It was only a few years ago that spooked-out city leaders in San Jose declared that medical marijuana dispensaries had taken over their town. Today, there are still more than 100 dispensaries in the South Bay city, many more than are in San Francisco and the East Bay combined. And they're thriving, ... More >>
Steve Jobs loved money. And drugs. And for the Apple co-founder, it was the latter that led to the former. In addition to being one of the most successful capitalists since Carnegie -- and a freakishly obsessive megalomaniac who debated the "purpose of a couch" with his wife -- the late billion ... More >>
There will likely never again be anything quite like the dotcom boom-and-bust of the late '90s. But that doesn't mean that everybody learned their lesson about investing in companies with questionable business models -- or at least in those with outsized expectations for growth. It only means that t ... More >>
This week Republican presidential cult favorite Ron Paul will campaign through California, with stops at well-known party school Chico State, as well as UCLA, and Berkeley. While the venues reflect Paul's solid and passionate base among college kids, a closer look at Paul's donor list shows that the ... More >>
Fast Company has published what might be the best, clearest look at the how the contours of the tech landscape are shaping themselves, and how that landscape has come to be dominated by four companies. I was alerted to the article via a tweet by Chronicle tech reporter Casey Newton who characte ... More >>
When I was a staff editor at the tech-news site CNET News.com in the late '90s, one of the top editors there used to insist that we "localize" big news events by writing about how they were being covered and discussed on the Internet. So, for example, the death of Princess Di and the impeachment ... More >>
Cisco Systems is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs, Bloomberg News reported late Monday. That's obviously a huge number, but it seems even huger if you think of it this way: It represents more than half the number of jobs the entire U.S. economy created in June.The numbers will be large en ... More >>
Remember the good ol' days, when companies that did terrible things tried to hide their behavior? Those days are gone. Just witness the American technology companies shamelessly scrambling to get in on a government project in China that is almost certainly designed to help the repressive regime s ... More >>
Hello everyone, I'm now on Twitter and this is my first messageThe history of Twitter is strewn with specialness -- celebrity tweets, happy birthday tweets, tweets advertising that the tweeter had just taken a nice dump -- but the company today enjoyed one of its most special days ever with the d ... More >>
MP3Tunes' Michael Robertson: "The music industry is still suing ... anyone they even think is taking their business." "Geeks say greedy record companies hinder innovation" "Copyright licenses cramp our creativity, techies yelp at 'summit'" "NorCal biz dudes: SoCal biz dudes think we're shitting ... More >>
An abundance of the best international cinema at the 2006 Telluride and Toronto film festivals
A judge says Silicon Valley investment titan Frank Quattrone is free to go back to work. Would you trust him?
There's not much passion -- at least of the sexual variety -- in a corporate takeover
As of April 14, the national security police can monitor your medical records without your knowledge. So can the local police.
Tired of sitting in traffic till your butt turns to granite? This French guy may be able to help you.
Why San Francisco and its outside accountants are a little too close for comfort -- and how it could threaten the city's financial integrity
Given that cyberspace is swarming with bots looking to snatch or destroy your data, does it make sense to install a firewall?
Face it -- Props K and L both stink as ways to manage growth. But we have another option.
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