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California’s unemployment rate falls to record low
Jan 23 • 6 min
A building at Apple’s new campus in Cupertino. The company this… Thanks to stronger-than-expected job growth, California’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in December, a record low since the state starting tracking it this way in 1976. The rate…
As flu cases surge, Bay Area hospitals work overtime
Jan 22 • 6 min
A vial containing 10 doses of the flu vaccine for patients getting a flu shot at the Kaiser Permanente Redwood City hospital injection clinic in December. Health care providers are hoping that the uptick in flu … more A vial containing 10 doses of the flu…
Jump rolls out San Francisco’s first stationless e-bike system
Jan 19 • 6 min
Electronic locks and solar panels are mounted on the rear fenders of Jump e-bikes in San Francisco. Electronic locks and solar panels are mounted on the rear fenders of Jump e-bikes in San Francisco. A fleet of Jump e-assist bicycles are ready to hit the…
With new feature, Nextdoor encourages users to share ‘interests’
Jan 18 • 4 min
Nextdoor CEO and co-founder Nirav Tolia at the company’s headquarters in 2016. The company is looking to broaden use of its service beyond neighborhood complaints and crime reports. Nextdoor CEO and co-founder Nirav Tolia at the company’s headquarters in…
Tesla Model 3 finally appearing in stores
Jan 17 • 3 min
Tesla’s latest electric car — the Model 3 — officially hit the market in July. But you couldn’t see it in showrooms.At first, Tesla only delivered the cars to the company’s own employees who had ordered them. Now, however, Tesla is starting to deliver…
Napa’s Wine Train speeds up — but can it match new owners’ ambitions?
Jan 16 • 9 min
When Scott Goldie was just a boy, he waited by the railroad tracks in Montana and as the Milwaukee Road rolled by, his grandfather — a train engineer — would hoist him onto the locomotive.Now, Goldie is operating his own train, one where tickets sell for…
Four Barrel rushes to rebrand, scraping tainted name off windows
Jan 15 • 5 min
Drew Winget, a regular customer at Four Barrel Coffee, as its window-display name has been crossed out by employees, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Days after the S.F. ChronicleÕs … more Drew Winget, a regular customer at Four Barrel…
Many H-1B holders could be denied extensions under draft White House plan
Jan 12 • 8 min
President Trump speaks to workers at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On to promote his “Buy American, Hire American” plan. Ironically, Snap-On turned out to have sought H-1B worker visas. President Trump speaks to workers at the headquarters of…
California wildfire prevention map may not be ready until next fire season
Jan 11 • 4 min
Investigators search for the cause of the Atlas fire, along Atlas… When California regulators in December adopted tough new rules to prevent power lines from starting wildfires, they based the rules on a map. Years in development, the detailed map will…
Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel gives control to women
Jan 10 • 4 min
Max Alley, customer experience manager, and Melissa Rosen (reflected in screen), head of customer experience, work at Coffee Meets Bagel headquarters in San Francisco. Max Alley, customer experience manager, and Melissa Rosen (reflected in screen), head…
Tesla, slow to rev up production, faces fierce electric rivals
Jan 9 • 8 min
The new Tesla Model 3 is shown at the 2017 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles in November. The new Tesla Model 3 is shown at the 2017 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles in November. In July, when Tesla CEO Elon Musk handed over the first batch of Model 3s in July, he…
Dow crosses 25,000, aided by strong performance from Apple and Visa
Jan 8 • 3 min
The Visa Global Headquarters can be found at 900 Metro Center Blvd. on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Union City, Calif. The Visa Global Headquarters can be found at 900 Metro Center Blvd. on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Union City, Calif. Traders work on the…
Damaged PG&E equipment near Wine Country fires’ origins, new reports show
Jan 5 • 6 min
A security guard blocks the entrance to a home on Bennett Lane in Calistoga. PG&E filed legal papers suggesting that third-party electrical equipment, not the company’s, may have been the cause of the deadly … more A security guard blocks the entrance to…
Women in China look to Silicon Valley for inspiration
Jan 4 • 11 min
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (left) and Wang Xin, who holds the same post at Sohu, in 2013 in Beijing. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (left) and Wang Xin, who holds the same post at Sohu, in 2013 in Beijing. Women in…
Getting the most out of iPhones, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon Echo
Jan 3 • 12 min
Save tons of wasted time on a computer by making use of a list of shortcuts to those sites you want quick access to. Save tons of wasted time on a computer by making use of a list of shortcuts to those sites you want quick access to. OK, so you’re no…
