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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

San Francisco has banned commercial electric scooters, which can be rented via apps, from its streets – after several months of confrontation between the authorities and tech companies. Three upstarts – Bird, LimeBike, and Spin – that have littered the American city with thousands of scooters that can be grabbed, used, and …
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If you say it loud enough, Uber will sound atrocious: Super Cali juristic discrimination process

Uber is once again being hauled into court, this time on allegations it deliberately underpaid women engineers and staff who were not white or asian. The lawsuit (PDF), filed in the San Francisco Superior Court this week, alleges violations of California's Equal Pay Act and Private Attorney General Act, and demands back wages …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2017

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

A shit storm awaits a bunch of far-right protestors when they convene in San Francisco this weekend – locals are storing up their doggy do-do and plan to distribute it in the area the protestors are holding the rally. People of the Rainbow City will heavily pepper Crissy Field and the white beach next to the Golden Gate bridge …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2017
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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the rare (and possibly costly) decision to relocate an upcoming meeting out of America. IETF 102, scheduled for mid-2018, was booked for the San Francisco Hilton, but instead will be held in the Fairmont Hotel in Montreal. The reason, as announced by IETF Administrative Oversight …

San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access

The City of San Francisco has already put in place numerous plans to resist the policies of the Trump Administration – from immigration to healthcare to labor agreements. Now it is moving on to internet access. Supervisor Mark Farrell has set up a "blue ribbon panel" to look at how to get the City by the Bay wired up with …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Mar 2017

Silicon Valley tech bro's solution for homeless: Getting himself in the news. Again.

No one doubts that San Francisco has a homeless problem. There are more than 6,500 individuals living on the streets and it's increasing every year. As the city – and the wider Bay Area – continue to break all records in terms of affordability thanks to the ongoing tech boom, the problem is only going to get worse. That's why …
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San Francisco first US city to outlaw ISP lock-ins by landlords

San Francisco has become the first major US city to bar building owners from restricting their tenants to specific ISPs. A city law, set to take effect later this month, calls for the owners of commercial and multi-tenant (that's four units or more) buildings to allow any state-licensed internet provider to install lines to …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Jan 2017

Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

Updated Hard-drive-scrambling ransomware infected hundreds of computers at San Francisco's public transit agency on Friday and demanded 100 bitcoins to unlock data, The Register has learned. Ticket machines were shut down and passengers were allowed to ride the Muni light-rail system for free on Saturday – a busy post-Thanksgiving …
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2016
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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

A trolley bus crash in San Francisco is being blamed on a "computer error" that left the vehicle without working brakes. The San Francisco Examiner reports that a prang on Jackson and Scott streets Monday that sent the bus driver to the hospital was the result of a failure in the components that control the brake system. The …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Oct 2016
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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

An Estonian robotics company is trialling six-wheeled delivery robots that can trundle through San Francisco delivering goods to the local population. The robots are built by Starship Technologies, a company founded in 2014 by Skype cofounders Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla, and can trundle along at 6kph (3.7mph) delivering goods …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2016
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Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini

With the cost of living in San Francisco soaring higher than ever, some people are stepping forward to find innovative solutions to create affordable housing and assistance programs that would preserve the diversity, culture, and giving spirit that has made San Francisco a world-class city. And then there are the assholes who …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2016
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Waze to go, Google: New dial-a-ride Uber, Lyft rival 'won't vet drivers'... What could go wrong?

Google is apparently planning to launch a ride-sharing service to compete with Uber and Lyft. The Wall Street Journal cites a single source in reporting that the Mountain View advertisement broker will expand a small pilot program launched this summer in which the Waze navigational app can be used by people to organize car …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2016

Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

Comment Over the last five to 10 years, Dublin has become the European base for the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Yahoo! and Microsoft. Its controversial corporation tax of 12.5 per cent, introduced in 2003, has undoubtedly been the major selling point. However, during that period, the cost of living has …
Kat Hall, 27 Apr 2016
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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

The City of San Francisco will soon be requiring people who drive for ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber to have a business license. The city's Treasury Office said that it has begun notifying via mail drivers of transportation network companies (such as Uber and Lyft) that they have 30 days to obtain a license from the city …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016

Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

Illustrator Peter Berkowitz had been forced out of his $400-a-month box home in San Francisco after officials ruled it a fire hazard. Berkowitz became a minor celebrity when he spoke to his local NBC station about his custom built pod in the living room of his friends' house in Outer Sunset. The rent is San Francisco is so …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Apr 2016

Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

Steve Jobs is owed $174 by San Francisco parking attendants. It's not just the deceased co-founder of Apple either. PayPal co-founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel is owed $170; Napster co-founder and Facebook's first president Sean Parker $320; Salesforce's Marc Benioff $94. But top of the pile comes, ironically, CEO of …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2016
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San Francisco* to get 1Gbps Google Fiber

Google has announced that its Fiber gigabit internet service will finally be arriving in San Francisco. Sort of. The Mountain View advertising broker said that it has signed on to be the ISP for a handful of apartments and condos where fiber lines have already been laid. The move will likely limit the reach of Fiber service …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2016

Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

Satire A radical augmented reality (AR) solution to the appalling problem of tech bros having to see people less fortunate than themselves on the streets of San Francisco has been launched. CLEANR is the brainchild of SF resident Jon Adams and uses wearable tech to effectively delete undesirable people from your view. Adams explains …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Feb 2016

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