Daily news roundup for Monday, March 23, 2015 | KALW

Daily news roundup for Monday, March 23, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

As Google soars, a mobile home park feels the heat // Mercury News

"MOUNTAIN VIEW -- If Google gets to build a new office complex north of Highway 101, no one will feel the "Googly" aura of the canopied tech wonderland quite like the people living along Space Park Way.

"The Santiago Villa mobile home park, built in Silicon Valley's infancy, has weathered the booms and busts of its high-tech neighbors. Companies surrounding the park rose to greatness, plummeted to collapse and were replaced by upstarts, all without altering the palm-lined landscape of these factory-built homes."

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Kaiser Permanente in San Jose Gives 15 People Free Surgeries // NBC Bay Area

"Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center teamed up with other services for the county's first ever "Surgery Day," which gave free surgeries to 15 people.

"Saturday was a chance for a few uninsured patients to get the help they needed without worrying about paying the bill.

"The surgeries included hernia repair and cataract removal.

" 'Many times we do medical missions outside of the country, and the ability and opportunity to be able to go ahead and provide that here in Santa Clara County, in our own backyard with our own people, is a great thing," Kaiser Perioperative Manager Christopher Lomboy said."

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Driverless Car Starts Journey from San Francisco to New York // NBC Bay Area

"A driverless car took off from the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge for its cross-country trip to New York.

"The 10-day, 3,500-mile trip will be the first and longest coast-to-coast drive by an automated vehicle. The Delphi will navigate highways and other roadways with no human hands on the wheel."

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A Matchmaking Service is Using Facial Recognition Technology to Help People Find Dates // SF Weekly

"Remember way back when online dating was this new, futuristic concept? 

"Although not an online dating app, the matchmaking service Three Day Rule has taken the technology-meets-dating game to a whole new level — they’ve been using facial recognition technology to help their users find dates. How’s that for futuristic?

"Matchmakers at Three Day Rule have their clients send them pictures of people whom they find attractive — friends, celebrities, etc. The matchmakers then run the pictures through the service’s database (a group of 30,000 singles in the area).