After two years of hammering statistics, badgering telecom companies, and decrying the rise of smartphone theft in San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascon says he's been vindicated. According to a Consumer Reports projection issued today, smartphone theft skyrocketed nationally, from 1.6 mi ... More >>
Is there a better way to get shoppers' attention than to have Joe the Pig singing holiday carols "with a special twist" outside Trader Joe's today? If this is something you'd like to see for yourself, then head down to the Nob Hill Trader Joe's at 10 a.m. where Consumers Union -- the policy and ad ... More >>
You'll get more than two-buck chuck and a few jars of artichoke hearts if you head to Trader Joe's on Nob Hill tomorrow morning around 10 a.m. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has teamed up with local advocates and the anti-animal-antibiotic mascot Joe the Pig to hol ... More >>
Happy Meatless Monday! I'm happy to announce that vegetarianism is predicted to be a top restaurant trend in 2013! Could Meatless Monday have anything to do with it? People got to eat on Mondays! For your food porn pleasure, I present marshmallow-toasted hot cocoa cinna-buns! Could you die? I c ... More >>
But this battle station does have weaknessess...Earlier this year, Consumer Reports unloaded on the iPhone 4. Now the influential magazine has given the thumbs-down to the iPhone's obligatory service carrier, AT&T. Echoing the bellowed curses of legions of iPhone-wielding yappers, Consumer Re ... More >>
Kanye and his crew looking ready to dispense some buying advice.Dear Kanye,In the approximately thirty-four days, five hours and seventeen minutes since you joined Twitter, you have taught the world great deal -- about yourself, about life, and even sometimes about music. But the rarest wisdom ye ... More >>
Bread, circuses, and free crap for all you whiners...No longer able to ignore the mounting flack from the press for ignoring the cries of enraged geeks -- and the empowered geeks at Consumer Reports -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs today addressed the sea of complaints about the iPhone 4's spotty an ... More >>
This photo of Steve Jobs was taken a tad before he purportedly knew the iPhone 4 antenna is jankyWhat did Steve Jobs know and when did he know it? Bloomberg is reporting that Apple's chief antenna engineer told Jobs that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls very early in the phone's des ... More >>
In a world of viral marketing where everyone with a computer and an opinion is potentially a widely read critic, Consumer Reports' message to hold off on purchasing an iPhone 4 was like something out of the way-back machine. While there have been class-action lawsuits claiming Apple's new gizmo h ... More >>
Despite having been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorney general, former students, and ex-employees, Corinthian Colleges are getting millions in federal stimulus dollars.
Week of Wednesday, April 5, 2006
The "Make Your Own Dildo" kit -- plus airport shuttles, zine geeks, and reform school for dogs
Warning: Meditating may be hazardous to your health
Shake, Rattle, and Roll;Musical Notes;Puni, Unlike Muni, Keeps Rolling Along
Greedy out-of-state profiteers make easy targets, but the real villains of California's energy debacle are the ones under the state capitol dome.
Sen. John McCain's push for campaign-finance reform has helped his presidential bid. Donations from special interests haven't hurt, either.
There's a pot of money available to investigate real estate fraud, but Terence Hallinan isn't using it
ValueStar wants businesses to pay for the privilege of sporting its seal of approval. Is it a public service, or a shakedown?
Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.