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February 12 2014

Facebook Testing 'Water Taxi' to Shuttle Employees From San Francisco

All aboard the Facebook ferry.

The social network launched a private ferry service last week that will shuttle employees between San Francisco and Redwood City, just a few miles from company headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the shuttle on Wednesday, which the company is calling a "water taxi."

Facebook plans to test the shuttle during a 90-day pilot period, at which point the company will reevaluate the service. The boat is a catamaran that holds 30 people, and comes equipped with perks such as Wi-Fi, coffee and snacks, according to the spokesperson Read more...

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January 22 2014

SF Imposes Fees on Tech Giants' Commuter Buses After Heated Debate

Tech giants like Google and Apple will soon be paying their dues to the city of San Francisco, though many critics believe the charge isn't hefty enough

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority's Board of Directors unanimously approved a pilot program on Thursday that will charge tech companies a small fee to shuttle their employees from San Francisco down to campuses in Silicon Valley.

Tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook, have been using San Francisco's public bus and railway stops as pickup locations for employees that work south of the city, sometimes by as much as much as 50 miles. San Francisco residents have vociferously complained that the use of these public stops cause traffic issues in an already strained public transit system, and is ultimately an example of tech companies exploiting the city's public services for private use Read more...

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December 17 2013

Fast, Free Wi-Fi for a 3-Mile Stretch in San Francisco

The city of San Francisco launched a new public Wi-Fi network along its main thoroughfare on Market Street, giving thousands of commuters and residents free Internet access.

Simply called "_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi," it covers three miles from the intersection of Market and Castro Streets all the way to the Embarcadero, right on the bay. The ad-free network is public — no need to sign in.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee celebrated the launch on Monday, which comes almost a decade after the city promised to build a citywide network. However, that joint project with Google and Earthlink faltered years ago Read more...

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December 12 2013

Security Drones Dominate San Francisco, Then the City Fights Back

Here it is — your daily dose of science fiction that's uncomfortably close to becoming reality

The three-minute video above is called Our Drone Future, by designer and musician Alex Cornell. It was filmed on a GoPro attached to a DJI Phantom Drone and flown around San Francisco landmarks; Cornell says he shot it with "a liberal interpretation of FAA regulations."

The genius is in what Cornell layers on top of that footage: a conversation between an intelligent drone known only as 212 and her unseen Homeland Security operator, Ethan. The conversation is as mundane as air traffic control, but hints of menace start to poke through Read more...

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November 15 2013

Batkid Captures Obama and the Justice Department's Attention

It's not often a U.S. Department of Justice press release and indictment will leave you grinning from ear to ear, but these may do the trick.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California issued a release Thursday thanking Batkid, a 5-year-old leukemia patient named Miles Scott, for booking notorious criminals Edward “E.” Nigma, a.k.a., “The Riddler,” and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, a.k.a., “The Penguin.”

The Make-a-Wish Foundation, to fulfill Miles' wish of being Batman for a day, rallied thousands of San Franciscans to the cause. During his special day, Batman chauffeured Miles around San Francisco Gotham City in a Lamborghini Batcar. The heroic Miles rescued an unnamed female from the path of a cable car, thwarted a bank robbery and saved San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal from a kidnapping. Read more...

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October 02 2013

Twitter Said to Be in Talks for San Francisco Office

Twitter Inc., the microblogging site planning an initial public offering, is in talks to lease a 320,000-square-foot office adjacent to its San Francisco headquarters, said people with knowledge of the discussions.

Twitter is the only current suitor for One 10th St. in the city's Central Market redevelopment area, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The building is owned by Shorenstein Properties LLC, which also leases Twitter its current office on Market Street. No lease has been signed and the discussions could fall apart, the person said.

Twitter, preparing to hold one of the largest technology IPOs since Facebook Inc. (FB), may use some of the cash it raises to expand and accommodate its workforce. Leasing the renovated 1970s annex at One 10th St. would more than double Twitter’s current San Francisco footprint of 295,000 square feet, according to data from broker CBRE Group Inc. Read more...

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