Month: October 2019

Bill Johson avoids taking responsibility, says PG&E ‘didn’t cause any fires’

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Two preemptive power shut offs by PG& this past week, at one point affecting nearly one million customers over the weekend.

Despite the shut offs, the California Public Utilities Commission is now investigating the utility as cause of at least five Bay Area fires over a one week period.

CEO and President Bill Johnson responded to those incidents.

“You know we’ve shown here damage of over 300 instances of things that could’ve caused fires and major fires and you saw the pictures behind Mark as he was talking,” Johnson said. ‘Trees in line, lines down, debris in lines, all of which can cause catastrophic wildfire so in a wind event that might have caused some of those fires you referenced. I haven’t seen those reports that really allocated that yet, you could have a fire at any instance so I think what we’ve done is we have mitigated and avoided numerous thing that’s could’ve been catastrophic fire.”

On Wednesday, Contra Costa fire officials said PG&E power lines started the Bethel Island Fire on Sunday.

Surveillance video shows sparks shooting from its lines moments before the Bethal Island Fire broke out.

That same day, the fire department says PG&E’s equipment again malfunctioned, sending sparks 200- yards into vegetation, starting another fire in Oakley.

Despite this information from fire officials, PG&E avoided taking any sort of responsibility on Thursday.

“For us, the main thing is we didn’t cause any fires for these people, we didn’t burn any houses… the Kincade Fire is still under investigation, I got that.”

PG&E is also under investigation for two Lafayette fires over the weekend where a tennis club was destroyed.

And of course, there’s the Kincade Fire that’s still burning nearly 78,000 acres.

So far, it’s destroyed 349 structures, including homes.

PG&E filed a report last week where the utility said there was a broken jumper on a transmission tower near Kincade Road and burned mountain – the same location where the fire began.

It says the affected transmission tower was not de-energized as part of the power safety shut offs.

“We looked at everything fixed, everything on priority basis needed fixing. we have very aggressive vegetation team well beyond regulatory requirements and I really don’t think the item you mentioned are cause,” Johnson said.

In its press conference, PG&E said these fires aren’t just a Bay Area problem, but a California problem.

They put a lot of the blame on climate.

Family discovers mysterious pills in Halloween favor, store pulls product from shelves

SALT LAKE CITY—As kids across Utah dig into their Halloween candy, a Utah County family is warning others about a disturbing discovery their kids made inside Halloween favors this week.

What the kids found, has now sparked a police investigation and led to a store pulling products off of its shelves.

On the biggest sugar rush night of the year, there’s one main thing on kids’ minds– candy.

And when all the trick-or-treating is done, it’s time to inspect the stash.

For Kristi Teshima, that inspection now means checking to make sure what her kids got is actual candy, instead of something else.

A couple of days ago, she said her 4-year old daughter Peyton and 6-year old son Rush opened Halloween favor boxes from a work party. The boxes feature a skeleton and Frankenstein on the front and say, “TRICK OR TREAT.”

Peyton found stickers inside her favor box.

Rush, she said, found two pills. She took a picture of the ripped open box. It shows a light and dark green pill with what appears to be the Incredibles logo, and a white round pill.

Kristi said that a police officer had just visited Rush’s class a couple days prior and talked about the danger of drugs in candy.

Her 6-year old immediately knew something wasn’t right, and Kristi said he showed his grandmother the pills.

“He said, ‘Mom I made sure that I didn’t touch it, because I knew it wasn’t good,'” Kristi said.

Lindon Police didn’t think it was good, either.

The police department said they sent the pair of pills to the state crime lab for testing. They also contacted the store where the favors came from and said that the store removed all the products from the shelves.

Lindon Police said they looked through the remaining inventory from the store, but didn’t find any other pills. They also said they haven’t taken any other reports.

While Lindon Police said they believe this may be an isolated incident, they are warning parents to look through their kids’ Halloween candy.

“Whether or not these pills are very dangerous– which I’ve been told they are– or if they’re just Tylenol, I don’t care,” she said. What she cares about, is the safety of her children.

She now hopes that as kids eat their way through their Halloween candy, that parents are keeping a close eye on what it is that their kids are opening.

Lindon Police expect to have the results from the crime lab back soon. The store where the favors were sold declined to comment on the situation.

