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Qualcomm begins layoffs, trying to cut $1 billion, and its NXP bid faces objections in China

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:40:00 PDT

Qualcomm Inc. has begun notifying workers of layoffs at the same time the San Diego chipmaker’s $44-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems getting antitrust clearance from China.

Qualcomm, a leading provider of chips for mobile phones, did not specify the number of employees...

San Francisco officials are fed up with Bird scooters

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:35:00 PDT

San Francisco has long been a place where tech companies roll out their services first and seek permission later.

City officials, however, are losing patience with such strategies.

Members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Monday admonished Bird, LimeBike and Spin for blanketing the streets...

U.S. and Britain warn businesses worldwide of Russian campaign to hack routers

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

The U.S. and British governments on Monday accused Russia of conducting a massive campaign to compromise computer routers and firewalls around the world — from home offices to internet service providers — for espionage and possibly sabotage purposes.

The unusual public warning from the White House,...

Pentagon wants to spot illnesses by monitoring service members' smartphones

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:15:00 PDT

Imagine your smartphone's camera, microphone and motion sensors were monitoring you for signs of illness. That's the future envisioned by scientists at the Pentagon's secretive weapons development arm, where such a system is being built to keep tabs on deployed U.S. service members.

The Defense...

In a leaked memo, Apple warns employees to stop leaking

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:20:00 PDT

Apple Inc. warned employees to stop leaking internal information on the company’s plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges, one of the most aggressive moves by the world’s largest technology company to control information about its activities.

The Cupertino, Calif.,...

Google won the last maps war. Self-driving cars give other mapmakers a chance to find their own way

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:20:00 PDT

On any given day, there could be half a dozen autonomous cars mapping the same street corner in Silicon Valley. These cars, each from a different company, are all doing the same thing: building high-definition street maps, which eventually may serve as onboard navigation guides for driverless vehicles.


Would you pay for an ad-free Facebook?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product.

That business-world adage has allowed Facebook to thrive, attracting 2 billion users who choose to trade their personal information for no-cost access to the world’s largest social network.

The data they fork over have proven to be...

Uber is adding safety features it resisted for years

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:30:00 PDT

After years of resisting major changes pushed by riders and government regulators, Uber announced upgrades this week that it said are aimed at keeping its U.S. ride-hailing customers safe.

Uber will add an emergency 911 feature akin to a panic button — a type of enhanced 911 that connects passengers...

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says Cambridge Analytica got his personal data too

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday where he faced a sometimes confrontational House Energy and Commerce Committee that challenged the tech executive’s positions on user privacy, political bias and regulation.

The rapid-fire inquiry contrasted with...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows support for the idea of regulation — but not the particulars

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

During historic testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg made sure lawmakers knew his company was working hard to protect user data.

“I'm committed to getting this right,” Zuckerberg told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate...

Senators vented at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but may leave it at that

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:40:00 PDT

The senators groused and grimaced and expressed general disapproval with all that has gone wrong at Facebook, but they stopped short of giving its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, reason for panic on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg’s five-hour grilling by 44 lawmakers confirmed Facebook is...

Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery service to parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 21:00:00 PDT

Amazon will begin offering free two-hour delivery of Whole Foods products starting Tuesday to members of its Prime subscription service in Southern California.

The service comes nearly a year after Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, shoring-up the online retailing giant’s grocery business.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to apologize for his company's mistakes during his Washington testimony

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 16:25:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will take his apology tour to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

The CEO will offer contrition for failing to safeguard user data and not doing more to prevent Russian operatives from exploiting his platform to amplify discord amid the 2016 presidential campaign,...

Uber buys Jump Bikes and enters the electric bike sharing business

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 13:50:00 PDT

Ride-hailing giant Uber is buying the electric-bike startup Jump Bikes, adding bike sharing to its transportation options.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi announced Monday that his company had reached a deal to acquire Jump, which operates dockless bike-sharing services in San Francisco...

