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News, The Snitch Facebook Workers Ditch Shuttle, Drive to Campus

Facebook Workers Ditch Shuttle, Drive to Campus

Are San Francisco’s notorious commuter shuttle activists driving more tech workers into cars? That probably sounds infuriating or laughable, but it could be true. “Facebook disclosed that their car commute trips had spiked in recent months, adding about 400…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Wants to Lure Workers into the Suburbs With a $10,000 Bonus

Facebook Wants to Lure Workers into the Suburbs With a $10,000 Bonus

Looking to alleviate some of the pressures of San Francisco’s cutthroat housing market — long commutes, anti-tech sentiment, and costly private shuttle services — Facebook is offering employees a $10,000 or more payment to move within 10 miles of…
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News, The Snitch VCs Tweeting Badly: Zuckerberg "Charity" Edition

VCs Tweeting Badly: Zuckerberg "Charity" Edition

Welcome to the second edition of VCs Tweeting Badly, a semi-regular look at the terrible ideas of rich people.  Today the world of venture capitalists is all of atwitter about people being mean to a new dad.  Yesterday, Facebook CEO…
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News, The Snitch Can You Sue a Tech Company for Posting Inaccurate Information About You?

Can You Sue a Tech Company for Posting Inaccurate Information About You?

A case that could have major repercussions for the tech industry and online data is before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Silicon Valley is on edge. In 2010, Thomas Robins of Vienna, Virginia, filed a suit against Spokeo.com, a…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Apologizes For Passive Aggressive Ads on Muni Shelters (UPDATED)

Airbnb Apologizes For Passive Aggressive Ads on Muni Shelters (UPDATED)

Less than two weeks before San Franciscans could vote to severely restrict Airbnb in the short-term rental company's hometown, new ads touting the benefits of the company's tax payments have popped up on Muni bus shelters. Rather than inspiring gratitude,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What's Not to Like?: Facebook Announces a New Button

What's Not to Like?: Facebook Announces a New Button

Although Instagram suddenly has about ten times the sponsored posts it did a month ago, and Twitter’s going to let you buy things, the real news from the social media world has been Facebook’s announcement that it’s finally working…
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News, The Snitch Facebook is Having a Baby!

Facebook is Having a Baby!

Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatric resident at UCSF, is expecting a child with her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, a San Francisco resident and the man who owns all your data and is probably making money off you right now.  Zuckerberg…
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News, The Snitch Republican Distracted By Facebook Accidentally Votes in Favor of State Budget

Republican Distracted By Facebook Accidentally Votes in Favor of State Budget

Only one Republican in Sacramento voted in favor of the proposed $117 billion state budget, and Facebook made him do it. Assemblyman Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita claims he accidentally voted for the plan while distracted by Facebook. And,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Facebook to Sponsor Suicide Hotline for LGBT People Driven to Suicide by Facebook

Facebook to Sponsor Suicide Hotline for LGBT People Driven to Suicide by Facebook

San Francisco – Facebook has gone out of its way to smooth over relations with the LGBTQ community by sponsoring this year’s Pride Parade, but it’s not stopping there. Once Pride is over, according to an announcement made today, the…
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News, The Snitch #MyNameIs Coalition Takes "Fake Name" Protest to Facebook HQ

#MyNameIs Coalition Takes "Fake Name" Protest to Facebook HQ

A coalition of drag queens, burlesque performers, Native Americans, domestic violence survivors, and LGBTQ people traveled to Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters today to protest the corporation's "fake name" policy. The #MyNameIs coalition says that Facebook's policy of requiring people to…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Real Names Policy Divides SF Pride Board, Money Wins

Facebook Real Names Policy Divides SF Pride Board, Money Wins

Facebook will be allowed to sponsor and march in the San Francisco Pride Parade this year, despite its refusal to change the "real name" policy that drag queens and trans people say discriminates against them. The reason Pride is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Random Dating Stats To Keep You Entertained During Your Work Day

Random Dating Stats To Keep You Entertained During Your Work Day

Remember the study we told you about a couple of weeks ago that showed there is an increase in dating app registrations in the spring? Apparently it's spring, although we can't tell because Karl ate our whole city and we've…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

There's really no such thing as "business as usual" for a cannabis dispensary. Basic functions like banking and doing taxes are onerous challenges for sellers of legal weed thanks, to federal government restrictions. It's also this way with advertising. Major…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens for "Real Name" Policy (Update)

Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens for "Real Name" Policy (Update)

Update, 12:13 p.m.: Facebook has, indeed, made its apology official. According to a press statement from Supervisor David Campos, it is working to remove language that requires users to divulge their legal names. The City Hall protest is still on…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Will Delete All Drag Queen Profiles in 2 Weeks

Facebook Will Delete All Drag Queen Profiles in 2 Weeks

Things seemed to be looking up for the embattled drag queens of San Francisco after a small army of them met with Facebook executives on Wednesday afternoon. Sure, the meeting had been postponed, a protest planned at the company's Menlo…
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News, The Snitch Local Drag Queens Meet with Facebook over "Real Name" Policy Today (Update)

Local Drag Queens Meet with Facebook over "Real Name" Policy Today (Update)

Update, 4:35 p.m.: According to Supervisor David Campos, who has strongly pushed the #MyNameIs campaign, Facebook didn't agree to any policy changes today. He suggests there might be another meeting down the line. A small army of San Francisco drag…
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News, The Snitch Why Facebook Doesn't Show You Ferguson Headlines

Why Facebook Doesn't Show You Ferguson Headlines

The differences between Facebook and Twitter come into sharp relief during every major news event — Robin Williams' death being the one possible exception. Twitter provides by-the-second updates; Facebook continues showing your friends' food porn and ultrasound photos. If…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Selfie Addiction: There's an App for That

Selfie Addiction: There's an App for That

There really is an app for everything these days -- and this one wants to help you avoid tweeting or Facebooking embarrassing selfies. Just refrain from pointing a camera at yourself while making duck lips? Apparently, that's not enough.…
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News, The Snitch Sandy Hook Shooting: Technology and Law Should Serve Us, Not Control Us

Sandy Hook Shooting: Technology and Law Should Serve Us, Not Control Us

On Friday, not long after the Sandy Hook shootings, NPR's political editor Ken Rudin took to Facebook to tell his followers: As tempting as it may be to once again debate guns and gun control -- and try to come…
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News, The Snitch Facebook: The Terrible Social-Media Service We're Stuck With -- For Now

Facebook: The Terrible Social-Media Service We're Stuck With -- For Now

Facebook is terrible in countless ways, and the company's childlike, often incompetent management continues to make it worse -- purposely, it sometimes seems. But it wasn't always so bad, and when it was mostly pretty good, we were all joining.…
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