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    June 21, 2012

    Win Tickets to See Stripmall Architecture, Warm Soda, and Will Sprott at the Indy This Saturday

    If you haven't heard, All Shook Down (the music blog your eyes are trained on this very moment) and SF Weekly are presenting a show with three excellent local bands this Saturday at the Independent. We're so excited for Stripmall Architecture's sleazy synth-pop, Warm Soda's sprightly guitar anthems, ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Win Tickets to See Twin Shadow, Tanlines, and Dirty Ghosts at Rdio's Private Party This Thursday

    Tomorrow night -- Thursday, June 7 -- music streaming service Rdio is throwing a party at the Independent that will feature live sets by moody pop artist Twin Shadow, Brooklyn dance-pop breakouts Tanlines, and S.F.'s own Dirty Ghosts. Rdio is based in San Francisco, so it's only natural that the com ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Facebook Ads and Spam: What's the Difference?

    People who don't closely follow the online media/advertising business might wonder: How can Facebook be such a great business, commanding a $100 billion valuation when it went public, when it's filled with cheesy, lowbrow ads that are just this side of spam? Those people will be glad to know that s ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Facebook's Swoon a Symptom of Wall Street's Sickness

    Facebook's newly issued shares lost 11 percent of their value on Monday, their first full day of public trading after Friday's snafu-filled IPO. That's a loss of $11.5 billion. Tuesday, the fall continued, taking the stock down another 3 percent. Too many shares were issued at too high a price by an ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Facebook Wants Narcissists to Pay to Make Sure Everyone Sees Their Brilliant Status Updates

    Imagine this scene:Half-filled Starbucks, around 2 p.m. Man in plaid button-down sits at table, reading story about Michele Bachmann denouncing her Swiss citizenship. Man chuckles, then pulls up Facebook window.Man in plaid button-down: Excuse me.Facebook: Yeah, waddya want?Man in plaid ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Desperate Newspapers Pin Hopes on Annoyed Readers

    News publishers have always treated readers like commodities -- because that's what readers are. The real customers for publishers aren't readers, but advertisers. Readers are the product. It's not quite that simple, of course, and more enlightened publishers treat readers with respect and cover the ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Occupy Decides Not to Occupy the Golden Gate Bridge After All

    (Update 5:15 p.m.): The Golden Gate Larkspur and Sausalito ferries will not be in service tomorrow due to a planned strike as part of the May Day action. The ferries will resume service again after 2 p.m., according to transit officials. Hopefully, this gives ferry commuters some time to make altern ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Facebook Blocks Photos of Child With Down Syndrome at Special Olympics

    Remember when Facebook brazenly deleted photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies, causing quite a ruckus from sleep-deprived moms, who later descended on the Facebook campus for a massive nurse-in? Apparently, the Silicon Valley techies didn't learn much from that event. The Bay Area tech giant ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Seeking a Path to Riches

    Oh, good. More "sharing." The mobile social-app company Path (yes, the one that found itself in the middle a big privacy controversy not long ago) announced on Monday that it had landed another $30 million in venture financing from some top-tier firms, making its total valuation $250 million. Hey, t ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Giants Use Opening Day to Spread the Word About Sierra LaMar, Missing Teen

    The San Francisco Giants reminded their Facebook fans that 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, the missing Morgan Hill teen, will not be among the millions of baseball fans tuning in to watch opening week. The Giants posted this message on the team Facebook page last night, hoping to keep story of the missi ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Foodies Unleash For "Kitchen Confidential" Storytelling Series

    What: Porch Light Storytelling Series: "Kitchen Confidential" When: Mon. April 16, 8-10 p.m. Where: Verdi Club Cost: $15 The rundown: Co-founders Beth Lisick and Arlinne Klatte's monthly story telling series features speakers sharing their experiences with the food industry this month. S ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Man Beats Wife's Facebook Friend to Death With Baseball Bat

    For some users, "defriending" someone on Facebook isn't satisfying enough. A jealous Taiwanese man beat his wife's Facebook friend to death after the two were busted leaving flirty posts on the social networking site. According to the China Post, the woman, Chen, wrote on her Facebook page: "I want ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Number 34: Chorizo from Fatted Calf Charcuterie

    ​SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​In the Bay Area, "chorizo" usually refers to the fresh, spicy Mexican sausage that fills tacos and tortas in the Mission. The occasional bit of Spanish-style chorizo that turns up in paella is often little more than ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Local's Corner Readies, Criolla Kitchen Goes Dark, and the Pizza Pimp Truck

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Eater SF first caught wind of Local's Corner's impending opening late last week, and now the blog confirms that the restaurant from the team behind Local: Mission Eatery is slated to start daytime s ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Facebook Study Proves We are Just a Bunch of Bored Pricks

