If it wasn't clear before, it should be now: the entire universe of startup technology and business blogs is overrun by the inept, the inane, the egomaniacal, the mercenary, the distasteful, the corrupt, and the outright evil. Last week, with the introduction of the "Titstare" app at a TechCrunch c ... More >>
Generally, we only learn about Ben & Jerry's political positions whenever the delicious duo releases a new flavor. And just in time for this year's election, they released the SuperPack delight, a sweet confection that somehow is supposed to make you grossed out by how much money is funneled int ... More >>
In case you were too busy last night mapping out your traffic route for the upcoming weekend of chaos in San Francisco, here's your recap of the presidential debates. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney squared off inside the University of Denver's Magness Arena last n ... More >>
Since going public earlier this summer, Facebook has become increasing not "liked," particularly by Wall Street investors. To make matters worse, the Bay Area-based company this week published filings that revealed the social networking site has some 83 million fake users.So yeah, you don't have as ... More >>
It took a destructive recession and a budget deficit even MC Hammer finds ridiculous, but California has slowed down the flow of tax-payer money to for-profit colleges. Yesterday, the California Student Aid Commission announced a sharp decrease in the number of schools eligible for Cal Grants: fo ... More >>
If public transportation is part of your daily routine, chances are you've already heard a few ditties from Occupella, the group known for riffing off traditional American folk songs to make them 99 percent unique. But tomorrow, the ensemble will take a break from its cavernous stage at th ... More >>
Facebook's newly issued shares lost 11 percent of their value on Monday, their first full day of public trading after Friday's snafu-filled IPO. That's a loss of $11.5 billion. Tuesday, the fall continued, taking the stock down another 3 percent. Too many shares were issued at too high a price by an ... More >>
One thing Anonymous is really good for is embarrassing public agencies (BART) -- and their employees (Linton Johnson). But the National Security Agency is worried that the shadowy online hacking group will soon have the power to shut off our power via cyberattack. The Wall Street Journal is repor ... More >>
Occupy San Francisco is here to stay. Well, at least until the cops break it up.Occupy SF is refusing to relocate its very distinct camp site near the Financial District to a less conspicuous site in the Mission District, claiming that being close to the banks they are protesting helps keep their ... More >>
Hey, I support the movement, too! Solidarity!Those grumbling about the caliber of people camping out at Justin Herman plaza can't be thrilled about the latest wave of demonstrators drawn to OccupySF: politicians. Last night a near-quorum of the Board of Supervisors squatted along with the squatte ... More >>
The official Occupy condom. We learned a couple days ago that the Occupy protesters are a horny crew, advertising their plaints for love and sex on Craigslist. Well, perhaps those services can be rendered, thanks to Craigslist. A dude calling himself Barry McCockiner -- who is also seen spanking ... More >>
_PaulS_/Flickr Mother Jones magazine's great food correspondant, Tom Philpott, wrote a barnstormer of an article this past week titled "Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street." Food is no side issue, Philpott argues, to the nationwide protests voicing outrage over the unchecked power o ... More >>
It's been over two weeks since the protest in SF's financial district commenced -- prompted by the occupation of Wall Street that started almost a month ago -- and four days since Oakland joined this now apparently worldwide movement. As we all know, Occupy Wall Street was outright ignored by mai ... More >>
Wear this to a protest in New York? Fugetaboutit.Over the last month, masked Anonymous protesters have made a weekly date out of organizing demonstrations at BART stations in San Francisco. When the cops have moved to arrest some, it's usually been for refusing to obey an officers' orders, delayi ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Why I'm never becoming a restaurant critic in Taiwan. The Taipei Times reports that a local food blogger was just sentenced to 30 days in jail and almost $7,000 in fines for writ ... More >>
Waiting for the next generation On Friday, we gave iPhone users some grim news -- customers were being overcharged by as much as 300 percent for data they never used. But now we are here to deliver some good -- if not curious -- news: The iPhone 5 will be out in June!At least that's the buzz amon ... More >>
An offer he can't refuse? When Jeff Adachi enraged every last vestigial limb of the San Francisco political body by pushing his "Smart Reform" pension measure onto the ballot, your humble narrator made a prediction. Labor, acting through beholden politicians and complicit partners in the media, w ... More >>
It isn't Final Fantasy XIII -- don't worry, it won't "brick" your computer. But a clever videogame from the California Labor Federation is alleging that Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman will indeed "brick" the state. Essentially it's just the ninja star-throwing segments of Shinobi -- ... More >>
Joyce GoldschmidGet out your banjo, Warren, and sing the company song!On May 26, financier Warren Hellman invited throngs of hangers-on to a Great American Music Hall bash to celebrate the launch of the Bay Citizen, the news nonprofit he tossed $5 million.The highlight, apparently, was an offici ... More >>
Jeff.L/FlickrNot even Berkeley Bowl can save you.Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Oh noes!: What does yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to jimmy open the sewer lid to corporate campaign contributions have to do with the food you eat? Pantloads, writes Food Politics blogger Marion Ne ... More >>
Despite Obama's promises of change, corporate crooks are still going unpunished for their roles in the financial collapse.
By Matt SmithAn apparent upwelling of holiday good cheer has destroyed two of San Francisco's oldest law firms, which had thrived during much of the past century by exploiting greed, jealousy, fear, malice and other non-holiday sentiments. Thelen LLP, begun in 1924 and until recently one of America' ... More >>
The local economy is going to the dogs.
Meric Long and Logan Kroeber break the singer/songwriter barrier
The problem today isn't shoddy corporate ethics -- capitalism was built on corruption. The problem is America's bias against government regulation.
San Francisco's Providian Financial was once the most despised company in the credit card industry. Now, after a humbling fall, it just wants to be loved.
There's a new and nasty labor-management war. Health care is the battlefield. San Francisco is the front line.