Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
The spacewalks are to repair a bad valve in a pump that has caused problems with the station's cooling system.
Colorado and Washington state are setting up legalized marijuana markets, and advocates are celebrating. But there are signs of discontent. Even a founder of a marijuana legalization group says there's a possibility of a popular backlash.
Despite the fact that Merkel will be governing along with her rivals, not much is expected to change in regards to Germany's policy on the eurozone.
Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.
Moscow has agreed to a massive bailout package for Ukraine, a deal that could keep the country from bankruptcy next year.
Some of the most heated protests in San Francisco have been over big, sleek buses — private shuttles that Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and Facebook use to get their city-living employees to work. They've become a symbol of the city's changing socioeconomic landscape.
Ten years ago Congress approved a $15 billion plan to combat HIV in developing countries. Since then, the global health initiative has funded HIV treatment for nearly 7 million people and prevented hundreds of thousands of babies from getting infected during childbirth.
Free-diving is a risky sport, involving swimming deep into the ocean without the aid of air tanks. But after a diver's death in November, some free-divers worry that the sport's governing body is still not doing enough to prevent common injuries and reel in overambitious competitors.
This final note today, in which we learned skinny jeans almost doomed the American dollar.
From the pages of the Washington Post, this historical tidbit:
Cranes -- the company that for more than a century has supplied the cotton fiber from which greenback are made -- used to use discarded denim for its cotton.
Until back in the 1990's the fashion world discovered spandex and how it helped jeans fit just right. And, sadly, spoiled denim as a currency-source forever more.
Now, Cranes just goes straight to plant.
Tech companies like Google and Facebook don’t just want to dominate the web, they also want to takeover the pipes that bring you the Internet. For example, Google has been laying cables in the oceans around Asia and Facebook has secured fiber cables to move traffic back-and-forth from its data centers.
Right now, access to the Internet is still largely controlled by telecom companies, said Allan Hammond, the director of the Broadband Institute at Santa Clara University. To explain why the tech companies might want a biger part of that pie, Hammond launches into a a fairy tale of the “Three Billy Goats Gruff”...
"There were three billy goats gruff, who wanted to cross the bridge to eat the grass on the other side," Hammond says.
The first goat tries to cross but the troll living under the bridge, tells him to get off.
"In this case, the troll under the bridge are the telecom companies," he says.
The bridge is the Internet pipeline that they control. And the goats are tech companies like Google, Netflix and Amazon who need the bridge to deliver their content. In the fairy tale, the goats get rid of the troll. But in real life Hammond says, the tech companies have decided to build their own bridge.
He adds that companies like Verizon have made it clear that they want to start charging tech giants for distributing data heavy content like video. But Dan Bieler, a telecom analyst at Forrester, says it's not just video that the tech giants are worried about. As our lives move onto the cloud tech companies will need an ever-bigger bigger pipeline.
"If you upload a document on Dropbox, if you use Google apps" you're using the cloud, Beiler said. And more-and-more companies are ditching their servers and renting space on Amazon, Google and Microsoft’s cloud.