New Video By SF Business Lobby Taps Giants Announcer Jon Miller to Lure Businesses Here
A coalition of the city, bankers, and big-business types is using the voice of the Giants' Jon Miller in a new marketing video to bring businesses to San Francisco, in a campaign that conveniently ignores the affordability issues that keep them from doing so.
Game Developers Conference Opened Today at Moscone Center, Drawing an Estimated 24,000
The big annual Game Developers Conference returned to San Francisco with its Monday morning opening, and it runs through Thursday at the Moscone Center, with twice as many attendees expected compared to last year’s scaled-down version.
Judge In Elizabeth Holmes Case Says He'll Rule on Prison Delay, Restitution Next Month
The federal judge who sentenced Elizabeth Holmes last fall to 11 years in prison heard arguments Friday morning on whether Holmes should have to pay restitution to Theranos investors, and on whether she will be able to delay entering prison.
SF-Based First Republic Bank Gets $30B Lifeline From Group of Larger Banks
It was good news on Thursday for regional bank First Republic, which on Monday was facing serious stress in the wake of the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. A coalition of larger banks agreed to funnel $30 billion in deposits to the bank to help it shore itself and meet the demand for withdrawals.
San Mateo County School Board Sues Social Platforms Over 'Monetizing Misery' of Kids — But Leaves Out Instagram
The San Mateo County Board of Education has filed suit against the parent companies of YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok citing evidence that they were designed to be addictive and are harming the mental health of children. But where is San Mateo County resident corporation Meta in all this?
Report: Ron Conway Was Among Venture Capitalists Begging For Silicon Valley Bank Bailout
The “small-government libertarians” got their big government bailout this past Sunday, and as observers slag the hypocrisy of founders and VCs who oppose safety nets for everyone else, we learn that local mayor whisperer Ron Conway was helping pull strings to get the bailout.
Appeals Court Upholds Prop. 22 Gig Worker Law, But It’s Still Likely Headed To State Supreme Court
A big win for Uber and Lyft to not treat their drivers as employees, as a state appeals court has upheld the Prop. 22 law exempting rideshare companies from minimum wage and overtime rules, but this thing’s expected to go to the state Supreme Court.
SF-Based First Republic Bank In Huge Trouble As Shares Collapse By More Than 70%, Trading Halted
The feared “contagion” from the Silicon Valley Bank collapse has now spread to banks whose branches and ATMs you see around San Francisco, as the SF-based First Republic Bank tanked in the markets over bank-run fears.
Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Reverberates Through Bay Area Wine Industry, Tech Startups
In addition to the many local tech companies large and small that are likely to be impacted by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), we're learning that they were a major lender and banking partner for the wine industry, accounting for about 2% of the bank's total business.
Silicon Valley Bank Shut Down By Regulators In Biggest Bank Failure In 15 Years
In what may be a harbinger of more hard days ahead for the tech world in the Bay Area, a prominent lender to startups and one of the 20 largest banks in the country, SVB Financial Group or Silicon Valley Bank, has failed.
Tesla Faces New Federal Probe Over Possible Autopilot Crash In Walnut Creek; Also, Musk Seems to Have 'Disbanded' Their PR Department
A Tesla that may have been operating in "Full Self-Driving" mode crashed into a firetruck at high speed on I-680 last month, and this has triggered a new investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Elizabeth Holmes Now Looking to Get Out of Possible $878 Million Restitution Bill
Yeah, so, Elizabeth Holmes doesn't really think she should have to pay back the bilked investors who lost money because of Theranos's collapse, and her lawyers' latest gambit is to try to get out of her having to pay any restitution at all.
Another Glitchy Day at Elon Musk's Twitter, Snafu Breaks Several Features Across the Platform
Twitter had a roughly 90-minute meltdown for thousands of users Monday morning, and while the platform is back up and running, these things seem to be happening more frequently in the wake of Musk's mass layoffs.
Well, Well, Well, Twitter Has Reinstated Its Longstanding Policy Against Violent Speech
Twitter announced Wednesday that it has "made a few changes to our policies around violent content and similar language," though it is basically just a rephrasing of what Twitter's longstanding police was, pre-Elon.
Elon Musk Lays Off 200 More ‘Hardcore’ Twitter Employees; Also He Was Weirdly Quick To Defend ‘Dilbert’ Cartoonist
Even sleeping on the office floor won’t buy you Elon Musk’s love at Twitter, as another 200 staffers who met his ‘hardcore’ requirements were pink-slipped Saturday night, but the “Dilbert” cartoonist did win Elon’s love over his racist diatribe.
Supreme Court Showdown: Big Tech vs the Law, with the Fate of the Internet at Stake
After decades of protecting Big Tech from lawsuits, the Supreme Court is finally ready to take a look at Section 230, the 'lifeblood of the internet.' Time will tell how companies like Google and Facebook fight back.
Elon Musk's Twitter Debacle Mocked on Mardi Gras Parade Float
Complete with a sink by his side — let that sink in! — an effigy of Elon Musk appeared on a float in a Thursday night Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, showing us again that the mockery over his Twitter takeover and subsequent behavior is coming from all corners, online and off.