Technology

Members of the public hold signs Inside the board of Supervisors at a discussion of short term rentals in 2015.

Judge Rejects Airbnb’s Objections to SF Homesharing Law

A federal district court judge on Tuesday denied homesharing company Airbnb, Inc. its request for an injunction against a San Francisco law aimed at protecting local rental housing stock from being used as tourist lodging. Further discussions will be held in court, however, about the enforceability of the regulation. The law, authored by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, prohibits homesharing...
Marquis Harmon talking to a group of tech workers. Photo by Sawsan Morrar

Tech Workers Confront Privilege

San Francisco tech workers and their friends packed the Gray Area Art & Technology Theater on Tuesday in an effort to talk about one thing: racism. “How many of you get stopped at the airport?” Marquis Harmon asked. Harmon addressed the largely white audience of about 40 people, discussing racism against the black community and the prison industrial complex. He...
Sign advertising DijitalFix's wireless headphones. Photo by Sonner Kehrt

iPhone 7 May Not Be Cool Enough for the Money

Thomas Verhulst isn’t as tuned into tech news as he usually is. A software designer from Belgium, he’s sitting at Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia Street, with his iPhone 6S next to his coffee mug. He’s on vacation, and he didn’t watch the video of Apple’s roll-out of the new iPhone 7. Still, he says, “I keep hearing about how...
Community organizers Christina "Krea" Gomez and  Edwin Lindo discuss ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement following a string of police shootings that made national headlines. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Activists, Newcomers Discuss Ways to Confront Racism in Support of Black Lives Matter

Activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, Mission community organizers and newcomers, many of whom were tech workers, met Wednesday night to discuss ways to confront racial inequality that included collecting data, investing in communities and questioning the diversity within the rank-and-file of tech workers. “What sparked this for me was seeing the number of Facebook posts [following last week’s...
Sirron Norris. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Artist Plans a Mural “The Disruption”

San Francisco artist and muralist Sirron Norris has launched a fundraising campaign to redo his first-ever mural – a surreal cityscape intertwined with cartoon characters and machines – to be replaced with one that reflects the city’s current struggles with inequality and police brutality. He wants the “makeover” to reflect and connect to the city’s “current political landscape.” It will...
SF Mission teacher Michelle Malliet received a three-day eviction notice after her building was purchased in earlier this year. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Teacher is Evicted by Tech Workers and Protesters Take Their Case to the Tech Employer

Update, 7/24/16: The San Francisco Examiner reports that the landlords and tenant have reached a settlement, though the tenant’s lawyer did not offer any additional details about whether she would be able to remain in place, saying only that both parties are happy with the deal. Protesters posted in front of the downtown office of a tech company on Thursday afternoon to call...
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SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed “Tech Tax”

Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only...
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Tech-Powered Tour of SF Mission Explores Question of Belonging

In a collaboration with local residents and KQED, Detour, a startup offering audio walking tours of 11 San Francisco neighborhoods launched its Mission District tour yesterday. The Mission’s tour offers insight into the lives of six locals and newcomers who share a love for the neighborhood but grapple with the question of belonging. The city package sells for $24.99, and...
Uber driver Edward Escobar (right) heads the newly formed Alliance for Independent Workers, a group of on-demand drivers organizing against Uber.  Photo by Laura Waxmann

Uber Drivers Push Back Against Proposed Settlement in Suit

A Federal judge said Thursday that he would deliberate on whether to approve a $100 million settlement that would end a class action suit brought on by Uber drivers who allege the rideshare company has misclassified them. The settlement was reached in April between Uber and the lead attorney representing the drivers, Shannon Liss-Riordon, but was met by opposition from the drivers who...
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As Venture Capital Slows, SF Mission Techies Look to the Tedium of Stability

Startups hoping to secure seed funding in 2016 may find it more difficult as investors have become more cautious, but Mission tech workers aren’t expecting a crash and those in start-ups are more sharply focused on sustainability. While venture capital investments reached a record high in 2015, the year was also marked by a plummet in public tech stocks and...
The Mission's new Bitcoin ATM, located at Mission Groceries at 2128 Mission St. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Third Bitcoin ATM Comes to SF’s Mission

Bitcoin, a digital “cryptocurrency,” is now being dispensed at a local grocery on 17th and Mission streets that installed a bitcoin ATM – the third of its kind in the Mission District, and the first to appear at a market.   “At first I thought, what the hell is this?” said the nephew of the market’s owner, who gave his name...
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Tenant Advocates Denounce Startup Offering Buyout Services

Rent Masters, a startup offering to help tenants willing to move out of rent-controlled housing figure out what they would be owed in buyout money, came under fire last week by the city’s housing rights community. In a buyout, a tenant agrees to vacate a unit in exchange for a payout by the landlord. Negotiations involved in this process can be lengthy and taxing and...
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More Shuttle Bus Stop Relocations Proposed

San Francisco’s Municipal Transit Agency is tasked with moving shuttle bus stops citywide from small, neighborhood streets onto larger thoroughfares under the city’s new 12-month program regulating the hundreds of commuter shuttles that transport employees of Silicon Valley’s tech companies. The program takes effect April 1, but it may take longer than that to figure out where to put the new stops. In addition...
A commuter shuttle bus at the intersection of 18th and Guerrero streets. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Proposed Changes to Move Tech Shuttles to Dolores St.

Nearby residents are upset over proposed changes to move tech shuttle stops from 18th Street to Dolores Street, a move that will remove coveted parking spaces during certain times of the day. The shuttles – some of which span 35 feet in length – are currently assigned a route that takes them on 18th Street halting at Muni bus stops to load and unload passengers...
Stephanie Pakrul inside of her room at 20Mission, the startup co-living space at 3491 20th St. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Bitcoin Investor Buys SRO in SF Mission

After years of building a quirky community, bitcoin investor Jered Kenna last month purchased the building at the corner of Mission and 20th streets that houses art and technology creators. With the $7.3 million purchase, the site of the former T-mobile downstairs could become a brewery and pub, and the empty space a door down may become a laundromat and...