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Alphabet takes the wind out of its Makani energy kites

Alphabet takes the wind out of its Makani energy kites

Alphabet today announced that it is calling it quits on its efforts to build and monetize its Makani wind energy kites. Makani, which was founded in 2006, came into Google/Alphabet seven years ago as
Expensive underground "sleeping pods" proposed to house San Franciscans

Expensive underground "sleeping pods" proposed to house San Franciscans

A housing development project hopes to put people underground in the cavernous depths of San Francisco's Mission neighborhood. SFGate reports: Developer Chris Elsey of Elsey Partners in Manhattan,

Lyft debuts car rentals in Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area

Lyft's car rental service now exists as more than just an experiment. Rentals are now available for "select users" in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, giving you an option when you'd rather
VIDEO: Hero Worker Saves Fallen Man from Approaching BART Train

VIDEO: Hero Worker Saves Fallen Man from Approaching BART Train

A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) worker is being hailed as a hero after he saved a man who fell onto the tracks in front of an approaching BART train on Sunday.
Unreal footage of a guy falling on subway tracks and getting saved in the nick of time

Unreal footage of a guy falling on subway tracks and getting saved in the nick of time

There are near misses and then there's this guy in Oakland, California who got saved just before a subway train creamed him. Wow! BART's humble hero saves a passenger from fast approaching train. On

Apple pledges $2.5 billion to address California's housing crisis

Apple is joining Facebook, Google and Microsoft in acknowledging that tech companies are contributing to housing problems. It's pledging a total of $2.5 billion toward more available (and importantly,

Waymo expands self-driving services to include B2B car parts delivery trial

Self-driving vehicle technology company Waymo has expanded its business relationship with automotive retail company AutoNation, the companies announced today. The new extension builds on the existing

Lyft now offers public transit directions in the Bay Area

Lyft's public transit directions are available on the company's home turf. Its app now includes routes, schedules and trip planning for public transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area, giving you
Mating season for Bay Area tarantulas just got longer

Mating season for Bay Area tarantulas just got longer

Extra-horny spiders is yet-another unexpected consequence of climate change. The warmer-than-usual weather has prolonged the male tarantula's annual mass booty crawl—and, by extension, their

Waymo is creating 3D maps of Los Angeles to better understand traffic congestion

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, has started creating 3D maps in some heavily trafficked sections of Los Angeles to better understand congestion there and determine if its
Kitty Hawk reveals its secret project, Heaviside

Kitty Hawk reveals its secret project, Heaviside

Sebastian Thrun is waving a device in his hand with an excited, almost gleeful expression on his face as he trots from a makeshift aircraft hangar toward the secret project that Kitty Hawk Corp. has
BART map inspires poster of The Fillmore's upcoming shows

BART map inspires poster of The Fillmore's upcoming shows

Click to embiggen image Designer Jose Garcia at Zoca Studio Inc. used a familiar Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) map to showcase the Fillmore's 50 upcoming fall concerts. Ironically, you can't take BART

Anthony Levandowski, former Google engineer at center of Waymo-Uber case, charged with stealing trade secrets

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on theft of

Watch a Waymo self-driving car test its sensors in a haboob

Waymo, the self-driving car company under Alphabet, has been testing in the suburbs of Phoenix for several years now. And while the sunny metropolis might seem like the ideal and easiest location to
Waymo releases a self-driving open data set for free use by the research community

Waymo releases a self-driving open data set for free use by the research community

Waymo is opening up its significant stores of autonomous driving data with a new Open Data Set it’s making available for the purposes of research. The data set isn’t for commercial use, but its

Netflix reports first net subscriber loss in the US, misses global subscriber growth predictions

Netflix’s continued subscription price hikes might finally have reached the end of some customers’ patience in the U.S., judging from an overall paid subscriber decline the company reported in its

Waymo has now driven 10 billion autonomous miles in simulation

Alphabet’s Waymo autonomous driving company announced a new milestone at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility on Wednesday: 10 billion miles driving in simulation. This is a significant achievement for the

Waymo is now allowed to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles on California roads

Waymo, Google’s former self-driving venture that is now a business under Alphabet, has been given permission by California regulators to transport passengers in its robotaxis, TechCrunch has learned.

Google reveals plans to build 20,000 Bay Area homes

Google says it'll invest in thousands of new homes in the Bay Area over the next decade, in the hopes of helping many of its employees and other residents find an affordable place to live in one of
Facebook Raises Pay for Thousands of Its U.S. Contract Workers

Facebook Raises Pay for Thousands of Its U.S. Contract Workers

World's largest social network to raise its minimum wage for contract workers to $20 an hour in the Bay Area, New York City, and Washington.