We'll lead with a fond Friday farewell to Mike Billings, who is leaving the San Francisco Examiner after serving as its editor-in-chief since September of last year. He'll be heading to a copy editor position at Dow Jones. At publication time, the San Francisco Newspaper Company (which owns the Ex, the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, and a sizable portion of the Bay Area Reporter) had not named a replacement. Good luck, Mike! We'll miss you.
- Is Mike's Of Noe Valley Shoe Repair (yes, with that fantastic sign) closing? There are suspicious signs that it might be. [Noe Valley SF]
- According to the ACLU, police departments in Fremont, Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco have Stingrays, which enable them to tap your cell phone, and more. [KPIX]
- Student at East Bay middle school blackmailed classmate into "performing sexual acts" on campus. [KTVU]
- SFPD's ticketing more drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists who break traffic laws. How much more? 50% more, they say, than last year. [Ex]
- Uber and Lyft both announce increased insurance to cover drivers between fares, but it'll only go into effect if a driver's personal insurance won't cover a collision. Since many drivers' personal insurance companies dump them/refuse to cover them whey it's learned that they're driving for hire, expect that new company-provided insurance to get used a lot. [Pando]