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Inside Uber’s self-driving car mess
For many of those engineers that left, there was growing concern around Uber prioritizing demonstrating its self-driving car progress in public, rather than more quietly developing and perfecting that...
How a design maven helped TiVo, Kindle with names
Hibma and her team plumb a client’s history and values to home in on a “strategic identity” for a new product, a new company or to help focus a major change in corporate direction. An art student in the...
Blue Shield to move headquarters to Oakland in 2019
Blue Shield of California plans to move its headquarters from San Francisco to a new facility in Oakland, a move the insurer said will help to cut down on administrative expenses and other costs. “Blue...
San Francisco home prices see big drop in January
Buyers in San Francisco want to be the first to cook on a stove and the first to use a bathroom, said Gregg Lynn, a real estate agent with Sotheby’s. The city’s condo-building boom can cause distortions...
SF community groups tapped for input on city broadband rollout
City officials are turning to a coalition of community organizations and advocacy groups for input and advice as they work to flesh out the details of a bold plan to blanket San Francisco with ultrafast,...
Zenefits cuts 45% of staff as new CEO pushes changes
Zenefits announced it will cut 45 percent of its workforce as new CEO Jay Fulcher reduces costs in the wake of regulatory scrutiny and management shakeups that collapsed the company’s expansion plans....
Old Ship Saloon lives on thanks to new owners
The owner of the Old Ship Saloon is sailing off into the sunset, but unlike an increasing number of San Francisco legacy bars that have closed in the last several years, the watering hole will live on,...
SF apparel startup putting up billboards with 'alternative facts'
Photo: Betabrand/Facebook Image 1of/10 CaptionClose Image 1 of 10 San Francisco apparel startup Betabrand's latest ads, making fun of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" comment. San...
Storms preview sea-rise damage to California
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say, and this month’s damage and deaths highlight that even a state known...
High-tech Uber vehicles back in SF — this time for mapping
Five Ford Fusions bristling with rooftop equipment and labeled “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” were ready to hit San Francisco streets starting Wednesday morning, but they will not be functioning...
Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception
Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would...
Over half of Forbes' 40 richest entrepreneurs under 40 are in the Bay Area
Photo: General Motors Image 1of/41 CaptionClose Image 1 of 41 40. Kyle Vogt (center), co-founder of Cruise AutomationAge: 31Based: San Francisco, CANet worth: $270 million 40. Kyle Vogt (center), co-founder...
Robot Pepper Amuses Shoppers, But How Practical Is It?
While merrily chirping, dancing and posing for selfies, a robot named Pepper looks like another expensive toy at a San Francisco mall. But don't dismiss it as mere child's play. Pepper embodies the ambitions...
Uber removes its self-driving cars from San Francisco roads
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has removed its self-driving cars from San Francisco streets after California regulators cracked down on the week-old program because the company...
Uber to meet DMV, AG officials amid self-driving concerns
Uber will meet with officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Attorney General’s office Wednesday afternoon, as the clash continues over the ride-hailing company’s operation of...
Uber self-driving cars hit San Francisco streets, but good luck getting one
Uber said Wednesday that self-driving cars can now be summoned in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered. But good luck getting one, at least for now. The cars are out there ... somewhere,...
Uber launches self-driving car fleet in San Francisco, faces DMV backlash
By Heather Somerville and Alexandria Sage | SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO Uber [UBER.UL] has rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its hometown of San Francisco, despite lacking the proper permit that...
‘Hamilton’ sells, SF pays, and Alaska seems grounded
San Franciscans are the most fiscally responsible when it comes to handling credit card debt, beating out a number of thrifty Midwesterners in a new analysis by SmartAsset. City residents scored well...
San Francisco public transit system hit in ransomware attack
(Reuters) - The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said on Monday it had contained a cyber attack, which local media reported had crippled its ticketing systems and forced it to offer free service...
To Airbnb’s chagrin, judge allows San Francisco rental law to stand
EnlargeMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 6 Share this story Further ReadingJudge pushes back on Airbnb’s attempt to stop San Francisco’s new rental lawA federal judge in San Francisco has...
Watch Dogs 2 preview
It's not often we see games set in Northern California, particularly the San Francisco Bay Area. With such an expansive population and a deep history encompassing the artistic and counter-culture movement,...
Airbnb bans hosts with multiple listings in SF
Airbnb is making a new effort to play nice with San Francisco, despite a fractious relationship that has heated up in recent months with the vacation-rental company suing its hometown and lawmakers considering...
