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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, March 12, 2012


The Federal Transit Administration has committed $900 million to the Bart Silicon Valley project. This extends the existing Bart system 16 miles south to San Jose. Construction can begin, and if all goes as planned, the extension could be running four years from now...

Free upgraded Wi-Fi is coming to downtown San Jose this summer. The city previously had coverage, but this system will be more powerful and faster. SmartWAVE Technologies will install and monitor dozens of communication devices that will be placed on streetlights, traffic poles, and buildings...

Google’s “Don’t be Evil” motto is being questioned by observers concerned with some recent business practices including: bypassing the privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser, preferencing Google + social network over Twitter and Facebook, and the Google Buzz privacy breach. Google claims these are mistakes, not evil deeds...

A Paypal executive was killed on Caltrain tracks in Menlo Park. Eric Salvatierra, 39, a married father of three young girls, was vice president of customer advocacy and operational excellence. He was on his bike crossing the northbound tracks at Ravenswood Ave. He's the fourth person killed on Caltrain tracks this year. On Saturday, an unidentified woman was killed by an Amtrak train in San Leandro...

A scooter version of Zipcar has launched in San Francisco. Subscribers can use their smartphone to find, reserve, and unlock nearby scooters. Once a scooter is returned to its parking space, it recharges with solar energy...

Bubblemaking in the Bay Area is experiencing a revival. Bubbles made out of water, not bubbles made out of business, is a recent craze at Bay Area parks.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.


Lisa Ratner is a volunteer reporter for KALW's Crosscurrents. Her favorite topics to cover are Public Transportation, Food Politics, Gender Politics, and Film.