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Starbucks’ racial apologies revive bad memories for W. Kamau Bell
Apr 20 • 6 min
When Starbucks announced Tuesday that it will close more than 8,000 stores for a day of racial-bias education for its employees, W. Kamau Bell wondered if the effort would be more than “a splashy headline.
California net neutrality bill passes state senate committee
Apr 19 • 5 min
A bill to create California’s version of expiring national net neutrality regulation passed its first major test Tuesday by getting through the state Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. The committee voted 8-3 to send the bill authored…
Turo goes global with boutique car rentals
Apr 18 • 2 min
San Francisco’s Turo is going global and adding car-rental companies’ fleets to its on-demand inventory. Besides its current model of letting regular people rent their personal cars to others, Turo is now adding independent car-rental companies, small…
Amazon Books plans to open store in Berkeley
Apr 17 • 3 min
Berkeley, long known as a hub of independent bookstores, may soon be home to an Amazon bookstore. The online giant plans to open its third Bay Area bookstore — it already has locations in Walnut Creek and San Jose — on Fourth Street in West Berkeley. The…
H-1B application numbers fall for second year in a row
Apr 16 • 4 min
The number of H-1B applications for the next fiscal year dipped for the second year in a row — a trend experts say could be influenced by the current administration’s “America First” rhetoric and a rise in scrutiny on companies’ petitions. The United…
Uber, Getaround partner for peer car rentals in San Francisco
Apr 13 • 3 min
Uber soon will add “peer-to-peer” car rentals from Getaround, which arranges rentals of regular people’s cars, to its app in San Francisco, the companies said on Wednesday. Within a couple of weeks, local Uber riders will be able to tap on the app’s…
Author Michael Lewis turns his attention from Wall Street to Washington, D.C.
Apr 12 • 5 min
Author Michael Lewis has no idea where the next “big short” is coming from but says it won’t come from the banking system. Lewis’ best-selling book “The Big Short” chronicled traders who anticipated the housing market collapse and made a fortune shorting,…
Uber acquires e-bike startup Jump
Apr 11 • 7 min
Uber is acquiring Jump Bikes, the first company to provide stationless bike sharing in San Francisco, the companies said Monday. The price was not disclosed. TechCrunch reported that an unnamed source valued the deal at “closer to $200 million.” Jump’s…
Why Mark Zuckerberg should step down as Facebook CEO
Apr 10 • 9 min
Nine years ago, I called on Mark Zuckerberg to resign as Facebook’s CEO, after a string of internal and external missteps that, as I wrote in Valleywag, “would have led to any normal CEO’s firing.”Perhaps my timing was off, given the 1.8 billion users and…
Google, YouTube CEOs decry ‘horrific act of violence’ at San Bruno HQ
Apr 9 • 3 min
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday in a memo to his staff that the unexpected shooting at YouTube headquarters that left several injured was a “horrific act of violence.”The situation, he added, had been contained.“There are no words to describe how…
YouTube shooting highlights rift between YouTube, video creators
Apr 6 • 6 min
Nasim Aghdam felt that she was not getting her due from YouTube. For eight years, the 39-year-old posted hundreds of YouTube videos, garnering roughly 30,000 subscribers and more than 9 million views. She was a small part of YouTube’s success story — the…
YouTube is San Bruno’s largest employer
Apr 5 • 2 min
As San Bruno’s largest employer, YouTube is a prominent fixture in the city. The company employs more than 1,700 people in San Bruno and plans to add 350 more annually over 20 years, the city’s community development director David Woltering said in a…
Shaquille O’Neal named general manager of Sacramento Kings’ e-sports team
Apr 4 • 2 min
Retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is becoming general manager of the Sacramento Kings’ first e-sports team.The team announced the appointment Monday, two days before the draft for the NBA 2K League — a new, 17-team basketball video-game league based on…
Could a tax incentive pry empty nesters from their oversize homes?
