Protesters crash Google's developers' conference

San Franciscans who blame tech developers for pushing up rents and driving working class people out of their apartments protested outside Google.
On Wednesday in San Francisco some folks crashed Google's big developer's conference with a myriad of grievances. Some of them consider Google "the evil empire," because it's so big and so rich.

To hear Google tell it, the developer's conference is all about a technologically brave new world. The conference has 6,000 developers in attendance.

However, outside there are protests by San Franciscans who say that Google is getting too big and too influential in San Francisco real estate.

Let's talk about voice actions -- they were predictable and prevalent, both outside and inside at San Francisco's Moscone Center West.

One presenter said, "We believe voice actions will be most useful when they can invoke the best service in any app."

"You can't have an app for everything in existence," San Francisco teacher Alisa Messer said.

They were hardly luddites. No. How about angry San Franciscans who blame tech developers for pushing up rents and driving working class people out of their apartments.

"It's about money. They want to make money and they don't care who is in the way," Kate Holum from Eviction Free San Francisco said.

Google, being the biggest, is the most symbolic villain, and the developer's conference is a perfect protest opportunity as the company hosted a gaggle of 6,000 developers -- call them "the haves."

"This is a world where there are haves and have nots," Messer said.

Among the nots is San Francisco teacher Claudio Tirade, who has been served notice in an apartment house by a Google lawyer, Jack Halprin.

"This group is funding my evictor," Messer said.

It was a group that looked at the protesters as more of a nuisance. A few protesters penetrated security and interrupted a presentation.

Google did not directly address the protest. Instead, the company issued a statement which read, in part, "Thousands of Googlers call the Bay Area home. Since 2011, we have given more than $70 million to local projects and employees have volunteered thousands of hours to the community."

Google did not take any questions.
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