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Study for ‘Portrait of a Lady (Simonetta Vespucci)’ (c. 1480) Photo: Ashmolean MuseumSan FranciscoIn the popular imagination, Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445-1510) is associated with ethereal nymphs, idealized nudes, and blond beauties, thanks largely to the ubiquity of his most famous paintings, “Primavera” and “Birth of Venus.” But as a stunning new show at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum establishes, he is a more complex, intellectual, conflicted and varied artist than superficial familiarity might suggest.
Persons: Simonetta Vespucci, , Sandro Botticelli, Organizations: Ashmolean Museum San Francisco, “ Primavera, Francisco’s Legion
A six-floor duplex home in San Francisco had its price slashed by $10 million in just three years. It was bought for $20 million in 2020, but then sold for only half that value in November. Home values in San Francisco have been sinking in the last year after reaching a peak in April 2022. AdvertisementA 10,000-square-foot duplex apartment in San Francisco was just sold for only half of its $20 million value from three years ago, as the city's housing market suffers a recent slump. Home prices have been slashed across the US over the last year, but San Francisco is often a poster child for the decline because property there is notoriously expensive.
Persons: , Rohin Dhar, Leslie Stretch, Zillow, Business Insider's James Faris Organizations: Service, Bay, Business Locations: San Francisco, Calcutta, Francisco
San Francisco Is Building to Bring Residents Back
  + stars: | 2023-12-05 | by ( Peter Grant | )   time to read: 1 min
The exodus of workers and businesses during the pandemic left San Francisco a shell of its former self. But there are small signs of a turnaround. WSJ explores whether new civic policies and fresh commercial interest can rejuvenate the city’s downtown. Photo illustration: Rio Roye/WSJReal-estate developers are launching a series of residential projects in San Francisco, responding to new efforts by the state and city to create more housing in one of the country’s most expensive places to live. In what would be the city’s most ambitious residential development in several years, local property developer Bayhill Ventures last month announced plans for a 71-story rental tower in San Francisco’s ailing financial district.
Persons: Roye Organizations: Bayhill Ventures Locations: San Francisco, San
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A planned high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area got a Biden administration pledge on Tuesday of $3 billion to help start laying track, Nevada elected officials said. But Rosen said electric-powered trains could be carrying passengers by the time Los Angeles hosts the Summer Olympics in 2028. “Connecting Las Vegas and Southern California by high-speed rail will create tens of thousands of good-paying union jobs, boost our Southern Nevada tourism economy, and finally help us cut down on I-15 traffic," Cortez Masto said Tuesday in a statement. Calls for a high-speed rail line whisking tourists through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas date at least to 2001, said U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat who represents the Las Vegas Strip. Other places where high-speed trains have been proposed include the 240 miles (386 kilometers) in Texas between Dallas and Houston, and a 500-mile (805-kilometer) system linking Los Angeles and San Francisco that has faced swelling costs, funding questions and other delays.
Persons: Sen, Jacky Rosen, Rosen, , ” Wes Edens, Joe Biden, Catherine Cortez Masto, Biden, Cortez Masto, Dina Titus Organizations: LAS VEGAS, Brightline, Angeles, Nevada -, U.S, Rep, Democrat, Las, Brightline Holdings Locations: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nevada, U.S, Florida, California, Victorville , California, San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga, Nevada - California, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Florida's, Miami, Orlando, Texas, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco
Some of these semi-retired workers are gig drivers for companies like Uber and DoorDash. Over half of the missing gig workers were aged 60 or older, and over 40% of them described themselves as "retired." Many of these semi-retired workers are gig drivers for companies like Uber and DoorDash. Business Insider previously spoke with six gig drivers about why they're driving during their retirement and the strategies they're using to make money. As her pay-per-ride declines and the cost of maintenance skyrockets, she's been forced to find other types of gig work.
Persons: Uber, , boomers, didn't, Robert A, Peterson, John Fleming, Charles Rosenblatt, Jeff Hoenig, he'd, Jeff Hoenig Jeff Hoenig, Wesley Johnson, San Francisco Uber, Johnson, Omar Ford, Omar Ford Omar Ford Ford, he's, Germaine, she's, it's, Bill, Rich Organizations: Service, Hebrew University, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Survey, AARP, The University of Texas, Business, Hertz, Security, North Carolina, BI, Arizona Uber, Uber, Social Locations: Austin, Myrtle Beach , South Carolina, San Francisco, South Florida, New York City, Florida, North, Arizona
So far, Woods' plans have turned investors demanding an energy transition strategy into believers - at least on climate. At the same time, the company plans to have a leading role in the vehicle electrification business. Reuters GraphicsMORE OIL VS GREEN AMBITIONExxon's ambitious agenda includes starting up the world's largest hydrogen power plant by 2027. RISKY BUSINESSThe $17 billion budget for low carbon technologies as the company's total revenue grows next year "will continue to rise", the CEO said. Spending in low carbon currently is constrained by scarcity of customers willing to sign up for contracts and insufficient regulations, Woods said.