 

2020 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

2020 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

oakland, california

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Oakland, California. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Mosaic

Mosaic

Founded: 2011

“Mosaic makes the modern home possible by providing financing to homeowners for home improvement projects, including generating and storing their own solar energy as well as other energy efficient upgrades. Mosaic empowers solar and home improvement professionals to deliver financing through a simple point-of-sale app creating a hassle-free and positive experience for the both the contractor and homeowner.

Since 2012, Mosaic has originated more than $2 billion in loans across the US. Mosaic has been honored by Fast Company as a Top Ten Most Innovative Company in Energy for two consecutive years.”

2. Marqeta

Marqeta

Founded: 2010

Also honored in:

“Marqeta has re-engineered how payment cards, virtual cards and mobile authorization products should be developed and deployed. The Marqeta Platform, built from the ground up with no legacy infrastructure, provides the world’s first fully documented, open API issuer processor platform. Companies can build, issue and deploy innovative payment, finance and commerce solutions with enormous control over what, where, and how purchases are authorized.

Adopters of The Marqeta Platform include leading financial services, e-commerce, retail, and social media brands. Engineered in California, The Marqeta Platform integrates with Visa, MasterCard and Discover and makes it easier than ever to make payments, receive payments, reward customers and create more efficient business processes.”

3. VSCO

VSCO

Founded: 2011

Also honored in:

“VSCO is a photo company that builds creative tools and a community driven by self-expression. Its mission is to equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey towards reaching their creative potential.”

4. LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly

Founded: 2014

Also honored in:

“LaunchDarkly is a Feature Management Platform that serves over 10 billion feature flags daily to help software teams build better software, faster. Feature flagging is an industry best practice of wrapping a new or risky section of code or infrastructure change with a flag. Each flag can easily be turned off independent of code deployment (aka ”dark launching”).

Our vision is to eliminate risk for developers and operations teams from the software development cycle. As companies transition to a world built on software, there is an increasing requirement to move quickly, balanced with the desire to maintain control. LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform to control the whole feature lifecycle from Concept → Launch → Value.

LaunchDarkly has SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms. We are building a diverse team so that we can offer robust products and services. Our team culture is fast-paced, friendly, and supportive.”

5. Roofstock

Roofstock

Founded: 2015

Also honored in:

“Roofstock is the leading marketplace for investing in leased single-family rental homes, with listings in 13 states across the U.S. The company’s transparent online marketplace makes buying, owning and selling rental property efficient and transparent by offering detailed home and tenant information, local vetted property management options, as well as analytics and general market insights to help investors evaluate and purchase certified properties. The company stands behind its marketplace with a 30-day, Money-Back Guarantee.”

6. Hound Labs

Hound Labs

Founded: 2014

“Hound Labs is a technology start-up that has created an ultra-sensitive breath analysis technology platform. We are applying our technology to solve fundamental issues with disease and drug detection. The first application of our technology, the Hound marijuana and alcohol breathalyzer, solves the public safety problem associated with marijuana legalization: how to objectively determine if someone has recently consumed marijuana. Founded in 2014, Hound Labs recently closed our Series B funding and is backed by Benchmark, Icon Ventures, and individual investors.”

7. Fivetran

Fivetran

Founded: 2012

“Fivetran fully automated connectors sync data from cloud applications, databases, event logs and more into your data warehouse.

Our integrations are built for analysts who need data centralized but don’t want to spend time maintaining their own pipelines or ETL systems.

Focus on what really matters, driving analytics for your business.”

8. Even.com

Even.com

Founded: 2014

“Over half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. We’re trying to fix that, by building new financial services that make it easier to make ends meet, pay down debt, and save money. And we’re doing it as a transparent, straightforward business that only profits when our customers do, too.

We partner with employers to offer Even as a benefit. Employers offer Even to their people; in return, employers save money because Even improves employee retention.”

9. Vidado

Vidado

Founded: 2011

“Vidado’s AI transforms handwriting, faxes, and low-DPI scans into digital text at guaranteed 90%+ accuracy for the largest insurance, pharmaceutical, and financial services companies worldwide. Cloud-based and API-driven, Vidado can take data from any source, digitize it rapidly no matter the scale, and feed it to any downstream automation system.”

10. Mynd

mynd

Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“We are committed to making renting and owning real estate simple. We leverage efficiencies with technology, process excellence and, of course, a great team to deliver great service to residents and owners alike.

Our history is rooted in Waypoint Homes, an award-winning public company that managed over 17,000 single family homes across the nation.”

