If Walter White was real, he'd be a rank amateur playing in methamphetamine's minor leagues. The real kings of crystal are right here in California, where 70 percent of the meth consumed in the United States enters the country from Mexico, according to the California Attorney General's Office. Th ... More >>
Bang With Friends, the prurient web application that allows you to click on Facebook friends and invite them for a roll in the hay, has evidently raised $1 million in its first round of venture funding. Yep, you read that right -- $1 million for an app that was created by three (probably) drunk tech ... More >>
Swedish House Mafia remade rave music in rock's image — and got America listening.
Last month, Hewlett-Packard announced that it had gotten played by one of its acquisitions. Autonomy, a British software maker it purchased for $11.7 billion in August 2011, was not worth as much as HP thought. "[S]ome former members of Autonomy's management team used accounting improprieties, mis ... More >>
Our cover feature this week is on Bassnectar, the dance music behemoth that hails from right here in the Bay Area. The man behind Bassnectar is Lorin Ashton, who said a lot of interesting things in interviews that we didn't manage to get into our story. Helpfully, we've collected a list of them here ... More >>
Few people look good after this week's outing of "the biggest troll on the Web" by Gawker. Certainly not the troll, and certainly not Reddit, where the troll was given free rein to post, or facilitate the posting, of all kinds of horrible stuff. But also not Gawker, nor many of the people weighing i ... More >>
Prediction: In 10 years, no one's going to care about owning music as long as they have access to it. Prediction: No one except for .1 percent of music listeners and Neil Young will pay for Neil Young's high-quality digital audio service. Prediction: In 3030, mashups will finally be legal. So i ... More >>
Don't discount the power of radio, or at least, don't in Tim Sweeney's case. The New Yorker started Beats in Space, his now famous WNYU radio show, in the late '90s, and has since developed a fanatical global following of dance music aficionados. His weekly broadcasts offer concise snapshots of diff ... More >>
Aw, look: Another one of Oasis' Gallagher brothers uttered a statement that managed to be arrogant, ignorant, and fuddy-duddy all at the same time! This time it was the elder (and usually saner) one, Noel, speaking to the U.K.'s Sunday Express about the impending die-off of that rare and vital spec ... More >>
If it wasn't clear before, it should be now: Facebook doesn't think much of you. Or of me, or of any of its (supposedly) 900 million users. We are products, not customers. The customers are the people who buy the incredibly cheap, often sleazy ads that Facebook sells. The latest datapoint supportin ... More >>
This beautiful vegan monstrosity won third place in the dessert category of L.A.'s 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. It's a dessert grilled cheese! Genius! Compassion Over Killing has the recipe for you because they are amazing and they love you. (Image via Compassion Over Killing) A bunc ... More >>
Californians would have loved 2002 Mitt Romney. That guy was the bleeding heart who pushed universal health care in his state; the conservationist who would attack a coal plant by saying "I will not create jobs that kill people!"; a man who signed a Planned Parenthood candidate questionnaire affirmi ... More >>
RIP Warren Hellman The indelible Warren Hellman, founder of the popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and the Bay Citizen, has died. His family told reporters that the 77-year-old San Francisco icon died Sunday from complications of leukemia. Public services are planned for Wednesday at Cong ... More >>
Just like iTunes put record stores out of business, the new iPhone app, Find My Friends, will likely mean less work for private investigators. According to Forbes, a man might have busted his cheating spouse using the new Find My Friends app a week after Apple released it. The app is supposed to ... More >>
Much of the coverage of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's firing last week assumed that the company will now try to make a fresh start with a new leader. The fact that Yahoo's stock price has risen about 10 percent is an indication that some shareholders have made the same assumption.But Bartz was only a s ... More >>
SFoodie was an enthusiastic member of Slow Food -- the Italy-based international organization dedicated to traditional foods and, well, everything that is the antithesis of Mickey D's -- for a couple of years back in the 1990s, before we grew tired of the San Francisco convivium's $80 prix-fixe d ... More >>
• There are over 1,000 food-borne illness outbreaks in the United States EVERY year. At least, from 2008 forward, when the Centers for Disease Control began compiling the data. Fucking disgraceful. This is what happens when you have an "oversight" agency that's in bed with the people it's ... More >>
Atisha PaulsonBartender Jim Kearns of NYC's Prime MeatsThe sun is mostly out, summer is winding down, and it's a perfect time to get your drink on in a very boozy week. Here's our list of where to go: Distillery No. 209 Tour Where: Distillery No. 209, Pier 50 #B When: Thu., July 28, 5:30-6 ... More >>
Yaniv Golan/FlickrAOL CEO Tim Armstrong is jealous of the new Internet bubble, and he wants in. Last week during a meeting with investors, Armstrong noted the high valuations of companies like LinkedIn and Pandora and concluded that AOL is "severely undervalued." The Wall Street Journal quoted ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.1. All About the Celebrity Chefs. This week has brought a number of (actually) interesting interviews with big chefs. For instance, Eater National interviewed David Kinch about the sta ... More >>
Worth every pennyEven carrying Barry Zito's enormous (and useless) contract, the San Francisco Giants still had a massive upswing in valuation this year.Yes, we can't get enough of the Giants -- including every Brian Wilson performance on and off the field. And while we are still basking in the W ... More >>
How a wannabe banking magnate from S.F. built an empire on deception.
