San Francisco

Security robots are being used to ward off San Francisco’s homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an a

Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city’s tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by his office confirmed his passing afte

San Francisco made things much tougher for robotic delivery startups this week

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors made it a lot tougher to test delivery robots this week. In a five to one vote, the committee handed down some strict regulations on on the cargo bots, which hav

GM and Cruise on track to field a self-driving ride hailing service by 2019

GM and Cruise have articulated more specifically when they want to put their self-driving service on the roads, at today’s investor call for the company from San Francisco. GM said that they can

Taking a ride through SF in Cruise’s self-driving Bolt EV

GM’s Cruise has a fleet of self-driving cars pretty much continually roving the streets of San Francisco, gathering data and improving their autonomous driving performance with the ultimate goal

Forward brings its personalized healthcare service to Los Angeles

Forward, the San Francisco-based startup that's looking to refashion healthcare services in Apple's image, is expanding with its first location in Los Angeles. The company's services combine proprieta

WeWork will open a new SF HQ in the Salesforce Tower

WeWork has money to blow, so the $20 billion startup is putting some of it toward a second headquarters -- this time in San Francisco instead of New York, Recode reports. The plan is to locate the HQ

Crunch Report | SoftBank Vision Fund Sequels

SoftBank is planning to create $100 billion Vision Fund sequels, Chariot is temporarily paused in San Francisco and Stitch Fix shows us what a good IPO looks like. All this on Crunch Report.

San Francisco sues Equifax on behalf of 15 million Californians affected by the breach

Equifax is not only in deep for a class-action lawsuit over a breach exposing 143 million U.S. citizen's Social Security numbers and a subpoena in New York, it's now being sued by the city of San Fran

Citizen’s controversial crime tracker expands to SF, picks up $12 million from Sequoia

The app formerly known as Vigilante isn't going away. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, the crime tracker now known as Citizen announced that its parent company Sp0n has raised a $12 million Series A ro

Allbirds plans to expand to new materials with $17.5 million in fresh funds

You can’t walk outside your door in San Francisco these days without seeing some tech worker or VC wearing a pair of Allbirds. The eco-friendly wool shoes have taken over the tech world since th

SF city attorney seeks court order to force Lyft and Uber to hand over driver data

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is seeking a court order to force both Uber and Lyft to share records on driver safety, disability access and other operations, in compliance with the city a

You can text SFMOMA and it will respond with art on demand

Here’s a cool trick for art fans. You can text San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art at 572-51 and it will respond with a piece of art from its collection. Send Me SFMOMA lets you send a k

Crunch Report | QVC Acquires HSN for $2.1 Billion

QVC acquires HSN for 2.1 billion, RED is working on a smartphone, SoundCloud loses its San Francisco and London offices and Microsoft is laying off thousands of people. All this on Crunch Report.

Uber blew through $1 million a week in an effort to make UberPool viable in San Francisco

New documents leaked to BuzzFeed demonstrate yet again what Uber is willing to do to beat the competition at any cost.

Disrupt SF 2017 is headed back to Pier 48

We are excited to announce that Disrupt SF 2017 will once again be held at the lovely Pier 48, which is right down the road from AT&T Park -- the home of the San Francisco Giants. While the baseba

Co-living gets more cash as shared housing developer HubHaus raises $1.4 million

It's an old story for anyone moving out to a new place, but for Merchant, and others like her, the idea that there can be a better way to move to a place, and live in a city, has led to the creation o

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 20th class

41 startups graced the stage at 500 Startups’ 20th demo day at the Parc55 hotel in downtown San Francisco. The event came complete with mascots, a summer of love theme and a diverse array of e

Crunch Report | Airbnb Hugs It Out in San Francisco

Aurea acquires Jive for $462 million, Airbnb settles lawsuit with the City of San Francisco over unfair overregulation of short-term rentals, Theranos settles a lawsuit with one of its investors and V

Uber’s autonomous test cars return to the road in San Francisco today

Uber has confirmed that its small fleet of autonomous vehicles in San Francisco will be back on the road today. The company grounded its entire self-driving test fleet in the U.S. on Saturday, followi
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