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Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

 Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested AVs in the first place.
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This 400-pound, sidewalk-roaming security robot just got fired

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A five-foot tall, 400-pound robot with four surveillance cameras just got fired from its security job. Right before Christmas.

The San Francisco animal welfare non-profit, SF SPCA, rented the ‘bot to roam its parking lot and grounds, ostensibly in response to a recent burglary.  But to the dismay of neighbors, the SPCA also let the robot patrol the public sidewalk outside the property. 

Now, after being sent a deluge of threats, Ars Technica reports the SPCA has pulled the plug on its robot… for now. 

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San Francisco was the place to be for people in tech. Then it wasn’t.

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Jeanna Barrett had spent the last 20 months in Seattle helping grow a location-based mobile app. In April 2011, Groupon acquired the startup, and it declined to keep her on staff. 

Fine by her.

“I called my parents after I found out I didn’t have a job at Groupon and said, ‘I’m moving to San Francisco.’ I just knew I wanted to make it work,” Barrett said. 

Barrett is one of thousands of hungry tech workers that move to San Francisco each year. The influx of people and money centered around technology has been extreme even for a city with a sports team named for the 1849 gold rush. Software engineers and marketing strategists look to the city by the Bay as the place to live to be a part of innovation. The tech explosion of the last two decades has transformed the area, turning its metro areas into some of the richest in the world.  Read more…

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Reddit found this dude’s stolen car in a matter of hours

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Getting your car stolen is one of the worst things, but finding it can be MUCH easier than it was a decade ago.

Over Thanksgiving week, Sebastiaan de With, a freelance designer and photographer, got his Land Rover Defender stolen in the San Francisco Bay Area, after just having purchased it a little over a year ago.

Desperate to find any help in locating his car, de With decided to post about it on Twitter and Reddit, asking people to contact him if they happen to see it.

“I thought it’d be pointless to post it, but on the other hand, I really wanted to find my car,” de With told the SF Gate. “They’re extremely hard cars to find in the U.S., and I was waiting on an appraiser to come around to get full coverage, full-value insurance. So it being gone meant I had absolutely nothing, not even a claim payout.” Read more…

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Thieves stole more than 300 iPhone X devices from a UPS truck

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Even your iPhones are not safe.

More than 300 iPhones have been stolen from a UPS track in San Francisco, with the thieves making away with some $300,000 worth of products.

The thieves staked the truck and grabbed a shipment before it managed to deliver to an Apple store at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall in San Francisco, according to news outlet CBS SF. 

They broke in and took all the smartphones whilst the UPS driver was at Macy’s making a delivery.

The thieves are still at large, and police are asking for help in tracking them down. 

“A witness observed three unidentified suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts exit a white Dodge van,” San Francisco Police Department Captin Rick Yick said. Read more…

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Pitch your startup at this lingerie networking event and oh god tech industry really?

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San Francisco, 50 years on from the Summer of Love

The scent of marijuana still lingers in the air, but what about rebellion? Half a century on from the year the world was told to turn on, tune in and drop out, we revisit the birthplace of 60s counterculture

California’s signature scent of marijuana permeates the warm air in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park. Dogs pant and people strip off. The arrival of an early summer has caught the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood off guard. It is a distinctive, blissed-out atmosphere but still an age away from the drug-fuelled, music-drenched summer of 1967, when 100,000 people converged on the Haight.

Back then, people came to embrace a higher consciousness and obey the “Turn on, tune in, drop out” message that Timothy Leary had delivered earlier that year to 30,000 people in Golden Gate Park at the “Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In”.”

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Disrupt SF 2017 is headed back to Pier 48

 After having housed three of the last four Disrupt conferences, it’s beginning to feel like home. We are excited to announce that Disrupt SF 2017 will once again be held at the lovely Pier 48, which is right down the road from AT&T Park — the home of the San Francisco Giants. While the baseball Giants may be playing a game of fall ball down the street, the giants of the… Read More

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Thousands form human chain across Golden Gate Bridge in powerful message to Trump

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A human chain formed across the Golden State Bridge in San Francisco Friday in just one of the many powerful displays of resistance to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

While other protests took hold around the world, San Francisco’s bridge protest stood out for the incredible image it gave to the rest of the nation.

Thousands of people locked hands and stood in unity for the two-hour event — a demonstration that was organized by a local group Bridge Together Golden Gate, according to ABC 7 News.

Around 2,200 people stood together as parts of the chain, the Marin County Sheriff tweeted, showing their objection to the new U.S. president just as he was officially being sworn into office. Read more…

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GM’s car sharing company Maven hits the streets of San Francisco

General Motors’ new car-sharing service, Maven, will provide customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. Maven will offer its car-sharing program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, initially focusing on serving faculty and students at the University of Michigan. GM vehicles will be available at 21 spots across the city. Additional city-based programs will launch in major U.S. metropolitan areas later this year. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors) Maven, a car sharing company out of General Motors, is driving its way into San Francisco today. The announcement made late Thursday evening is one part of a continued roll-out in several cities throughout the U.S., which started at the beginning of this year. It’s city based car sharing service called Maven City is now available in nine cities throughout the nation, joining Lyft’s… Read More

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Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?

San Francisco holiday skyline from One Rincon Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers, Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers and California takes steps to protect its farmers. These industries do more than just create jobs, tax revenue and prestige — they became a symbol of who they are, part of the fabric of the community and the economy. And then… Read More