Google co-founder Sergey Brin joins protest against immigration order at San Francisco airport

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and president of Alphabet, joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport tonight as demonstrators assembled at airports across the country in opposition to President Trump’s immigration order. When asked for comment by The Verge, Brin said he was attending “in a personal capacity” and would not be giving comment. But Forbes’s(…)


Pepper the robot is getting Android compatibility and a San Francisco home

Pepper, the doe-eyed humanoid robot developed by SoftBank and Aldebaran Robotics, will soon be open to more developers. At Google I/O this week, SoftBank announced that little Pepper is getting an Android SDK. The Japanese company will also open a Pepper-centric outpost in San Francisco later this year. Hi Pepper When The Verge‘s Sam Byford(…)


Uber and Lyft drivers now owe San Francisco a $91 fee because they’re not employees

A class action lawsuit that will determine whether Uber drivers are independent contractors or employees starts June 20th, but San Francisco isn’t waiting to reap fees from the fleet in the meantime. SFGate reports that the city is now requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to pay a $ 91 annual business registration fee if they earn $(…)


New San Francisco law makes it first US city to require fully paid parental leave

San Francisco has become the first city in the United States to require that its companies provide their employees with paid parental leave. A new law, approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors to come into force in 2017, mandates that firms over a certain size (with 50 employees at first, dropping to 20 in 2018) give(…)