This story is part of a CNET special report that examines the controversy gripping San Francisco as a massive influx of techies feeds an unprecedented economic boom — and backlash. “Die Techie Scum.” So reads the bumper sticker that a local activist group calling itself Defend The Bay Area has directed at the thousands of new city dwellers who moved here in the great migration of software companies to San Francisco in the last few years. Defend The Bay Area’s website is powered by WordPress and it uses Twitter to help organize its movement, but its tagline is “Fight the Tech Takeover.” From playing host to California’s Gold Rush in the late 19th century and the Summer of Love in 1967 to electing the first gay openly official in the country, San Francisco has coped with radical cultural transitions. So it’s not surprising the latest tech boom is ushering in change — and causing hostility among groups that aren’t happy with how the city has fared. “I think the strain of hating the man has always been a part of San Francisco,” says Dan Lyons, a veteran tech journalist who writes for HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” a show that mocks life… Read full this story
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