World Economic Forum launches San Francisco tech policy center
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The World Economic Forum, the Swiss-based group that sponsors that annual Davos gathering of world leaders, is opening a San Francisco office to explore policy and regulatory...
Judge pushes back on Airbnb’s attempt to stop San Francisco’s new rental law
EnlargeCarl Court / Getty Images News reader comments 5 Share this story Further ReadingAirbnb: We shouldn’t have to help San Francisco enforce new rental lawSAN FRANCISCO—In a Thursday hearing, a federal...
In Hong Kong, the iPhone 7 becomes a penis joke
Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Image 1of/64 CaptionClose Image 1 of 64 Buy photo The new iPhone 7 Plus with the dual lens camera during an Apple Event to announce new products at the Bill...
Lego opens first S.F. store
Lego opened its first store in San Francisco on Friday, drawing an excited crowd of building-block enthusiasts eager to see colorful Lego sets on display and the building of an 8-foot tall ninja. The...
San Francisco climbs rankings in startup activity
San Francisco ranked fourth among U.S. metropolitan areas for startup activity, up from ninth in 2015 but trailing Austin, Miami and Los Angeles, according to a report released Thursday by the Ewing Marion...
Bay Area start-ups find low-cost outposts in Arizona
Three years ago, Kate Rogers was caught in the Bay Area struggle. She paid the astronomical rents. She did the crushing commute. She lived the frustration of always thinking about money even though she...
Corrections, Aug. 18
High gas costs are fuel for debate, Aug. 16, Business, D3 A graphic with the story that started on Page D1 gave the wrong figure for the state’s underground storage tank fee. The fee is 2 cents per gallon....
Internet mogul gets year in jail
Gurbaksh Chahal, centre, a millionaire tech mogul convicted of domestic abuse, walks out of court at the Hall of Justice, in San Francisco. Picture: Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP A SILICON...
Airbnb sues San Francisco over a law it had helped pass
Airbnb executives have often said that officials in San Francisco, the company's hometown, understood how to work with innovative technology companies. Two years ago, the city and the start-up drafted...
SF to HomeAway: Play ball with the tax collector — or else
The goal is to ensure that landlords are ponying up the city’s 14 percent hotel tax whenever they host paying visitors, and that they pay a business registration fee. “The tax collector is entitled to...
Business News Roundup, June 17
Samsung Electronics has agreed to buy a San Francisco cloud service startup to boost its software and Internet services. The South Korean company said Thursday that its acquisition of Joyent will enable...
Under Armour in CA, Twitter complications, crucifying Yahoo
San Francisco ad exec Bob Dorfman, upon hearing that Under Armour has signed a 15-year, $280 million contract with UCLA. Wonder if he knows that Stephen Curry, who has a deal with the athletic apparel...
With HoloLens, Microsoft aims to avoid Google's mistakes
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Google introduced its Google Glass smart glasses four years ago, it turned to Glass-sporting sky divers buzzing a San Francisco convention center, Glass-adorned models at...
Home prices set record, Fitbit buys Coin, Bare Escentuals moving
Home prices set record, Fitbit buys Coin, Bare Escentuals moving When adjusted for inflation, it still falls short of the 2007 peak of $665,000. Fitbit, the San Francisco company that’s a leader in fitness...
Humpbacks in San Francisco Bay give whale watchers a rare thrill
SAN FRANCISCO -- In San Francisco Bay, it's been a great week for whale watching thanks to some special visitors seldom seen in those waters.It is an unusual sight to be sure: Humpback whales frolicking...
Little risk for Google in retrial vs Oracle over Android
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Even if a jury orders Alphabet Inc's Google to pay the full $8.8 billion sought by Oracle Corp in an upcoming San Francisco copyright trial over the Android operating system,...
Gas delivery apps are new on-demand fad
A customer pumps gas into his car at a Mil Valley, Calif., gas station last year.(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — The latest target for disruption by the tech industry: gas stations....
Solar Impulse 2 takes off from San Francisco, heads for Phoenix
The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 took off from San Francisco early Monday as it continues its around-the-world tour with several flights across the U.S. ...
San Francisco wants to collect over $3.3M each year from Uber, Lyft drivers
Sergio RuizFurther ReadingLyft, drivers settle labor lawsuit with $12.25M payment, new work agreementLawyer who filed suit against Lyft still has class-action suit pending against Uber.Attention, Uber...
Most Airbnb hosts flout SF laws, city report says
More than a quarter of San Francisco homes listed as vacation getaways on Airbnb violate the city’s 90-day annual limit on such rentals, while the vast majority of Airbnb hosts have yet to register their...
