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    July 3, 2013

    The Nation Would Like S.F. Media to Write Headlines That Pamper BART Workers on Strike

    Moving into Day 3 of the BART strike, the lefty mag The Nation has chimed in on the debate, deciding that perhaps the trains would start moving again if only the San Francisco media would stop writing headlines that, well, reflect reality: Commuters are getting screwed. The pro-labor piece penned ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Telekinesis Shines in the Intimate Environs of Bottom of the Hill, 4/24/13

    Telekinesis Mount Moriah Paparazzi Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Watching Ra Ra Riot outgrow small clubs. "How many of you have heard of Telekines?" It's a weird question to hear at a Telekinesis show, especially three-fourths of the way through a set. But Michael Ler ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Prop. 34: California Keeps Death Penalty, Once Again Shows It's Not as Liberal as Some Think

    California: that big blue state that handed President Obama 54 free electoral college points and gave his campaign more money than any other state. The state that is on the brink of Democratic supermajorities in both the state House and state Senate and contains a voting population in which register ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Treasure Island 2012: The xx, M83, and Public Enemy Compete With Gorgeous Views and Weather

    Treasure Island Music Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, 2012 Treasure Island, San Francisco Better than: Getting an October sunburn anywhere else this weekend. It was around sunset on Sunday evening when Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sang what everyone at Treasure Island Music Festiva ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Facebook's Ads Are Terrible, and Always Will Be

    Every day for the past week or so, upon signing into Facebook, I've been greeted by a cross-eyed baby trying to lure me into taking part in a get-rich-quick scheme having to do with Forex trading. (Word to the wise, if you see an advertisement with the word "Forex" in it, it's almost certainly some ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    It Ain't Easy Being Google

    As the dominant search engine, Google inevitably finds itself in the position of deciding for the world which information is important and which information is less so. Just as inevitably, this leads to controversy, and tough choices being forced on the Internet's dominant search engine. The latest ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Caveman Will Play Its Very First Big Festival Performance at Outside Lands

    Caveman's first Outside Lands set -- Sunday, 2:50 p.m. at the Panhandle stage -- has arguably been inevitable. Sure, maybe it hasn't always felt that way for the band. Last year, the members of Caveman sweated out festival favorite status at CMJ 2011. They put the time and effort in to self-release ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Google Goes to Washington

    During the SOPA debate, many opponents of the anti-piracy bill often tried to portray Google and the rest of the tech industry as a champion for all that is good and true as opposed to what it really is: an increasingly powerful, self-interested industry like any other. This happened particularly in ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Facebook's E-mail Hijack Is Part of a Pattern of Arrogance

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Bear Seduction and the Copyright Conundrum

    This will probably stand as the best story of the week: Ars Technica reports that Matthew Inman, creator of the web comic "The Oatmeal" has raised $100,000 from his fans to counter a lawyer's demand that he fork over $20,000 to a fifth-rate Website that Inman had complained was stealing his work. N ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Drifting Away from Twitter, Toward Reality

    I've been known to strongly defend Twitter, which some people have found surprising because of my default digital skepticism. But of course, I was skeptical of it at first (if nothing else, because of the name, which is stupid), until I started using it. It really can be used for quite practical pur ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012
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    May 1, 2012

    Joyless Comic Strip's NYT Parody Falls Flat

    There seems to be a wide and growing divide between people who appreciate healthy portions of meaty journalism and those who prefer a media diet of bite-sized snark snacks full of empty calories. In this context, "old media" outlets like The New York Times can never win, no matter what they do. Even ... 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 10, 2012

    Are People Finally Getting Bored with the Tech-Blog Circle Jerk?

