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The Snatch: Already Beta-Testing Google Nose 

Wednesday, Mar 12 2014

Hold the Google

Last week, a popular pub in SOMA, The Willows, made it official: No Google Glass allowed. Now, it appears other bars are following suit. According to, there are plenty of local watering holes that prohibit Google Glass "or otherwise restrict audio & video recording on their premises." Human eyes and human eyes only are welcome at Molotov's, Zeitgeist, El Rio, Lucky 13, the 500 Club, Bender's Bar, Telegraph, and about a dozen others. Most say they either had a policy banning Google Glass or are working on one to restrict all types of recording devices. A bartender at Lucky 13 says that the wearable computers weren't allowed inside "because people prefer to have their privacy in here." The 500 Club says it recently posted a sign outside the bar forbidding Google Glass inside. Jeff Lucas, an employee at the bar, says they scrawled the new signage after the Molotov's incident where local techie Sarah Slocum claims she was attacked by patrons while showing off her Google Glass. "We want people to have a nice experience at the bar," Lucas says.

Hot Wheels

San Francisco police are warning women to watch out for a man who has been groping women in the area near San Francisco General Hospital. Several women have been assaulted near the hospital campus; the assailant is described as a wheelchair-bound man with a partially amputated right leg. One woman claimed the suspect grabbed her breast and turned it "like a dial." He propels himself backward with his working leg and is capable of moving at a high rate of speed, authorities say.

It's a Profit Deal

Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has privacy advocates crying foul, arguing that WhatsApp, long deemed the "unFacebook" of social media, would have to turn over its trove of phone numbers and address books. "One only has to look at what happened to Instagram," the Center for Digital Democracy wrote in a press announcement, linking to a Facebook job posting for marketers who would convert Instagram data into dollars.

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