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Photos of the blaze, as 5-alarm fire roars at China Basin

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A 5-alarm fire is raging across structures under construction and other buildings in Mission Bay, at 4th street and China Basin. The San Francisco Fire Department is fighting back the blaze, which have diminished greatly, but early reports from reporters on the scene say that the buildings may bow in. As reporters and citizen journalists flock to the scene, photos are continuing to stream in through social media. We'll update this post with new photos as the situation develops. Read more »

Local residents demand that Twitter pay it forward

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When the Bay Area’s techie-elite got richer yesterday, its poor refused to get poorer.

San Francisco-based technology company Twitter went public. By the time the New York Stock Exchange closed yesterday, more than 13 million shares of the online social networking and microblogging company had been traded, bringing Twitter’s value up to $31 billion.Read more »

Breed ditches Twitter after being called out for caustic tweets, again [UPDATED]

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Sup. London Breed appears to have abruptly deleted her Twitter account today after engaging in a clash of tweets with some local activists online. Breed had tweeted comments that were derogatory toward bicyclists and others, after earlier attempting to distinguish between her “private” comments and public role, but now she appears to have given up entirely.Read more »

Corporate welfare boom: SF's business tax breaks jump to $14.2 million annually

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Business tax breaks instituted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other corporate-friendly local politicians to stimulate growth in tech, biotech, and cleantech, diverted roughly $14.2 million from city coffers in 2012, records show. That's a staggering increase from 2011, when the city’s corporate welfare programs amounted to roughly $4.2 million.Read more »

It's not the "law", it's racism.

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Twitter can be a blast and a half or it can be a nightmare. It was indeed the latter that reared its ugly head right after 11 year old Sebastien De La Cruz sang the national anthem at Game 3, NBA Finals in San Antonio.Read more »

In which drag queens read Amanda Bynes tweets and the Internet temporarily boomerangs

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Have you ever tweeted with such dedication and furor that you reached a higher plane? That the world fell away and you were left with the impression that, through a series of carefully crafted @'s and acronyms, you could express life's true wonder? I have, courtesy a stage full of drag queens performing Amanda Bynes' Internet breakdown/meta-world breakthrough on Friday night. 

Today, Amanda Bynes called RuPaul ugly and she may have gotten another nose job. Go ahead and don't read up on the situation if you have no idea who Amanda Bynes is because as she's fond of telling us, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU CAN READ ON TWITTER and below are my tweets from that magical Friday night. Read more »

Censored by Facebook and I don't know why

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UPDATED Today I got banned from posting on Facebook and I don’t know why, but it has left me feeling very unsettled about this brave new world we find ourselves in, one where a few large technology corporations have ever more power over our lives and liberties.Read more »

Racism and homophobia east of the Rockies

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There are assholes everywhere, and there are people in San Francisco who use racist and homophobic slurs. But this interactive map (based on students at Humboldt State analyzing 150,000 nasty tweets (the academic life for you), suggests that the most concentrated jerkfaces are east of the Rocky Mountains. Either that or they use Twitter more.

The credibility of Twitter

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The stories on the latest Twitter hack -- which caused the stock market to plunge and wiped out $136 billion in investor value in an instant -- have focused on the vulnerability of the social network to malware and intruders. Twitter's apparently hiring some new people to improve its security. That's all just fine, but it's the wrong point.Read more »

On KPFA, Gavin Newsom ducks the tough ones

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Gavin Newsom sat down for an hour with Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's Up Front, and the show is remarkable. Brian was a little less harsh than Steven Colbert, who (properly) said the Gavster's new book, Citizenville, needs "a bullshit detector" and that "everything in there could be carved on a stone and put in someone's garden," but he did a great job putting Newsom's book in the context of state and lo Read more »