Billionaire Marc Benioff celebrates after San Francisco votes for new tax that will take millions from big tech firms to solve the city’s homelessness crisis

Kimberly White / Stringer Proposition C, a measure which will tax San Francisco’s largest companies in order to combat homelessness, passed on Tuesday. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been a vocal proponent of Prop C and hailed the victory in a tweet. Prop C would target Salesforce, which Benioff has estimated will pay between $ […]

Apple is using backpacks to collect map data in San Francisco

Apple’s quest to improve Maps’ accuracy appears to include some on-foot action. Former Engadget writer Dante Cesa has posted photos of an Apple Maps worker carrying a backpack loaded with cameras, LiDAR sensors and other equipment as he walked through San Francisco. It’s not certain what the exact goal was, but MacRumors speculated that he […]

Liberal billionaires duel over who wants to help San Francisco homeless more

Billionaires Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, and Salesforce head Marc Benioff squared off over whether San Francisco tech giants should be taxed to help solve the city’s catastrophic homelessness problem. At the midterms next month residents of the ultra-liberal city will be asked to vote on Proposition C – a new tax, amounting to approximately […]

Judge rejects Lime request to block e-scooter rivals in San Francisco

Lime just lost a last-minute bid to delay the launch of San Francisco’s electric scooter pilot program. A judge has denied the company’s request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Skip and Scoot from launching their services in the city on October 15th. The company had wanted the San Francisco Municipal Transportation […]

This $215 backpack from a San Francisco startup is full of clever features for commuters — here’s why it’s my go-to

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. ISM The ISM Classic Backpack was designed as a unisex bag for anyone in need of something durable for commuting, yet luxurious enough for professional and formal environments. The bag […]

Amazon Go competitor opens a cashierless store in San Francisco

A startup called Standard Cognition hopes to steal some of Amazon’s thunder by opening a cashierless store in San Francisco — Amazon Go currently has three stores, all in the Seattle area. Standard Cognition’s store is open to the public now, and it’s the first real-world test for the company’s retail ambitions. Located in the […]

Rugby's successful San Francisco weekend comes to a close

SAN FRANCISCO — It was as much a competition as it was an exhibition. The battles on the pitch at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens were intense, but competitors immediately became cordial once the final whistle blew. There appeared to be minimal animosity between rival fans in the crowd. Supporting multiple squads was commonplace, […]

‘Trump Chicken’ blimp to be sailed around San Francisco Bay

In a fresh controversy involving a giant inflatable Donald Trump-themed blimp, US pranksters are taking a leaf out of the book of London protesters by sailing a 10-meter ‘Trump Chicken’ around San Francisco Bay. READ MORE: ‘Biggest insult ever’: Farage slams London mayor for Trump baby blimp greenlight, Twitter reacts The blimp incorporates a huge […]