2020 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

2020 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

oakland, california

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Oakland, California. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

Looking for a badge to celebrate your awesome accomplishment? Find it here!

1. Mosaic

Mosaic

Founded: 2011

“Mosaic makes the modern home possible by providing financing to homeowners for home improvement projects, including generating and storing their own solar energy as well as other energy efficient upgrades. Mosaic empowers solar and home improvement professionals to deliver financing through a simple point-of-sale app creating a hassle-free and positive experience for the both the contractor and homeowner.

Since 2012, Mosaic has originated more than $2 billion in loans across the US. Mosaic has been honored by Fast Company as a Top Ten Most Innovative Company in Energy for two consecutive years.”

2. Marqeta

Marqeta

Founded: 2010

Also honored in:

“Marqeta has re-engineered how payment cards, virtual cards and mobile authorization products should be developed and deployed. The Marqeta Platform, built from the ground up with no legacy infrastructure, provides the world’s first fully documented, open API issuer processor platform. Companies can build, issue and deploy innovative payment, finance and commerce solutions with enormous control over what, where, and how purchases are authorized.

Adopters of The Marqeta Platform include leading financial services, e-commerce, retail, and social media brands. Engineered in California, The Marqeta Platform integrates with Visa, MasterCard and Discover and makes it easier than ever to make payments, receive payments, reward customers and create more efficient business processes.”

3. VSCO

VSCO

Founded: 2011

Also honored in:

“VSCO is a photo company that builds creative tools and a community driven by self-expression. Its mission is to equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey towards reaching their creative potential.”

4. LaunchDarkly

LaunchDarkly

Founded: 2014

Also honored in:

“LaunchDarkly is a Feature Management Platform that serves over 10 billion feature flags daily to help software teams build better software, faster. Feature flagging is an industry best practice of wrapping a new or risky section of code or infrastructure change with a flag. Each flag can easily be turned off independent of code deployment (aka ”dark launching”).

Our vision is to eliminate risk for developers and operations teams from the software development cycle. As companies transition to a world built on software, there is an increasing requirement to move quickly, balanced with the desire to maintain control. LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform to control the whole feature lifecycle from Concept → Launch → Value.

LaunchDarkly has SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms. We are building a diverse team so that we can offer robust products and services. Our team culture is fast-paced, friendly, and supportive.”

5. Roofstock

Roofstock

Founded: 2015

Also honored in:

“Roofstock is the leading marketplace for investing in leased single-family rental homes, with listings in 13 states across the U.S. The company’s transparent online marketplace makes buying, owning and selling rental property efficient and transparent by offering detailed home and tenant information, local vetted property management options, as well as analytics and general market insights to help investors evaluate and purchase certified properties. The company stands behind its marketplace with a 30-day, Money-Back Guarantee.”

6. Hound Labs

Hound Labs

Founded: 2014

“Hound Labs is a technology start-up that has created an ultra-sensitive breath analysis technology platform. We are applying our technology to solve fundamental issues with disease and drug detection. The first application of our technology, the Hound marijuana and alcohol breathalyzer, solves the public safety problem associated with marijuana legalization: how to objectively determine if someone has recently consumed marijuana. Founded in 2014, Hound Labs recently closed our Series B funding and is backed by Benchmark, Icon Ventures, and individual investors.”

7. Fivetran

Fivetran

Founded: 2012

“Fivetran fully automated connectors sync data from cloud applications, databases, event logs and more into your data warehouse.

Our integrations are built for analysts who need data centralized but don’t want to spend time maintaining their own pipelines or ETL systems.

Focus on what really matters, driving analytics for your business.”

8. Even.com

Even.com

Founded: 2014

“Over half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. We’re trying to fix that, by building new financial services that make it easier to make ends meet, pay down debt, and save money. And we’re doing it as a transparent, straightforward business that only profits when our customers do, too.

We partner with employers to offer Even as a benefit. Employers offer Even to their people; in return, employers save money because Even improves employee retention.”

9. Vidado

Vidado

Founded: 2011

“Vidado’s AI transforms handwriting, faxes, and low-DPI scans into digital text at guaranteed 90%+ accuracy for the largest insurance, pharmaceutical, and financial services companies worldwide. Cloud-based and API-driven, Vidado can take data from any source, digitize it rapidly no matter the scale, and feed it to any downstream automation system.”

