All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘San Francisco’

Carol Doda: Famed Topless Dancer Dies at 78

Carol Doda, the San Francisco woman who helped popularize topless dancing, has died. The cause of death is reported as kidney failure. She was 78. Doda surely wasn’t the first stripper to take her top off, but she played a big role in popularizing the form of entertainment. In the mid 60s, Doda first began dancing topless at San Francisco’s …

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Google Launches AdWords Express Home Service Ads In Beta

Google Launches AdWords Express Home Service Ads In Beta

Google announced new AdWords Express home service ads in beta for plumbers, locksmiths, house cleaners, and handymen in select cities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. These allow local home service businesses to appear prominently in Google.com for related queries as qualified professionals with ratings and phone numbers. Here’s what the ads look like: “Here’s how home service ads work,” …

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Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Font Is Likely Going to Change

Are all the Apple users ready for a font change? Everyone loves a font change! Love it or not, a new look might be coming to your iOS and Mac OS devices. 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman quotes the ubiquitous sources with knowledge of the situation, who say that when Apple unveils its new operating systems iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, …

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Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Priscilla Chan Give $75 Million to Hospital Where She Completed Residency

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have just announced a huge donation to San Francisco General Hospital. The couple is giving $75 million to the hospital, which is called The General, to expand the size of the ER and provide more beds for patients. “To add some specifics, our contribution today will allow The General to double the size …

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Uber Sued in Hometown, Accused of Misleading Users over Background Checks

Uber is under fire from more cities – now including the one in which it is headquartered. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon says that Uber has made “false or misleading statements to consumers and for engaging in a variety of business practices which violate California law.” He specifically addresses Uber’s driver background checks. Though the very first thing you …

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Amazon Tries Taxis For Same-Day Deliveries

Amazon has been doing a lot of experimenting with different ways of getting products delivered to customers, while expanding its actual services that do just that. Now, the company is even trying out delivery by taxi. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon has been testing this in San Francisco and Los Angeles this fall, using Flywheel, …

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Kansas City Royals Leading World Series 2-1: Why This Might Spell Doom For The San Francisco Giants

The Kansas City Royals are now in the driver’s seat after beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2. This victory puts the World Series at 2-1 and gives Kansas City home field advantage going into the next game. It is the second straight win for a fired-up Kansas City team, one that hasn’t claimed a World Series win since 1985. Things …

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Amazon Will Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores Next Week

Amazon will reportedly be opening a physical retail store in San Francisco next week, just in time for the holiday season. This one is only temporary, however. Geekwire first reported the news, saying that Amazon will be opening a pop-up store at Westfield San Francisco Centre, which is a mall in the downtown area. It will open on October 22nd. …

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Square Makes Buying Coffee Easier

Back in May, Square killed the Square Wallet app in favor of a new one called Square Order. The app is described as “the easiest way to order for pickup from local shops, cafes, and restaurants — available in SF and NYC. Choose items you would like to pick up and they will be ready when you arrive.” Users can …

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Uber Driver Reportedly Smashed a Passenger’s Head with a Hammer

It’s Monday, and on-demand car service Uber is facing another PR nightmare after a driver in San Francisco allegedly smashed a passenger in the side of the head with a hammer. The incident happened last week, and the San Francisco Chronicle first reported it on Friday. According to police, 26-year-old Patrick Karajah has been charged with assault with a deadly …

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Uber, Lyft Reportedly Killing Taxi Business in San Francisco

One narrative for the influx of on-demand car services hitting cities across the country follows as such: plucky startups like Lyft and Uber are constantly fighting a battle with taxi companies, the old guard, who seek to unfairly regulate these new ridesharing platforms, thus stifling innovation. We’ve seen battles set against this narrative play out recently – most notably the …

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Westboro Baptist Church Has A New Target: Media

Westboro Baptist Church, everyone’s favorite bunch of wackadoo hatemongers, is up to their shenanigans once again. They are taking a break from picketing the funerals of fallen heroes and the sites of child murders to target media. All of media. Here is a quote from The Westboro Baptist Church flier intended to hail their army of misdirected zealots into battle …

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Smart Car Tipping Continues In San Francisco, Pranksters At Large

The police reported more incidents of smart car tipping in Twin Peaks and Cole Valley in San Francisco. The latest incidents happened at 3:41 am and 5:38 am on Friday. Around two months ago, there were also reports of smart car tipping in Bernal Heights. Three smart cars were turned to their sides by pranksters. Authorities say that the act …

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‘Crookedest Street In The World’ Closes In San Francisco

San Francisco will temporarily close Lombard Street, or the “Crookedest Street in the World.” On Tuesday, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency voted that the street will be closed to vehicles for four weekends, starting late June. It will also be closed on the Fourth of July weekend. Lombard Street is a world-famous street that thousands of tourists visit each year. …

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San Andreas Fault Affected by Irrigation

The San Andreas Fault, a continental transform that runs roughly 810 miles through California, is being affected by irrigation practices in the area, according to a study by Geologist Colin Amos from Western Washington University. Readings from GPS technology have shown that water levels in the San Joaquin Valley aquifer have lowered and that the mountains nearby have simultaneously risen, …

