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Sep 25, 2012
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No one knows when the next Facebook redesign is going to come, but chances are you’re going to hate it. And if you’re on Twitter, you probably have opinions about the recent decision to excise third-party apps as well. There is always a sense of injustice when these autocratic changes are announced. The libertarians in the crowd will say “well if you don’t like the service, stop using the product” (conveniently ignoring, of course, that in these companies’ business models the user is the product).

Social media in the workplace.

(Sac Bee) // Support for the tobacco tax, Prop 29, is slowly going up in smoke – thanks in part to $38 million invested in advertising by tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris...

(Mercury News) // Chefs across California are squeezing in extra foie gras on their menus and drawing the ire of animal rights groups. A statewide ban on the staple French cuisine made from fattened duck liver goes into effect July 1. The ban was passed back in 2004 to put an end to what some consider the inhumane treatment of ducks raised for the delicacy…

((SF Gate)) // The N-Judah Muni line, arguably the busiest in San Francisco, will be closed for nine days for track reconstruction. The light rail line – which serves neighborhoods in the Outer Sunset, Inner Sunset, Haight-Ashbury, Civic Center, Downtown, and the CalTrain Station – is a muse for a local blog and reason for many a Muni gripe in the City. The N makes its final stop this Friday May 25 at 7pm and won't begin again until June 4 at 5am.

(SF Gate) // Solar eclipse blinds driver. Check out that solar eclipse yesterday? It was blindingly beautiful. In fact, a driver in South San Francisco was, she said, “temporarily blinded” when she ran into a mother and daughter crossing the street during the eclipse. In her defense, Grand Avenue has signs warning drivers of glares – even when there aren't any eclipses happening...

 

(Mercury News) // The Santa Clara Valley Water District is under investigation after reports that hydraulic oil was spilled into several of the district's reservoirs. The investigation comes as the district is asking voters to go to the polls this November to renew taxes that support its Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection plan...

(Mercury News) // May Day rallies in Oakland and San Francisco Tuesday brought out union members, Occupy protestors, and police. At least 50 protestors were arrested across the region...

(NY Times) // Status update: Facebook is encouraging organ donors to go public in a new 'Health and Wellness' section...

Courtesy Flickr user hanspoldoja

In some ways, the Internet is an open, unlimited space. But it can also feel very private, especially when communicating one on one, or conducting personal business like paying a bill, or doing your taxes. As more and more of our daily lives go digital, some big questions arise. What are we giving up? What truly is the cost of our being so dependent on it, and who is truly benefiting from how much we’re glued to our screens? Author Jason Benlevi explores this question in his book, Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech.

Facebook has acquired the photo sharing service Instagram for $1 billion. Instagram is a two-year-old, 13-employee, San Francisco start-up company. They make a photo-sharing application in which one can add a variety of filters effects and share easily...

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