Persons: Darren Woods, Carlos Barria, Woods, , Paul Sankey, Sankey, Chris James, Dan Ammann, Goldman Sachs, Neil Mehta, Ammann, Brian Weeks, Chris Bohn, Sabrina Valle, Richard Valdmanis, Gary McWilliams, Anna Driver Organizations: ExxonMobil, Economic Cooperation, REUTERS, Exxon Mobil, Natural Resources, Chevron, Reuters, Exxon, Sankey Research, Carbon Solutions, Thomson Locations: Asia, San Francisco , California, U.S, United States, Sankey, Americas, Brazil, Guyana, Texas, Gulf of Mexico, Houston, Dubai
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. poses during a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2022. Such a ruling also could frustrate policies favored by some Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, for a tax on the net worth - meaning all assets and not just income - of the super-rich. Alito defended the court in articles in the Wall Street Journal's opinion section. The Moores sued the U.S. government in 2019 challenging the mandatory repatriation tax. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the case, noting that under Supreme Court precedent the "realization of income is not a constitutional requirement."
Persons: Samuel A, Alito Jr, Evelyn Hockstein, Samuel Alito, Charles, Kathleen Moore, Donald Trump, Moores, Elizabeth Warren, Alito, Alito's recusal, David Rivkin Jr, Andrew Chung, Will Dunham Organizations: Supreme, REUTERS, Rights, U.S, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Democratic, Moores, Street, Circuit, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Redmond , Washington, Republican, Constitution's, Bangalore, India, San Francisco
Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" and Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" were released on July 21. Cillian Murphy told Margot Robbie that Nolan was "determined" to have a summer release. Advertisement"Barbie" star Margot Robbie and "Oppenheimer" actor Cillian Murphy discussed the pop-culture phenomenon known as "Barbenheimer," and explained how filmmaker Christopher Nolan's superstition influenced the release date of his movie. Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in "Oppenheimer." Advertisement"That was a good instinct," Murphy told Robbie.
Persons: Greta Gerwig's, Christopher Nolan's, Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy, Margot Robbie, Nolan, Murphy, , Robbie, Barbie, Robert Oppenheimer, Nolan's, Christopher Nolan, J, Christian Bale, Long, Mia, Jason Guerrasio, Nolan wasn't, Warner, Jaap Buitendijk, Chuck Roven, Roven Organizations: Service, Universal, San Francisco, Warner Bros Locations: Dunkirk
Charlie Scharf, CEO, Wells Fargo, speaks at the 2023 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 2, 2023. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsNEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo (WFC.N) CEO Charlie Scharf told investors on Tuesday he expects to book higher-than-anticipated severance expenses between $750 million to a little less than $1 billion in the fourth quarter. The bank has reduced its workforce since the third quarter of 2020 and it stood at 227,363 at the end of third quarter of this year. Wells Fargo set aside $359 million for potential credit losses on office real estate in the third quarter, bringing total allowances to $2.6 billion for the first nine months of 2023. Wells Fargo has reduced its origination in auto loans and has also been reducing the size of its mortgage servicing portfolio.
Persons: Charlie Scharf, Wells, Mike Blake, Scharf, Goldman Sachs, " Scharf, Wells Fargo, Nupur Anand, Lananh Nguyen, Chizu Organizations: Milken, Global Conference, REUTERS, San, . Financial Services Conference, U.S, Thomson Locations: Wells Fargo, Beverly Hills , California, U.S, San Francisco, Wells
Waymo, Alphabet 's self-driving car unit, is having a relatively good couple of months – at least, compared to one of its key rivals: GM 's Cruise. When Cruise began offering fully autonomous rides in San Francisco in the winter of 2022, Waymo followed in the fall. Now, after a barrage of safety concerns and incidents with Cruise self-driving cars in recent months, the landscape looks starkly different. I have worked with pretty high-scale systems before Waymo, at Google and Ericsson, and this is a pretty staggering scale. [Note: Waymo recently shared that Waymo riders took more than 700,000 trips in autonomous vehicles in 2023.]
