• sf-evictions

    The “Anti-Tech Backlash” is over, now let’s talk San Francisco housing

    Gentrification is a big word, a loaded academic concept and an impersonal, observable force acting upon urban centers around the globe. Despite its ubiquity and its many ideological opponents, there is no known antidote. Any localized discussion of gentrification is prone to divisiveness, pitting recent arrivals against long-time residents. To have such a discussion without it devolving into a shouting match requires some forethought, but it’s not impossible. At Pando’s inaugural Don’t Be Awful event last month, Erin…
  • weed-startups

    How pot startups are rewriting the playbook for Silicon Valley disruption

    Software will eat everything, they say. But it has mostly abstained from the legal marijuana economy, stymied by the uncertainty of enhancing shareholder value in a line of business that was at best an extension of the health care industry and at worst a felonious traffic in dangerous drugs, depending on your jurisdiction. But software is voracious, and hungrily seeks new inputs. At the same time, across the country, marijuana is enjoying a thaw in public opinion that, like attitudes…
  • weev

    ‘weev’ in Beirut: I can’t go home until “most of the agents of the federal government are dead.”

    “The only hope I have of returning to the land I love, where I was kidnapped at gunpoint and had my house bulldozed, is if there is a such a consistent level of change that most of the agents of the federal government are dead. I want to go home but I can’t.” It’s late on a Tuesday evening and I’m sitting with Andrew Auernheimer in the posh environs of east Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood. The man most people know by…
  • Peter Kassig

    Finding Abdul-Rahman Kassig: How an American soldier-turned-aid-worker became ISIS’s latest high-profile captive

    Update 16th Nov 2014: The BBC reports that Abdul-Rahman Kassig has been killed by his captors. On October 3rd the group calling itself the Islamic State released a video showing the gruesome murder of British aid worker Alan Henning. It was the fourth such video the group has released since August, with chilling regularity once every two weeks. At the end of that video, a black clad Islamic State member stands beside a kneeling young man identified as Peter Edward Kassig.…
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    RIP SF Bay Guardian: Activist journalism no longer worth its weight in wood pulp

    It’s a sad day for “the real” San Francisco. Today, sidewalk boxes will fill up with the latest and last edition of The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the progressive weekly rag that’s been a fixture in the city for just shy of half a century. The Guardian’s publisher, the San Francisco Media Company, made the announcement yesterday, freezing the paper’s online version and laying off all staff, effective immediately. In the end it wasn’t any sexy defamation or obscenity…
  • moffett

    What ever happened to Google’s lease for a huge government airfield in Mountain View?

    In our age of lightspeed speculation over the intentions of a handful of powerful Silicon Valley executives, you’d think there would be more buzz about the deal in the works between Google and NASA to bestow upon Google the rights to a massive government airport adjacent to NASA’s Ames Research Center and a stone’s throw from the Googleplex. In February it was announced that the federal General Services Administration had selected a bid by Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures to lease…
  • open_internet

    The EFF’s annual awards highlight an ongoing blindspot in its struggle for a free and open Internet

    Last night in the upper Lodge theater of San Francisco’s Regency Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation hosted its 23rd annual Pioneer Awards. By some strange quirk of the cosmos, there was a scraggly line of next-generation hippie dreamers selling crystals and wielding fierce dogs outside, because the eminent Grateful Dead cover band the Dark Star Orchestra was playing the Regency’s main ballroom at the same time. The EFF, of course, was co-founded by Grateful Dead lyricist and collaborator John Perry…
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    20 years on, a Star Trek writer on how his vision of a tech-ruined San Francisco is panning out

    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……
  • spieslikeus10124

    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…
  • foxnas

    “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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