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Berkeley ban on living in RVs tests its liberal image

Faced with criticism from a changing population, city leaders have banned people from living in recreational vehicles here, proving that even the most accepting of cities is not immune to the demands that often accompany wealth and gentrification.
Tags: Nation, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics

Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also of paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating. The model is documented in a paper published by Samsung AI Center, which you can read it here on Arxiv. It’s a new method of applying facial landmarks on a source face — any talking head will...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Marilyn Monroe, Moscow, Machine Learning, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Einstein, Mona Lisa, Deepfakes, Samsung AI Center

DNA Script picks up $38.5 million to make DNA production faster and simpler

DNA Script has raised $38.5 million in new financing to commercialize a process that it claims is the first big leap forward in manufacturing genetic material. The revolution in synthetic biology that’s reshaping industries from medicine to agriculture rests on three, equally important pillars. They include: analytics — the ability to map the genome and understand the function of different genes; synthesis — the ability to manufacture DNA to achieve certain functions; and gene editing — the ...
Tags: TC, Sofinnova Partners, Biology, California, Dna, Tech, Nature, United States, Harvard University, Paris, Healthcare, Cambridge, Berkeley, University Of California, Crispr, Synthetic Biology

Body of missing teen found, mother’s boyfriend charged

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve found the body of a missing West Virginia girl and her mother’s boyfriend has been arrested. News outlets report Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said during a news conference Thursday that 15-year-old Riley Crossman’s decomposed body was found on an embankment near a road in rural Berkeley […]
Tags: News, West Virginia, Ap, Nation, Berkeley, BERKELEY SPRINGS W Va, Morgan County Sheriff K C Bohrer, Riley Crossman

Kiku Sushi

Writing about hidden local gems presents an agonizing conflict of interests. On the one hand, such excellence should be recognized, properly praised and encouraged to persist. On the other, drawing attention to restaurants no bigger than tool shed that already garners intimidating lines puts it in danger of becoming even more overcrowded than it already is. Kiku Sushi needs no press to bring business through the door; on a completely unassuming, undistinguished Tuesday, wait time can stretch wel...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Food, California, Restaurant, Baking, Sushi, Japanese, Berkeley, Vegan, Don, Gilman St Berkeley, Kiku Sushi, Nasu Dengaku, Baked Scallop Roll, Kiku Roll

Facebook is dialling up punishments for users who abuse live video after the Christchurch massacre

Facebook announced Tuesday that it is tightening its rules around live streaming following the Christchurch mosque shootings. Facebook will now act on a "one strike" basis for live videos, blocking users immediately from broadcasting live if they seriously violate Facebook's policies. The company is also investing $7.5 million in research to develop new ways to prevent people circulating videos like Christchurch, using editing tricks to slip past its automated systems. It means Facebook is esc...
Tags: Facebook, London, Instagram, Trends, New Zealand, Berkeley, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Facebook Facebook, Rosen, Integrity Guy Rosen, University of Maryland Cornell

Authenticity is Overrated: How Asian-Americans Use Food to Explore Their Identities

Like most Americans, Mackenzie Fegan grew up eating her weight in Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. But there was a twist, courtesy of her mother, who had moved from China as a child.“She would stir an egg into it with chopsticks and make a sort of egg drop soup mashup,” recalls the Brooklyn-based food writer, whose family opened the San Francisco institution Henry’s Hunan, once described by the New Yorker as the finest Chinese restaurant in the United States.But the best seller at Henry’s Hunan ...
Tags: Asia, Fashion, Music, Japan, New York, London, Minneapolis, China, Boston, Southeast Asia, India, New York City, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Taiwan

San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech

On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police department. The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, is the first ban of its kind for a major American city and the seventh major surveillance oversight effort for a municipality in California. “I want to be clear — this is not an anti-technology policy,” Peskin said during Tuesday’s board meeting....
Tags: California, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Aclu, Jerry Brown, Berkeley, East Bay, Northern California, Santa Clara County, Matt Cagle, Aaron Peskin, Stefani, San Francisco Oakland, Peskin, Brian Hofer

