What’s Hot (and What’s Not) This Black Friday

To help shoppers get started, here’s a cheat sheet of the products to track, and the ones to ignore. The line outside a Best Buy store before it opened on Black Friday in Overland Park, Kan., last year.CreditCreditCharlie Riedel/Associated Press It’s that time of the year again when retailers bombard you with ads promoting Black […]

The Week in Tech: Social Media Faces Another Election Test

Facebook set up a “war room” to catch any last-minute information operations meant to influence the midterm elections.CreditCreditNoah Berger/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Hello there, everyone! Mike Isaac here, your trusty, San Francisco-based reporter covering all things Facebook, ride-hailing and other Silicon Valley ephemera. It has been a while since I wrote my last newsletter, […]

After Protest, Booksellers Are Victorious Against Amazon Subsidiary

Browsing through books at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair in 2013. Antiquarian booksellers this week protested a decision by the Amazon subsidiary AbeBooks to cut off stores in five countries.CreditCreditSpencer Platt/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — A worldwide strike by antiquarian booksellers against an Amazon subsidiary proved successful after two days, with the retailer apologizing […]

Russian Trolls Were at It Again Before Midterms, Facebook Says

Facebook said Tuesday evening that in recent days it took down accounts linked to the same Russian group tied to a vast disinformation campaign in 2016.CreditCreditMarcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A Kremlin-backed group of internet trolls that meddled in the 2016 presidential election appeared to be trying to influence American voters using Facebook […]

San Francisco Approves Business Tax to Fund Homeless Services

San Francisco’s tech elites were divided on Proposition C, which was seen as an effort to hold their companies accountable for exacerbating the local housing crisis.CreditCreditJosh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — Voters in San Francisco approved a tax increase on the city’s largest businesses that would nearly double its budget for homeless […]