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icymi: kylie jenner’s oh, snap; apple craves cobalt; domino’s no. 1

if you missed it ...in a week when olympians were on cereal boxes and politicians were on soapboxes, this also happened:•when kylie jenner tweets, people listen. shares of snap fell 6.1 percent, wiping out $1.3 billion in market value thursday — the day after jenner said she doesn’t open snapchat anymore. wall street analysts also have noticed lots of users unhappy with snapchat’s redesign.•apple needs its cobalt fix. it’s in talks to buy long-term supplies directly from miners, according to people familiar with the matter. the metal is a key ingredient for phone batteries — but is also in demand for electric vehicles.now playing: now playingrobots are getting smarter, perhaps too smartfortunefox business beat: ll bean policy backlash; home depot hiringfox5dcuber ceo think fl...





dropbox, valued at $10 billion, files for initial offering

dropbox, the san francisco file-sharing company that’s been privately valued at $10 billion, has filed for an initial public offering, touting its potential for growth.the company filed friday with the securities and exchange commission for an offering of $500 million. that amount is a placeholder and is expected to change. the company plans to use the proceeds to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes.dropbox established the $10 billion valuation in a 2014 funding round. it would be one of the biggest enterprise technology companies to list on u.s. markets in several years. first data corp. went public at a market value of about $14 billion in 2015 — the biggest such ipo in the past five years.“while we’re at scale, we can still move quickly,” dropbox co-founders drew ...





icymi: kylie jenner’s oh, snap; apple craves cobalt; domino’s no. 1

if you missed it ...in a week when olympians were on cereal boxes and politicians were on soapboxes, this also happened:•when kylie jenner tweets, people listen. shares of snap fell 6.1 percent, wiping out $1.3 billion in market value thursday — the day after jenner said she doesn’t open snapchat anymore. wall street analysts also have noticed lots of users unhappy with snapchat’s redesign.•apple needs its cobalt fix. it’s in talks to buy long-term supplies directly from miners, according to people familiar with the matter. the metal is a key ingredient for phone batteries — but is also in demand for electric vehicles.now playing: according to reports, tyga sent his ex-girlfriend kylie jenner a text message congratulating her on the birth of her child, expressing how he knows...





a new tax scam, and tips on how to deal with it

if you weren’t expecting an income tax refund but discover a big deposit from the internal revenue service in your bank account, don’t be quick to celebrate. you may have been the target of a clever scam.the latest twist in tax-time identity fraud involves thieves who pilfer personal and financial information, often from professional tax preparers. they then use those details to file fake tax returns and have refunds — sometimes as large as $20,000 — sent electronically to your account with plans to collect it later.the irs initially warned about the scam feb. 2, urging tax professionals to “step up security and beware of phishing emails that can secretly download malicious software that can help cybercriminals steal client data.”the agency next issued a warning to taxpayers fe...





the economy is getting hotter. is a productivity boom next?

photo: nicole bengiveno, nyt image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1self-service kiosks might be used more often if companies have trouble finding employees.self-service kiosks might be used more often if companies have trouble finding employees. photo: nicole bengiveno, nyt the economy is getting hotter. is a productivity boom next?1 / 1back to gallerytwo of the most important facts about the global economy over the past decade are these: a giant financial crisis led to mass unemployment in many countries and years of disappointing growth. and despite a seeming barrage of technological innovation, productivity growth has been the weakest in decades.maybe it’s not a coincidence.that is the provocative conclusion of new research from the mckinsey global institute, the in-house think...





the (long) list of financial documents you should keep

in this season of paper piles, bursting files and inscrutable tax forms arriving in the mail, tip your cap to one aspect of the new tax bill. if you’re among the millions of people who will no longer be itemizing deductions next year, there may just be less mess in your future.this is no solace for people who hate the bill’s politics or the way it hits their personal finances. still, there is potential for decluttering, which leaves us with a pressing question: just what records should we be keeping and for how long, and what can we safely shred or delete?turns out that you still need to keep more than you might think. while some people won’t need to keep track of every last charitable deduction any longer, your financial life is made up of more than just the things that the irs is w...





