just to cause trouble. This is only part of the story.”
Privileged Information: The Fight for an Open Internet [Weekly]

“Historic New York-based piano maker Steinway & Sons will be taking over the retailer’s stores on Mission St.”
Historic Sherman Clay piano company shutters after 140 years [Biz Times]

“Westfield San Francisco Center is piling new retailers into the downtown shopping center this spring, building out its store directory with luxury and tech brand names.”
Westfield SF adds string of new retailers [Merc]

“Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source. Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio’s current projects—Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313—were cancelled.”
Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault [Kotaku]

“Zynga is starting out with two gambling brands, ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino, hosting more than 160 games.”
Zynga starts real money gambling games April 3 [CNet]

“The business is firing on all cylinders – tickets, sponsorships, merchandising, ratings”
Giants’ winning venue, marketing pay off [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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