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News, The Snitch Apple iPod Antitrust Suit Features Ghost of Steve Jobs and Christmases Past

Apple iPod Antitrust Suit Features Ghost of Steve Jobs and Christmases Past

A 2005 class action against Apple got underway in Oakland federal court today, with plaintiffs' attorneys arguing that the tech company's late founder Steve Jobs conspired with other top executives to attain a virtual monopoly over the music downloading market. Jobs…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Channeling the Inner Townie at The Corner Spot

Distillations: Channeling the Inner Townie at The Corner Spot

The Corner Spot on 14th Avenue is so new that the neighbors are still complaining about the new paint smell. There were enough booze brands in neon lights that if you sat a toddler on the bar he'd learn to…
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Music, The End of the iPod Classic: On the Merits of a Music Player

The End of the iPod Classic: On the Merits of a Music Player

Apple hasn't come out and speechified it yet, but lots of smart people in the tech industry think 2013 will be the last year for the iPod Classic. That's the lovely little music player that propelled longtime underdog Apple to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Thank You, Mr. Roboto

Thank You, Mr. Roboto

What makes a good cocktail? Fresh ingredients, quality booze, a semi-autonomous artificial agent guided by electronic circuitry? At BarBot 13, the annual festival of cocktail robotics and mechanical socializing, you can find out yourself as you’re served drinks by robot…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds Intrigue on the 39th Floor at the View

Bouncer Finds Intrigue on the 39th Floor at the View

San Francisco has its fair share of sky lounges, those hotel bars that offer a panoramic view of the city. I'm not sure why the View is my favorite one, but there's something snuggly about the place. It just trumps…
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Dining, Eat Wing Wings: Your Favorite Bar Snack Has International Flair

Wing Wings: Your Favorite Bar Snack Has International Flair

With the Giants approaching the playoffs and the 49ers re-emerging, it's the season for chicken wings in S.F. The spicy appetizers are as ubiquitous on bar menus as cheap beer, but the city's most well-known source isn't a sports bar…
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Tech Theft: How to Return Lost Devices, Without Police Help

High-tech San Francisco offers plenty of ways to reconnect lost gadgets with their owners, but sometimes old-fashioned is the way to go. A 4-gigabyte iPod Nano — like one recently found on Mission near 17th Street — is worth a…
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News, Sucka Free City

Bag the Bus: Muni's 15-Month Trash-Bag Fix Gets Repaired

On June 13, SF Weekly published a cover story about the dire state of Muni maintenance. It opened with pictures and descriptions of Coach No. 5427, the "Glad Bag Bus," which featured an 8-foot swath of its rooftop wires wrapped…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Judges Bartenders at Cafe Du Nord

Bouncer Judges Bartenders at Cafe Du Nord

Bartending jobs in this city are a coveted commodity, especially after the rise of so-called "mixology," which attempts to elevate drink-makers to the vaunted place occupied by master chefs. But even a gig at the grittiest beer hole is a…
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Calendar, Night&Day ... Like No One's Watching

... Like No One's Watching

It’s a new year and you want to “get fit,” but when you’re sick of post-workout Jamba Juice and hating the entire contents of your iPod, you quit. You tell yourself you’ll go back; you just don’t feel like going…
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Dining, Eat Mission Cheese: Beautiful Cheese, Stinky Service

Mission Cheese: Beautiful Cheese, Stinky Service

Surveying the lengthy line at Tartine Bakery on a rainy Saturday afternoon, you'd be hard-pressed to find a grimace. Inside, there's no guarantee of a place to eat by the time your order is ready, but no one panics. People…
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Music, The Shelf Life of Cake

The Shelf Life of Cake

John McCrea and his band, Cake, have gone the distance, and more than a few times. Maybe more than he would have liked. McCrea is the declarative voice of a band that came of age at the pinnacle of alt-rock…
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News, Feature iHelp for Autism

iHelp for Autism

View more photographs in the iHelp for Autism slideshow. Three weeks had passed since Shannon Rosa had glanced over the numbers on her tiny blue raffle ticket. Like many other parents, she had agreed to cough up $5 not because…
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Music, Bouncer Carpenters Nerds Unite

Carpenters Nerds Unite

It's hard to measure the esteem I hold for Karen Carpenter. She played the drums and sang at the same time, which is awesome — but, unfortunately, it's also a talent she shared with Phil Collins. Unlike Collins, however, Carpenter…
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Film, Kicking ass for Jesus: <i>The Book of Eli</i> is a little warped

Kicking ass for Jesus: The Book of Eli is a little warped

Directors Allen and Albert Hughes were raised by an Armenian mother and African-American father. With such a background, it would be difficult not to have feelings about the church. Their fourth film, The Book of Eli, centers on the Christianity that was at the margins of their previous films — hypocritically misused by Bokeem…
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Music, The Black Lips re-embrace the crappy

The Black Lips re-embrace the crappy

Once upon a time, before they ruled the iPods of 30-year-old graphic artists and coffeeshop baristas everywhere, the Black Lips were cruddy for real. Before the world tours and the proposed energy drink and the controversies both calculated and fabricated,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Donkey Punch

Donkey Punch

The personnel behind Donkey Punch could’ve released anything with such a “No way” title—if you haven’t been on the Internet since 1999, well, ask around—and probably recouped their costs off titillated adolescents trying to slip one past the ’rents. But…
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Music, Cell phones: the future of music broadcasting

Cell phones: the future of music broadcasting

There's no shortage of challengers to iTunes' hegemony. In September, MySpace opened its new music storefront, and Best Buy purchased Napster to dip into online music retailing. In August, Rhapsody formed a partnership with MTV/Viacom to help market its subscription…
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Culture, Stage <i>All You Can Eat</i> serves up empty calories

All You Can Eat serves up empty calories

One of the most inspiring pieces of writing I've read all year came my way in response to a tongue-in-cheek blog post I wrote last May about our mad multitasking culture. A reader sent a link to a college commencement…
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Music, Bouncer

Reborn at Harry Denton's Starlight Room

Lately I've been having strange dreams where I am either reborn or am amid death and dying. In the "reborn" situations, I travel down a shaft and emerge as a little baby. The death themes are more interesting. The other…
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