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News, The Snitch S.F. Renters Partying Like It’s 2009

S.F. Renters Partying Like It’s 2009

If you’re currently trying to rent an apartment in San Francisco, this news might make you laugh: The market is cooling so much that landlords are offering generous perks for signing a lease. But to anyone considering a 400-square-foot studio…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Voters Could Tax Twitter, Other Tech Companies

S.F. Voters Could Tax Twitter, Other Tech Companies

Voters in November will have the chance to declare their love, or lack thereof, for the tech industry – often labeled the sole source of the death of the city’s soul. Supervisor Eric Mar, with the support of colleague Aaron…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb's Enormous Success is Bigger Than You Think

Airbnb's Enormous Success is Bigger Than You Think

In 2009, Airbnb’s second year of existence, the San Francisco-based hotel alternative facilitator boasted 3,000 listings worldwide. This year, Airbnb offered a staggering 2.3 million housing units to rent for a day, a week, a weekday — which means…
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News, The Snitch After Uproar, Dolores Park Lawn Reservations Nixed

After Uproar, Dolores Park Lawn Reservations Nixed

You know you’ve touched a nerve when your cause generates two change.org petitions in less than 24 hours. But it appears fans of Dolores Park can rest a little easier — and sit upon the DoPa grass without fear of…
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News, The Snitch $10K, No Way: Elite Tech Interns Encouraged To Fight For Their Worth

$10K, No Way: Elite Tech Interns Encouraged To Fight For Their Worth

When UC Berkeley undergraduate and self-described serial hacker Rodney Folz released the results of a survey he conducted on intern salaries at a couple dozen local technology companies last week, most of the coverage focused on the crazy numbers.…
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News, The Snitch Uber Wins: Settles Suit, Dodges Trial, Drivers Remain Contractors

Uber Wins: Settles Suit, Dodges Trial, Drivers Remain Contractors

It seems San Francisco-based Uber has weaseled its way out of being a responsible capitalist yet again, even if CEO Travis Kalanick's $62 billion company might be pretending it just lost big.  Late Thursday, the gig economy darling announced…
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News, The Snitch Report: 80 Percent of Airbnb Listings Could Violate S.F. City Law

Report: 80 Percent of Airbnb Listings Could Violate S.F. City Law

Airbnb is regulated under San Francisco city law, rules Airbnb had a hand in creating. But Airbnb continues to violate those rules, allowing unregistered hosts to list their homes on the site and allowing entire housing units to  be used…
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News, The Snitch Millennial Problems: All Good Burritos Go to Heaven

Millennial Problems: All Good Burritos Go to Heaven

One hallmark of being a millennial is living life as if everything has just happened for the first time (yes, exactly like this). The world is an amazing place when you’re just discovering it. This was strikingly captured in a…
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News, The Snitch If Tech Is Dying In SF, Which City Is Becoming the Next SF?

If Tech Is Dying In SF, Which City Is Becoming the Next SF?

Since today ends with -day, it’s another chance to write the eulogy for San Francisco’s tech industry. But perhaps this one should come with a footnote about resurrection. The latest story about tech jobs — and the people working…
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News, The Snitch Welcome to Salesforce, California: City Sells Naming Rights To Tech Titan

Welcome to Salesforce, California: City Sells Naming Rights To Tech Titan

In a landmark deal that will allow (most) of the City by the Bay's iconic branding to stay the same, Mayor Ed Lee announced the exclusive sale of municipal naming rights to local tech giant Salesforce. "For too long,…
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News, The Snitch Key Witness in Alex Nieto Case Makes Case... For Himself, on Fark

Key Witness in Alex Nieto Case Makes Case... For Himself, on Fark

It’s not easy being Evan Snow. The erstwhile SF-based IT professional and patron of Bernal Hill has a lot on his shoulders, and no one to take off the weight. So what’s a guy to do? Plead his case…
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News, The Snitch Massive Ellis Act Eviction, Possibly City's Biggest-Ever, at Mid-Market Lofts

Massive Ellis Act Eviction, Possibly City's Biggest-Ever, at Mid-Market Lofts

The saga of 1049 Market Street — affordable live-work lofts populated by artists, photographers, and musicians near Civic Center — just took another turn, after the landlord there filed what activists say is the biggest Ellis Act eviction in…
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News, The Snitch CA Lawmaker Says Human Trafficking is a Good Reason to Make Your Smartphone Less Secure

CA Lawmaker Says Human Trafficking is a Good Reason to Make Your Smartphone Less Secure

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, and here in San Francisco, state and local agencies have been busy hosting press conferences, summits, and training sessions for staff in the hospitality industry. Yesterday, at an event in the Tenderloin, the…
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News, The Snitch Tech Companies, Eager to Be Loved, Bought You a Super Bowl

Tech Companies, Eager to Be Loved, Bought You a Super Bowl

Even as locals and city supervisors fume about the Super Bowl’s $4.8 million price tag — an expense San Francisco is footing without much help from the Super Bowl Host Committee — tech companies are eager to get a…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco’s Future Looks A Lot Like L.A.’s Status Quo

San Francisco’s Future Looks A Lot Like L.A.’s Status Quo

Last week, real estate database Zillow released a list of the 10 most valuable housing markets in the country — as expressed by the sum total of all home values (in tax terms) in the city — as well as…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Employees Appreciate the Company's "Deep Sense of Humility and Passion"

Airbnb Employees Appreciate the Company's "Deep Sense of Humility and Passion"

After a year of intense political skirmishes and PR gaffes in San Francisco, short-term home rental platform Airbnb has been named the country’s best place to work, according to career website Glassdoor.com. What with the Proposition F campaign and…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: 8 Thoughts After SF MusicTech

Moment of Truth: 8 Thoughts After SF MusicTech

Moment of Truth is SF Weekly's Hip-Hop column, appearing every week on All Shook Down.  SF MusicTech descended upon the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown for its 18th Summit this past Tuesday. This was an opportunity to get a snapshot…
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News, The Snitch Jesse Jackson Wants Racial Data About Twitter Layoffs. Twitter Plays Dumb.

Jesse Jackson Wants Racial Data About Twitter Layoffs. Twitter Plays Dumb.

Twitter has a diversity problem, like so many tech companies, and this week the social media giant’s overwhelming whiteness was very publicly taken to task. As USA Today reports, Rev. Jesse Jackson is pressuring Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to…
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News, The Snitch Members of Private Tennis Club Fight to Protect Their Space and the "Spirit of the City"

Members of Private Tennis Club Fight to Protect Their Space and the "Spirit of the City"

In an unusual twist on the tech/displacement narrative, more than 200 members of San Francisco’s only indoor tennis club are protesting plans to demolish the site and build a five-story office complex in its place, deeming the proposal another…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb and Uber Executives Sued for Sexual Harassment and Wage Theft by Former Live-In Domestic Worker

Airbnb and Uber Executives Sued for Sexual Harassment and Wage Theft by Former Live-In Domestic Worker

A former live-in domestic worker for two San Francisco tech executives filed suit against her former employers today, alleging sexual harassment and wage theft. A complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court alleges that Cameron Poetzscher, the head of corporate…
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