W. Hazaiah Williams Memorial Concert presented by Four Seasons Arts May 18

Dr. Lynne Morrow Four Seasons Arts writes: Dear Mr. Zick, Four Seasons Arts is again preparing to present the W. Hazaiah Williams Memorial Concert.  The event honors Dr. Williams, the first African American impresario of a major classical music concert series in the U.S. and founder of Today’s Artists Concerts/Four Seasons Arts. Memorial performances have featured world-renowned artists such as American soprano Veronica Tyler; Polish contralto Ewa Podles; British sopran...
Tags: New York, Religion, Williams, Berkeley, Bay Area, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, San Francisco East Bay, Marian Anderson, Julian Lloyd Webber, William J Zick, Zick, Alison Buchanan, Moses Hogan, Mary Jo Hudgel, Veronica Tyler

Mining microbial treasures from human-made noxious sites

Filled with a noxious brew of copper, cadmium and arsenic, with a pH rivaling that of sulfuric acid, Montana's Berkeley Pit seems inhospitable to life.
Tags: Health, Montana, Berkeley

Meketa expands employee ownership team

Meketa, an investment consulting and advisory firm, has expanded its employee ownership team to 13 new shareholders. Among them are Lisa Bacon, Sarah Bernstein, Colin Bebee, Gustavo Bikkesbakker, Brandon Colón, Aaron Lally and Ryan Lobdell. PRESS RELEASE BOSTON, May 6, 2019 – Meketa Investment Group (Meketa), a global investment consulting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce it has expanded its employee ownership to include 13 new shareholders. Lisa Bacon, Sarah Bernstein, Colin Bebee, Gus...
Tags: Boston, Trends, People, Computer Information Systems, Miami, College Savings, Berkeley, University Of California, Latin America, White, Arizona State University, Bernstein, Boston University, Boston College, Walker, Duke University

Just Like Heaven festival doubles down in Long Beach with Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more

When the lineup was announced for Just Like Heaven, the indie alternative music festival taking over the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach this weekend, Sarah Frazier immediately started texting her mom and her sister to make plans to attend. “This was the first cool music I listened to in middle school,” the 24-year-old Los Angeles resident said Friday afternoon as the band Tennis played on one of the two large stages. Frazier’s mom and sister drove up from San Diego to join her. Fans of...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, Erykah Badu, Music Festivals, Miami, Coachella, LBC, Berkeley, Beach House, Snoop Dogg, Palm Springs, Phoenix

Magnificent photos from a psychedelic family's California trip

For more than 50 years, Roger Steffens has traveled the electric arteries of the counterculture embracing mind-expanding experiences, deep social connection, and unadulterated fun at every turn. And he’s captured it all on film. After serving in Vietnam during the final 26 months of the ‘60s, where he won a Bronze Star for founding a refugee campaign that raised over 100 tons of food and clothing, he spent a year lecturing against the war before settling in Marrakech. Finally returning Statesid...
Tags: Art, Post, Hollywood, Design, News, California, Devon, Npr, Dennis Hopper, Bob Marley, Vietnam, Kate, West Coast, Photographs, Berkeley, Death Valley

The progressive myth that ‘the rich get richer, the poor get poorer’

Socialists like Bernie Sanders tell us that “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” That’s a lie. Yes, rich people got absurdly rich. Last year, says Oxfam, “the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased (by) $2.5 billion a day.” I say, so what? The poor did not get poorer. Bernie’s wrong about that. The poor are much better off. “As we’ve increased the number of billionaires around the world, extreme poverty has shrunk,” says former investment banker Carol Roth. She is right. Over th...
Tags: California, Opinion, New York City, Adele, America, Sport, Afghanistan, Harvard, Soccer, Bill De Blasio, Oxfam, Donald Trump, Berkeley, Bernie Sanders, Aoc, Bernie

Would a 25 cent charge for a disposable coffee cup make a difference?

That's what they are doing in Berkeley, and it will spread.
Tags: Design, News, Berkeley

Caribou Biosciences CEO, Rachel Haurwitz will talk CRISPR’s present and future applications at DisruptSF

Seven years ago, Rachel Haurwitz finished her last day as a student in the University of California laboratory where she helped conduct some of the pioneering research on the gene editing technology known as CRISPR, and became employee number one at Caribou Biosciences, a company founded to commercialize that research. In those seven years, the market for CRISPR applications has grown tremendously and Caribou Biosciences is at the forefront of the companies propelling it forward.  Which is why...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Berkeley, University Of California, Caribou, Crispr, Jennifer Doudna, Intellia, Caribou Biosciences, Rachel Haurwitz, Haurwitz

