Liz Gannes

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San Francisco Tweet: Tax Break For Twitter

Late Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to approve a policy that would exempt certain companies from payroll taxes on new employees if the firms locate within two struggling neighborhoods of the city. The policy, up for a final vote next week, is seen specifically as an incentive to keep Twitter in town by saving it an estimated $22 million over six years. The exemption would allow the growing company to proceed with its plans for a big, rehabbed headquarters in the rough Mid-Market neighborhood. And if you’re picturing gritty chic, forget it–right now, it’s just gritty.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald