San Francisco’s shuttle buses for commuting tech company employees are getting on the nerves of some residents and the city officials who have to deal with complaints.
While the tension is nothing new, City Hall appears closer to proposing a solution to an increasingly common situation that can create traffic problems and delay Muni. Read More
California took the fast lane to the future Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to allow self-driving cars on public roads. Read More
The proliferation of private workplace shuttles, which take thousands of cars off the road but often conflict with Muni vehicles, is getting the serious attention of city officials, who hope to regulate the services within the coming months. Read More
Facebook shares slid 6.2 percent Tuesday to another record low, $21.71, diving for the third straight day since lackluster results showed decelerating user growth and revived doubts about its ability to sustain its rich valuation.
A sobering report from Bernstein Research, combined with online chatter about the potential proliferation of automated Facebook accounts and a looming sell-off of employee shares next month, all conspired to rock the stock, analysts say. Read More
Think you’ve outgrown embarrassing usernames such as “origamiboy1981” and “cutepuppies99”? Well, YouTube definitely thinks you have.
Last month, YouTube, the San Bruno-based video-sharing company, announced some changes in how users will be identified on its website. Via the use of log-in identities from Google+, the social networking service from YouTube’s parent company, users will be encouraged to use their actual first and last names as their usernames. Read More
Google and Apple are attracting scrutiny for flying “military-grade spy planes” over major U.S. cities as they race to shore up their rival 3D-mapping services.
Staffers for Sen. Charles Schumer met with Google officials Monday to discuss privacy issues related to the camera-equipped planes. They plan to meet with Apple on Friday.
The senator’s office also plans to reach out to other companies developing similar technologies. Read More
Apple took the wraps off its own mobile mapping service and improved the search capabilities of its Siri electronic assistant technology as it rolled out souped-up software and hardware Monday in San Francisco to help it wage war on Google.
CEO Tim Cook, who took over from late co-founder Steve Jobs last August, spearheaded the unveiling of new services to help keep Google and its fast-growing Android mobile platform at bay. Read More
Greed does not matter when it comes to the legal battle of two Silicon Valley icons, a federal judge told jurors who are hearing the lawsuit Oracle filed against Google.
"There has been a suggestion made that greed is at work here," U.S. District Judge William Alsup said on Friday. "That doesn't matter."
His remarks served as a caution to the seven women and five men who are expected to begin their deliberations on Oracle's copyright claims next week. Read More
The Bay Area may be a cradle for technological innovation, but chronic funding shortages often prevent high-tech tools from being used in public school classrooms. James Sanders’ history class at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy, a charter school in the Western Addition, is an exception. Sanders, who has worked with Google and YouTube to develop educational applications and help teachers use online videos, has taken his classroom entirely paperless. Read More
Art from around the world is more accessible to people on their computers after Google announced a major expansion of its Art Project on Tuesday. Read More