10. Mynd

mynd

Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“We are committed to making renting and owning real estate simple. We leverage efficiencies with technology, process excellence and, of course, a great team to deliver great service to residents and owners alike.

Our history is rooted in Waypoint Homes, an award-winning public company that managed over 17,000 single family homes across the nation.”

Bitcoin Daily: BankLine Aids Crypto Banking, Belgium Issues Crypto Scam Warnings

Miami-based BankLine has partnered with a variety of crypto-friendly financial institutions on banking and cash logistics services for the cryptocurrency industry.

As the only company in the industry providing “multiple banks under one roof,” BankLine currently supports cash vaults in more than 50 markets across the country, with access to more than 150 of them, according to a press release. Its crypto BTM operators are able to process cash deposits via an armored cash logistics service, with funds posted within 24 to 72 hours depending on the market. In addition, BankLine is providing banking relationships for online crypto companies looking to receive wire transfer payments.

In other news, Wong Supermarket is participating in a blockchain pilot program that will allow suppliers and consumers to scan and check the original location of various meat products.

The app, which has been developed by Cencosud and Citizens Reserve subsidiary SUKU, will utilize JPMorgan’s permissioned blockchain platform, Quorum. The platform will be available in 20 different Wong stores and will cover all meat products with the SUKU logo, allowing users to see their supply blockchain history.

“You have a large group of consumers that want to buy sustainability, and want to buy transparent products from brands. But they don’t do it today – they don’t trust what the brands are saying. There’s a $1 trillion market sitting there for companies and brands to take if they can speak the same language as those consumers do,” SUKU CEO Yonathan Lapchik told CoinDesk.

And Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority has sent out a new warning over suspected crypto scam websites, adding nine domains to bring its current total to 131.

The new domains include bitcoinmarketscap.com, bitcointraderspro.com, coinsmex.com, crypto-sfs.com, etc-markets.co, fisherih.com, ltc-markets.com, stsroyal.com and tdscapitalgroup.com, all of which are joining the list of crypto trading platforms with “signs of fraud.”

Garoppolo throws 4 TD passes, 49ers beat Cardinals 28-25

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns and the San Francisco 49ers reached the halfway point of their season undefeated, beating the Arizona Cardinals 28-25 on Thursday night.

San Francisco (8-0) fell behind 7-0, but responded with three touchdowns – one as time expired in the second quarter after Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury called a timeout and gave the 49ers a second chance on fourth down – to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

The 49ers were in control until about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Andy Isabella caught a short pass and sprinted for an 88-yard touchdown to help the Cardinals pull to 28-25.

But the 49ers were able to run out the clock on their ensuing offensive drive to end Arizona’s comeback. San Francisco’s Emmanuel Sanders caught seven passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Arizona (3-5-1) lost its second straight game. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cardinals came into the game without their top two running backs, David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, who were battling injuries.

Kenyan Drake – who was acquired by the Cardinals on Monday in a trade with the Miami Dolphins – ran for 36s yard on the first play of the game and capped the opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. He finished with a team-high 110 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving.

BAD TIMING

Arizona looked as if was about to escape the first half trailing 14-7 after San Francisco’s Jeff Wilson Jr. was stopped on fourth down just shy of the goal line with a few seconds remaining in the first half.

But there was one major problem for the Cardinals: Kingsbury called a timeout just before the play began.

The 49ers converted on their second chance when Garoppolo hit Sanders for a 1-yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 lead.

ROAD WARRIORS

San Francisco’s off to an 8-0 start for the second time in franchise history. The Niners won 10 straight games to start the 1990 season.

This year’s streak has included five road wins. The 49ers have three straight home games starting with the Seahawks on Nov. 11.

KITTLE SCARE

The 49ers got a scare early when star tight end George Kittle left the game after taking a helmet to the knee. But the third-year star quickly returned and responded with a 30-yard touchdown catch late in the first quarter to tie it at 7.

INJURIES

49ers: Defensive lineman Arik Armstead left in the first quarter with a throat injury but returned to the game. … Linebacker Kwon Alexander had a chest injury in the second half and didn’t return.

Cardinals: Defensive lineman Clinton McDonald left with what a “stinger” in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

San Francisco returns home to face Seattle on Nov. 11 for a Monday night game.

Arizona travels to Tampa Bay on Nov. 10.

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David Brandt, The Associated Press