Facebook's new policy: Advertisers pushing political issues must verify their identities

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 13:10:00 PDT

Facebook Inc., aiming to seize the high ground before Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faces Congress next week, announced changes to its advertising policies that the social media giant says will make it harder for rogue operatives to set up fake accounts and push divisive points of view.


Some people who mocked Nasim Aghdam's YouTube videos regret it now

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Anyone who has spent time on the internet has come across something that confounds them — a blog post that doesn’t seem to make any sense, a rant that goes off the rails, a YouTube video so strange it’s hard to tell if the person behind it is sincere or creating performance art.

Often, this content...

She's not Laura Ingraham. But she's gotten thousands of angry tweets meant for the Fox News host

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

It's been a tough week for Laura Ingraham. And for Lauren Ingram.

Laura Ingraham is the embattled Fox News host currently on what the network is calling a pre-scheduled vacation after her comments about Parkland survivor David Hogg sparked social media outrage.

Lauren Ingram is an Australian journalist...

Like many content creators, YouTube shooter had a grievance with the video site. No one expected it to turn violent

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 17:20:00 PDT

Before YouTube became the target of her violence, it was where Nasim Aghdam tried to build an identity and a business.

She was among tens of thousands of so-called creators worldwide whose livelihoods rely on YouTube, and who in turn, provide the content that helps YouTube remain the internet’s...

Facebook says user data of 87 million was shared with Cambridge Analytica

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

As many as 87 million Facebook users had personal information improperly shared with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, significantly more than what had previously been reported, the company said Wednesday.

The affected accounts were mostly in the U.S., Facebook said in a blog post,...

Internet service providers should help find and stop opioid offers, FDA chief says

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 15:25:00 PDT

The head of the Food and Drug Administration is calling on internet service providers and social media companies to help rid the web of illegal offers of prescription opioids and illicit drugs that have contributed to the nation's drug crisis.

Noting that internet providers and others have taken...

Gunfire erupts at YouTube — and hoaxes emerge on social media

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 18:00:00 PDT

Matt Jarbo was playing video games Tuesday afternoon when he got a Twitter notification.

Someone had spotted tweets circulating with pictures of Jarbo falsely accusing him of being the active shooter inside YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.

As the host of a news commentary channel on YouTube...

Gay dating app Grindr changes its policy of sharing users' HIV status with outside vendors

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 17:40:00 PDT

Grindr, a gay dating app, will stop sharing users’ HIV statuses with third parties after a report disclosed that the company passed the information on to two vendors.

The West Hollywood company’s policy change came after a BuzzFeed report Monday that said personal data was being passed to two outside...

Apple will dump Intel and use its own chips in Macs, sources say

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 17:05:00 PDT

Apple Inc. is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp., according to people familiar with the plans.

The initiative, code-named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages but comes as part of a larger strategy to...

Tech designers should be licensed, says Silicon Valley designer Mike Monteiro

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Silicon Valley designer Mike Monteiro argues that all tech designers should undergo an accreditation process before they can work.

Apple revamps privacy controls to let users download their data

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:15:00 PDT

Apple Inc. is revamping privacy controls for its devices and cloud services to comply with strict new European rules as Facebook Inc. faces a user privacy backlash.

The iPhone maker said it would update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their...

Snap Inc. cuts 100 more workers in second round of layoffs this month

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 08:25:00 PDT

Snap Inc., the company behind video messaging app Snapchat, said Thursday it was cutting about 100 workers in its second round of layoffs in less than a month.

The new layoffs at the Venice-based social-media company are mostly in the advertising and sales units, a spokesman said. Earlier this...

Why do people hand over so much data to tech companies? It's not easy to say 'no'

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Three years ago when Facebook Messenger’s users opened the app on an Android device, they were greeted by an adorable cartoon yeti. It was shown texting a big pink heart. Below it, a prompt read: “Text anyone in your phone.”

The design seemed innocuous — friendly, even. Customers were given two...

Facebook to block option of using data brokers for ad targeting

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:25:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. is conducting a broad review of all its data practices and taking a much more conservative stance on some policies, moves that could limit advertisers’ ability to target users on the social network, according to people familiar with the matter.

