Once Again — Ho Ho, the Drone Mistletoe (Video)

To be clear, these adorkable flying machines are lulling us into a jolly sense of security before they attack.
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Former Yahoo and Zynga Exec Named President and COO of Audax Health

David Ko, who joined the board of Audax Health in September, has been named president and COO of the Washington, D.C.-based digital health development company. He’ll be based in the company’s San Francisco office. Before Audax, Ko was COO at gaming company Zynga and he also spent a decade at Yahoo in various senior roles.

A Tale of Two Cities? A Q&A With Gavin Newsom on San Francisco’s History of “Animus” With Tech.

“Hats off, I want to compliment them, they did more than what I was able to do, but my God, it’s inadequate to the moment and the future that we’re living in.”
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San Francisco Gets Fast, Free Public Wi-Fi on Market Street

San Francisco will (finally) offer free Internet access along the Market Street corridor, from the Embarcadero to the Castro.
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Microsoft to Hold Its Build Developer Conference April 2-4 in San Francisco

Microsoft confirmed that it plans to hold its next major Build developer conference April 2-4 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, the same spot that it held the event last year. “As always, Build is a time to bring developers together to talk about our latest products, platform advances, tools and offerings, all of which come together to create unmatched apps and scenarios,” VP Steve Guggenheimer said in a blog post.

Dough Boys: Here’s Benchmark’s $425 Million Fund Filing Document

Take the money and run!
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Boosting STEM Education, Facebook Starts Christmas Early With Laptops for Schools

The social giant doles out hardware to Bay Area schools in need of tech help.
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Yves Behar’s “Smart” Lock Startup August Raises $8 Million

Open sez-VCs.
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Competition Brings Lyft, Sidecar and Uber Closer to Cloning Each Other

Lyft launches surge pricing, Sidecar says it will stop calling payments “donations.”
Much in common: the main live map screens for Lyft and Uber (to be fair, this is an older version of Uber).