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State Supreme Court rejects challenge to Prop. 22

Lawsuit alleging measure violates California law could be re-filed in lower court

 

Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board signs off on changes to scooter permit program

Companies will gete longer permits, but higher stakes

Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft customers will pay a fee ranging from 30 cents to $1.50 per ride to cover increased benefits to drivers. (Shutterstock)

Lyft announces additional fee for California riders to cover cost of Prop. 22 driver benefits

Following Uber’s lead, company says price hike necessary to make business ‘sustainable’

Lyft customers will pay a fee ranging from 30 cents to $1.50 per ride to cover increased benefits to drivers. (Shutterstock)
The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a laptop screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. Citing the risk of further incitement of violence following an attempted insurrection on Wednesday, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

Democrats fume at tech companies, but legislation may be elusive

Gopal Ratnam and Dean DeChiaro CQ-Roll Call Top Democrats in Congress who…

The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a laptop screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. Citing the risk of further incitement of violence following an attempted insurrection on Wednesday, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)
Cruise has been testing self-driving vehicles in The City for some time, but is now the first company to do so without a test driver at the wheel. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Five Cruise driverless vehicles deployed to the Sunset District

Local officials and advocates remain concerned about lack of regulatory power and transparency

Cruise has been testing self-driving vehicles in The City for some time, but is now the first company to do so without a test driver at the wheel. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
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Salesforce is said to explore acquisition of Slack

By Nabila Ahmed, Nico Grant and Liana Baker Bloomberg News Salesforce.com Inc.…

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The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt by Cruise Automation is undergoing testing in The City. (Shutterstock)

Supervisors decry lack of local oversight over unmanned vehicles

Cruise begins testing in SF of driverless autonomous vehicles

The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt by Cruise Automation is undergoing testing in The City. (Shutterstock)
Lyft driver Al Aloudi and other drivers protest for better wages outside the Omni Hotel, where executives reportedly were meeting with investors ahead of the company’s initial public offering, on March 25. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft driver Al Aloudi and other drivers protest for better wages outside the Omni Hotel, where executives reportedly were meeting with investors ahead of the company’s initial public offering, on March 25. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Cruise Automation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt’s have been undergoing driving tests in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)

Cruise to test unmanned self-driving vehicle fleet on San Francisco streets

Armed with a DMV permit, company plans to roll out driverless vehicles by end of year

Cruise Automation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt’s have been undergoing driving tests in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)
Many gig workers have tried to move into food delivery jobs by car or bicycle during the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City commission urges new protections, support for gig workers

Recommendations include minimum wage, licensing, restrooms, rideshare co-op

Many gig workers have tried to move into food delivery jobs by car or bicycle during the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A Black Friday shopper navigates Pepper, a robotic concierge stationed at Westfield Mall in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, November 25, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco talks robot tax

Following the recent advice of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Supervisor Jane Kim…

A Black Friday shopper navigates Pepper, a robotic concierge stationed at Westfield Mall in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, November 25, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
High-speed internet is installed in the Mission-Duboce area on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Joshua Sabatini/S.F. Examiner)

SF may permit micro-trenching for fiber optic internet providers

San Francisco’s access to high-speed fiber optic internet service may increase under…

High-speed internet is installed in the Mission-Duboce area on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Joshua Sabatini/S.F. Examiner)
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San Francisco’s IT spending increased 80 percent over five years

San Francisco’s recent hire of the newly created post of chief digital…

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Abstaining from technology can help put one’s priorities ­— and life — in perspective. (Courtesy photo)

Fasting from technology

So, I finally did it. After weeks of writing about it, I…

Abstaining from technology can help put one’s priorities ­— and life — in perspective. (Courtesy photo)
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark addresses St. Anthony’s after launching free Wi-Fi and charging stations there Thursday. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Free Wi-Fi, secure charging stations installed at St. Anthony’s in Tenderloin

Rafael Rosado can regularly be found at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in…

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark addresses St. Anthony’s after launching free Wi-Fi and charging stations there Thursday. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Protesters march down Market Street from Twitter headquarters to the offices of Uber during a rally against tax cuts for tech companies in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF’s tech tax fails to make November ballot

San Francisco’s short-lived tech tax proposal for the November ballot was officially…

Protesters march down Market Street from Twitter headquarters to the offices of Uber during a rally against tax cuts for tech companies in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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With great privilege comes no accountability

Remember what it felt like to be put in time out? The…

Dolores Park.  (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)
When combined with the enormous number of “selfies” people take each day, a bot, troll or computer agent can monitor our lives and replicate much of it by approximating our actions. (Courtesy photo)

Digital immortality is our new reality

The Singularity — the merger of machines and humans — is a…

When combined with the enormous number of “selfies” people take each day, a bot, troll or computer agent can monitor our lives and replicate much of it by approximating our actions. (Courtesy photo)