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Watch Out Skype - Tango Adds PC Product

Within the first ten days of launching one year ago, the mobile video phone service Tango had one million users. As it celebrated its first anniversary last Friday, the Palo Alto-based startup counted 23 million registered subscribers to its free service, all of them using the company’s mobile apps.

Now Tango has added a PC product as well, and Microsoft is promoting Tango on its W-7 Mango platform. People can call each other from PCs, iPhones, the iPod touch, the iPad, and hundreds of Android phones and tablets.

The move to embrace the PC market would seem to be a direct swipe at Skype, the giant Internet phone service. Recently purchased by Microsoft, Skype has had trouble adapting to the mobile market, an opportunity that has been the central focus of Tango’s efforts.

“We are a communication services company and we are mobile first,” says co-founder and CTO Eric Setton. “But we initially underestimated the demand for video calls over the PC.”

Treasure Island Music Festival VIP Ticket Giveaway!

Arguably one of the coolest music festivals in the country, Treasure Island Music Fest is going down in just a few weeks–October 15th and 16th, to be exact. As if their amazing lineup–which serves up the best of indie and electronic music on airwaves today–wasn't enough, you get to gaze upon a breathtaking view of San Francisco's iconic skyline. And what better way to do it than from the comfort of VIP accomodations? Yep, we've got two pairs of VIP tickets to giveaway. They're good for both days of the festival, which means you can have your Cut Copy and your Beach House, both in one weekend.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

Back in the 80s, the Bay Area was instrumental in spawning thrash metal, the little musical movement that bestowed Metallica upon the world. Here's an old-school metal primer featuring some of the most influential thrash bands of all time.

Macy's Passport with Bruno Mars and Far East Movement @ The Orpheum Theater

After touring through Minneapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles, the Macy's Glamorama entourage finally took the stage in SF last Friday, at the nearly sold-out Orpheum Theater. 

This year's theme -- ARTrageous -- really set the course for the evening, with a powerful movement of art (everything from Degas' ethereal dancers to Banksy's iconic street graffiti) playing backdrop to several dance performances and fashion shows.

This Week's Hottest Events: Ry Cooder, Girls, and Stevie Nicks

Steer clear of Fleet Week mayhem, and dodge the celebrity-dotted red carpet at the Mill Valley Film Festival with these down-to-earth events.

Conversation
Ry Cooder
The Grammy-winning, slide guitar maestro will talk about his first foray into fiction with Los Angeles Stories.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 10/5
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Dominant Legs' Sleek Pop Breaks the SF Music Mold

As much as I like to think of myself as a tireless advocate for all the filthy, thrashing rock n' roll that comes out of this city–after all, it is the best music to drink to–my ears get tired of the grit and grime. Sometimes, I just want music that glides through my brain, not something that barges its way in, fists flying, snarling, and tiring me out. Not to mention, when it's been as gloomy a summer as this, I need music that can bring me out of any major funk. Dominant Legs' sleek, 80s-tinged pop saved me this year.

Get Your Single-Malt On: It's SF Whisky Week

Scotch lovers, start your engines: this Tuesday marks the first day of Whisky Week, a five-day series of events and tastings that culminates in the annual WhiskyFest, which features over 250 libations from around the globe. Whether you're a neophyte looking to learn more about an unfamiliar spirit or an expert excited to try all those ultra-pricey new expressions you've been reading about, this week has plenty to offer.

Croissant, Dethroned; All Hail Kouign-Amann

Almost every Sunday someone approaches the Starter Bakery stand at the Temescal Farmers' Market, frantically scanning the selection of baked goods for something, something they can't quite identify. Brian Wood knows what it is. His kouign-amann launched Starter into existence about a year ago, and its popularity spread so quickly through the East Bay (where the bakery is headquartered) that people started seeking out the pastry with the name they couldn't pronounce, solely based on the buzz on the street. [For the record, the first word "kouign" is pronounced "queen," and the second part, "amann," is prounced like the capital of Jordan, Amman.]

Now San Franciscans can find the rare treat at several cafes around town, and Wood has had to put a hold on new accounts because his little bakery can't keep up with the demand. So what the heck is kouign-amann, you ask? Let's start by saying your morning croissant is about to get upstaged in the pastry case.  

SF Street Style: Deceivingly Simple Menswear in Civic Center

I spotted Gio Adame near Civic Center, in a deceivingly simple get up. I didn't realize it then, but I actually photographed Gio awhile back, in a very different look. What I like about his outfit below is that the fit and lengths are right on, and the details are slamming -- check out those cuffs and that perforated patent!

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