When I worked for Cnet News.com during the late-'90s dot-com boom, there were many things that annoyed and perplexed me about the tech-news site. It was run by former newspaper guys. Because of that, the editors displayed a weird, very newspaper-like mix of sensationalism and prudishness. An edi ... More >>
Seventy-nine years ago, Germans gathered in Berlin's Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Platz one May evening. They piled the books of Karl Marx, Bertolt Brecht and August Bebel (for whom the plaza would later be renamed), and burned them in the name of eliminating "un-German" ideas. On Jan 12, 2013, a group calle ... More >>
It's an unexpectedly somber start to the long-awaited finale of The Voice, with hosts, contestants and coaches all gathered for a heart-wrenching rendition of "Hallelujah." Each of them carries a card with the name and age of one of the victims of last Friday's horrific Newtown massacre. It's a sigh ... More >>
Awful. The news today is just awful. On days like today, there's little else to do but hug your loved ones, write your congressman, post sad messages on Facebook and Twitter, and then settle down to reaffirm your faith in the world by watching animal videos on YouTube. We've rounded up some of our f ... More >>
In jingoistic times, Steve Williams exhibits precisely the kind of faux progressivism we don't need in a city attorney
Mayor Willie Brown has made official decisions benefiting business entities that are partners in the mayor's own private business endeavors. Is this intersection of Brown's public decisions and private finances a coincidence - or a conflict of interest?