San Francisco, Los Angeles County attorneys announce settlement with Uber
(Reuters) - Attorneys from San Francisco District and Los Angeles County District said that Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and its units would pay a $25 million civil penalty to settle certain unlawful...
Airbnb cracking down on illegal hosts in San Francisco - CNET
Airbnb is cracking down on San Franciscans who've turned there multiple homes into hotels. Airbnb/Screenshot by CNET A warning to those San Franciscans who've gotten into the illegal hotel business by...
Airbnb to crack down on illegal rentals in S.F.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky photographed at the Airbnb offices in San Francisco.(Photo: Martin E. Klimek, USA TODAY) Airbnb is making moves to become more compliant with San Francisco's housing laws. According...
Why I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego
San Francisco has long been hailed the home of the tech startup — the place to be for entrepreneurs looking to lay the foundation for the next big thing. As a mobile app platform with high...
U.S. Navy tugboat found after going missing almost a century ago
A U.S. Navy tugboat that sank nearly a century ago has been found by a team of government researchers off the San Francisco coast. The USS Conestoga left San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in March 1921....
Don't eat these: Toxic mushrooms sprout in El Nino's wake
SAN FRANCISCO -- All the rain from recent El Niño storms has mushrooms popping up around the San Francisco Bay Area, including some that can be deadly, KCBS Radio reports.Death cap mushrooms (amanita...
Williams Sonoma to cut 5% of workforce
Williams-Sonoma said late Wednesday it will cut 5 percent of its corporate workforce, as the San Francisco retailer tries to revamp its supply chain and bolster flagging sales growth at stores. The layoffs...
Subleases spike in number as SF startups downsize
In January, office rents in San Francisco eclipsed those of New York to become the most expensive in the country. Two months later, there are signs the San Francisco may not maintain its dubious...
Sean Penn is nostalgic for George W. Bush
Actor and activist Sean Penn being interviewed by Hugh Thompson, program chair for the RSA computer security conference in San Francisco on March 4, 2016.(Photo: Elizabeth Weise) SAN FRANCISCO — Actor...
Apple offices come to San Francisco ... finally
Photo: David Paul Morris, Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The silhouette of Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., is seen as he exits the stage during the Apple World Wide Developers...
Are tech workers priced out of San Francisco?
Techies and startups have long been blamed for helping to push families out of San Francisco, with skyrocketing property values and the highest cost of living in the country. [...] a study released Monday...
Apple will needs more friends like Microsoft and Starchild
Organized by Fight for the Future, about a dozen protestors demonstrate outside the Federal Bureau of Investigation's J. Edgar Hoover headquarters in support of Apple.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)...
Google Fiber Is Coming To Certain Areas of San Francisco
Google announced plans today to bring its lightning-fast Google Fiber service to “some apartments, condos, and affordable housing properties” in San Francisco, notably utilizing existing...
Google Fiber coming to San Francisco, using someone else’s fiber
Google FiberGoogle Fiber announced plans on Wednesday to offer Internet service in San Francisco apartments, condos, and affordable housing properties.Further ReadingGoogle Fiber joins forces with municipal...
High-speed Google Fiber is coming to San Francisco
Nearly six years after Google began setting up cities with some of the fastest internet in the country, Google will extend its lightning-fast gigabit fiber internet service to its neighbor to the north,...
Yahoo to cut more than 300 jobs: San Francisco Chronicle
Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) on Wednesday said it would cut more than 300 jobs by April 18, as part of 1,500 layoffs announced earlier, San Francisco Chronicle reported.The layoffs cover 128 employees at Yahoo's...
Cooling ahead for high-end San Fran real estate
Hatvany confirms the same trends. In the second quarter of last year, her firm said, 18 homes sold in San Francisco for $6 million or higher. That number dropped to nine in the fourth quarter. One question:...
For Super Bowl, ESPN taps tech in San Francisco (pictures) - CNET
ESPN gave CNET a behind-the-scenes look at its weeklong coverage of Super Bowl 50, which meant a convenient cable car ride across town for us. The TV network is shooting most of its NFL-related programming...
The guy who invented Android just teased his new company's smartphone for the first time
The father of Android, Andy Rubin, is currently kicking the tires on a new smartphone company named Essential. Rubin teased the company's first device on Monday, posting an image to Twitter and noting...
Apple's AR glasses could arrive in 2018
Step aside Snapchat Specs and get out the way Google Glass, Apple could be just a year away from its own face-worn wearable. The Cupertino firm is now being heavily tipped as currently expediting its...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
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