    At this point, I have to believe that all the people in the Pando Daily-TechCrunch-Uncrunched-whatever micro-universe have consciously incorporated their onanistic little circle jerk into their collective business model. You can almost picture it just that way: Michael Arrington, Sarah Lacy, MG Sieg ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Music Labels Make Life Tough for Spotify

    ​Patrick Carney of the Black Keys is not a fan of Sean Parker, to say the least. Parker is an "asshole," Carney told on Monday. It's hard to blame Carney, though his rage might seem a bit misdirected -- or maybe just too concentrated on one person. Parker of course was the guy who brought ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    WikiLeaks' Data Dump: Let's Hold Off on Pronouncing It a Dud

    ​If the widespread derision of WikiLeaks' latest document drop is any indication, the struggling organization might be nearing the end of its useful life. Still, the stolen e-mails it started publishing on Sunday night so far seem more interesting in general than the trove of diplomatic cables it ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Listen Whitey!: Music Historian Pat Thomas Explores the Sounds of Black Power

    By J POET Most people know that songs like "We Shall Overcome," "Blowin' in the Wind," and "We Shall Not Be Moved" were important parts of the soundtrack of the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements of the '60s. The Black Power movement also used music to inspire and motivate people. Longtime Bay Are ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Sea of Bees on Her Music Videos, True Love, and Being Labeled "Queer"

    Gabriella Clavel​ The women of the Bay Area music scene are breaking rules and defying expectations. Lass Out Loud is a new column exploring their lives and work. Julie Ann Baenziger, aka Sea of Bees, has one of the most compelling and unique voices I've heard in years. Her indie folk-pop evo ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Copyright Owners Continue to Tilt at Windmills

    ​Given the intensity of the debates over digital piracy, you'd almost think that if one side or the other were to "win," the question would be decided: If critics of copyright holders were victorious, piracy would run rampant and the media industry would be brought to its knees; if the copyright o ... 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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    January 17, 2012

    PandoDaily: Just What We Needed, Another Tech-News Site

    ​Really? Seriously? Another site devoted to technology news? Yep, 'fraid so. This one, PandoDaily, will be written by, among others, some of the people who had previously made TechCrunch so awful: Sarah Lacy (who runs it), Michael Arrington, MG Siegler, and Paul Carr. These are people who believe ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Rupert Murdoch on Twitter: Insipid and Pedestrian

    ​It's sort of hard to believe after all this time, but I still regularly see people making fun of Twitter as if it's just a bunch of morons saying moron things. Okay, it is mostly that when taken as a whole. But I see very little of that kind of thing because I generally don't follow morons. Twitt ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    GoDaddy's Wall-to-Wall Awfulness

    ​Every time GoDaddy makes the news, as it has over the past week by supporting the widely reviled Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), the question naturally arises: Waitaminute, this is a domain registrar, right? Right. GoDaddy is in perhaps the dullest business this side of term life insurance, and ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    The RIAA Responds Lamely to Claims of Piracy Advocates

    ​TorrentFreak, a news site that basically supports illicit downloading, last week used a half-assed ISP-lookup service to conclude that employees of both the Recording Industry Association of America and the Department of Homeland Security had downloaded illicit copies of various copyrighted works ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Wikipedia: Should it Go Dark to Protest the Stop Online Privacy Act?

    ​Should Wikipedia shut itself down to protest the bizarrely clueless anti-piracy measures Congress is considering? As with many things about Wikipedia (such as whether an encyclopedia that anybody can edit is a good idea), it's not an easy question to answer. Would it even be effective? It's har ... 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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    December 5, 2011

    San Franciscans Are Not Googling "the N-Word"

    Hey Barry! Guess what my constituents haven't been Googling!​In 2008, Barack Obama was the rising tide that buoyed all San Francisco ships -- at least the ones that floated a bit to the left. A massive turnout for "Hope" and "Change" -- 84 percent of a swollen turnout voted for Obama -- also led t ... 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 1, 2011

    Copyright Fight the Subject of Juvenile Flamewars

    ​To the uninitiated, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might sound like a larger version of local chambers of commerce: something like the Elks or the Rotary Club, where dull businesspeople get together for dull meetings to eat rubber chicken and to "network." But the U.S. Chamber is the largest lobb ... 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 11, 2011

