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Business News Roundup, Sept. 19
Sep 21 • 3 min
Restaurants Court backs minimum wageRestaurants must pay waiters and bartenders minimum wage when they are engaged in tasks such as cleaning toilets that are unrelated to their main jobs and do not offer tips, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday.…
The thing about Elon Musk is that he’s always been Elon Musk
Sep 20 • 4 min
Welcome back to Tech Chronicle. If you’ve got some space for me in your inbox, I’ll be over the moon. Oh, Elon Is Elon Musk crazy? Or just misunderstood? Why choose? As he tweets about a trip around the moon, Musk is getting sued back on Earth by the cave…
What are the best places to stash your cash?
Sep 19 • 10 min
Surviving a panic like the one that started 10 years ago — when Lehman Bros. went under and nearly took the financial system with it — requires courage, patience, and a comfortable cushion of cash. “Having that cash cushion allows you to ride out a…
New 500 Club owner doesn’t plan to change much about beloved Mission bar
Sep 18 • 3 min
Ali Razavi, the new owner of the Mission District’s 500 Club, didn’t pay $5 million for the business. He never told anyone that he “always wanted to own a dive bar.” And he isn’t a “tech guy” from Los Angeles with plans of erasing the history at 500…
Titillating coffee shop near Redwood City tones itself down after community uproar
Sep 17 • 6 min
Christina Heltsley was driving home from work through Redwood City one afternoon when she stamped on her brakes and did a double-take. There on El Camino Real, a black sign that previously read “Caffino” in large, white letters had been repainted pink —…
Dimon vs. Trump? Americans earning more, Tim Armstrong out
Sep 14 • 2 min
Never mind “I think I could beat Trump.” JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon caused a stir with those words Wednesday. Dimon immediately walked back the comments and said he isn’t running for the nation’s top office. The brash Wall Street executive with a…
Ikea hotel? Tesla streamlines paint; Amazon to deliver Christmas trees
Sep 13 • 2 min
Putting it together Ikea has asked officials in New Haven, Conn., to approve a 165-room hotel in a modernist building designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer, the New Haven Register reported. The brutalist structure now has offices sitting atop pillars…
Business News Roundup, Sept. 11
Sep 12 • 3 min
Social media Teens: Online sites helpToday’s teens are constantly on their smartphones, and many check social media “constantly” and prefer texting over face-to-face communication. But a new poll finds that these same teens also say that social media has…
Startups of the week: Bungalow, Gener8 and Modsy
Sep 11 • 4 min
A tight Bay Area housing market hasn’t hurt Bungalow, a San Francisco startup trying to connect homeowners looking to lease out their property and renters looking for space. Bungalow recently raised $14 million from investors, prompting it to trend on the…
In Elon Musk’s world, brakes are for cars, not CEOs
Sep 10 • 15 min
Much of the Tesla factory in Fremont is made up of large robot arms behind plexiglass. All welding has been automated for precision and safety. Tesla’s plant in Fremont has been busy in recent months. So has CEO Elon Musk, but sometimes his comments have…
Facebook birthday fundraisers: worthwhile or annoying?
Sep 7 • 4 min
Sea lions tussle over frozen herring fed to them by volunteers at the Marine Mammal Center. Buckets of frozen herring are prepared for sea lions and harbor seals at the Sausalito facility, which got $30,000 in Facebook donations in the past year. Tony…
Taxes on a home can be confusing: Here’s how to keep them straight
Sep 6 • 8 min
In response to my Aug. 19 column on the California law that lets parents transfer homes to their children without a property tax reassessment, several readers asked questions similar to this one from Hal Louchheim. “If parents transfer their home to a…
‘Use them or lose them’: The struggles of SF’s last video stores
Sep 5 • 10 min
For 28 years, Coral Reiff has gone to Video Wave every day it’s open. She sifts through the shelves for a DVD to rent, grabs a $2 bottle of soda and heads off. Her routine has altered only once, when the Noe Valley store moved around the corner three…
Smart small appliances to connect your countertop
Sep 4 • 4 min
Joule Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 The good: The Wi-Fi-enabled $200 Joule immersion circulator has an app that will teach you a thing or two about sous vide cooking. It also works with Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, to help connect your cooking to…
Musk wants to take Tesla private. Can he make the math work?