Persons: Cruise, Waymo, Saswat Panigrahi, you've, , Organizations: Google, Cruise, California Department of Motor Vehicles, GM, CNBC, Ericsson, Phoenix Locations: Phoenix, San Francisco, Austin, Buffalo , New York, California, U.S
Three weeks after OpenAI's board briefly pushed out CEO Sam Altman without providing a specific reason for its decision, former director Reid Hoffman says he's still puzzled by what took place and why. He stepped down from OpenAI's board in March and said he hasn't spoken with any of the board members, though he said he did communicate with Altman. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offered to hire Altman, OpenAI president Greg Brockman and their colleagues in a new advanced AI research group. "I do think that we're in a much better place in the world" to have Altman in the CEO seat again, Hoffman said. WATCH: Sam Altman returns as OpenAI CEO and Microsoft secures nonvoting board seat
Persons: Sam Altman, Reid Hoffman, he's, Hoffman, Altman, OpenAI, Ilya Sutskever, Altman wasn't, Helen Toner, Adam Selipsky, Microsoft's, Satya Nadella, Greg Brockman, quickliy, isn't Organizations: LinkedIn, Bloomberg, New York Times, Reuters, Yorker, Microsoft, Benz Locations: San Francisco, Las Vegas
Elon Musk's Cybertruck apocalypse
  + stars: | 2023-12-05 | by ( Adam Rogers | )   time to read: +8 min
In most regards, the sales pitch for Tesla's new Cybertruck doesn't differ in its particulars from the value proposition of any other pickup or SUV. But unlike the Cybertruck, its sales pitch has a curve: Musk has said all along that it's designed to be your go-to vehicle for the End of the World. "The apocalypse could come along at any moment, and here at Tesla we have the finest in apocalypse technology." If you believe in an apocalypse with trucks, you must also believe that someone will be maintaining the necessary infrastructure. In the early 20th century, when cars first came within financial reach of average Americans, the sales pitch focused on freedom of movement.
Persons: Elon, Musk, , It's, cofound, Ursula K, Le Guin, Ken Liu, Mike Pondsmith, Adam Rogers Organizations: SpaceX, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Cooperation Locations: Francisco, Megacity
Orchid, a startup that tests embryos for genetic diseases, has just raised $12 million. "The way that IVF and embryo screening works today is the amount of information available is really limited," Orchid CEO and cofounder Noor Siddiqui said. Genetic testing has been around for years, but it has been usually limited in the diseases it can identify, which include cystic fibrosis, Bloomberg reported. Orchid produces reports with two types of genetic testing: monogenic and polygenic. The cost of the test depends on the number of embryos that Orchid tests.
Persons: Noor Siddiqui, Siddiqui, Orchid, Dylan, Anne Wojcicki, Fidji Simo, Peter Kraft Organizations: Business, Bloomberg, Prometheus Fund, Starbloom Capital, One Ventures, Los Angeles Times Locations: San Francisco, Pebblebed
CNBC TechCheck Evening Edition: December 5, 2023
  + stars: | 2023-12-05 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCNBC TechCheck Evening Edition: December 5, 2023CNBC's TechCheck brings you the latest in tech news from CNBC's 1 Market in the heart of San Francisco.
Persons: TechCheck Organizations: CNBC Locations: San Francisco
Grimes alleged Elon Musk spent less than half his time in 2023 in Texas, in recent legal filings. Musk still spends two to three days a week in California, Grimes alleged. AdvertisementElon Musk — who moved Tesla's headquarters from California to Texas in 2021— has been spending less than half his time in the Lone Star State, Grimes alleged in recent legal documents. Musk quietly sued Grimes in Texas court in September to establish a "parent-child" relationship with the kids. While Grimes has said the child was with Musk in Texas over her objection, the details around the arrangement, and how she responded, are unclear.
Persons: Grimes, Elon Musk, Musk, , Elon, Claire Boucher, X, Christopher Melcher, Walzer Melcher, Tesla, Peter Walzer Organizations: Service, Lone Star State, Tau, Business, Musk, Street Journal, Montessori, Twitter, SpaceX Locations: Texas, California, Austin , Texas, Austin, Hawthorne , California, Brownsville , Texas, Bay Area . Texas, Starbase, SpaceX's, Boca Chica , Texas, Snailbrook, Boring, Bastrop , Texas, State, San Francisco, Palo Alto
Markets are betting the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates as soon as early 2024. AdvertisementWall Street largely anticipates that the Federal Reserve has finished its interest rate-hiking cycle, and markets are betting central bankers will begin easing policy soon. Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond president, November 29: "If inflation comes down naturally and smoothly, awesome. Mary Daly, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco president, November 30: "I'm not thinking about rate cuts at all right now. John Williams, Federal Reserve Bank of New York president, November 30: "My assessment is that we are at, or near, the peak level of the target range of the federal funds rate."