    Nick Lowe Charms the NPR Crowd at Great American Music Hall

    Nick Lowe at Great American Music Hall last night​ Nick Lowe J.D. McPherson Oct. 10, 2011 The Great American Music Hall Better than: What Lou Reed has chosen to do with his later career, by far. Although many original punk and new wave musicians delved into American and roots rock later in t ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    R.I.P. Steve Jobs, an Insanely Great Capitalist

    ​As I write this, many of my Facebook friends are expressing their profound sadness, and actually issuing "thanks" to Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday. I'm feeling the same way. It is astonishing that such sentiments can be felt, at this moment in history, about the CEO of any American corporat ... 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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    August 16, 2011

    Google Thumbs Nose at Antitrust Regulators

    ​You can't say Google doesn't have balls. Despite increasingly heavy antitrust scrutiny by the federal government, the Internet behemoth is charging ahead with a deal that brings all kinds of potential for cornering a market. It will pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, a leading maker of hand ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    How Google Ended the 'Browser Wars'

    ​Today is the 16th anniversary of Netscape's initial public offering. It occurs to me that many of you might be only vaguely aware of Netscape, and of what it meant to us in the mid-'90s. That's because many of you were toddlers, or perhaps not even born yet. That's depressing and mindblowing ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Judge Halts Weird Online Movie Service Zediva

    ​In March, Zediva, a really weird online movie-rental service, told Wired that "it doesn't expect legal trouble over its service," which allows users to watch actual DVDs, played on actual DVD players, via the Internet. A couple of weeks later, the Motion Picture Association of America sued Zediv ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Why Are Tech Journos Suddenly Interested in News Corp. Scandal?

    ​When I was a staff editor at the tech-news site CNET 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 >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Lindsay Lohan Shills for Pump-and-Dump Stocks on Twitter

    ​To get an idea of just how classy those "sponsored" celebrity tweets can be, take a look at what Lindsay Lohan tweeted last night. "Have you guys seen food and gas prices lately?" she asked. Yes, we have, Lindsay. Have you? Then her tweet took a weird turn, into economic analysis: "U.S. $ will so ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Foursquare: The Silliest Thing Ever Invented

    ​Before I started using Twitter a couple of years ago, I, like many people then and now, assumed it must be the silliest thing ever invented. The stupid name didn't (and doesn't) help. Mainly, I thought people used it for telling the world what they had for lunch, but I then looked into the matter ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Facebook Paying People to Watch Ads Won't Work

    Caitlinator/Flickr​I'm frankly amazed that in all the coverage of Facebook's plan to pay users to watch ads, nobody -- as far as I can tell -- has mentioned the several companies that tried to do something similar during the (original) dot-com boom, and failed spectacularly. The most famous of th ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Help S.F. Singer Meklit Hadero Bring Her Music to Ethiopia Next Month

    Meklit Hadero​ Ethiopian born, S.F.-based jazz singer Meklit Hadero is planning a big trip to Ethiopia next month to perform for the people of her native country. It's her second such visit, after Hadero designed a similar journey in 2009. Hadero will perform for free in two places in Ethiopia ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Tonight: St. Patrick's Day for Grown-Ups

    dead redhead/Flickr​Irish California: An Evening with the California Historical Society Collection Where: California Historical Society, 678 Mission (at Annie), 357-1848 When: Tonight, Mar. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $4 suggested donation The rundown: You're over St. Patrick's Day, we get i ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Holcombe Waller Eloquently Overshares at Swedish American Hall

    ​ Holcombe Waller @ Swedish American Hall Thursday, March 3, 2011 Better than: Waller's inevitable 2015 VH1 Storytellers episode Portland-via-Frisco troubadour Holcombe Waller's voice is his strongest asset -- it's a lithe, soaring, faraway thing that breathes equally convincing life into somber ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Apple Sued for Privacy Invasion -- Again

    What does he know about you?​The number of iPad and iPhone users that claim Apple has passed around their private information is growing by the day.In December, two separate groups of iPad and iPhone users sued Apple, Inc., claiming the company had created apps that distributed personal informatio ... More >>

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