Does this mean I get to race, too?A profile appearing in the Nov. 8 issue of Forbes magazine suggests that Phil Anschutz, the 70-year-old billionaire oil, rail, telecom and entertainment barron who owns the San Francisco Examiner, is also an elite international athlete, besting professional compe ... More >>
That didn't cost an arm AND a leg, but still...San Francisco-based bag-maker, Chrome Industries, offered free tattoos at the recent Interbike show in Las Vegas. Of course, this all depends on your definition of the word "free": The promotion apparently included a logo-tattoo-for-schwag deal whose ... More >>
And if more of you buy my environmentally friendly, low-tax wines, I'll be richer still...One day after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed a fee on alcohol sales aimed at paying for treatment of chronic drunks, he starred in a video on Forbes Magazine's website touting a Napa Valley wi ... More >>
Is this what it takes?On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentenc ... More >>
Meet the new boss, Joe LacobBillionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's quest to buy his favorite basketball team has been stuffed. The long-awaited sale of the Golden State Warriors was announced today, for a record $450 million -- but the winning bidder was Joseph Lacob, a part-owner of the Boston C ... More >>
Marcus RothStockton boys Pavement in 1999Pavement, the beloved slacker indie rock band, recently added a show in its hometown of Stockton to this year's headline-grabbing reunion tour. Stephen Malkmus, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, and co. will play the Bob Hope Theatre on Thursday, June 24, th ... More >>
A world-famous pickup artist tried to teach single women to attract decent guys in S.F. It was harder than he thought.
Forbes magazine recently came out with a list of America's Best and Worst Cities for Families. The publication looked at the 40 most populated metropolitan areas according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and then used the Economic Policy Institute's Basic Family Budget Calculator to dete ... More >>
Meet Donald Fisher, the private billionaire with unprecedented sway over ordinary San Franciscans' lives
When Sherlock's Haven closes, the city's cigar and pipe smokers will lose one of their few public refuges
Did the Koret Foundation slash funding for an accomplished Hebrew academy because its dean filed a lawsuit against wealthy philanthropist Richard Goldman? Don't ask Koret.
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Organizers of the Burning Man festival pull out all the stops to control the press -- and it's a good thing they do
Environmentalists have all but won their fight to save the Headwaters Forest. Somehow, that's not enough to bring Julia Hill down from her treetop perch.
William Randolph Hearst's heirs want to build hotels and a golf course on his seaside estate, below his fabled castle. Ranchers and environmentalists are raising Kane.
Megamillionaire Al Checchi thinks he piloted Northwest Airlines so well that you should elect him governor. Actually, he sucked in public subsidies, strong-armed unions, reneged on promises -- and still almost flew the firm into the ground.
The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?
The Joint Operating Agreement deprives the Chronicle of the resources it needs to produce a great newspaper; it also prevents the afternoon Examiner from connecting with the readers it needs to survive. Since the JOA makes it inevitable that only one wil