Residents, businesses prepare for Outside Lands Music Festival in SF

Residents, businesses prepare for Outside Lands Music Festival in SF

Organizers of The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival are getting ready for the biggest concert weekend of the year. This is the 10th year of the festival and not every business embraces it. Festival organizers remind people that the celebration brings more than $60 million to San Francisco’s economy. (ABC 7 News)

San Carlos car sales startup bought by Arizona rival

Online used car retailer Carvana Co. has acquired Bay Area automotive startup Carlypso Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. San Carlos-based Carlypso offers a similar online platform for buying and selling used cars by giving consumers direct access to wholesale inventory.(San Jose Biz Journal)

Y Combinator chief not keen on high-speed rail

Y Combinator chief Sam Altman suggested in his latest foray into California politics that the state should pull the plug on its plans to spend more than $60 billion on a high-speed rail line. (San Jose Biz Journal)

Tesla wants to test self-driving electric semi-trucks

Tesla Inc.’s ambitions to start testing a fleet of self-driving electric semi-trucks is moving forward with the company having discussed obtaining testing licenses in two states, according to a report published Wednesday.(SiliconANGLE)

How Facebook squashes competition from startups

Tech startups live by the rule that speed is paramount. Houseparty, creator of a hot video app, has an extra reason for urgency. Facebook Inc., a dominant force in Silicon Valley, is stalking the company, part of the social network’s aggressive mimicking of smaller rivals. Facebook is being aided by an internal “early bird” warning system that identifies potential threats, according to people familiar with the technology. (Wall Street Journal)

In tough retail landscape, Payless survives

Payless ShoeSource is set to emerge from bankruptcy as soon as Wednesday, one of the largest retail chains to do so, and is banking on a strategy focused primarily on bricks-and-mortar sales at a time when e-commerce is casting an ever-growing footprint on retail sales. Payless’ emergence essentially gives the company a do-over after disposing of half of $847 million of debt it had built up under its private-equity ownership. (Reuters)

Can Bud Light be the antidote to the craft beer craze?

Bud Light, which has struggled amid the craft beer revolution, says simple beer is good, too. In new ads the nation’s largest brew touts its “four essential ingredients” – water, rice, barley and hops – while poking fun at complex brews with depictions of concoctions like a beer garnished with lobster. The two spots mark a new marketing phase with Bud Light promoting itself as “America’s favorite light lager.” (Ad Age)

Delivery start-up Schlep & Fetch runs out of cash

Schlep & Fetch, which delivered food from Yelp Eat24 orders and documents from movie studios and law offices, ceased operations after running out of money. At its peak last fall, the Los Angeles courier start-up had 140 drivers fulfilling 15,000 orders a month from the Westside to downtown. The company, founded in 2011, had raised nearly $500,000 from wealthy individuals, including those in the investment group Tech Coast Angels.(Los Angeles Times)

Hospitals hope pause of reimbursement cut will be permanent

Long-term care hospitals around the country are hopeful the Trump administration will permanently abolish a proposed policy that would dramatically reduce their Medicare reimbursement. The administration said Aug. 2 that it will freeze the so-called 25% rule that dings Medicare reimbursement rates for hospitals for one year while it assesses whether the policy is needed. (Modern Healthcare)

Facebook reveals its YouTube competitor and TV clone

The video hub is called “Watch,” and will appear as a tab in the mobile app and also be featured on the desktop web. Facebook has dubbed its episodic video creations – wait for it – “shows.” They are being created by partners like A&E Networks, Hearst, National Basketball Association, Business Insider, Mashable, National Geographic, Brit & Co. and other outlets. Shows will be episodic and have ad breaks. (Ad Age)



Study: Small businesses in Detroit lack access to loans (Crain’s Detroit)
Millennials are driving a $9T change in investing (Business Insider)
Mylan stock bounces back from early losses (CNBC)
Birchbox has held acquisition talks with Walmart (Recode)
Hate basic economy fares? More are coming (Wall Street Journal)

Bay area events this week

A Palo Alto pooch stuck at a home construction site was rescued by firefighters on July 26. Mele, a mixed poodle and chow chow, was found by her owner at a rear corner of a Tennyson Avenue lot, steps away from a 10- to 12-feet-deep hole where a house once stood. Three firefighters who responded to the scene made their way across a narrow pathway to the anxious dog, who they secured on a leash and brought back to stable ground. The owner suspected Mele likely escaped from her backyard through a loose wooden panel on the fence and found herself on the neighboring property.

TOP STORIESfrom the Palo Alto Weekly and the Palo Alto Online staff

Brock Turner judge hires Trump consultant
Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge facing a recall measure in the wake of his controversial … (Thursday, 9:40 AM)

Heidelberg wants to be Palo Alto’s ‘sister city’
Heidelberg, a city of gothic churches, a sprawling castle and Germany’s oldest university and librar… (Thursday, 8:35 AM)

City Council set to approve new shuttle plan
Palo Alto’s effort to expand and re-invigorate its small shuttle program could speed ahead later thi… (Wednesday, 4:29 PM)

Air district board supports Paris climate accord
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s board of directors voted Wednesday to support the Par… (Thursday, 8:45 AM)

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HOT PICKSMust-see events recommended by our A&E editors


