• Your San Francisco Giants will hire former A’s manager Bob Melvin as their new skipper, in news first reported by the Athletic, and since confirmed by other publications. Melvin was the A’s manager the last time they won the AL West (2020), and served as A’s manager for 11 seasons before spending the last two seasons coaching the San Diego Padres. [The Athletic]
  • After Tuesday morning’s stunning suspension of Cruise robotaxis without human drivers, Vice has the equally stunning news that the suspension was in part because Cruise allegedly “withheld pedestrian injury footage” from a Cruise vehicle running over a pedestrian. Vice obtained the DMV Suspension Order which alleges that Cruise “failed to disclose” portions of that video, and that the “omission hinders the ability” of the DMV to investigate. Meanwhile, CalMatters has the news that the CPUC also suspended Cruise’s permit to carry passengers in driverless cars, so now the self-driving cars can only do test drives with humans in the vehicle. [VICE]
  • Oakland’s popular First Fridays art walk is taking a three-month break from  January to March 2024, citing financial problems. First Fridays' accounts manager Venessa McGhee told SFGate that “Every month, we’re coming out of the pocket to put on the event, and it’s just not working financially,” though vowed they’re seeking more sponsorships to close the gap. The event will still be held in November and December 2023. [Hoodline]
  • Berkeley-based Twitter rival Pebble is shutting down November 1, as apparently there are too many better-funded Twitter rivals and it's cutting into their user base. [SF Business Times]
  • A San Jose home that was the site of an alleged meth lab and bomb-making operations is now listed on Zillow for $1.5 million. [Chronicle]
  • More chaos in the GOP Speaker of the House follies, as Republican favorite nominee Tom Emmer (R-MN) withdrew from the Speaker race after Trump Truth-Social’ed some insults about Emmer. [KRON4]

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