As part of the changes that will be...

Facebook signals Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress over data privacy scandal

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:35:00 PDT

Facebook is in talks with lawmakers about having its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testify before Congress about the social network’s handling of user data.

The company is in contact with all three congressional committees that have requested testimony from Zuckerberg: the Senate Judiciary...

Google could owe Oracle $8.8 billion in fight over Android and Java

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:00:00 PDT

Google could owe Oracle Corp. billions of dollars for using Oracle-owned Java programming code in its Android operating system on mobile devices, an appeals court said, as the years-long feud between the two software giants draws near a close.

Google’s use of Java shortcuts to develop Android went...

Apple unveils $329 iPad that works with digital pencil, plus other offerings for schools

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:10:00 PDT

Apple Inc. is adding the ability to use a digital pencil to draw and write on its cheapest iPad model in an attempt to make the tablet more compelling for creating, teaching and learning.

The tech giant’s pencil previously worked only on its more expensive iPad Pro line.

The company unveiled its...

Facebook says Mark Zuckerberg won't testify before British lawmakers

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:10:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he will not appear before a British parliamentary committee to give evidence in the wake of allegations that information on millions of its users was misused.

Damian Collins, the head of the committee that is also investigating the impact of social...

Foxconn is buying Belkin, an L.A. maker of routers, chargers and keyboards

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:25:00 PDT

An arm of Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group has agreed to buy Los Angeles-based Belkin International Inc. in the latest move by Foxconn’s billionaire chief executive, Terry Gou, to expand into branded goods.

FIT Hon Teng Ltd. will pay $866 million in cash for Belkin, a maker...

Facebook under scrutiny as FTC confirms it is investigating privacy practices

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:25:00 PDT

The Federal Trade Commission confirmed Monday that it had opened an investigation of Facebook, and the Senate Judiciary Committee called on the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to testify as scrutiny mounts over the social media giant’s handling of user data.

The unfolding crisis at...

Uber is giving up in Southeast Asia, selling operations there to rival Grab

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 06:55:00 PDT

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell its Southeast Asian operations to Grab, withdrawing from yet another fast-growing region to end a war of attrition with a fierce local rival.

Under the agreement, Grab will acquire all of Uber’s operations in a region of 620 million people, including food...

How to keep your data safe without having to #DeleteFacebook

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

If you can’t trust a social network to protect your data, what can you do?

For some in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the answer is the hashtag spreading this week: #DeleteFacebook. For others, though, quitting the world’s largest social network isn’t a viable option.

Some use Facebook...

Silicon Valley played by a different set of rules. Facebook’s crisis could put an end to that

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:55:00 PDT

Facebook was 2 years old when it introduced its most transformative feature: a news feed that offered users a running list of updates about their friends’ love lives, favorite new bands and latest vacation photos.

For the hundreds of thousands of people on the social network, the idea of broadcasting...

Amazon patents delivery drones that can react to people screaming and flailing

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:25:00 PDT Inc. has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures.

The concept is part of Amazon’s goal to develop a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles that can send packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Issued this...

The key takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg's press tour

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:35:00 PDT

Amid mounting pressure from customers and regulators, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg broke his public silence Wednesday about the widening Cambridge Analytica scandal. He began with a prepared statement posted on his Facebook page followed by interviews with CNN, Recode, Wired and the...

EU proposes $6.2-billion tax on Facebook, Google and other tech giants

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:15:00 PDT

European policymakers are suggesting a new tax on tech giants such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a measure that could raise $6.2 billion through what advocates say would be a fairer way of taxing how the companies make their money.

The proposal, unveiled Wednesday, would tap into...

Travis Kalanick is a CEO again — this time at a real estate start-up

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:55:00 PDT

It’s not as splashy as disrupting the global transportation industry, but Travis Kalanick is once again a chief executive.

The controversial entrepreneur, who was ousted as CEO of Uber in June, tweeted Tuesday that he will head City Storage Systems, a holding company that redevelops distressed...