    ​Researchers in Illinois have revealed the not-so-staggering news that the more time you spend interacting on Facebook, the bigger the asshole you truly are. According to the The Guardian, researchers at Western Illinois University studied the Facebook habits of some 300 people between the ages of ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Mission Bowling Club and Noe Valley Wine Merchants Near, and Food Truck News

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Invest in some bowling shoes, because the second restaurant-bowling alley to open in S.F. -- in less than a month -- will start setting up the pins this Monday. Inside Scoop shares some details about A ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Number 50: Cafe Zitouna's Kufta Tajine

    ​SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​Does it sound like a paradox to say that Cafe Zitouna's kufta tajine is spicy and comforting at the same time? Perhaps. Among the soups, pepper-lashed couscous dishes, and mild, sweet-inflected Moroccan stews on the ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    North America's Best Food Writing Gig Now Taking Applications

    ​The city of Richmond, B.C. -- a suburb of Vancouver, Canada's balmiest city -- has just put out a call for what may be the best food-writing job on the continent. Michelin inspector? Nothing so secretive. Small-producer Champagne taster? No, far more varied. Richmond's tourism bureau has jus ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Who's Serving Foie Gras? Palio d'Asti, Le Charm, and BayWolf

    ​Counting down the meals before July 1, when California's foie gras ban takes effect. At Palio d'Asti, which weathered its first anti-foie protest on Valentine's Day, chef Daniel Scherotter serves an appetizer of hazelnut-encrusted seared Sonoma foie gras with balsamic glazed cippolini onions an ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    You're Not a Cyberstalker -- Here's How to Be

    ​I have read all this stuff about stalkers regarding Facebook. If someone makes you a Facebook friend they are offering you an invitation to view their activity on this social network. I'm not really a big Facebook person but I got an account so friends from the past can find me. I usually go to F ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    News Sites Can't Rely on Advertising

    ​I'm not about to pretend that I know how to solve the economic dilemma that the news business finds itself in. I've been studying the matter, and writing about it off and on, for 16 years, and, like everyone, I really don't know. Maybe it will be nonprofits. Maybe paywalls. Maybe micropayments wi ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Facebook Just Keeps Getting Worse

    ​Over the years, whenever Facebook has made changes, people have inevitably complained --  on Facebook -- about the changes Facebook made to Facebook. "I'm leaving Facebook," those people would declare, on Facebook. Of course, few of them ever actually left Facebook. Until recently, I have ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Facebook vs. Nursing Moms: Bay Area Breastfeeders Protest Deleted Photos

    ​You don't want to piss-off nursing mothers, who are already sleep-deprived. But Facebook is braving a fight with breastfeeding women who are joining a worldwide protest this morning, calling on the Bay Area company to stop deleting their nursing photos on Facebook. As we write, Bay Area mothers a ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Get a Free Tour of the Fox Theater and Celebrate Its Third Anniversary This Friday

    It's kind of a big week for Oakland's Fox Theater: Tonight, Wilco plays its last in a series of three Bay Area concerts -- which, if it's anything like Sunday's show at the Warfield, should be incredible. Then, on Friday, there's a big party at the Fox in honor of the third anniversary of theater's ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Anonymous Attempts to "Bring Down" Facebook

    A day without Wikipedia was one thing, but can you imagine your life without Facebook? That's one way to test your allegiance to Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, best known locally for revealing personal information of BART police officers. The group is asking you to set aside your social-net ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Cafe Gratitude Is Not Going Anywhere and A Sushi Robot at U-Sushi

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Cafe Gratitude won't be closing all of their Northern California locations after all. The "series of aggressive lawsuits" they attributed to the cause of their impending closures, announced via Facebook i ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Why You Should Fake It on Facebook

    ​I went out on a first date with a girl who is also a recently added Facebook friend. During dinner she kept bringing up things I had already read about on FB, but I lied and pretended like I didn't know because that's creepy, right? At what point am I allowed to admit I FB stalk her? A month? Lon ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011
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    December 21, 2011

    Bouncer Finds That Even The Man Supports Occupy (Well, Sorta)

    ​From this week's Bouncer column: I like bars for the same reason I like Facebook: I can come face-to-face (literally and metaphorically) with people who have different opinions than I do. When I was growing up in the middle of Illinois, liberals were hard to come by, so I couldn't wait to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    State Bird Provisions and La Boulange to Open and Leticia's to Close Before 2012

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Pending Openers: State Bird Provision is slated to swoop in just before the end of the year. Tablehopper says the small bites restaurant from the husband-and-wife team of Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinsk ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Mercury Rising Bordeaux-Style Tastes Pricier Than it Costs

