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News, The Snitch Why Facebook's 'Whisper Campaign' Against Google Isn't Okay

Why Facebook's 'Whisper Campaign' Against Google Isn't Okay

I'm a big fan of Jack Shafer, Slate's media columnist. But his libertarian worldview sometimes tends to make him go overboard with his "oh, what's the big deal" shtick. That's the case --  somewhat -- with his latest column, wherein…
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News, The Snitch The Real Loser of Palin vs. Biden: Gwen Ifill

The Real Loser of Palin vs. Biden: Gwen Ifill

Debate moderator Gwen Ifill missed a few chances for tough followup questions. By Will Harper A lot of media critics are gushing over moderator Gwen Ifill’s impartial performance at last night’s veep debate, but if you ask me, she blew…
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The Insubstantial Hinckle and O'Donoghue Just read your column on O'Donoghue and Hinckle ("Vanishing Acts," Mecklin, April 8) and wanted to give you a quick word of support. I rather enjoyed the cover in question ("Block Party," March 25), even…
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Wired Frays

The Voice of the Digital Revolution has been sounding muffled lately -- unless you listen to its friendly translators, who say its troops are reorganized and finally ready to conquer the world. Unfortunately, fiscal and managerial reality suggests otherwise. San…
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Phone Book of Revelations The Jesuits at the University of San Francisco have finally exorcised their telephone prefix, which for more than a decade has been the slightly unseemly 666. "It was the weirdest thing in the world for us…
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New Editor at SF Weekly

Dirk Olin has been appointed editor of SF Weekly effective June 10. He replaces Jack Shafer, who resigned last month to accept the deputy editor position at Slate, a new on-line magazine. Olin joins SF Weekly from California Lawyer, where…
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Egged On Regarding "Taco Bell Library" ("Whose Library Is It?" Bay View, April 17): Oh boy, now we've got something to be exercised about while the world passes us by. So what about Texaco and the Metropolitan Opera? And what…
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Editor Jack Shafer has announced his resignation from SF Weekly, effective June 1. Shafer leaves for Seattle to take a deputy editor position at Microsoft Corp.'s new on-line magazine, Slate. In the 15 months that he directed SF Weekly, Shafer…
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Welcome Wagon I was surprised by Jack Shafer's article ("Welcome to S.F. -- Give Us Your Money," Shafer, March 6), which entirely missed the point of Proposition A, the March 26 ballot proposal to fund additional facilities for Moscone Center.…
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The San Francisco Beer Party It was no Boston Tea Party, but Americans for Gay Rights won a passel of press coverage for spilling beer in a Jan. 4 demonstration against the German government. International media clicked away as three…
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Pluggin' Away Your report on the recent changes in the pop music department at the Chronicle ("Raspberry Beret," Samples, Sept. 27) does a disservice to my erstwhile colleague, Michael Snyder, and his well-deserved laurels as a champion of the alternative…
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Dead Parrot High atop the masthead of San Francisco Focus resides the name of one Mark K. Powelson, a former Berkeley Barb radical who now occupies the starched-shirt-and-suspenders world of corporate publishing. (Well, neocorporate. SF Focus is published by nonprofit…
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The Last Word The San Francisco Bay Guardian trumps Willie Brown in its Aug. 30 interview with the political snake-oil salesman as Editor Bruce B. Brugmann so thoroughly hectors Brown about PG&E, Manhattanization, the joy of increased taxes, Viacom, and…
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Recycle This Let's get recycling in this city ("Money for Nothing," Aug. 16) into perspective: 1) The state of California mandates recycling for the city; 2) Sunset Scavenger is not required to bid competitively for San Francisco's recycling contract; 3)…
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Mis-Caste I found your review of Bandit Queen (Film, "Gangbusted," July 5) rather disturbing. In criticizing the fact-based movie about Phoolan Devi, a lower-caste Indian woman turned bandit revolutionary, Paul Reidinger argues that the movie never "comes to grips with…
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Take This Job and Tax It Supervisor Tom Ammiano's proposal for a new "Occupation License Fee Ordinance" drew strong protests from city business leaders recently but still managed to wend its way to the full Board of Supervisors, where it…
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