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    A Star Trek writer revisits his 20-year old vision of a futuristic, tech-ruined San Francisco

    In 1994, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner and executive producer Ira Steven Behr had a profound experience along the Santa Monica boardwalk. The weather was beautiful, and daytrippers and tourists were frolicking and taking pictures. There was also a sizeable homeless contingent sprawled about the scenic coastline, and it was the interaction between these groups that struck Behr, and prompted him to write the “Past Tense” episodes of DS9, first broadcast in 1995. “People were just ignoring them completely……
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    True to form, the Canadians are politely spying on Silicon Valley

    Rocketspace is a co-working whatchamacallit occupying 70,000 square feet (and counting) spread between two iconic buildings in the bank-clad canyons of Sansome and Bush Streets in San Francisco’s Financial District. As such, it’s an unlikely headquarters for an international spy ring. Perhaps that’s the point. Back in June, I went to Rocketspace to meet with Canada’s Consul General for San Francisco, Cassie Doyle, and Senior Trade Commissioner, John Zimmerman. For the past three years Canada has been using Rocketspace…
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    “Yo, have you heard of Silicon Valley?” Ben Horowitz hosts Nas in Redwood City

    Hip hop was born sometime in the 70’s, probably in New York, and grew up over the course of block parties in that city’s toughest neighborhoods. Last night, it was presented to a seated crowd at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, at an event hosted by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz*. The occasion featured a private screening of a new documentary about the rapper Nas, Time is Illmatic. Nas was on stage along with Andreessen Horowitz partner Ben Horowitz.…
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    A look back at the first issues of Wired prompts the question: How far have we come?

    As a newcomer to the field of digital journalism, I decided a few months back to get myself grounded in the form by ordering the first three issues of Wired, from way back in 1993. The magazines are portal into a world that existed before the mass adoption of the internet, before Google, Yahoo!, Netscape, the iPod, Amazon, the smartphone and Mark Zuckerberg’s first zit. It was an age when advertisers still tried to convince a rational reader with paragraphs-long…
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    Google lifts formerly controversial name restrictions on formerly significant social network

    This afternoon Google has bowed to public pressure and…eliminated its names restrictions for Google+! It’s not the most interesting possible sentence to begin that way, by a long shot. And many tech sites are underwhelmed by the breakthrough. For the last three years, Google has required a verified real name for users of Google+. The policy was the subject of some controversy when Google+ first debuted in 2011. It aroused anger from users who had their…
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    Victory for Lyft and Uber in Seattle council vote

    After 15 months of continuous negotiations, Lyft and Uber will be able to operate (fairly) freely again in Seattle. An earlier attempt to regulate the growing ridesharing market there had capped the number of cars in service at 150 per company. Today’s hearing before the Seattle City Council was delayed several times when lawmakers asked for clarification as to what exactly they were voting on. The measure at stake included a raft of amendments, and amendments to amendments, regarding considerations…
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    Sean Parker gives $49k to make life easier for other San Francisco parkers

    Sean Parker, he of Napster, Facebook, Timberlake, and $4.5 million wedding ceremony fame, has donated $49,000 to back a voter initiative to give more of a voice to San Francisco motorists. The bill, which will appear on the San Francisco ballot in November, bears the vague title “Restore Transportation Balance”.  As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, it includes provisions increasing the availability of parking, the limiting of parking fees and meters and the amounts of parking tickets, and…
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    Movie streaming shouldn’t mean obliterating the history of film

    Of the top 20 movies in IMDb’s list of “100 Greatest Movies of All Time”, only Titanic and Forrest Gump are available for streaming on Netflix. For those willing to pay, Amazon Prime’s Instant Video does a better job: with all but three movies available to “rent” for 24 hours at $3 or $4 a pop. The IMDb list is incredibly pop-centric and would dismay many a seasoned cinephile. But the gaps in availability of these seminal flicks points out…
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    Tim Draper’s event on marketing bitcoin offered few answers, and no Tim Draper

    Tim Draper is a mainstay of the Silicon Valley upper crust, a third generation VC in a culture that tends to revere successful tech investors as its proper intellectuals and propehts. Last week, Draper was revealed as the winning bidder in an auction of Bitcoin seized by Tommy Lee Jones and the boys over at the US Marshal’s Service from the Dread Pirate Roberts. The hoard obtained is valued at roughly $19 million, though the amount of Draper’s winning…
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    In pilot scheme, San Francisco gives away public parking to carsharing companies

    A few mornings ago I chanced on a 9”x11” slice bearing the emblem of the Municipal Transportation Agency, on a phone pole outside my apartment. It concerned an MTA pilot project currently underway which will commercialize a public resource and grant special permission for its use for a select group of local disruptive companies, providing them competitive advantages And it had nothing to do with Google buses. Sounds like a story, I thought, greedily, submitting to the subsequent chain of…

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