Facebook needed third-party apps to grow. Now it's left with a privacy crisis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:55:00 PDT

Facebook had only 20 million users when it opened up its budding platform to outside app developers in 2007, giving them much-needed access to the social network’s growing web of friends and family.

The developers built online games, quizzes and dating apps that gave people even more reasons to...

Questions mount for Facebook — and Mark Zuckerberg isn't answering them

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:30:00 PDT

A data mining firm’s alleged misuse of Facebook user data is ballooning into one of the highest-profile crises that the social media giant has ever faced. Yet Facebook’s highest-profile executives have so far been noticeably absent from the conversation.

Since Cambridge Analytica was accused this...

Facebook investors sue the social media giant over voter-profile harvesting

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:40:00 PDT

Facebook investors sued Facebook on Tuesday, blaming the social media giant’s failure to safeguard privacy for a stock slump that followed the revelation that users’ data were harvested without permission by a research firm connected to President Trump.

The world’s largest social media network...

Twitter stock dives after Israel threatens legal action over pro-terrorism tweets

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:50:00 PDT

The Israeli government is considering taking legal action against Twitter Inc. for ignoring repeated requests to remove online content that was inciting or supportive of terrorism, Israel’s justice minister warned Tuesday. Twitter shares tumbled more than 10%, their biggest drop in eight months.


FTC is investigating Facebook over Cambridge Analytica's use of personal data, source says

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:20:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. is under investigation by a U.S. privacy watchdog over the use of personal data of 50 million users by a data analytics firm to help elect President Trump.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing whether Facebook violated terms of a 2011 consent decree after the recent revelations...

A data mining company allegedly used Facebook to distort users’ reality

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Many Facebook users rely on the social network to figure out what’s going on in the world. But what if the world Facebook shows them is wildly distorted?

That’s the question raised after a former employee of a data mining firm that worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign alleged the company...

Facebook is testing ways to compensate video creators so it can cut into YouTube’s dominance

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

If you’re a die-hard fan of a Facebook video creator, the social network may soon give you a way to pay for exclusive content and award you with a digital badge to declare your fandom.

Those are some of the new ideas Facebook is introducing in the coming months to test ways to build up its creator...

Exploiting Facebook data to influence voters? That’s a feature, not a bug, of the social network

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:05:00 PDT

With each comment, like and share, users provide Facebook with a deeply personal window into their lives.

The result of that voluntary behavior? Advertisers looking to finely target their pitches can glean someone’s hobbies, what they like to eat and even what makes them happy or sad — propelling...

New way to recycle lithium-ion batteries could be a lifeline for electric cars and the environment

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:40:00 PDT

The promise of a global electric-vehicle transformation has a looming problem.

The cathodes in the lithium-ion batteries typically used in electric vehicles are made of metal oxides that contain cobalt, a metal found in finite supplies and concentrated in one of the globe’s more precarious countries.


Snap stock slides after Rihanna denounces domestic violence-themed ad

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:35:00 PDT

Pop singer Rihanna criticized Snap Inc. for running an ad that asked Snapchat users to decide whether they wanted to slap her or punch Chris Brown, saying it made a joke of her history as a victim of domestic violence.

Snapchat removed the ad, which was placed by a video game company, and apologized,...

California lawsuits accuse Uber and Lyft of discriminating against wheelchair users

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:10:00 PDT

If a person wants to drive for Uber or Lyft but doesn’t have a car, both ride-hailing companies steer them toward rental cars.

If a driver doesn’t feel like getting behind the wheel when it rains, both companies sweeten the deal by offering additional pay.

If a driver’s car isn’t wheelchair accessible,...

What is 5G and why did Trump nix a huge tech deal to boost America's lead in its development?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Self-driving cars. Internet-connected homes. Smart cities.

Innovations like these are expected to reshape the technology industry and society at large — but none will take off without stronger wireless infrastructure, known as 5G.

The fifth-generation mobile network will vastly expand the speed...

Blocking of Qualcomm takeover could end the tech industry's cozy ties to Beijing

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:20:00 PDT

Thanks to its breathtaking market size and unparalleled manufacturing base, China has long held sway over U.S. technology companies.