Music: SJW Jazz Institute Showcase
This mini-festival of jazz includes musicians of all ages and from all over the world. In four convenient venues, audiences can hear dozens of instrumentalists and vocalists performing everything from cool jazz to bebop, and from standards to original songs. All are participants in Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Institute, tonight, Aug. 3, 7-9 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Go to

Reading Series: Story Is the Thing
Story Is the Thing is an evening of storytelling with seven Bay Area authors reading on the theme “Forbidden Places.” Readers include Joan Frank, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Ethel Rohan, Elaine Ray, Fyza Parviz, Ron Chapman and Nicola Maye Goldberg. Wine, cheese and cupcakes will be served at 7:15 p.m., tonight, Aug. 3, 7:15-9 p.m. at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Go to

Theater: ‘Lord of the Flies’
A Theatre Near U presents William Golding’s raw and terrifying classic, “Lord of the Flies.” The play follows a group of boys marooned on an idyllic island, as they shed their cultured upbringings and descend into brutal savagery, tonight, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. at The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View. Go to


Concert: SJW All-Star Jam
This concert will feature renowned artists in jazz, performing in combinations familiar and unfamiliar, while delivering performances of intensity, passion and excitement, tomorrow, Aug. 4, 8-10 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Go to

Food & Drink: Eat, Drink & Be Techie
Friday Nights @CHM offers a whole new way to experience the Computer History Museum this summer in partnership with Off the Grid. Enjoy seven food trucks, CHM exhibits with new extended hours and live music, tomorrow, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Go to

Play: Autumn Dance
Autumn Dance, written and directed by Shabnam Tolouei, follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile, even while living in their own country. The play allows the audience to be transported from Tehran to Paris to uncover the connection between these three women. All three roles are played by Shabnam Tolouei, an award-winning actress, playwright and director, tomorrow, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Go

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Sharapova withdraws from the Bank of the West Classic
Maria Sharapova, based on doctor’s advice, has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic on Wedn… (Wednesday, 4:59 PM)

A portable line judge that settles tennis disputes
Gregoire Gentil is a rabid tennis fan but his love of the sport had little to do with his latest inv… (Thursday, 12:26 AM)

Steffens remains in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year
Stanford grad Maggie Steffens is one of the 145 candidates, of 543, who remain in contention for the… (Wednesday, 6:45 PM)

Menlo College bulks up on track and field athletes
Menlo College Cross Country and Track and Field coach Dan Noel has put the finishing touches on the … (Wednesday, 6:57 PM)

Mens Crew: World Junior Championship , Results
Womens Tennis: Bank of the West Classic , Order of Play
Womens Beach volleyball: World Championship , Results
Girls Diving: USA Championship , Results
Boys Diving: USA Championship , Results

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Womens Tennis: Bellis vs. Cepede Royg at Bank of the West Classic, 11 a.m. today
Mens Swimming: Locals in finals at U.S. Open Championships , 2 p.m. today
Womens Swimming: Locals in finals at U.S. Open Championships , 2 p.m. today
Mens Swimming: Locals at Futures Championships, 4 p.m. today
Womens Swimming: Locals at Futures Championships, 4 p.m. today

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FAA report looks to change noisy SFO-arrivals path
A new flight path that would reduce noise over Palo Alto and surrounding cities is being developed b…

Brick-and-mortar retailers face steep challenges
Downtown Palo Alto stores are struggling with high costs, difficulties in finding employees who will…

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Today’s bay area events


Class: 2nd Annual Bad Art Night for Adults
Bad art isn’t always bad … sometimes it’s awful! Participants can forget about trying to be the next Monet, and come out for a night of fun and relaxation where they can create a masterpiece or disasterpiece. All supplies will be provided, tonight, July 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Go to

Concert: The Classical Style
Concert Program II spotlights Viotti, who played a seminal role in defining the instrument’s tradition in England and France, as well as one of his musical heirs, Rodolphe Kreutzer—the dedicatee of Beethoven’s most fiendish violin sonata and a skilled composer in his own right, tonight, July 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Stent Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Go to

Talk: An Evening with Author Daniel Silva
Author Daniel Silva, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of “Black Widow” discusses his new book “House of Spies,” in which the legendary art restorer Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin, tonight, July 18, 8-9:30 p.m. at Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Go to


Conference: Evidence-Based Teaching 
Palo Alto University will be holding its first annual evidence-based teaching conference this summer, supported by the Presidential Unity Grant, for PAU faculty, students, and alumni. The conference will be packed full of exciting pedagogical workshops for instructors and aspiring future instructors at all experience levels, tomorrow, July 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Road, Building 3, Palo Alto. Go to

Music: Freddy Clarke & Wobbly World
Wobbly World is a group of internationally recognized musicians in a powerful and unique collaboration. Part of the city of Menlo Park’s Summer Concert Series presented by Facebook that features a variety of musical styles from jazz to country to hits of today and yesterday, tomorrow, July 19, 6:30-8 p.m. at Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive, Menlo Park. Go to

Music: Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with Linda Tillery
Every year blues bass master Ruth Davies brings down the SJW house with her sensational Blues Night, showcasing current masters of the art. She will be joined by Bay Area vocal legend Linda Tillery, whose list of credits include collaborations with Huey Lewis and the News, Bobby McFerrin and Kenny Loggins, tomorrow, July 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Go to

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