Western-style capitalism has arrived at a very strange place. Image-consciousness has become such a powerful force that it's the first thing many companies think of whenever they consider a new initiative -- not the initiative itself, but how that initiative will be perceived. That's why when Mark ... More >>
Last week, we told you about the bi-coastal crime fighting duo, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who this week brought a much-needed initiative to protect people from those dumb smartphones thieves. The plan, called S.O.S. (secure our ... More >>
A new crime-fighting duo has emerged. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have announced they're joining forces to fight the nationwide rapid rise of mobile phone thefts, better known as "Apple-picking." The duo is hosting a smartphone sum ... More >>
This week bloggers were in a tizzy about revelations that Apple has two new iPhones in the hopper, much to the chagrin of San Francisco DA George Gascón who criticized Apple for not including anti-theft technology in the newest phones. While the DA groused about a recent surge of iPhone burgl ... More >>
The year that we somehow just made it through has been dubbed "the year of the patent troll." But given that our patent system is still broken, 2013 promises to take that title for itself, and succeeding years will make their own claim unless laws are changed. And we see how good Congress is at chan ... More >>
Did you ever get a strange feeling that you might be getting ripped off when buying your last flat-screen TV, monitor, or laptop? Well, that's probably because you did.Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today that her office, along with seven other attorneys general, got a $571-million settlem ... More >>
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 >>
No, I don't have an iPhone. It's not that I don't want one -- I do. Badly. I fiend for my own sleek slab of glass and plastic. Meanwhile I steal my friends' iPhones. Hell, I steal my parents' iPhones. (Yes, even my parents have iPhones.) I nearly gave up back in April, two Benjamins at the r ... More >>
For a former video store giant, not such a blockbuster decade.
Oliver KurmisOnce it showed 'Trash TV.' Now it's just trash ... or is it?With the February 17 digital TV deadline fast approaching, many of you are probably planning the haul of your dinosaur boob tube out to the curb for the Sunset Scavengers. But as any enviro-conscious San Fra ... More >>
Commentary by Gregg Rickman
Berlin's legendary -- but embattled -- Love Parade makes a San Francisco debut. But will thousands dance to its beat?
Off pop music's radar for eight years, San Francisco's Voice Farm has slipped into the background of background music