Facebook has admitted to secretly hiring one of the world’s largest public-relations companies to plant scaremongering stories about Google’s alleged privacy violations. The plan was exposed when a Silicon Valley blogger leaked emails offering to have an anti-Google story ghostwritten for him by a former big-name tech journalist now working for the PR firm. High-profile U.S. Read More
As a reporter at The San Francisco Examiner, I have long thought there is nothing worse than covering something at the Hall of Justice. The place is depressing, the security lines are long, and I’m always afraid that I’ll be hauled into jail for some minor crime I committed a decade or more ago. And then there is the utter lack of good transit options to Bryant and Seventh streets.
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Social media has transformed the way people connect across continents, but now the Mission district is the test case to see whether it can strike up better interaction between neighbors.
The new iPhone application Blockboard went public last week with the goal of creating a location-based digital bulletin board for pretty much anything — a lost cat, a new piece of street art or a favorite dish at a local restaurant. Read More
Attorney General Kamala Harris said District Attorney George Gascón is the best option for holding her former office. She endorsed Gascón over Facebook and Twitter Thursday, saying his “his experience, ability, and reforms will modernize and enhance the DA’s office.” Read More
Image of the weekMore than a hoodie: Mark Zuckerberg shocked the world Wednesday when he wore something besides his trademark hoodie. The Facebook CEO actually put on a collared shirt, tie and jacket — while still donning tennis shoes — for a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the company headquarters in Palo Alto.SOMETHING TO READJerusalem, JerusalemBy James Carroll ($28) Read More
Digg is a pioneer of the social Internet. It was one of the first and best-known online news aggregation brands, a top-100 Internet site with 20 million unique monthly viewers. Its ubiquitous graphics inviting readers to “Digg” this content festoon millions of websites alongside Facebook’s “like” links and Twitter’s “tweet this” buttons. Read More
What could be more entertaining than watching seven hours of former Mayor Gavin Newsom on YouTube, more inspirational than learning of Newsom’s latest initiative in 140 characters or less, more delightful than perusing Newsom’s 180-photo gallery on Facebook? Read More
While pundits chattered about how groundbreaking it was to have the President of the United States interacting with ordinary Americans on Facebook, President Obama's 'historic' appearance at Facebook's headquarters was largely a snooze-fest. Read More
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg — famous for his casual approach to dressing as a billionaire — cleaned up and donned a jacket and tie for his Wednesday question and answer with President Barack Obama. Read More
Seven years ago, in April 2004, President George W. Bush held a formal news conference in which he was asked, "What would your biggest mistake be…and what lessons have you learned from it?" Bush's hemming and hawing answer -- in several minutes of flailing about, he never managed to come up with a single mistake to cite -- was widely criticized in the days that followed. Read More