Apr 3 • 11 min
One problem afflicting the Bay Area and other regions is that a growing percentage of people are “over-housed” or living in homes with unused bedrooms. This is largely because Baby Boomers make up a growing portion of the population and, like generations…
Tesla issues Model S recall over corroding bolts
Apr 2 • 3 min
Tesla on Thursday issued what appears to be the largest recall to date of its luxury electric cars, saying it will retrofit a power steering component on 123,000 Model S sedans made before April 2016.The Palo Alto company sent an email to customers whose…
Before #DeleteFacebook, others resisted the social network
Mar 30 • 8 min
Whether because of occupation, age or gender, there are untold numbers of Facebook users who have distrusted the social network to protect their privacy long before the Cambridge Analytica controversy surfaced.And even though they may not be joining the…
California would be on front lines of US-China trade war
Mar 29 • 6 min
Chinese officials on Friday announced a list of U.S. imports they will target if their tariff dispute with President Trump erupts into a trade war. It’s a list that places California on the front line.China’s Ministry of Commerce singled out 128 products…
Elon Musk’s whopping new pay package
Mar 28 • 5 min
Placing a big, unorthodox bet on their celebrity CEO, Tesla shareholders on Wednesday approved a pay package for Elon Musk that could net him more than $55 billion over the next decade — or, possibly, nothing at all.The package ties Musk’s entire…
What Facebook thinks it knows about you, and how it shares that data
Mar 27 • 7 min
What Facebook thinks it knows about you, and how it shares that data Browse through a setting called “your ad preferences” on Facebook, and you’ll see what the social media giant thinks it can predict about you for advertisers. It may go a little like…
After days of Facebook fallout, Zuckerberg speaks. Here’s what he said
Mar 26 • 7 min
After days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally responded to revelations that a third party misused millions of users’ personal data.News that that Cambridge Analytica, a political firm connected to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign,…
How Facebook’s platform made it worth billions — and set it up for a fall
Mar 23 • 11 min
As Facebook grapples with the misuse of some 50 million users’ data — a pilferage that rocked American democracy, created turmoil in the social network’s executive ranks and cost investors almost $50 billion — it’s worth asking how the Menlo Park company…
Exclusive: Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber
Mar 22 • 3 min
Exclusive: Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber Pushing a bicycle laden with plastic shopping bags, a woman abruptly walked from a center median into a lane of traffic and was struck by a self-driving Uber operating in autonomous…
Welcome to Tahoe. Here’s what can get you fined $1,000
Mar 21 • 2 min
Welcome to Tahoe. Here’s what can get you fined $1,000 Planning a ski getaway? If you stay in an Airbnb, VRBO or other vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe (El Dorado County) you need to know that you could get slapped with hefty penalties for such…
Startups in the spotlight: Eat Club, Phantom and DoorDash
Mar 20 • 5 min
Editor’ s note: Here are three Bay Area startups worth watching this week.It’s always lunchtime at Eat Club.This Redwood City startup coordinates food deliveries for companies that offer free or discounted lunch as an employee perk. It is trending on…
Wine Country fires: PG&E often diverts money for undergrounding power lines
Mar 19 • 11 min
As the North Bay rebuilds from October’s deadly wildfires, many residents would like to see more power lines buried underground, where raging windstorms can’t touch them.But Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has a history of doing less of this work, year by…
Nest, now a Google subsidiary, starts selling video doorbell
Mar 16 • 5 min
Nest has started selling a $229 Internet-connected video doorbell that provides notification through an app when someone is at the door and sends an alert across Google-branded speakers in a user’s home.The integration, announced Wednesday, illustrates…
California representatives sign letter supporting work permits for H-1B spouses
Mar 15 • 3 min
More than a quarter of California’s members of Congress have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the agency to not go forward with its plans to revoke work eligibility for spouses of H-1B visa holders.The letter, signed by 15 of…
23andMe can now sell breast cancer genetic test with no prescription needed
Mar 14 • 6 min
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized Mountain View’s 23andMe to sell a test for a breast cancer genetic mutation directly to consumers — the first time the agency has allowed the sale of a genetic test for cancer risk without a doctor’s…
Uber, Lyft drivers make about $10/hour, per update of disputed study
Mar 13 • 5 min
Uber, Lyft drivers make about $10/hour, per update of disputed study A hotly contested study claiming that Uber and Lyft drivers make less than $4 per hour after expenses was significantly revised Monday, now saying drivers earn a median $8.55 or $10 an…
Trump tariffs bump up costs for California businesses
Mar 12 • 5 min
Most of the aluminum Claudia Wentworth’s company uses to make rooftop solar panel racks in Walnut Creek comes from the United States.It is precisely the kind of American product that Pres. Trump’s new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are designed to…