Redfin Report: Together, Uber Employees Could Buy Every Single Home For Sale in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley with their IPO Cash

Ride-hailing app’s public offering could put further pressure on the Bay Area’s already expensive housing market Seattle, WA –  April 26, 2019 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) — With the wealth created through Uber’s upcoming IPO, current and former employees could purchase every single home for sale in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley in cash, according to a new report from Redfin (, the tech-powered real estate brokerage. Redfin’s calculation is based on an IPO pric...
Tags: Real Estate, News, San Francisco, Radio, Canada, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Redfin, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle Wa, Real Estate News, San Francisco Oakland, Redfin Redfin, Bay Area the San Jose San Francisco Oakland

Kiwi’s food delivery bots are rolling out to 12 new colleges

If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, the diminutive rolling robots from Kiwi are probably a familiar sight by now, trundling along with a burrito inside to deliver to a dorm or apartment building. Now students at a dozen more campuses will be able to join this great, lazy future of robotic delivery as Kiwi expands to them with a clever student-run model. Speaking at TechCrunch’s Robotics/AI Session at the Berkeley campus, Kiwi’s Felipe Chavez and Sasha Iatsenia discussed the success of their burg...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Colombia, Robots, South America, Food Delivery, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Skydeck, Kiwi

Kiwi’s food delivery bots are rolling out to 12 more colleges

If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, the diminutive rolling robots from Kiwi are probably a familiar sight by now, trundling along with a burrito inside to deliver to a dorm or apartment building. Now students at a dozen more campuses will be able to join this great, lazy future of robotic delivery as Kiwi expands to them with a clever student-run model. Speaking recently at TechCrunch’s Robotics + AI Session at the Berkeley campus, Kiwi’s Felipe Chavez and Sasha Iatsenia discussed the success of...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Colombia, Robots, South America, Food Delivery, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Skydeck, Kiwi

Samsung Galaxy Fold review: future shock

The Galaxy Fold has been the most polarizing product I can recall having reviewed. Everyone who saw it wanted to play with the long-promised smartphone paradigm shift. The results, on the other hand, were far more mixed. If nothing else, the Fold has a remarkably high Q-Rating. Each person who saw me using the product had at least a vague idea of what it was all about. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve had that reaction with a non-iPhone device. That’s great from brand perspective. It...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Barcelona, Smartphones, Google Maps, Huawei, Berkeley, MWC, Fold, Bixby, AirPods

Justice Kavanaugh and GMU Snowflakes

Justice Brett Kavanaugh U.S.A. –-( George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School hired Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to co-teach a course this summer called Creation of the Constitution. The course will be held 3,668 miles away, in Runnymede, England, where the Magna Carta was sealed 800 years ago. Some George Mason University students and faculty have become triggered. One student told George Mason's Board of Visitors, “It has affected my mental health k...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Senate, America, South Africa, John, Berkeley, The Washington Post, Democratic Party, U S Supreme Court, George Mason University, Magna Carta, Kavanaugh, George Mason, Cabrera, Tom Davis

Check out all the demos from TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

We’re incredibly proud of the programming we put together for this year’s TC Sessions: Robotics + AI. It’s my personal favorite TechCrunch event and I think this year’s way easily our best. We had top names in the industry like Marc Raibert, Claire Delaunay, Colin Angle, Anthony Levondowski and Melonee Wise join us on stage. But a robotic event is nothing without actual robots, and this year’s demo lineup was every bit as stacked as our speaker list. It was an exciting collection, from the lates...
Tags: Navy, Toronto, San Francisco, Tech, Nvidia, Robotics, Berkeley, Irobot, Boston Dynamics, Skydeck, Kiwi, Carter, Isaac, Kaya, Delaunay, Zellerbach Hall

Digging into key takeaways from our 2019 Robotics+AI Sessions Event

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Brian Heater and Lucas Matney shared their key takeaways from our Robotics+AI Sessions event at UC Berkeley last week. The event was filled with panels, demos and intimate discussions with key robotics and deep learning founders, executives and technologists. Brian and Lucas discuss which companies excited them most, as well as which ve...
Tags: Tech, Brian, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Boston Dynamics, Lucas, Lucas Matney, Brian Heater

