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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Google’s Stock Surged as Traders Admitted They Don't Know What Alphabet is

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 9:35 AM

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Wall Street traders sent Google’s stock to record highs yesterday as analysts confirmed that the market loves when Google does something nobody understands.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

School District Announces Plan to Recruit New Teachers to SF

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

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The San Francisco City School District is having trouble recruiting new teachers because of the high cost of housing in SF. How is the school district addressing the problem?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ed Lee: "Willie Brown Taught Me Everything I Know"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM

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San Francisco – As reports surface that FBI officials observed Mayor Ed Lee taking bribes and engaging in “pay-to-play” government, the Mayor denies any wrongdoing, saying, "Just because Willie Brown taught me everything I know doesn’t mean I knew about any of it.”

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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Real Reason Republicans Embrace the Sharing Economy

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:21 AM

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Republican politicians like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are proclaiming themselves champions of the “sharing economy.” Why do Republican politicians stand up for companies like Uber and Instacart?

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Google's Self-Driving Cars Don't Brake for Minorities

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 1:04 PM

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – As Google continues to test its self-driving cars on California streets, a new report by J.D. Power and Associates gives the cars high rankings in speed, responsiveness, and comfort, but deducts 10 points from their total score because the tech giant’s autonomous vehicles do not stop for minorities.

Google Vice-President of Human Factors David Roth said that while the company clearly needs to do better on diversity issues, he doesn’t see the problem.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Environmental Protest Mistaken for Burning Man Party

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 9:17 AM

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SAN FRANCISCO – A group of 40 protesters, some dressed as polar bears, were discouraged Saturday when their vitally important point about oil drilling on public lands was consistently mistaken for a bear-themed Burning Man camp.

Passersby said they were stunned to learn that the bears dancing to dubstep were, in fact, part of an environmental message and not warning up for a night on the playa.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

9 Reasons San Francisco Housing Got More Expensive Since 2011

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 9:11 AM

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New data indicates that San Francisco home prices have increased up to 76 percent over the last four years. Why are SF homes so much more valuable now?

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Real Reason So Many Obama Staffers Are Moving to SF

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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According to a recent story in Politico, an influx of Obama administration alums has flooded San Francisco and Silicon Valley — especially the top tech firms in each. Why?

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Google's New Rideshare App Knows Where You're Going, Even If You Don't

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 9:29 AM

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The tech world is taking notice as Google begins testing a new rideshare app: RideWith.

While the market for ridesharing technology may seem glutted, with major competitors like Uber and Lyft having already staked out formidable market penetration, Google’s app leverages its vast troves of data and artificial intelligence software to give consumers a far deeper experience — not only giving them a ride, but telling them where they’re going, what they’ll do when they get there, and when they'll come back home.

“I hadn’t realized I needed to go to the store to buy eggs,” said Joseph Mendel of Tel Aviv, a city where Google is testing RideWith. “But then the car showed up and my Android devices wouldn’t function until I got in. I was driven to the market. And not my nearest market, either. Apparently, RideWith wants me to buy organic.”

Mendel was complimentary about the way his grocery list automatically populated his Gmail accounts, “whether I liked it or not.”

“I thought I’d get to go home after that, but Google is taking me to the dentist now,” Mendel said. “Also, I just got a notice that my phone is going to hang up on you and call my office instead …”

RideWith boasts a host of other features: drivers will refer to passengers by their first names, ask about their family with a creepy level of demographic detail, and offer cream for the rash they just Googled yesterday.

A Google spokesperson arrived via RideWith to talk to SF Weekly after phone records notified her that this story was being reported. 

“Uber can take you to the bar on 16th Street just fine, but it can’t tell you that you should really be going to The Interval instead, because your old girlfriend from high school is drinking there now, and she just broke up with her fiancé,” the spokeswman said, her every word automatically transcribed into a Google Doc that opened on our phones upon her arrival. “RideWith, on the other hand, will take you both to an affordable hotel without even being asked.”

She added, “Don’t worry about whether you can afford it. RideWith knows what you make.”

If it is successful in test cities like Tel Aviv, Google will expand RideWith to other cities by early 2016. No need to sign up: You will be automatically enrolled.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Inside Gavin Newsom's Daring Gubernatorial Campaign Strategy

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 9:18 AM

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SACRAMENTO, CA – While most of the nation is focused on the presidential race, sources close to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom said that his quiet but aggressive campaign for governor in 2018 is going so well that he’s already been able to sell his supporters out.

“There’s going to be a lot of issues involving driverless cars that he’s going to appear to be against at first but will change his mind about once he’s in office,” an excited campaign worker said. “And he’s now fully committed for a huge reversal on labor standards that will just devastate his supporters among teachers and nurses. We’re really stoked for that.”

Political strategists say that being able to sell out his key voting blocks more than two years in advance is a major advantage for the campaign.

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