San Francisco To Get Upgrades To Free Wi-Fi System In Time For Super Bowl Events
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San Francisco To Get Upgrades To Free Wi-Fi System In Time For Super Bowl Events

San Francisco will be getting upgrades to the city’s free Wi-Fi service in time for the upcoming Super Bowl, the mayor’s office announced today. The…

Scotland Man Indicted for Using Twitter to Manipulate Stock Prices
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Scotland Man Indicted for Using Twitter to Manipulate Stock Prices

A U.K. man was indicted in San Francisco today for allegedly using Twitter to defame technology companies, tanking their stock so he could buy it…

Central Market Tax Break Costs City $34M
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Central Market Tax Break Costs City $34M

A temporary payroll tax exemption extended to Twitter and other businesses in San Francisco’s Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods cost the city more than $33 million…

Former DEA Agent Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Corruption in Silk Road Probe
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Former DEA Agent Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Corruption in Silk Road Probe

A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who admitted stealing more than $500,000 in Bitcoin while investigating the Silk Road black market website was sentenced…

Twitter CEO Announces Plan to Layoff Hundreds of Employees
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Twitter CEO Announces Plan to Layoff Hundreds of Employees

The San Francisco-based micro-blogging website Twitter announced this morning that it will lay off hundreds of its employees. The company’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced on…

Dreamforce Conference Draws Crowds with Big Name Lineup, Shuts Down City Street
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Dreamforce Conference Draws Crowds with Big Name Lineup, Shuts Down City Street

The Dreamforce conference, a major tech event featuring top-name speakers and performers, has taken over San Francisco this week. The conference, an annual event hosted…

Court Says Music Companies Must Consider Fair Use Before Issuing YouTube Takedown Notices
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Court Says Music Companies Must Consider Fair Use Before Issuing YouTube Takedown Notices

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today made it harder for music companies to issue takedown notices for homemade YouTube videos that use brief…

Silk Road Operator Sentenced to Life Imprisonment
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Silk Road Operator Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

San Francisco resident Ross William Ulbricht, the founder of the notorious black market drug site Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison in Manhattan…

Twitter Launches NeighborNest Program to Teach Tech to Low Income, Homeless
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Twitter Launches NeighborNest Program to Teach Tech to Low Income, Homeless

NeighborNest, a new community space staffed with Twitter employees, is opening today in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood to help homeless and low-income residents access…

Uber Driver Who Fatally Struck Six Year Old Appears in Court
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Uber Driver Who Fatally Struck Six Year Old Appears in Court

A former Uber driver who fatally struck a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood on New Year’s Eve made his initial court appearance today…

Consumer Protection Complaint Filed Against Uber, Settlement Reached With Lyft
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Consumer Protection Complaint Filed Against Uber, Settlement Reached With Lyft

Today, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys filed a settlement with the transportation network company Lyft over a civil consumer protection action…

Uber Driver Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter
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Uber Driver Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

An Uber driver accused of striking and killing a 6-year-old girl while driving in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve has been charged with misdemeanor…

The Sony Pictures Hack: Hollywood’s Snowden Moment
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The Sony Pictures Hack: Hollywood’s Snowden Moment

On November 24 the world found out that Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked and had disabled its entire corporate network, including locations that spanned Culver…

FBI Denies Claim They They Used Drones To Spy On Defendant In Senator Leland Yee Corruption Case
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FBI Denies Claim They They Used Drones To Spy On Defendant In Senator Leland Yee Corruption Case

Update, 11/15/2014: The FBI is saying that the aerial video footage that Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s lawyers initially claimed was from a drone, was in fact…

Jail Offering Computer Tablets to Inmates
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Jail Offering Computer Tablets to Inmates

Inmate education at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department just got a little more sophisticated. Beginning this week, jail inmates will have the opportunity to access…

UberX Drivers Rally For Fair Pay Outside Uber Headquarters
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UberX Drivers Rally For Fair Pay Outside Uber Headquarters

Dozens of Uber drivers held a rally in front of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco this afternoon to protest what they say are unfair…

Facebook CPO Apologies to Drag Queens, Promises to Amend Naming Policy
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Facebook CPO Apologies to Drag Queens, Promises to Amend Naming Policy

A group of San Francisco drag queens who were locked out of their Facebook accounts in recent weeks because they didn’t use their legal names…

SF Expands Free Wi-Fi to 32 Parks and Open Spaces
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SF Expands Free Wi-Fi to 32 Parks and Open Spaces

San Franciscans can now get free wireless Internet access in 32 city parks, plazas and open spaces, thanks to a grant from Google, city officials…

SF DA Expresses Concerns Over Safety of Carpooling Apps
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SF DA Expresses Concerns Over Safety of Carpooling Apps

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has sent letters to transportation network companies Lyft, Uber and Sidecar threatening legal action, officials said today. Among other…

Hundreds Line Up Outside Downtown Apple Store To Buy Telephone
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Hundreds Line Up Outside Downtown Apple Store To Buy Telephone

Hundreds of people are lining up this morning at the Apple store on Stockton Street in San Francisco for a chance to buy Apple’s new…

Facebook Offers “Hollow Gesture” of Restoring Select Drag Queens’, Others’ Accounts For Two Weeks
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Facebook Offers “Hollow Gesture” of Restoring Select Drag Queens’, Others’ Accounts For Two Weeks

Facebook officials today said they would restore the profiles of San Francisco drag queens and others that had recently been suspended or removed under it’s…

Facebook Agrees to Meet with Drag Queens to Discuss Profile Name Policy
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Facebook Agrees to Meet with Drag Queens to Discuss Profile Name Policy

