How much will you pay to say you've seen the Rolling Stones? In 30 years, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are either dead and buried, or are liquid-preserved human heads running a cybernetic body, how badly will you want to tell your (grand-) kids that yes, you saw the real Rolling Stones live? ... More >>
On the front page of today's New York Times, there is a story about a software program that can instantly grade essays. The system was designed by EdX, a non-profit group founded by Harvard and MIT, and it is gaining momentum. Last year, Hewlett-Packard's grant-making arm held two contests, each w ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Explore The BruceLike prayer, but secularThis Sunday The Oakland Tribune ran a selection of kids' letters to Santa. Some clever editor or layout person made a point about things by placing the following two letters right on top of each other: Dear Santa, I'm so happy I am saying a hello to you. I ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Now gays are really going to be bad for businessIt wasn't enough that Apple pulled its iTunes store from the Christian Values Network, which is decidedly antigay. A San Francisco blogger is now asking people everywhere to boycott those retailers that are still enrolled in the Christian shopping w ... More >>
You'll have to wait two more months to Watch the Throne.Last week, Jay-Z and Kanye West announced their Watch the Throne Tour. It was scheduled to stop at San Jose's HP Pavilion on October 16, but apparently all royal marriages take time, and now there will be a two-month delay.
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 >>
Turns out, not even this is considered unfortunateHave you ever noticed that you consistently experience positive interactions with Apple employees? Theoretically, you should be able to go to any of the 326 Apple stores and receive the same kind treatment. Here is the reason why: The Silicon Vall ... More >>
Please don't leave your heart in San Francisco The fact that GOP House Speaker John Boehner is being hosted in the South Bay by high-powered tech executives this week begged the question: Does the pro-life pol truly define Silicon Valley -- home of the limousine liberals?What question never cross ... More >>
Represents the Silicon Valley?When we read in the Chronicle today that supporters of our very own Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer were rolling out the red carpet for GOP House Speaker John Boehner, we had to give it a second read -- just to make sure that we hadn't misunderstood. And then we gave i ... More >>
Coming soon to your dad's new car.Is it greed? Does he need the money? Or does Dr. Dre really not know that the world would much rather receive Detox -- the album he's been promising us since 2004 -- than his endorsement of the speakers in luxurious new Chrysler sedans?For those of you new to Dre ... More >>
Police have made a number of arrests and seizures of DJ equipment at underground parties and clubs. Is it enforcement or harassment?
Quick political bytes from the week that went down easy. Carly Fiorina's bizarre attack ad against her Republican primary opponent for senate, Tom Campbell: An evil furry dressed like a sheep who wants to raise your taxes. This video has gone totally viral. People are e-mailing it around and t ... More >>
And by Twitter of course, we mean what is known as the realtime web (yes that's now one word). On the heels of the Techcrunch Realtime Crunchup we attended in S.F. last week and approaching the Parisian Le Web next week, a savvy observer might notice that automatically tacking the word realtime on ... More >>
On Wednesday, the latest in a batch of Republican political neophytes expressed his desire for high-ranking political office in California. Damon Dunn, the former Stanford and NFL receiver and current Orange County real-estate mogul, said he plans to run for Secretary of State.But as the San Francis ... More >>
Hop aboardIt's been more than seven months since SF Weekly first chronicled plans for the Plastiki expedition, and we still can't figure out exactly what's going on. Last fall, European banking heir David de Rothschild, a self-anointed environmentalist and adventurer, announced his plans to pilot a ... More >>
By Hiya Swanhuyser OK, first of all, just walking through a submarine, say, the S.S. Pampanito (moored just outside the harmless Musee Mecanique) is scarier than a horror movie. After you crouch through around five of those metal doorway hatches, realizing each time that you can't go back the way ... More >>
DiFi's husband and the Giants' owner should resolve to do better in the coming year
The Snitch compares nefarious snooping described in CNET employee's suit against H-P, with supposedly benign private snooping described in CNET's Internet "privacy" policy, and finds unsettling parallels. Corporate spying gets a new wrinkle this week with a complaint against Hewlett-Packard regardin ... More >>
Well, lots of things, actually
Week of Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Silicon Valley stalwart Hewlett-Packard is reeling, under investigation for invading the privacy of journalists and its own board members. Do you see a way out for the computing giant?
Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything
Making a case for libraries
Sportsclub/LA San Francisco
Given that cyberspace is swarming with bots looking to snatch or destroy your data, does it make sense to install a firewall?
They're young, beautiful corporate headhunters for the high-tech industry. How have they survived the crash of 2001? Simple: By partying like it's 1999.
A close look at Kibu.com, the teen Web site -- backed by Silicon Valley's elite -- that vaporized $15 million in a matter of months
A Stanford professor studies how your computer is manipulating you
Golden handshakes, cat scans and tree controversy
The fanciful stylings of an Internet stock offering
A guide to the Lesbian and Gay Film Fest
Police call Bernard Temple the meanest hit man ever to roam the gang-infested streets of Bayview-Hunters Point. Temple calls himself a soul-jacker -- someone who kills to steal the spiritual power of his victims.
With a new (powerful) champion in Silicon Valley, a recent court victory, and ranks that continue to swell by the day, long-beleaguered "contract workers" have reason to believe their house may not be so bleak after all.