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News, Spake Your Money-Maker: How Tech Companies Turned Gibberish into a Brand Identity

Spake Your Money-Maker: How Tech Companies Turned Gibberish into a Brand Identity

If the goal of a name is economy — meaning a single word that speaks volumes — then no name in the world is more effective than "Google." A misspelling of the mathematical term "googol," it nonetheless has similar connotations.…
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News, Sucka Free City

The Millennial generation defends itself online

In the old days, if a newspaper ran an article some people didn't like, those people would write aggrieved letters to the editor. But that's so 20th century. So when The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story in…
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News, Clickable Clit I’m all black and blue. Thanks, internet!

I’m all black and blue. Thanks, internet!

The Clickable Clit continues this week with more online adventures from the personal life of an SF-based cybersex expert… Wednesday, July 30, 11:30 a.m. Oh no, it’s the return of the awkward “LOL.” A few years back, I wrote a…
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News, Clickable Clit Web Extra: The Clickable Clit - A Cybersex Column

Web Extra: The Clickable Clit - A Cybersex Column

The Clickable Clit continues this week with more online adventures from an SF-based cybersex expert… Monday, July 14, 2:21 a.m. I think I’m selling myself for traffic. Or really, I’m giving myself away for free. As a side project, I…
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News, Matt Smith

Cruise Control

For public health advocates, the Internet, and its ability to spread disease through anonymous sex hookups, is the new tobacco. Just as the "right to smoke" as an important civil liberty has been largely discredited, the "right" of sex Web…
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Culture, Books

There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future

By Kara Swisher Crown Business (2003), $24.95 I'll never forget waking up in January 2000 and hearing on the radio that AOL and Time Warner were merging. As a reporter for The Industry Standard, I was plunged immediately into a…
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Culture, Stage

Manifest: The Battle of Intergalactic Farces

The improbably named Serene Zloof morphs into a weird array of local characters and transdimensional aliens in her goofily titled solo show. Don't let the willful strangeness fool you: Zloof is a talented actor, so the first half of Manifest…
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News, Matt Smith Serfing the Web

Serfing the Web

Sometime during the last two decades of the Technology Age -- perhaps it was after the publication of the 250th touchy-feely management best seller, or after the broadcast of public television's 100th Sesame Street-like investment tips show -- Americans came…
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News, South to the Future

South to the Future

January 19, 2000 WASHINGTON -- While most newspapers and television news programs couldn't say enough nice things about the AOL-Time Warner merger, key players are expressing concerns -- off the record. The anonymous remarks, collected at a password-protected section of…
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Dining, Eat

The Man Who Came to Dinner

"Southern cookin' and home-style lovin' " read the subject window of a recent incoming e-mail. This, I thought, is my kind of message. The sender turned out to be a woman known to AOL's Digital City denizens as Ask Ms.…
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News, Feature

Net Loss

Dr. Armando Valdez leans from a stuffed hotel armchair and sweeps at the air jaggedly with both hands, punctuates his speech with glottal stops, and occasionally repeats and re-repeats his sentences. He's dissembling, which seems to make it harder to…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Jazz, Blues and Patty Hearst It's a cold late Monday afternoon at the new Boom Boom Room on Fillmore at Geary, the revamped Jacks Bar now owned by Bay Area blues legend John Lee Hooker. Outside, the rain is pouring…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Birthplace of a Tryst? The Inn Justice appears to be your typical working man's dive across the street from the Hall of Justice -- Formica tables, vinyl barstools, karaoke monitor looming over the bar. A small cluster of women with…
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Dear SF Weekly: "So if the Rolling Stones are online, does that mean I can have virtual sex with Mick Jagger?!?" Pulsing on Potrero Hill Dear Pulsing: Well, no. But thanks for asking. We're glad to see your imagination fired…
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