to give ai the gift of gab, tech firms need to offend you

tay said terrible things. she was racist, xenophobic and downright filthy. at one point, she said the holocaust did not happen. but she was old technology.let loose on the internet nearly two years ago, tay was an experimental system built by microsoft. she was designed to chat with digital hipsters in breezy, sometimes irreverent lingo, and american netizens quickly realized they could coax her into spewing vile and offensive language. this was largely the result of a simple design flaw — tay was programmed to repeat what was said to her — but the damage was done. within hours, microsoft shut her down.since then, a new breed of conversational technology has emerged inside microsoft and other internet giants that is far more nimble and effective than the techniques that underpinned tay...





nobody wants to let google win war for maps all over again

on any given day, there could be a half dozen autonomous cars mapping the same street corner in silicon valley. these cars from different companies are all doing the same thing: building high-definition street maps, which may eventually serve as a navigation guide for driverless vehicles.autonomous cars require powerful sensors to see and advanced software to think. they especially need up-to-the-minute maps of every conceivable roadway to move. whoever owns the most detailed and expansive version of these maps will own an asset that could be worth billions.which is how you get an all-out mapping war, with dozens of contenders entering into a dizzying array of alliances and burning tens of millions of dollars in pursuit of a huge payoff that could be years away. google emerged years ago as...





stanford professor drops defamation lawsuit against scientific critics

stanford university environmental professor mark jacobson made a big splash in 2015 with a paper predicting that renewable sources could provide 100 percent of the energy needed in the 48 contiguous states by 2050.but he made an even bigger splash last september, when he responded to a critique of his claim published in a leading scientific journal by filing a $10 million defamation lawsuit.after taking months of flak for what seemed to be an effort to stifle legitimate debate by bringing it into the courtroom, jacobson withdrew the lawsuit last week.a quick primer on the case: after jacobson’s paper appeared in the proceedings of the national academy of sciences and got taken up as a rallying cry by climate activists such as bernie sanders, the journal published a lengthy critique by en...





hershey and pot; twitter and bot; blockchain or not?

did they kiss and make up?at least two california marijuana companies have run into challenges from an unlikely source: the hershey co. the chocolate maker has sent cease-and-desist letters to oakland dispensary harborside and good girl cannabis co., an edibles maker in plumas county, over product names. good girl’s challenge was quickly resolved, but harborside wound up in court briefly over selling jolly meds cannabis products. (hershey makes jolly ranchers.) the product line’s name was eventually changed to j:meds, and the case was dropped.they won’t follow himnow playing: now playingthis new drill can cut you a perfectly square holepopularmechanicspresidents day: the top sales from amazon, macy's and morewibbitzthis mechanical arm is inspired by an octopus and it’s awesomepopu...





shkreli appears in court; citigroup giving refunds; blue buffalo deal

photo: seth wenig, associated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1former pharmaceutical ceo martin shkreli might end up owing $7 million.former pharmaceutical ceo martin shkreli might end up owing $7 million. photo: seth wenig, associated press shkreli appears in court; citigroup giving refunds; blue buffalo deal1 / 1back to galleryshkreli may have to pay up“pharma bro” martin shkreli appeared in court friday for the first time since a judge locked him up, hearing the government argue that he’s on the hook for more than $7 million for his securities fraud conviction. u.s. district judge kiyo matsumoto didn’t immediately rule on the government’s demand that shkreli should have to forfeit $7.3 million in assets, including a one-o...





these speakers among the smartest

amazon echo dotcnet rating: 5 stars out of 5the good: the second-gen dot is just as smart as the first at nearly half the cost, and it’s better at hearing you, too. it’s also the only echo product you can connect to an existing audio setup.the bad: echo products still can’t offer audio that syncs across multiple devices in multiple rooms.now playing: business insider has released a brief report on research they've compiled comparing amazons echo show speakers to apples new home pod device. the devices are typically used in the home and execute a user's voice commands via an integrated digital assistant. the devices also play music, answer questions, and control other devices within a user's home, among other things. the findings, while apple will likely find their way into world o...