    "Exceptional value-per-dollar ratio" is how Cinnabar, or at least their publicist, promotes their wines. Based on our tasting of their 2008 California Mercury Rising "Bordeaux-style" wine, we see substance in the statement. ​ We taste wines blind-ish. We don't brown bag and mix them up to confus ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Mark Zuckerberg's Kill Displayed, i-Skewers, and Stroganoff's Russian and Thai Food

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. All Things D​ There's a large, looming bison head mounted to the wall of a Facebook conference room, and while Refinery 29 couldn't confirm the buffalo (in the picture from All Things D) was indeed ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    India Wants Facebook to Prescreen User Content

    ​Sometimes it's hard to refrain from going libertarian. Okay, not really, but whenever governments try to pass or enforce absolutely clueless, sledgehammer-blunt laws governing the Internet, it's a challenge not to simply give up hope that enough politicians will ever understand the basic concepts ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Facebook's Cheesy Ads: Do They Make it Worth $100 Billion?

    ​A couple of weeks ago, Business Insider, the puerile gossip 'n' lies site run by disgraced, bubble-era Internet-stock analyst Henry Blodget, informed us that a "source close to Facebook employees" said in an e-mail to the site that the company would go public within weeks. The article's author, N ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Cafe Gratitude To Close All Bay Area Locations and Gracias Madre

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. The big news of the day is the all-edifying-vegan-menu restaurant that is Cafe Gratutide is closing up all seven of its Northern California locations and the owners' other S.F. restaurant, Gracias Madre. ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    How To Deal With Break-Ups Gracefully In the Digital Age

    ​ Anna, Your previous advice regarding approaching ladies the right way online landed me a really fun date that turned into about 15 more, but now that we've had an argument or two I'm thinking maybe I should start over. How can I tell when it's time to break up when you're not even really "datin ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Facebook Fumbles Its Way Toward a Phone

    ​Facebook is building a phone, the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital is reporting this week in a series of posts. Facebook basically has to do it if it wants to stay in competition with Apple and Google as the go-to online destination -- or platform, or "ecosystem." Lots of people make Fa ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    The Perils of Policing Facebook Pages

    ​First it was the Islamic extremists. Now it's Mark Zuckerberg who is repressing Salman Rushdie. On Monday, Rushdie took to Twitter to complain that not only had Facebook shut down his page, apparently thinking it wasn't really his, but that the company then told him he couldn't use the name und ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Charlie Palmer's Coming, Pot Pantry Moves, and The Melt's Second Location is Open

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Last week we spotted a liquor license for Charlie Palmer's restaurant group in the window of the Crescent Hotel. Now, Inside Scoop confirms Palmer will create a new concept in the space, with a restauran ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    What Exactly Is a Tech Company?

    ​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 >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Cedar Hill and Super Duper Open This Week, So Long Spot Bagel, and La Cocina Success Stories

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. BBQ and burgers in the Marina: Urban Daddy rounds up the news of a brisket and ribs place, Cedar Hill, soft opening this Thursday. The Texas-styled joint even shipped its smoker in from the Lone Star stat ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Facebook Page Dedicated to 'Fix the Richmond'

    ​San Francisco, a competitive news market that has been home to a number of pioneering media enterprises, has also led the way in one journalistic sub-genre: Nagging government over the pace of infrastructure repairs. The now-defunct "Chronicle Watch" feature of the San Francisco Chronicle was per ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Best Wine Bar Ever: Wine & Spirits' Top 100 Tasting Event

    What: Wine & Spirits Magazine's Eighth Annual Top 100 Wines Tasting Event Where: City View at Metreon, 101 4th St. When: Wed., October 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $105 The rundown: There are lots of different kinds of lushes social drinkers but perhaps my most favorite are the winos. They are jus ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Facebook's Newest Blight: The Ticker

    ​Recently, to check to see whether my keyboard was working, I randomly slapped some keys. I happened to have Facebook open at the time and I ended up entering what I typed -- "jmjyttyj"-- into its people search. I got three hits. There is no member named jmjyttyj, but Facebook helpfully pointed me ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Now You Need to Have Facebook to Sign Up For Spotify

    ​ Last week's Facebook f8 conference meant a windfall of new users for Spotify, after it teamed with Facebook to allow users to share their music listening. But the increased cooperation also comes at what some call a heavy cost: Starting today, newcomers to Spotify need have to have a Facebo ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    The Meat Industry Lies, Banana Cream Pie Rules, & You Better Work (for Vegan Cheese)!

    ​ • The National Pork Producers Council is still denying that it's at all responsible for antibiotic resistance in humans. In related news, Olestra wants you to know it's only responsible for solid shits and Joe Camel says, "Smoke if you got 'em!" iStockLeave me in the ocean or I'll eat your ... More >>

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