Despite popularity of e-commerce, returns remain a hassle
Jan 2 • 6 min
Store owner Brett Lamb holds up a shoe for a customer at Fleet Feet Sports in San Francisco. He says people who buy items online may return them to the store in person to avoid packing and a trip to the post … more Store owner Brett Lamb holds up a shoe…
Tesla’s fancy new I-5 rest stop is part gas station, part airport lounge
Jan 1 • 3 min
Snacks and beverages are available at vending machines inside the Tesla Supercharger customer lounge in Kettleman City. Snacks and beverages are available at vending machines inside the Tesla Supercharger customer lounge in Kettleman City. Tara Nader…
Race is on to create smarter sensors for robot cars
Dec 29, 2017 • 8 min
Anuj Gupta, Civil Maps co-founder, activates a lidar sensor before a road test in Albany last year. Since then, the sensors have rapidly gotten smaller and more reliable with the ability to “see” farther. Anuj Gupta, Civil Maps co-founder, activates a…
Self-driving car tech will accelerate in 2018 — but expect crashes, too
Dec 28, 2017 • 5 min
Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans are now operating in Arizona without backup drivers. Soon they’ll add passengers. Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans are now operating in Arizona without backup drivers. Soon they’ll add…
Tesla starts Model 3 deliveries to non-employees
Dec 27, 2017 • 2 min
Some of the estimated 400,000 people who ordered Tesla’s new Model 3 sedan are about to receive quite a Christmas present.Tesla confirmed Friday that Model 3 deliveries to reservation holders who are not Tesla employees are beginning to take place. The…
PG&E suspends dividends over possible wildfire costs
Dec 26, 2017 • 5 min
PG&E Corp., the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., warned investors Wednesday that it will stop issuing dividends due to the possibility that the utility will be held liable for October’s deadly Wine Country wildfires, which caused more than…
Should you prepay your state income and property taxes?
Dec 25, 2017 • 7 min
Condos at the Lumina Towers are on sale for $935,000 to over $5,495,000. The new tax bill could have some impact on high-end housing prices. Condos at the Lumina Towers are on sale for $935,000 to over $5,495,000. The new tax bill could have some impact…
Cruise reports its first injury involving self-driving car
Dec 22, 2017 • 3 min
Autonomous vehicle trainer Alex Kexel (right) and operations team lead Roy Ysmael (second from left) prepare cars for test drives at Cruise Automation. General Motors bought the company last year. Autonomous vehicle trainer Alex Kexel (right) and…
New Twitter policies targeting abuse, hate groups lead to crackdown
Dec 21, 2017 • 6 min
President Trump issued this tweet in response to the women’s marches across the country to protest his presidency. Celebrities joined in throngs at these marches, including Madonna, Julia President Trump issued this tweet in response to the women’s…
Steph Curry, Randi Zuckerberg among funders of generics retailer Brandless
Dec 20, 2017 • 3 min
Brandless’ Lab where it display its products in San Francisco. Brandless’ Lab where it display its products in San Francisco. Snacks line the walls of Brandless’ Lab where the company displays their products in San Francisco. Snacks line the walls of…
SF Mayor Ed Lee’s legacy: Economic boost that exacerbated income inequality
Dec 19, 2017 • 5 min
Co-founder Mike Krieger, engineer Shayne Sweeney, CEO Kevin Systro and director of community Josh Riedel take a break from their Instagram office in San Francisco in 2011. Co-founder Mike Krieger, engineer Shayne Sweeney, CEO Kevin Systro and director of…
State offers new tool to help cannabis businesses go legit
Dec 18, 2017 • 3 min
Grant Strain, a budtender, shows cannabis products at the Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkeley (CBCB) on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. The dispensary is located at 3033 Shattuck Ave. Grant Strain, a budtender, shows cannabis products at the…
San Francisco tech community mourns City Hall ally
Dec 14, 2017 • 6 min
Fifteen year old Quinsi Dominguez (center) answered a question from Marc Benioff (left) as Mayor Ed Lee listens at a community meeting in 2015. Fifteen year old Quinsi Dominguez (center) answered a question from Marc Benioff (left) as Mayor Ed Lee listens…
Self-driving cars may help seniors who face driving challenges
Dec 13, 2017 • 6 min
Voyage Operational Specialist Mark Kirk discusses how the robot taxi service works with Villages Golf & Country Club resident Jerry Neece. Neece was impressed when on a recent ride, his self-driving car spotted … more Voyage Operational Specialist Mark…
Under Senate bill, some households would escape Alternative Minimum Tax
Dec 12, 2017 • 5 min
President Trump hosts Republican senators to discuss tax and trade issues over lunch at the White House in Washington on Dec. 5. The House version of the tax bill would eliminate the AMT, but the Senate version … more President Trump hosts Republican…