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Batkid Returns To Help Out The Giants

Batkid, otherwise known as Miles Scott, returned to his public on Tuesday when he helped the San Francisco Giants throw out the first pitch. Scott made headlines last year when he received a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation that saw him become Batman for the day while San Francisco was turned into Gotham City. The adorable 5-year old is a …

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San Francisco Apparently Has a Smart Car Tipping Problem

In rural areas, kids have been tipping cows to beat their boredom for years–or that’s how the story goes. Now, in the less-rural Bay Area, some pranksters are tipping new things for the new generation. It seems that San Francisco has a Smart car-flipping epidemic. NBC Bay Area reports that several smart car owners have awoken to find their $13,000 …

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Smart Car Tipping Nearly Global Now

Smart cars are gas sippers, and some models don’t use gas at all. They are really good for the environment, comparatively speaking, and are all the rage among skinny folks. While the name may seem to be self-explanatory, there is actually a story behind it. Long story short, the car’s history is tied up with both Mercedes and Swatch, the …

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Smart Car Tipping Started in Amsterdam

If you have ever been in traffic near a Smart car, you know how nervous they can make you. It’s almost like a bicycle or even a pedestrian. They zip along, passing cars when they can, acting like other cars. But you just can’t shake the feeling that you could roll over one like an empty can of Mountain Dew. …

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San Francisco Bar Giving Free Drinks to ‘Outcast’ Glassholes

Let’s say you’re walking around San Francisco, donning a pair of Google Glass, when some guy comes up to you and asks you to stop filming him, lest he “beat the shit out of you”–or something like that. Let’s say you offer the fact that it’s your right to wear whatever you want in public and you’re not even recording …

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San Francisco Fire: Blaze Quelled By Firefighters

It took 150 firefighters and 90 firetrucks, but a “five-alarm fire” that is burning in San Francisco, Calif. has been successfully brought under control. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the fire, said to be the largest seen in several years, consumed a large apartment building on Fourth Street. There were no residents in the building as it had been …

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Yelp CEO Contributes $23K To Catch Whoever Has Been Trying To Poison San Francisco’s Dogs With Meatballs

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman is really looking to make a difference this week. Not only did he write an open letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer urging her to veto SB 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people (eventually she did veto it), but he is also contributing to a $25,000 reward for information that would …

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Alcatraz’s Secret: Fortress Found Under Prison Remains

Researchers from Texas A&M University have found the remains of a Civil War-era fortress underneath Alcatraz prison. The fortifications date as far back as the California gold rush and San Francisco’s earliest years as a boom town. The fort was known to exist, thanks to old photographs of the site, but the details of the structure have remained murky until …

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Square Pickup Lets You Place Orders With Square-Using Restaurants

Square is testing a new app called Square Pickup, available by invitation only. The app reportedly lets users order food from restaurants who use Square, and is testing with “several San Francisco restaurants”. Presumably it would be used with non-restaurant businesses as well. Priceonomics.com first reported on the app after noticing it when picking up lunch. You can check out …

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We Now Have a Report of an Assault by Google Glass Haters

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article sported the title “We Now Have a Report of a Google Glass Hate Crime.” Of course I wasn’t seriously giving it the gravity of a true hate crime. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek. I was just emphasizing the fact that the Google Glass explorers community considers themselves as such–a community, or a group. …

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George Lucas Museum Proposal Rejected in San Francisco

The seven member board of the Presidio Trust, a group that stewards a portion of land overlooking the San Francisco bay, has voted unanimously to deny a museum proposal from George Lucas. The “Star Wars” creator had pledged $700 million to build and endow the facility, which would have housed items from his own collection of popular art, including pieces …

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Monster Energy Drinks Investigated By Attorneys

Your company may want to stop pushing the envelope of your product if it has a history for being a potential causation of five deaths from reports by the Food and Drug Administration. Monster Beverage Corporation, the makers of the popular Monster Energy drink has been pitted against the combined forces of east and west: a New York state attorney …

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Monster Drinks Investigated For Targeting Children

Monster Beverage Corp. is coming under attack in an investigation by a New York state attorney general and a San Francisco city attorney general. Amidst all the death reports cause by energy drinks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that there is no solid evidence that the beverages have caused them. Yet in October, WebMD reported that a Maryland couple filed …

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While It’s Not Using Drones Yet, Amazon’s Grocery Delivery Service Is Expanding

Update: AmazonFresh has now officially launched in San Francisco. You can browse here. It looks like AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, is expanding into its third city – San Francisco. The service initially launched in Seattle a few years ago, but expanded into the Los Angeles area earlier this year. Soon, San Francisco residents will be able to order groceries …

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Batkid Cost San Francisco $100,000

Batkid, a.k.a. Miles Scott, won the hearts of millions last week when a video of his Make-A-Wish Foundation-led day went viral. A 5-year old with leukemia, Miles was able to enjoy a day as his favorite superhero when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City just for him; a Lamborghini was transformed into a Batmobile and donated for the occasion, …

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