• 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.

Blog Beat 12 October,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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