dropbox, valued at $10 billion, files for initial offering

dropbox, the san francisco file-sharing company that’s been privately valued at $10 billion, filed for an initial public offering, saying it is capable of moving fast.the company filed with an offering size of $500 million, according to a filing with the u.s. securities and exchange commission. that amount is a placeholder and is likely to change. the company plans to use the proceeds to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes.dropbox, which was valued at $10 billion in its 2014 funding round, would be one of the biggest u.s. enterprise technology companies to list domestically in several years. first data corp. went public at a market value of about $14 billion in 2015 — the biggest such ipo in the past five years.“while we’re at scale, we can still move quickly,” dropb...





from kfc, a 3-letter apology for british chicken crisis

london — when kfc found itself in an extra-crispy predicament this week after it was unable to provide the one thing customers expect from the restaurant chain — chicken — it had two choices: laugh or cry.apparently, it has chosen the former.a mischievously contrite ad in britain on friday featured an empty chicken bucket with the image of colonel sanders. below his smiling face, the letters that make up the company’s name were displayed in their typical typography, but they had been transposed to suggest a four-letter word that is associated with profanity, not poultry.if a vowel was missing, the meaning was clear, expressing a sentiment held by both the restaurant and its customers, as problems with a new supply chain forced the closure of nearly two-thirds of kfc’s british bra...





hershey and pot; twitter and bot; blockchain or not?

did they kiss and make up?at least two california marijuana companies have run into challenges from an unlikely source: the hershey co. the chocolate maker has sent cease-and-desist letters to oakland dispensary harborside and good girl cannabis co., an edibles maker in plumas county, over product names. good girl’s challenge was quickly resolved, but harborside wound up in court briefly over selling jolly meds cannabis products. (hershey makes jolly ranchers.) the product line’s name was eventually changed to j:meds, and the case was dropped.they won’t follow himnow playing: now playingtinder to add bumble’s ‘ladies first’ featurewibbitzyou'll never believe all of the things you can do with a mason jar and a fruit cupcountrylivingchipotle picks taco bell boss to be its new ce...





ship traffic, feb. 24 - sfgate

san francisco marine exchange published 10:51 am, friday, february 23, 2018





ship traffic, feb. 25 - sfgate

san francisco marine exchange published 10:52 am, friday, february 23, 2018





ship traffic, feb. 26 - sfgate

san francisco marine exchange published 10:53 am, friday, february 23, 2018





hershey and pot; twitter and bot; blockchain or not?

did they kiss and make up?at least two california marijuana companies have run into challenges from an unlikely source: the hershey co. the chocolate maker has sent cease-and-desist letters to oakland dispensary harborside and good girl cannabis co., an edibles maker in plumas county, over product names. good girl’s challenge was quickly resolved, but harborside wound up in court briefly over selling jolly meds cannabis products. (hershey makes jolly ranchers.) the product line’s name was eventually changed to j:meds, and the case was dropped.they won’t follow himnow playing: now playinguber ceo think flying taxis will debut in 5-10 yearswibbitzthe shocking amount americans spend on impulse buys in their lifetimebuzz 60tim cook on why you can't visit apple's new $5 billion headquar...





hershey and pot; twitter and bot; blockchain or not?

did they kiss and make up?at least two california marijuana companies have run into challenges from an unlikely source: the hershey co. the chocolate maker has sent cease-and-desist letters to oakland dispensary harborside and good girl cannabis co., an edibles maker in plumas county, over product names. good girl’s challenge was quickly resolved, but harborside wound up in court briefly over selling jolly meds cannabis products. (hershey makes jolly ranchers.) the product line’s name was eventually changed to j:meds, and the case was dropped.they won’t follow himnow playing: now playingsnap responds to users angry over app's redesignwibbitz10 things you didn't know about dick van dykeverandafox business beat: bulletproof backpack sales increase; facebook id verifyfox5dcmcdonald's...