The Book of Weirdo - a history of the greatest magazine ever published

Robert Crumb launched Weirdo magazine in 1981. I bought the first issue from the comic book store I worked at in Boulder, Colorado, and it blew my mind. It had comics by Crumb (many people, including me, think Crumb's work in Weirdo is his best), a selection of incredible illustrations from the late Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski's bizarre theory about human evolution (Netflix has a new documentary about Szukalski produced by Leonardo DiCaprio), comics by homeless Berkeley cartoonist Bruce Du...
Tags: Post, News, Comic Books, Netflix, Leonardo Dicaprio, Humbug, Berkeley, Boulder Colorado, Crumb, Robert Crumb, Drew Friedman, Kurtzman, Bagge, Weirdo, Terry Zwigoff, Kominsky

As Klay Thompson thrives for Golden State ahead of free agency, his father is a vocal, yet hands-off supporter

LOS ANGELES — It’s not that Mychal Thompson doesn’t have a seat. It’s just hard to stay in it. When he’s attending one of his son’s games, the 64-year-old tends to wander up into the concourse, by the concessions. He’s been through this a lot: Klay Thompson has played in 105 playoff games now, one more than Mychal ever played in, and he’s got one more championship ring, too. Still, something about the experience frays at Mychal’s nerves. “I give him his space,” he said. “Let him focus in. I don’...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Washington State, Orange County, Berkeley, Staples Center, Ucla, Warriors, Steph Curry, Lakers, Bay Area

From lab-grown meat to fermented fungus, here’s what corporate food VCs are serving up

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor A record $2.5B went to US insurance startup deals last year, and big insurers are in all the way Space tech rockets higher In a foodie’s ideal world, we’d all eat healthy, minimally processed cuisine sourced from artisanal farmers, bakers and chefs. In the real world, however, most of us derive the lion’s share of calories from edibles supplied by a handful of giant food conglomerat...
Tags: Meat, Food, Startups, TC, Column, Colorado, California, Boston, Israel, US, Tech, Chicago, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Berkeley, Spoiler Alert

Startups Weekly: Zoom CEO says its stock price is ‘too high’

When Zoom hit the public markets Thursday, its IPO pop, a whopping 81 percent, floored everyone, including its own chief executive officer, Eric Yuan. Yuan became a billionaire this week when his video conferencing business went public. He told Bloomberg that he actually wished his stock hadn’t soared quite so high. I’m guessing his modesty and laser focus attracted Wall Street to his stock; well, that, and the fact that his business is actually profitable. He is, this week proved, not your aver...
Tags: Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, Berkeley, Yuan, Boston Dynamics, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lucas Matney, Alex Wilhelm, McDonald, ATG, Danny Crichton, Co Star, Adam Fisher, Marc Raibert, Raibert

An Immaculate, 1900-Mile NA Mazda MX-5 Is For Sale – For £20,000

This right-hand drive MX-5 Berkeley special edition, one of the last NA-series models to be made, is on eBay at an eye-watering price
Tags: Ebay, Autos, Berkeley, Mazda

Lost sea creatures wash up in California as melting ice caps ‘open door’ for mass northern migration, scientists believe

The Pacific Ocean off the California coast is mixed up, and so are many of the animals that live there.The violet, thumbnail-size snails washing up here in Horseshoe Cove have never been seen this far north.By-the-wind sailors, a tiny relative of warm-water jellyfish, sprinkle the tideline by the dozen.And in the tide pools along the cove’s rocky arms, as harbour seals about to pup look languidly on, a slow-motion battle is underway between native Giant Green and Starburst anemones, a species co...
Tags: Science, California, Mexico, San Francisco, Nike, Noaa, Santa Barbara County, El Nino, Channel Islands, Orange County, Berkeley, Sonoma, Pacific, Golden Gate Bridge, Alfred Hitchcock, Pacific Ocean

VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a bit of a reunion with Kate and Alex on as usual, with the addition of Extra Crunch denizen extraordinaire Danny Crichton. Danny, you may recall, has been a semi-regular Equity co-host over the past year. As Kate explains up front, Equity is out a day early this week due to the Big TechCrunch Robotics Affair in Berkeley today. We’ll be back on Friday...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Business, Pinterest, Entrepreneurship, China, Tech, Economy, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Kate, Berkeley, E-cigarette, Alex, Qualcomm