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Monday, May 13,2013
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Device adoption

Suddenly, I’m an Apple guy with no need for Glass

By Dave Maass
I liken Google Glass to Nintendo's "Virtual Boy," which was rolled out in 1995. We were promised the first 3-D, virtual-reality game system, but when I visited Blockbuster Video to try out a pair, I was unimpressed.
Wednesday, April 24,2013
News

Suicide in the cell

Inmates kill themselves at a high rate after San Diego County Sheriff’s Department refuses to revamp policies

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
Ten men and one woman hung themselves in San Diego County jails during the last six years. They used socks or sheets, stringing handmade nooses from sinks, doors and bunks.
Monday, April 22,2013
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The government can’t hide behind Gmail

San Diego’s better than San Jose on transparency—let’s keep it that way

By Dave Maass
I love public records laws like a firefighter loves his ax. I love the heft of the federal Freedom of Information Act (or the California Public Records Act) when I slam it into the door of the establishment. And I love it when it gets sharpened.
Wednesday, April 3,2013
News

Wheels of force

Part two of our ‘60 Dead Inmates’ series shows how San Diego County deputies killed a schizophrenic inmate and avoided a public investigation

By Dave Maass
Tommy Tucker, a 35-year-old, obese inmate in a psychiatric unit at the San Diego Central Jail and lost his life. His act of defiance: attempting to take a cup of hot water back to his cell while the unit was in lockdown.
Monday, April 1,2013
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I hate you, Google

First Meebo, now Reader—why have you forsaken me?

By Dave Maass

I'm so furious with Google for killing off Reader that it borders on hatred. I feel the raw grief of an 8-year-old whose parents euthanized the family dog because he's the only one of the children who plays with it.

Wednesday, March 27,2013
News

How many inmate deaths is too many?

Part one of our ‘60 Dead Inmates' investigative series: San Diego County’s incarceration mortality rate leads California’s largest jails

By Dave Maass, Kelly Davis
Bernard Joseph Victorianne was a 28-year-old black male with a ticking time bomb in his stomach. Victorianne was arrested on Sept. 12, 2012, less than two blocks from the San Diego Police Department’s Mid-City station on suspicion of driving under the influence. A week later, he was found dead in his cell.
Monday, March 11,2013
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Reflecting on 27,000 tweets

Am I the first Internet troll to get a day named after him?

By Dave Maass

I've retired my Twitter account. As you may be aware, I left San Diego CityBeat three weeks ago to take a job with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that stands up for civil liberties in the increasingly digital world. 

Monday, February 18,2013
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Three pervy things that aren't quite porn

Stoya, Wikipedia and Cowchips prove sex is still driving Internet innovation

By Dave Maass
Pornography has long been at the forefront of online culture. Porn distributors have been the first to develop and experiment with new ways of media distribution, from streaming video to secure transactions.
Wednesday, February 13,2013
News

The irreplaceable Ian Trowbridge

Salk scientist became the British bulldog of San Diego land use and government transparency

By Dave Maass
Trowbridge should be mourned by every single person who cares about San Diego.
Wednesday, February 13,2013
Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The search is over

Staff writer Dave Maass is leaving; can you find 22 of his favorite subjects?

By Dave Maass
Bill Horn, marijuana, Occupy SD, Zany-Zane and Gary Kreep were among our beloved staff writer's favorite topics. 
 
 
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