With recent bad news for several online music services, we are likely seeing the beginning of a major shakeout. The underlying problem is that music streaming is just not a very good business. And it's probably only going to get worse. That might come as a surprise to some, given the amount of hyp ... More >>
The patent trolls might have flown too close to the sun. If only they weren't so greedy, they might have been able to continue gliding about at lower latitudes, threatening to sue technology companies for no good reason, and collecting their shakedown money. But then, if they weren't greedy, they wo ... More >>
Over the past week, a guy who is writing a book basically promoting rape (or at the very least, extremely skeevy behavior), was booted off of Kickstarter and a big to-do ensued. I wish I could say that the response to Kickstarter's decision was 100 percent positive, but of course it wasn't. It never ... More >>
The last thing Netflix needs right now is Carl Icahn, but there he is, his dour puss looming above Los Gatos as he buys up shares in the company and makes noises about how he thinks it should be run. The trouble is that he has no idea about how it should be run, and all he cares about is pulling in ... More >>
Yesterday, Japantown's Hotel Kabuki filled up with hundreds of pale-faced tech nerds wearing blazers-and-jeans combos. These inventors and couriers of music technology spent the day arguing about the perks and pitfalls of various technologies at the 10th SF MusicTech Summit. Two highlights from the ... 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 >>
Weren't apples famous before Apple?In another case of the Silicon Valley giants butting heads, a federal judge denied Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction against Amazon and its use of the term "App Store."Lawyers for Apple argued that the "Amazon Appstore for Android" name infringes on it ... More >>
I'm a big fan of Jack Shafer, Slate's media columnist. But his libertarian worldview sometimes tends to make him go overboard with his "oh, what's the big deal" shtick. That's the case -- somewhat -- with his latest column, wherein he wonders why people are so shocked that Facebook hired ... More >>
Zune 2Word out of the Seattle area is that Microsoft is finally killing its Zune lineup of MP3 players, opting to fold the media player technology into their Windows Phone 7 devices. While most people shrugged the Zune off as an unworthy MP3 player, the truth is it deserved better. None of the de ... More >>
Meyer Lansky would not be impressed.The company hired by San Francisco-based social game developer Zynga to promote one of its games has agreed to pay the city $45,000 in fines for illegal marketing tactics, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today.Back in August, the city attorney's office w ... More >>
Joseph SchellThe New PornographersThe New PornographersThe Dodos July 18, 2010 The Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: The old pornographers, presumably As everybody who is not Canadian knows, the New Pornographers consist of the main guy, the weird guy, Neko Case, the other gal, the other guitari ... 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 >>
By Meredith Brody We love lists, as it happens, almost as much as magazines and their cover blurb writers do (as in Cosmopolitan's invariable "365 New Sexual Positions!" and O the Oprah Magazine's "53 Ways to Give Your Looks a Lift" and Allure's "52 Tips for Irresistible Hair, Makeup, Skin - and At ... More >>
Words get in the way of an otherwise stellar Lost Odyssey.
Obscure landmarks to love
It's Kingsley versus Connelly in a heart-wrenching battle of wills
Who's winning what at the upcoming S.F. International Film Festival
Free-speech wrestlers, all-girl boy bands, musical ninjitsu, and a restored Metropolis
Given that cyberspace is swarming with bots looking to snatch or destroy your data, does it make sense to install a firewall?
Week of April 25, 2001
Yes, SF Weekly has been secretly trying to rid the city of artists. It's working pretty well, don't you think?
Take Out the Trash; Trouble in the 408?; Trouble in the 650; Even Fuzzier Math
Rock Out S.F.; Bart Davenport; Santa Cruz Lo-Fi Indie Music Festival
Whither the Avant-Garde?... To Suburbia, Of Course!
Golden handshakes, cat scans and tree controversy
A San Francisco firm rolls the dice in the multibillion-dollar game of global finance
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.
Staff changes at the SF Weekly