Facebook officials have agreed to meet with local drag queens at San Francisco City Hall to discuss the social media website’s policy of people using…

Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Ingleside Shootout
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Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Ingleside Shootout

A San Francisco man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison this morning for the murder of a man killed in a shootout…

“They’re a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city”: Tech Buses Blocked In Mission
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“They’re a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city”: Tech Buses Blocked In Mission

Senior and disability advocates blocked two tech buses for half an hour in the Mission District this morning to protest rising eviction rates of vulnerable…

Sex Worker, Former Hustler Club Dancer In Court After Arrest For Heroin Death Of Former Apple, Google Exec
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Sex Worker, Former Hustler Club Dancer In Court After Arrest For Heroin Death Of Former Apple, Google Exec

A prostitute and former San Francisco exotic dancer made her first appearance in Santa Cruz County Superior Court today since being arrested Friday in the…

San Francisco Coffee Shop Says They Will Stop Scanning And Tracking Wireless Devices Of Patrons And Passers-By
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San Francisco Coffee Shop Says They Will Stop Scanning And Tracking Wireless Devices Of Patrons And Passers-By

Looks like the honeymoon between Philz Coffee and retail analytics company Euclid Elements is over. The breakup was aired in public yesterday when the popular…

Privacy, Legal Concerns Raised As San Francisco Coffee Shop Scans And Tracks Cell Phones Of All Patrons
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Privacy, Legal Concerns Raised As San Francisco Coffee Shop Scans And Tracks Cell Phones Of All Patrons

Popular Bay Area cafe Philz Coffee is tracking how often and for how long its customers visit its various locations through smartphones, tablets, and any…

Court In SF OKs Suit Against Facebook For Fraud, Privacy Violations
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Court In SF OKs Suit Against Facebook For Fraud, Privacy Violations

A federal appeals court ruled in San Francisco today that Facebook users can go ahead with breach-of-contract and fraud claims against the online social network…

San Francisco’s Getting Sued For Letting Tech Buses Use Muni Stops
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San Francisco’s Getting Sued For Letting Tech Buses Use Muni Stops

A lawsuit filed against the city of San Francisco today seeks to block the use of commuter shuttle buses at Municipal Railway bus stops, arguing…

Airbnb Supporters And Opponents Hold Dueling Rallies Over Future Of Short-Term Housing Rentals In SF
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Airbnb Supporters And Opponents Hold Dueling Rallies Over Future Of Short-Term Housing Rentals In SF

Supporters and opponents of room-sharing services such as Airbnb that allow people to use their homes as short-term lodging for a fee held dueling rallies…

As An SF Internet Tycoon Admits To Domestic Violence, A Battle Continues On His Wikipedia Page
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As An SF Internet Tycoon Admits To Domestic Violence, A Battle Continues On His Wikipedia Page

As news broke yesterday that Internet tycoon Gurbaksh Chahal admitted to domestic violence in San Francisco court, the Appeal discovered a substantial and concerted effort…

“You gave all our money away”: City Workers Protest Twitter Tax Break
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“You gave all our money away”: City Workers Protest Twitter Tax Break

Tax breaks by San Francisco for Mid-Market employers were the target of a rally outside City Hall this afternoon by a public employee union that…

Bus-Blocking Protesters Call Out Google Staffer Who’s Allegedly Trying To Evict Guerrero Street Tenants
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Bus-Blocking Protesters Call Out Google Staffer Who’s Allegedly Trying To Evict Guerrero Street Tenants

Dozens of protesters in San Francisco blocked a bus headed for Google headquarters this morning and dozens more are expected during a march this afternoon…

Google Commuter Bus Blocked On Valencia Street By Clown-Costumed Protesters
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Google Commuter Bus Blocked On Valencia Street By Clown-Costumed Protesters

Ahead of a San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ hearing this afternoon on a pending pilot program to charge private shuttle buses for using public bus…

Fate Of SFMTA’s $1 Agreement With Tech Buses To Be Determined At Meeting Tuesday
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Fate Of SFMTA’s $1 Agreement With Tech Buses To Be Determined At Meeting Tuesday

The fate of an 18-month pilot program that would charge private commuter buses $1 each time employees are picked up or dropped off at public…

Supervisors Join City Workers Rallying Against Tech Company Tax Breaks, Private Shuttles
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Supervisors Join City Workers Rallying Against Tech Company Tax Breaks, Private Shuttles

Hundreds of city workers gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall for a noontime protest decrying tax breaks for high-tech companies and other deals…

Mysterious Google Barge Floats Away From SF Thursday Morning
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Mysterious Google Barge Floats Away From SF Thursday Morning

The mysterious vessel known as the “Google barge” is making its way to Stockton, where it is expected to stay for the next six months,…

Google Pays For Two Years Of Muni For Youth, Wants Info About SF’s Other “Affordability Challenges”
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Google Pays For Two Years Of Muni For Youth, Wants Info About SF’s Other “Affordability Challenges”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced today that Google is donating $6.8 million to fund the next two years of the city’s Free Muni for…

Google To Fund Next Two Years Of Free Muni for Youth Program
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Google To Fund Next Two Years Of Free Muni for Youth Program

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials announced today that Google is donating $6.8 million to fund the next two years of the…

“We want Twitter to pay its fair share” 24 Cops Police Protesters (Including Two Supes) Against Corporate Tax Breaks
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“We want Twitter to pay its fair share” 24 Cops Police Protesters (Including Two Supes) Against Corporate Tax Breaks

San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos joined San Francisco city workers today in a protest outside Twitter’s Market Street headquarters calling for an…