February 4th, 2014
08:54 PM ET

Google's shuttle buses draw ire of Bay area protesters

Bay area residents are protesting Google commuters, specifically the shuttle buses that transport their workers from San Francisco to Google's offices in Silicon Valley.

Google bus stunt reveals tensions in San Francisco

Why are San Francisco residents so angry about these shuttles?

Offered as a free employee perk by Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and other companies, the large buses have become a symbol of income inequality here and a lightning rod for resentment.

Critics say young well-paid tech workers are taking up a disproportionate share of the bay area housing and driving up already astronomical real estate prices.

Rent increases in San Francisco are outpacing the nation. The average price is more than $3,000 per month.

CNN's Dan Simon has the story OutFront.

Filed under: Google • News • Tech
February 4th, 2014
08:47 PM ET

A life-saving drug for heroin overdoses: Could it have saved Hoffman?

Two weeks ago CNN spoke to Governor Peter Shumlin about the alarming use of heroin in Vermont and his choice to devote his entire State of the State address to the growing problem.

Today, Senator Harry Reid called Vermont's governor a visionary and spoke about the problems of heroin addiction - calling it a 'scourge sweeping the nation'.

"We have people who start off with some kind of prescription drugs and wind up with this stuff that has been prepared by purveyors of evil; not knowing what's in it," Senator Harry Reid added. "There are some who believe that they put baby laxative in this. They put all kinds of stuff that looks like heroin. It's a terrible shame."

Between 2000 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths have increased by 55 percent. It's a national crisis and both Harm Reduction Activists as well as law enforcement are pushing for greater access to Naloxone drug that can actually reverse a heroin overdose.

CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has obtained some remarkable video of this drug in action. He's OutFront.

Filed under: Drugs • Health • Heroin • News
February 4th, 2014
08:27 PM ET

Google told to move 'mystery barge'

(CNN) - Google might need a find new home for its giant floating showroom in San Francisco Bay.

No, the company isn't the latest victim of skyrocketing Bay Area real estate costs. It seems Google is under fire from state authorities for not having the proper permits necessary to construct the barge in its current location. The four-story structure is housed at Treasure Island, a small piece of land between San Francisco and Oakland.

The barge rose to fame late last year as a delightful floating enigma in the San Francisco Bay. The vessel was originally spotted by a CNET reporter and Google would not comment on its purpose. People had great fun speculating about the barge, guessing that it was a floating data center, a Google Glass shop or a luxury event space.

It was dubbed the Google Mystery Barge.

Eventually, Google killed the mystery, and some of the fun, by announcing the structure was going to be an "interactive space where people can learn about new technology."


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