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    May Day in San Francisco, mayday for the city’s labor movement

    The city of San Francisco has a rich, if largely forgotten, labor history. From the apocrypha of the late, beloved Chronicle columnist Herb Caen we glean that the first labor strike in Baghdad by the Bay occurred on Montgomery Street in mid-19th century, when Chinese workers constructing a building made of Chinese granite blocks were able to negotiate a wage increase upon realizing that their bosses couldn’t read the block’s Chinese inscriptions detailing how the stones should be set. From…
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    RippleWorks is sending Silicon Valley expertise to the developing world (You’re welcome, developing world!)

    We all know by know that Silicon Valley innovation is going to change the world, make it a better place, and solve humanity’s most malignant problems. It’s only a matter of time. And robots. And drones. And novel financial instruments. Or whatever else your company happens to peddle, since saving the world correlates seamlessly with capitalism. “‘Change the World’ drives me fricking crazy,” says Doug Galen, co-founder and CEO of RippleWorks, the just-launched nonprofit wing of distributed payment protocoller Ripple Labs. “What…
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    Stickering it to the man: Airbnb packs SF City Hall for public meeting on home sharing law

    The battle lines were clearly marked as the overflow crowd filled San Francisco City Hall on Thursday evening. The city’s Planning Commission were to consider three amendments to the ‘Airbnb law‘ which regulates the operation of “home sharing” companies. Supporters on both sides had been busy handing out stickers. One, a standard shipping label rectangle in stark red and black, read: “Homes not Hotels: Don’t let Airbnb Write Our Laws.” The other, available in two different tones of teal for the common folk and another in…
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    To help spread its message, the NSA has produced a coloring book. You know, for kids

    By the time I found the National Security Agency booth on the expo floor at last week’s RSA Conference, all the best shwag was gone. The most prized giveaway was a faux-leather Post-it Note kit bearing the agency’s seal. “We can’t print enough of those,” the agency rep manning the booth told me. “Next year, we are going to make the seal even bigger. Kids will really like that, like a badge to show their friends at school.” Is it…
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    San Francisco ballot initiative would require all public meetings be livestreamed

    This morning at the San Francisco’s Department of Elections, in the basement of City Hall, a ballot initiative was submitted that would change the way residents interact with their government. The first of its kind measure would compel the City to livestream all public meetings (those at City Hall and those offsite), would allow the public to submit virtual testimony during those meetings, and would force the City to make concrete time schedules for the hearing of agenda items that…
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    Homeland security chief to RSA conference attendees: “Consider a tour of service for your country”

    The 24th annual RSA Conference is underway at San Francisco’s Moscone Center and, depending on your personal level of background paranoia, it’s either a dream or a nightmare. I’m posting this from the Press Working Room on the open WiFi network, so there’s every chance the security experts in attendance will have read these words before my editor does. Still, the conference is a far cry from DefCon or the Black Hat Conference — more collared shirts for one thing, and fewer…
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    Unicorn v. Leviathan: The battle between Airbnb and San Francisco rages on

    “Brian Chesky’s audacity is fabulous..his obsession with detail and practicality doesn’t confine or compromise his dreaming but rather makes what could so easily be noble but abstract ideas functional and real.” – Jonathan Ive, Time 100 Last week, as Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2015′ issue was slotted onto magazine racks across the nation’s groceries and airports, I got to see the some of that global influence in action. The place was San Francisco City Hall, and the influencer…
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    “Uber for pot” app Eaze raises $10 million and a would-be Kalanick gets his wings

    Today, the San Francisco-based cannabis delivery service Eaze announced that it has raised a $10 million Series A round led by DCM Ventures and joined by 500 Startups and Fresh VC. This may well be a watershed moment for the cannabis industry — or at least the canna-tech industry — as it is the biggest round invested in a single marijuana startup. Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund* helped close a $75 million round in the cannabis-focused Privateer Holdings last week, but that…
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    Want to see what Google is doing with Moffett Field? Go play a round of golf there

    Mountain View, CA: The Golf Club at Moffett Field is a great deal, and a well-kept secret. Where else in the Bay Area can you warm up on a driving range on which nasty slices risk being lost among the bisected mounds of Air Force munitions bunkers, or pause on the teebox at 14 to watch Air National Guardsmen descend by rope from the belly of a helicopter hovering just yards away? And yet, during lunch hour last Tuesday, I was…

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