Facebook's eerie data center in Switzerland. (Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook)

Amoeba Records Becomes a Cannabis Dispensary, 'Mrs. Doubtfire' House Goes up for Sale + More Local News

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Mark Zuckerberg Released Photos of Facebook's Highly Advanced and Rather Dystopian-Looking Data Center, Quartz

In a post on his own social network Sept. 28, Zuckerberg shared an album of photos of the company's data center in Luleå, Sweden. His post showed how the company is using the Arctic air in the very Northern town to keep the servers in the massive building cool at all times. According to Zuckerberg, the data center, about the size of six American football fields, is "10% more efficient and uses almost 40% less power than traditional data centers." Read more...


Elon Musk's Plan: Get Humans to Mars, and Beyond, New York Times

For years, Mr. Musk, the billionaire founder of the SpaceX rocket company, has been offering hints and teases of his desire to colonize the big red planet. In a talk on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress, Mr. Musk finally provided engineering details, optimistic timelines and a slick video.


Mr. Musk estimated it would cost $10 billion to develop the rocket, and he said the first passengers to Mars could take off as soon as 2024 if the plans went off without a hitch. For now, SpaceX is financing development costs of a few tens of millions of dollars a year, but eventually the company would look to some kind of public-private partnership. Read more...


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Amoeba Owner Says Marijuana Dispensary Will Save Berkeley Store, KQED

Joking aside, the decision by the Berkeley City Council last week to award the owners of the Amoeba Music one of the city's six marijuana dispensary licenses means their flagship store on Telegraph Avenue has a shot at sticking around, says co-owner Marc Weinstein. The Berkeley location will be the first record store in California to house a marijuana dispensary. Read more ...


San Francisco's Beloved 'Mrs. Doubtfire' House Going on Market for $4.45 Million, SF Gate

The iconic turreted Victorian at 2640 Steiner was the setting for the 1993 filmMrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams who dresses as a British woman to secure a job as the nanny for his estranged wife who is keeping him away from his kids. The Pacific Heights home has always attracted fans of this heartfelt movie about a father's act of love, and after Mr. Williams death in 2104 it has become a shrine of sorts to the Bay Area-based actor who touched so many with his brilliant, wicked humor and sensitive, humble manner. Flowers and remembrances honoring Williams are often left on the sidewalk. Read more...


Oakland Named Top West Coast Food City By USA Today, NBC Bay Area

Oakland has been named the top West Coast food city by USA Today. The East Bay city has landed at No. 7 on a top 10 list compiled by USA Today's Best10.com. It's the only West Coast city in the top 10. The article specifically namechecked The Cook and Her Farmer, Cosecha Café and Miss Ollie's, all located inside Oakland's Swan's Market on Washington Street.


Minneapolis-St. Paul was anointed as the best locale to eat in the country. Read more ...

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