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Dan Raile

  1. SF's short term rentals legislation could be a win for the arts

    Late last month, Airbnb acquiesced to paying its share of San Francisco’s hotel tax, and on April 15, Supervisor David Chiu unveiled proposed legislation to regulate the emergent short-term rentals market. Hotel tax revenues are vast in San Francisco, where tourism continues to be one of the city’s biggest industries.

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  2. Supporters of Indian politicians apparently hack Time 100 poll

    Time Magazine is letting readers vote again on the world’s 100 most influential people. While the magazine's editors will make the final decisions, they have for a number of years held an online poll. And this year, as the poll closes, it looks as though Time’s site has yet again been hacked. (We reached out to Time two hours ago and are awaiting comment).

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  3. Enigmatic founder of Russia's largest social network flees the country and his ties to oligarchs

    Until yesterday, Pavel Durov was the boyish founder and CEO of Vkontakte, the dominant Russian social network, which has nearly ten times the number of users Facebook does in that country. He’s ostentatious – he once folded up paper airplanes made of money and threw them from Vkontakte office windows. He’s controversial – he’s been accused of embezzlement, and of running over a traffic cop's foot and fleeing the scene, and had his offices and residence searched. Yesterday, he was ousted as CEO. And now, apparently, he’s in exile.

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  4. Palcohol has its label approval revoked: Here's a fine grain analysis of what that means

    This morning the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reversed its April 8th approval of labels for powdered alcohol product Palcohol, saying “Those label approvals were issued in error and have since been surrendered.”

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  5. Dry Drunk: Much mocked Palchohol follows classic Valley disruptor playbook

    There has been a lot of -- uh -- buzz in the last few days about Palcohol, the world’s first powdered alcohol product. Even NPR got in a couple of audible eyebrow raises yesterday. The occasion for all the press is that Palcohol product labels have been "released" by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which has approved the powder for sale beginning this coming fall.

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  6. San Francisco's handling of 420 celebrations passes the smell test

    Yesterday afternoon, crowds in excess of 15,000 people descended on the eastern section of Golden Gate Park to celebrate the resurrection of their THC blood levels. The annual 420 celebrations at the park are ad hoc, unsponsored and unofficial. But they’ve been experiencing remarkable year-on-year growth, to the chagrin of City officials who must begrudgingly manage safety and clean-up for the event.

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  7. Axosoft slashes the price of its bug tracker, gives proceeds to software grants

    Tracking actual bugs in Arizona is a risky, if not downright dangerous, business. According to the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences website, “Perhaps more species of potentially dangerous invertebrates inhabit Arizona than any other state.”

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  8. uberXtortion: new Uber policy forces riders to pay $1 safety fee

    After months spent grappling with revelations of faulty background checks and stumbling through various PR debacles, Uber yesterday announced a pivot in its safety policies. Uber users received notice when opening the app today that “A new $1 Safe Rides Fee added to every uberX fare supports our efforts to always connect you to the safest riders on the road.”

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