After two years of hammering statistics, badgering telecom companies, and decrying the rise of smartphone theft in San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascon says he's been vindicated. According to a Consumer Reports projection issued today, smartphone theft skyrocketed nationally, from 1.6 mi ... More >>
You might recall on Valentine's Day this year, protesters marched to Twitter's office in SOMA equipped with cupid costumes, chocolates, and paper hearts. Although today's sentiment is more bitter than sweet, workers are over at City Hall as we type, protesting against city policies granting CEO's ... More >>
We're no fonder of famed Internet troll Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer than anyone else in the blogosphere, and we've used just as many nasty words to describe him. But words don't have quite the same weight as a three-and-a-half year federal prison sentence. That's the punishment hanging over Weev's h ... 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 >>
Last year Apple found itself caught on the wrong side of the gay community when it allowed aspiring heterosexuals to access that controversial gay cure app on iTunes. But it appears the Silicon Valley tech giant is finally making peace with homosexuals, or at least those homosexuals with iPhones. As ... More >>
You've probably heard some rumblings about the Stop Online Piracy Act recently. And in all likelihood -- especially if you watch major news channels like CNN -- it's probably all sounded pretty bad and pretty scary. Casey Shafer owns and runs Burning House Records -- an independent, San Francisco ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Bait and switchGroupon is being accused of defrauding consumers by purchasing advertisements on Google for services the company did not offer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. A Google search for "San Francisco Tours" on Feb. 24, for example, purportedly returned the followi ... More >>
techfreep.comGoogle headquarters in Mountain ViewToday at noon, roughly 100 people assembled at the entrance of Google's headquarters in Mountain View. According to Yolanda Hippensteele, who was involved in coordinating the rally on behalf of the Save the Internet coalition, protesters hailed fro ... More >>
On a recent sunny afternoon, SF Weekly contributing photographer Tim Wagner headed to Silicon Valley for a tour of Airship Venture's "Eureka," the first lighter-than-air passanger ship to fly in the U.S. after more than 71 years. Tim WagnerThe 246-foot long zeppelin is larger than a Boeing 747 ... More >>
Now that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced he'll take an illness-related leave of absence, the global faithful are asking themselves: Wait a minute; which is it? Is he the all-knowing, all-being master of lightness and dark, as we've been led to believe? Or is he a mere flesh-and-blood mortal? As i ... More >>
The son of a world—renowned chef says he wanted to reform the phone industry. The feds say he wanted to get rich quick.
As a simple Internet search engine has grown into a billion-dollar tech behemoth, the question becomes: Is Google good? Take quiz, find out.
Infiltrator joins the Young Republicans to experience the blue suits, big hair, and free beer of the Republican state convention
Why Tom Ammiano's plans to create a city-owned broadband network are a boondoggle-in-the-making
If fighting terrorism requires a stimulated economy, no move could be more welcome than the dismantling of Pac Bell
What a difference a year makes, to the country, and to the New Economy
The so-called gene chip could revolutionize the way we treat cancer patients. That is, if biotech firms don't keep it out of doctors' hands.
A young software engineer has a plan to teach Silicon Valley to change its tightfisted ways
Parting Is Such Sweet ... Hey, I Said Sell at $45
How the boys at OSC -- the hippest high-tech start-up ever -- created the magical software that lets any garage band in America record studio-quality CDs. And then lost the magic almost overnight.
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.