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Echa Schneider: Oakland’s pinball-playing blog goddess is a secret library nerd

Echa Schneider, a web developer at the Oakland Public Library, used to hang out in Reed College’s rec room dropping quarters into a pinball machine. It was Medieval Madness, she remembers, and the object...
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James Freeman shares Blue Bottle Coffee’s scrappy, low-tech success story

When James Freeman started Blue Bottle Coffee back in 2002, it was just a stand at an Oakland farmer's market and a small-batch roaster in a potting shed. This was before the "coffee with an arc" phenomenon,...
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Oaktech: The Immunity Project tackles HIV and AIDS — from right here in Oakland

Oaklander Naveen Jain may have stumbled on a groundbreaking idea: Anyone can be a superhero. Because instead of super-speed or impossible strength, these heroes can beat the deadliest virus on planet...
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At State of the City, Quan says “Oakland is booming,” need to get to 900 cops

Mayor Jean Quan gave her State of the City report at Oakland City Hall Thursday night, outlining her administration's achievements while forging ahead, speaking like a candidate with new goals. Mayor Quan...
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Mayor Quan seals more limited Oakland DAC deal with tie-breaker vote

The Oakland City Council voted, 5-4, to keep the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) with measures to scale-back surveillance to only the Port of Oakland going forward into Phase 2 of the project. Mayor Jean Quan...
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“We don’t need more police”: Mayor & Police Chief hit a nerve at town hall

Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Sean Whent  stood in the McClymonds High School auditorium on Saturday, February 22, for the first town hall on citywide public safety.  These meetings will take...
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Get Fast, Oakland: East Bay Broadband Summit gets ready to ramp up internet speeds

The East Bay Broadband Consortium (EBBC) met last week at its second “Get Fast” Summit to look for new ways of improving broadband--high speed internet--infrastructure in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano...
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Could free municipal WiFi help solve Oakland’s digital divide?

By Liam Curley Where’s WiFi in Oakland when you need it? There’s been more attention recently on getting wireless Internet access to rural or remote parts of the world, but closing the digital divide...
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Could free municipal WiFi help solve Oakland’s digital divide?

Where's WiFi in Oakland when you need it? There's been more attention recently on getting wireless Internet access to rural or remote parts of the world, but closing the digital divide here in cities can be...
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Eat, drink, be merry, buy local: First Friday cheers on Oakland’s small businesses

On Friday, five blocks of Telegraph Avenue, from West Grand to 27th Street, will be jammed with a crowd of about 20,000 gawkers and hawkers for Oakland First Fridays. This month will be the usual circus:...