• The Bay Citizen’s Pulse of the Bay pulls this animated video on Proposition 19 from Comedy Central’s electon site. The video, made in Taiwan, contains a matter-of-fact audio track married to visuals that are anything but…
  • Mission Local reports on what may be San Francisco’s oldest standing home, on Hampshire street.
  • Oakland Local says the city council will consider doubling the number of marijuana dispensaries within the city from four to eight. The recommendation by councilmembers Larry Reid and Rebecca Kaplan would also increase annual permit fees from $30,000 to $60,000 and institute a $5,000 application fee.
  • Interesting take from Good Morning Silicon Valley on the recent revelation that Google is working on a driverless car. The story was all over the news and provided further proof to many that Google inhabits the cutting edge like nobody else. From the GMSV post:

    …others question just how innovative Google truly is. It famously allows its engineers to set aside 20 percent of their time to work on whatever they want, and popular services with practical applications such as Gmail and Google News have supposedly sprung from that time. But some innovation watchers wonder whether innovation has “jumped the shark” at Google, pointing to the demise of Google Wave as a possible sign. And at least one Google executive has stated the company has grown so large that, at least outside its “core DNA,” it is innovating by acquisition.

    Maybe. But they do have a lot of cool stuff. If you want to check out the company’s most mad-scientisty projects, take a look at Google Labs.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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