The books will not burn in Berkeley. With the passage of Measures FF and GG, Berkeley will witness a long overdue renovation for public libraries and a halt on fire station closures, at the sake of an additional $100 annual property tax for Berkeley homeowners. [TMCnet]

Berkeley’s Measure KK was rejected by 77 percent. It’s implications leave many happy, but most are just confused. The voters have spoken: we don’t want the right to vote. [SFGate]

UC Berkeley saves the world again, this time by offering free downloads (two words that are made for each other). Bay Area commuters look forward to the new cell phone program that will save their souls from Bay Area traffic hell. [CBS5]

In the e-mail world, UC Berkeley and UCSD feed us spam, and learn that about 1 out of every 12,500,000 asks for seconds. Dear reader, if you’re that guy, we judge you. [PC World]

UC Berkeley professor Richard Karp is awarded a prize in advanced technology today in Japan. His work allows for the measurement of difficulty of other computational programs. Three cheers for Karp! [KMPH FOX]

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