san francisco

proposition c

San Francisco Votes for 'Homeless Tax' That Twitter's CEO and Other Tech Companies Tried to Block

The city's controversial Proposition C, which would tax technology companies to fund homeless services, passed on Tuesday.
Sarah Emerson
11.7.18
Big Oil Lawsuit

Federal Judge Says Courts Can't Hold Oil Companies Responsible for Destroying the Planet

US District Judge William Alsup called the courts an inappropriate venue for dealing with the issue of climate change.
Sarah Emerson
6.27.18
goodbyes

RIP Koko, the Kitten-Loving Gorilla Who Communicated With Humans

Koko died in Woodside, California, on Tuesday. The beloved primate was 46.
Becky Ferreira
6.21.18
techsploitation

'Techsploitation' Demonstrators Blocked Google and Apple Buses With Scooters

Activists in San Francisco used scooters and tech buses to protest the industry’s presence in the city.
Sarah Emerson
5.31.18
scootergeddon

Scooter Companies Have Two Weeks to Get Off the Streets of San Francisco

The City of San Francisco just gave scooter companies Bird, Spin, and Lime an ultimatum: Get off the street and apply for a permit, or else.
Sarah Emerson
5.24.18
scooter wars

The Gig Economy Workers Who Power the Scooter Ridesharing Craze for a Pittance

People are hoarding electric scooters and going into other people's homes to retrieve them.
Sarah Emerson
5.15.18
Electric Scooters

Disrupting the Commons: Dockless Bikes and Scooters Create Layers of Community Instability

San Francisco's electric scooters are disruptive to the communities where they are abandoned and, because they are constantly moving, the issues of abandonment and refuse cycle through neighborhoods.
S.A. Applin
4.26.18
startups

San Francisco Is Fighting the Scooter Trend With Poop and Vandalism

After years of being a testbed for startups, San Francisco is fighting back by literally smearing shit on scooters.
Sarah Emerson
4.24.18
Internet Insecurity

Researchers Rickrolled Emergency Alert Sirens in Proof-of-Concept Hack

Security researchers found that it was relatively easy to hijack the signal of the emergency alert siren system in San Francisco.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.10.18
Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley's Hypocritical Spirituality

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is the latest example of the tech industry exploiting Eastern religions.
Ankita Rao
1.3.18
Mondo 2000

Mutant Yippies, LSD, and Cyberpunks: The Story of the Space Age Newspaper 'High Frontiers'

We talked to full-time internet weirdo R U Sirius.
Roisin Kiberd
8.11.17
SFPD

San Francisco Police Refused to Help Ubisoft With 'Watch Dogs 2'

Freedom of Information Act request reveals insights into how Ubisoft created its memorable open-world game.
Leif Johnson
3.9.17
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