Persons: Jerome Powell, , CME's, Christopher Waller, Tom Barkin, Raphael Bostic, Mary Daly, John Williams, Williams Organizations: Federal Reserve, Service, ING, Barclays, Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal
The 10 most expensive cities in the world
  + stars: | 2023-12-05 | by ( Madison Hoff | )   time to read: +3 min
Geneva, Paris, and San Francisco were among the 10 most expensive cities. 1 in a ranking of how expensive 173 cities around the world are. AdvertisementAn EIU article noted that while New York and two other US cities were part of the top 10 most expensive cities based on the cities analyzed, the article stated that "North American cities have, on average, slipped down our cost-of-living ranking." Singapore was also the most expensive city in the world last year when it tied with New York. AdvertisementHere are the most expensive cities, each with their index noted below from the EIU report.
Persons: , EIU, Hong Kong, Syetarn, Hansakul Organizations: Economist Intelligence, Singapore, Service, Business, New, Swiss, Hong Locations: Zurich, Geneva, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, New York City, New York, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Israel, Copenhagen, Denmark
CNN —Regulators in Israel are aware of and reviewing research that suggests some unknown traders may have had advance knowledge of the October 7th Hamas attacks. “This subject is known and is being thoroughly checked,” Sivan Carmon, a spokesperson for the Israel Securities Authority, told CNN in a statement on Tuesday. The ISA, the Israeli equivalent of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, is charged with fighting securities fraud, insider trading and other market abuse. Experts urged regulators to investigate the matter, including by looking at nonpublic market data that researchers did not have access to. “Of course, that’s quite different from trading based on inside knowledge of terrorist attacks,” Whitehead said.
Persons: ” Sivan Carmon, hasn’t, Yaniv Pagot, ” Pagot, ” Charles Whitehead, Whitehead, ” Whitehead, ” – CNN’s Gayle Harrington Organizations: CNN, Regulators, Israel Securities Authority, Columbia University, New York University, ISA, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Industry Regulatory Authority, Israel, Fund, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Bank Leumi, Cornell Law School Locations: Israel, Gaza, San Francisco
By every shred of modern football thinking, San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey should be a gigantic waste of a team’s budget. He’s the highest-paid player at a position that is no longer highly prized by the league. That’s also what makes him an extraordinarily rare outlier these days. San Francisco has emerged as the Super Bowl favorite in large part because McCaffrey completely defies NFL logic.
Persons: Christian McCaffrey, That’s, McCaffrey Organizations: San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl Locations: San Francisco
International Business Machines’ (IBM) Quantum System Two computer containing three "Heron" processors is seen in this undated handout photo. Courtesy of International Business Machines/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsDec 4 (Reuters) - International Business Machines (IBM.N) on Monday showed a new quantum computing chip and machine that it hopes will serve as the building blocks of much larger systems a decade from now. Researchers around the world are trying to perfect quantum computing, which relies on quantum mechanics to reach computing speeds far faster than classical silicon-based computers. The challenge has been to create quantum computers that are reliable enough in the real world to consistently beat conventional computers. Microsoft (MSFT.O), Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) and China's Baidu (9888.HK), along with startups and nation states, are all racing to develop quantum machines.
Persons: Baidu, Dario Gil, IBM's, " Gil, it's, Stephen Nellis, Diane Craft Organizations: Machines, IBM, Business Machines, REUTERS, Microsoft, Google, HK, Reuters, Thomson Locations: San Francisco
BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Sales of U.S. automaker Tesla's (TSLA.O) China-made electric vehicles (EVs) skidded 17.8% in November from the same month a year earlier, to 82,432 cars, China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) data showed on Monday. That marked the biggest fall since December 2022 when Tesla's sales of China-made EVs fell 21% on the year as the U.S. automaker reduced output and cut prices to deal with rising inventories and weakening demand. Xi expressed his support for Tesla's development in China, the automaker said in a Weibo post. Li Auto (2015.HK) last month said mass production and delivery of its first full EV are scheduled for February. Smartphone maker Xiaomi (1810.HK) has also moved closer to EV production, with a unit of automaker BAIC Group (1958.HK) applying for regulatory approval to build two Xiaomi-branded cars.
