Category: Culture

Some Oculus employees weren’t sure if Facebook was creepy or evilSome Oculus employees weren’t sure if Facebook was creepy or evil

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At first glance, the story behind Oculus VR, a company co-founded by teenage wunderkind Palmer Luckey, reads like a Silicon Valley fairy tale.   Luckey began building virtual reality headsets nearly a decade ago, a time when few were even trying. He eventually drew the attention of Mark Zuckerberg and sold his fledgling company to […]

California Assembly approves ‘gold standard’ net neutrality bill after rough roadCalifornia Assembly approves ‘gold standard’ net neutrality bill after rough road

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California is taking the lead when it comes to saving net neutrality.  The California State Assembly voted to approve a Senate bill that offers the strongest protections for net neutrality. The bill, which passed 58-17, will head back to the Senate for another vote. It’s expected to pass there, and then would go to Gov. […]

Electric scooters had this city freaked out, and now they’re backElectric scooters had this city freaked out, and now they’re back

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After a four-month hiatus, electric scooters are back on the streets of San Francisco. Once again, people are able to hop on one of the vehicles — paying $1 per rental plus about $0.15 per minute — and scoot block to block at up to 15 mph. But things are a bit different this time […]

Castlevania showrunner may tackle Legend of Zelda showCastlevania showrunner may tackle Legend of Zelda show

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The Legend of Zelda could be getting its own TV show, according to The Wrap. Adi Shankar, who is executive producer of Netflix’s Castlevania, which is also based on a video game, could be the show’s producer. Shankar posted on Instagram that he is ‘working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of […]

Juul is giving users tools to help them quit its e-cigsJuul is giving users tools to help them quit its e-cigs

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Juul is trying to help customers wean off of its own product. The maker of sleek, popular e-cigarettes will provide tools to help people who want to quit using its product to do so ‘in the smoothest possible way,’ Juul Labs Chief Product Officer James Monsees said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco Wednesday. Early […]

Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionairesUber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires

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Along with sourdough bread, impossibly steep hills and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is known for having more billionaires than any US city west of the Mississippi. Seventy-four to be exact. That’s not to mention the nearly 150,000 millionaires that live in the Bay Area. And those numbers are about to multiply. If all […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drops in on Twitch stream, says Nintendo 64 is the best consoleAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez drops in on Twitch stream, says Nintendo 64 is the best console

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On a day where Aaron Sorkin encouraged newly elected Democrats to ‘stop acting like young people’, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a different plan: She jumped onto a Donkey Kong Twitch livestream and talked about how much she loved the Nintendo 64. Where do we start with this? First off some background on the livestream itself. On […]

Gender-reveal lasagna takes a cheesy trend too farGender-reveal lasagna takes a cheesy trend too far

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You’ve heard of bleu cheese, but this is ridiculous. Pizza chain Villa Italian Kitchen introduced a gender-reveal lasagna on Tuesday and people on social media found the idea to be quite cheesy. The chain, which has nearly 350 restaurants, including Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries, sells a cheese lasagna with a […]

For World Book Day, a new take on an old way to celebrate literature and loveFor World Book Day, a new take on an old way to celebrate literature and love

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There’s one day of the year I particularly miss Barcelona, my home. It’s not Christmas or New Year’s Day. Definitely not Easter (even if I’m very particular to a certain kind of sweet available only around that time). Not my birthday. Not the annual festival to commemorate the city: La Mercè. Although that one comes in a close […]

Why you should consider buying music on vinyl, CD and music filesWhy you should consider buying music on vinyl, CD and music files

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The fact is, no one has to buy recorded music any more. Most of it is available when and where you want it on YouTube for free. You could also pay for a Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or whatever subscription. It’s basically a rental, which is really convenient, but also has its downsides. Based on […]