Tag Archives: Google

Bert & Ernie for Mayor

Is everyone else sick right now too? I’ve been sick all week, but it seems like the fall cold is more broadly distributed than the fall leaves. The rain and the autumn blues signal a time to lie on the couch, drink tea and read or stare at a screen. So why not check out our slideshow of a unique...

Where New Tech Arrives, Old Tech Once Roared

Soon, Googlistas could roam a building that once served the Black Panthers, police officers, underground cartoonists, sexually open swingers and many more. Luring all these groups to one location was the promise of professionally printed pages from a massive off-set printing press run for 51 years by the Howard Quinn Printing Company. The family-owned company operated at 298 Alabama Street...

Former Googlistas Now Sell Used Clothes

Calvin Young and Noah Ready-Campbell left Google in 2011 shortly after being there less than a year, ready to start their own business. So they did — about four times. First they tried an online coffee delivery service, then a news service and finally a payment service. “There just wasn’t a market for those other ideas,” Ready-Campbell said. Merchants, for...

Live Blog: Google I/O Protest

Google I/O, the tech titan’s largest conference for developers, is underway at the Moscone Center. As with all things tech these days, such an event does not go on without a good helping of dissent. We’ve received word that housing activists and union members will be on hand outside Moscone to challenge Google to the task of living up to...

Google VP Promises Action for Evicted Tenant

After interrupting Google I/O to protest her potential eviction from a building owned by Google lawyer Jack Halprin, Claudia Tirado was escorted off stage and told us she had a surprisingly friendly conversation with Google’s senior VP of communications, Rachel Whetstone. In an email message to Mission Local, Whetstone confirms her promise to help out Tirado. “I promised to look into the situation for her...

In Silicon Valley, Conservatives Have Rough Time

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that conservatives are looking to woo the traditionally liberal-minded techies of Silicon Valley, both to gain their political support and some of their funding: People who lean to the right are vastly outnumbered in the nation’s high-tech hub, and say they sometimes have to downplay their views. “It does make you stand out a little bit....

Homeless Googlers?

This sensationalist story (first spotted on SFist) was just too outrageous not to post: the BBC has a profile on homeless Google employees: An ex-Google worker has revealed how he lived at the firm’s campus in Mountain View, California, for 54 weeks between 2005 and 2006, kicking off a trend. Matthew Weaver told the BBC that he had been dared...

Listen Local: Google’s PR Problem, 2015 Predictions

Today’s discussion takes off with the memory of the latest Google bus protest, which turned into a bizarre parade led by a fleeing Google lawyer pursued by the tenants he is evicting from his house. Google’s name has been getting a lot of attention, and its response has largely been to stay out of it. Does the company care about...

Halprin Tenants’ Evictions Halted, For Now

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has halted the evictions of the remaining two tenants fighting to stay in a building at 812 Guerrero St. that is owned by the Google lawyer and new Mission landlord Jack Halprin. The decision hinged on Halprin’s failure to pay the first half of the tenants’ relocation fees, the same reasoning behind last week’s decision to stop tenant Claudia Tirado’s eviction...