Persons: Tesla's, EVs, BYD, Tesla, Elon Musk's, Musk, Xi Jinping, Xi, Li Auto, Qiaoyi Li, Zhang Yan, Brenda Goh, Bernadette Baum, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: U.S, China Passenger Car Association, APEC, Reuters, Li, HK, BAIC Group, Thomson Locations: BEIJING, SHANGHAI, China, San Francisco, Weibo
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego residents are looking to move to Las Vegas and Seattle, Redfin found. Some parts of California are losing residents due to the high cost of living, politics, and crime. Bob Giramma, a 63-year-old business owner, moved away from San Diego and landed in Murfreesboro, Tennessee , a town 30 miles southeast of Nashville. Now residents of some of the most populous cities in California — Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco — are eyeing other cities, according to home-listings site Redfin, which tracks where its users are house-hunting. Allan BaxterPeople looking to move out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, Redfin additionally found, are most often searching for homes in Las Vegas and Seattle.
Persons: Redfin, , Bob Giramma, Giramma, Francisco —, Allan Baxter, relocators, Andrew Arevalo, he's, Arevalo Organizations: Service, Census Bureau, Business, California —, Las, Los, Denver Locations: California, San Francisco , Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Murfreesboro , Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Oregon, Colorado, California — Los Angeles, Francisco , Los Angeles, , Vegas , Nevada, San, Los Angeles, Washington, Nevada, Millennials, Las, Vegas
The San Francisco skyline is seen behind a self-driving GM Bolt EV during a media event where Cruise, GM's autonomous car unit, showed off its self-driving cars in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Friday ordered Cruise to appear at a Feb. 6 hearing for "misleading the Commission through omission regarding the extent and seriousness of the accident" and "making misleading public comments regarding its interactions with the commission." Cruise's troubles are also a setback for an industry dependent on public trust and the cooperation of regulators. GM had told investors Cruise and its technology could generate $50 billion a year in revenue by 2030. Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin in San Francisco and David Shepardson in Washington, Additional reporting by Abhirup Roy in San Francisco; Editing by Richard Chang and Nick ZieminskiOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Elijah Nouvelage, Cruise, Kyle Vogt, Daniel Kan, Jose Alvarado, Ashlyn Kong, Kong, , Tim Piechowski, Waymo, John Reynolds, Gavin Newsom, Mary Barra, Hyunjoo Jin, David Shepardson, Abhirup Roy, Richard Chang, Nick Zieminski Organizations: San, GM Bolt, REUTERS, General Motors, GM, California Public Utilities Commission, CPUC, Cruise, Capital Research, California's Department of Motor Vehicles, Thomson Locations: San Francisco, San Francisco , California, U.S, California, United States, Washington
Meta's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun is sceptical that AI will reach human-level intelligence anytime soon. The AI godfather previously said that AI hasn't been able to fully capture the human experience yet. AdvertisementMeta's chief AI scientist has reiterated his skepticism about AI reaching advanced or human-level intelligence in the near future, contrasting the viewpoints of some more bullish tech leaders. LeCun explained that AI will likely reach "cat-level" or "dog-level" intelligence years before it achieves human-level intelligence. This is largely because AI is being trained on language models and text that are not sufficient to create advanced AI.
Persons: Yann LeCun, hasn't, , LeCun, Jensen Huang, Jensen, Huang Organizations: Service, Meta, AI Research, CNBC Locations: San Francisco
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Acquire Licensing RightsDec 4 (Reuters) - Intel (INTC.O) and Siemens (SIEGn.DE) on Monday announced a three-year deal to collaborate on improving factory efficiency and automation with a special focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainability. The partnership with Siemens will help Intel operate the factory more efficiently, Esfarjani said. EUV, an energy-hungry technology, is so central to advanced chipmaking that significant parts of the manufacturing process revolve around it. The partnership with Intel will help Siemens deepen its understanding of this type of manufacturing where one technology is so core to the process and help it transfer that know-how to other industries. In that case, Siemens assisted with its transition to manufacturing electric vehicles from combustion engines.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Keyvan Esfarjani, Esfarjani, EUV, Cedrik Neike, Max A, Edwina Gibbs Organizations: REUTERS, Intel, Siemens, Monday, Reuters, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Mercedes, Benz, Thomson Locations: San Francisco
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