Sep 3 • 7 min
People work on the assembly line at Tesla’s Factory in Fremont. Elon Musk wants to take the company private. Elon Musk has said says he wants to take Tesla private. The electric car company’s chief executive announced he was considering as much with an…
Trump donor buys California power plant, asks feds to change energy market
Aug 31 • 6 min
Late last year, a company tied to one of President Trump’s campaign donors took possession of a bankrupt power plant in Kern County. Now, the company has asked federal regulators to change California’s electricity market, potentially making it more…
San Jose’s Orchard Supply Hardware to close all 99 stores
Aug 30 • 3 min
The casual back and side garden allows guests to watch birds and butterflies attracted to the garden. A sunken path winds through the landscape. Stones were stacked at the edge of the raised beds to make an unusual sunken path. Plant features don’t all…
Nasdaq sets record; Toyota’s $500 million for Uber; JetBlue ups baggage fee
Aug 29 • 2 min
Number of the day 8,017 That was the closing price of the Nasdaq on Monday, the first time that the tech-heavy index had topped the 8,000 mark. Stocks rose broadly after the White House said it has reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico on replacing…
San Jose’s Orchard Supply Hardware to close all 99 stores
Aug 28 • 3 min
The casual back and side garden allows guests to watch birds and butterflies attracted to the garden. A sunken path winds through the landscape. Stones were stacked at the edge of the raised beds to make an unusual sunken path. Plant features don’t all…
Eventbrite files for IPO, while Tim Cook and George Clooney roll in dough
Aug 27 • 2 min
Eventbrite files for IPO San Francisco’s Eventbrite has filed for an initial public offering to repay debt and raise working capital. In Thursday’s filing, the online meeting and planning service listed the offering at $200 million, but that is likely to…
The bull market became the longest in history Wednesday. Maybe
Aug 24 • 5 min
Nvidia, run by CEO Jen-Hsun “Jensen” Huang, has been one of the best-performing S&P 500 stocks in the current bull market. Since he took over as Apple CEO, Tim Cook has seen Apple become a trillion-dollar company. Apple is a component of the S&P 500, so…
Business News Roundup, Aug. 22
Aug 23 • 4 min
Courts Cost of harassment at Uber is outlined The cost of Uber’s sexual harassment scandal is now itemized: 56 current and former employees who filed claims stand to collect an average of $33,928.57. In addition, almost 500 female and minority engineers…
Westin St. Francis, most valuable building on Union Square, could be sold
Aug 22 • 5 min
San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis hotel, a 1904 landmark that spans the western side of Union Square, could be sold for the third time since 2015. China’s Anbang Insurance Group is seeking to sell the Westin, along with 14 other hotels, to raise cash…
No fair, say Uber drivers slapped with SFO tickets
Aug 21 • 8 min
It happens over and over, he says. Uber emails him about a ticket he received from SFO for a violation, such as not displaying the Uber logo. The $100 fine, a big chunk of his daily earnings, is subtracted from his wages with no way to appeal. That’s the…
The best back-to-school deals for under $50
Aug 20 • 4 min
Chromecast Audio Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The good: Google’s ultra-affordable Wi-Fi music dongle streams anything from an Android device and many top iOS apps as well. It supports multiroom audio, digital and analog outputs and — with Google Home —…
Port of Oakland exports drop as trade war escalates
Aug 17 • 4 min
The Port of Oakland, one of the busiest West Coast ports and a hub for trade with China, is seeing falling exports as the trade war escalates. In July exports fell 7.3 percent year over year — their fifth monthly drop in a row. “There’s been some decline…
Canada on the fast track, Bud Light under lock and key and Tinder swiped in court
Aug 16 • 2 min
Legal swipe The co-founders of Tinder and seven current and former executives have filed a lawsuit against the dating app’s parent company, alleging that it undermined the app’s valuation to deny them billions of dollars in stock options. The lawsuit,…
Five new towers could be built along one booming S.F. block
Aug 15 • 4 min
The Green Building at 543 Howard St. could soon have a towering new neighbor. The skinny tower at 543 Howard would include some housing. 543 Howard St. (to the left) and its neighbors could see towers spring up. A cantilevered tower could spring up over…
Alexa, can you make insurance fun again? Plus RideOS and Solebit
Aug 14 • 4 min
Hungry Hungry Hippos on a table at the office of Hippo Insurance in Mountain View. A Hippo Insurance mascot occupies a place of honor at the company’s Mountain View office. The company is adding an Alexa app to promote its services. Alexa, can you make…
Move over, R2-D2: Friendly robot sidekick Vector to hit market this fall
Aug 13 • 5 min
It looks like a toy tractor. It’s barely bigger than a gerbil. And it’s super cute. As Vector, a “home robot with personality” trundles around a San Francisco conference table, it responds to questions (“What’s the weather in Seattle?”) and commands…