This may be the coolest thing to happen to the ebook digital revolution since…well, the iPad. In fact, it may even be better. Ebooks bought through Amazon’s Kindle store (through which the site sells its digital books) can now be loaned out for up to 14 days. Now you can send a friend one of your fav ebooks for free! But, like all good things, there’s a catch. According to Amazon, not all books are lendable – it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending.
I don’t know about you, but I am done with the (lame) movies of 2010 and am ready for some 2011 cinema. Here is a list of the most anticipated films set to come out in the new year. There are some good ones – the last installment of the Harry Potter series; X-men : First Class; Moneyball – and some not so great ones – Breaking Dawn (in my opinion, nothing can make this series good); Bridesmaids; The Beaver. Check out the whole list here.
Well, not exactly. According to SF Appeal, “Organizers of the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco will be celebrating the event’s 100th anniversary on New Year’s Day with a special ceremonial run.” But don’t get out that caveman costume and keg float out just yet.
I know, I know yet another end of year list post. But, worry not, it will soon be 2011 and you won’t have to read another “Best of” piece for another 12 months or so. Until then, however…Wired’s Gadget Lab Staff has posted their picks for the The 10 Most Significant Gadgets of 2010, which is kind of like People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive but for techies.
There are a lot of business that have come and gone in the Metreon complex, aka the Retail Kiss of Death. But Mayor Gavin Newsom has recently approved one retail behemoth that just may be here to stay: Target. It will be San Francisco’s first store of the national Minneapolis-based retail chain. And according to the Mayor’s office, it will “create 700 permanent jobs and 600 construction jobs and an estimated $15 million annually in benefits to the city through sales and real estate taxes.” Do I here an outcry from downtown NIMBYs?
Planning on partying in San Francisco as you ring in the new year? Mass transit is usually the safest and most convenient option.
When an objective observer looks at the 49ers, they should go back to the root of the problem at the beginning of the decade. In 2000, the team found themselves with huge salary commitments from their glory days, their Pro Bowl quarterback, a broken Steve Young, was knocked out of the NFL, an ownership control battle ripped the team away from a proven winner, Eddie DeBartelo, and the new owners didn’t back their head coach Steve Mariucci. In this process, the city of San Francisco probably lost their team, to of all places, Santa Clara.