Students at Lowell High School, San Francisco’s elite public magnet, are known for spending long hours on their studies. But members of the robotics team have recently taken that dedication a step further. “They work until 10, they come home and start homework at 11-ish,” marveled Christina Lee, whose son, Justin, is on the team. “They’re back at school at 7:30. You see how much passion it takes.” Read More
San Francisco’s tech industry has softened the blow of the national recession on the local economy and is viewed by some as a cornerstone of The City’s future economic growth.
The success of a tech company is often gauged by its ability to go public and shake up the market with a stock value exceeding its initial offering price. Read More
Bruno Bowden, the lead engineering elf on Google’s Santa Tracker project with NORAD, explains how enhancements will let Google Earth and Google Maps mobile help kids of all ages track the whereabouts of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Follow jolly ol’ St. Nick at www.noradsanta.org.How do you track Santa? With GPS or Rudolph’s nose? Rudolph’s nose gives off a unique heat signal and so we use that, and a number of satellites positioned in space detect the heat signal. Read More
‘Net neutrality,” which supporters say will keep the Internet free, is actually a plan making it more expensive for many of us. One of the biggest drivers of Net neutrality has been Google, the Internet behemoth. Its goal is to keep its own operational costs lower by trying to make Internet usage more costly for others. Read More
Anybody who types “Central Basin Municipal Water District” into a Google News search is taken to a legitimate-looking news website called News Hawks Review. The site is packed full of upbeat stories about the 2 million-customer city of Commerce, water utility. However, an investigation found that Central Basin secretly paid $200,000 in taxpayer money to a PR consultant to create promotional stories “written in the image of real news” and post them on a bogus news site. Read More
A man accused of threatening a prominent Google executive via Twitter has been arrested and indicted on felony charges by a federal grand jury in San Francisco, court documents show. Read More
The woman accused of burglarizing “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s San Francisco hotel room as he and his wife slept last week denied the allegations in court Monday.Lucinda Moyers, 56, pleaded not guilty to a count of residential burglary and another for possession of stolen property. Moyers remains in custody on $625,000 bail. Read More
Alex Trebek put his life in jeopardy while chasing a burglar out of his hotel room in San Francisco early Wednesday.
The 71-year-old “Jeopardy!” host was on crutches while hosting the National Geographic World Championship at Mountain View-based Google Wednesday, according to several news outlets. Read More
San Mateo’s SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar panel installer, has become the focal point of the rapid mainstreaming of solar power.
SolarCity pioneered solar leasing programs, which not only make solar systems affordable to homeowners, but also attract the attention of big corporate funders looking for tax-friendly investments. Read More
Private shuttles, which have proliferated as a way of carrying commuters from San Francisco neighborhoods and transit centers to large workplaces, could be more tightly regulated in the future.
Marina and Noe Valley residents have long voiced their displeasure with the shuttles, saying they are loud, block narrow streets and interfere with public transit. Read More