But the Trump administration’s unusual decision Monday to block a foreign hostile takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm could limit the companies’ ability to continue accommodating...

Trump blocks Broadcom from buying Qualcomm, citing national security

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:50:00 PDT

In the latest example of his tough stance against foreign takeovers of U.S. technology companies, President Trump on Monday blocked Broadcom Ltd. from acquiring Qualcomm Inc., scuttling the proposed $117-billion deal on national security grounds.

The president issued the executive order on a recommendation...

Dropbox dials down its valuation goals as its IPO nears

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:20:00 PDT

Silicon Valley darling Dropbox Inc. is aiming to go public at a valuation well below the $10 billion it clocked in at after its last private funding round, despite posting healthy revenue growth and turning cash-flow positive in the intervening four years.

The file-sharing company is targeting...

Qualcomm's chairman steps down, and Intel reportedly considers acquiring Broadcom

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 15:35:00 PST

Qualcomm Inc. longtime executive Paul Jacobs is taking a reduced role on the company’s board of directors — a move likely aimed at appeasing angry shareholders as the San Diego cellular giant tries to fend off a hostile takeover from Broadcom Ltd.

Meanwhile, rival chipmaker Intel Corp. — not eager...

Snap Inc. lays off more than 120 engineers as it looks to be more efficient and one day turn a profit

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 15:45:00 PST

The maker of the youthful video messaging app Snapchat is cutting more than 120 engineering jobs, reining in costs as it seeks to mature its business.

Snap Inc. says the job cuts aren’t related to its finances and that it intends to fill some of the open positions. The company plans to bring on...

Snap Inc. reportedly plans to lay off 100 engineers

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 19:20:00 PST

Snap Inc. plans to lay off about 100 software engineers, or 10% of its engineering workforce, according to multiple news reports.

The planned cuts were first reported by the video news outlet Cheddar, which cited unnamed sources.

Snap did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Venice...

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick starts investment fund focused on 'large-scale job creation'

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 16:55:00 PST

There’s life after Uber for Travis Kalanick.

The ride-hailing giant’s co-founder and controversial former chief executive tweeted Wednesday that he will start an investment fund called 10100.

“Over the past few months I’ve started thinking about what’s next,” Kalanick wrote. “I’ve begun making...

Broadcom hopes a $1.5-billion pledge will ease national security concerns over Qualcomm deal

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 07:35:00 PST

Broadcom Ltd. said it plans to create a new $1.5-billion fund to ensure America’s lead in future wireless technology, responding to U.S. government concerns that the chip maker’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc. could hurt its competitiveness and threaten national security.

The Committee on Foreign...

U.S. outlines national security concerns over Broadcom's bid to buy Qualcomm

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 13:35:00 PST

U.S. officials worry that if Broadcom Ltd. succeeds in its hostile takeover of Qualcomm Inc., that might weaken the San Diego chip maker and open the door for China to become the leader in next-generation wireless technologies, among other national security concerns.

The Treasury Department laid...

BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging tech, alleging patent infringement

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 12:40:00 PST

BlackBerry Ltd. is suing Facebook Inc., accusing the social media giant of patent infringement. The former smartphone maker is alleging that Facebook’s massively popular messaging applications use technology that BlackBerry invented.

Apps including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp use some messaging...

Broadcom's bid to take over Qualcomm is delayed for a national security review

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 17:05:00 PST

Qualcomm has been handed a 30-day reprieve from Broadcom’s $117-billion hostile takeover bid so U.S. regulators can conduct a national security investigation of the potential deal.

In an unusual move late Sunday, the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. ordered Qualcomm to delay...

Likes, comments and sometimes sales — how Instagram is shaping the art world

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PST

As a member of a millennia-old profession, 28-year-old artist Laura Rokas can do her job — painting, sculpting, drawing, weaving — without the help of most modern technology. But the Bay Area artist makes one exception: Instagram.

Since its launch in 2010, the photo and video sharing app has become...

Spectacles at first did not succeed, but Snap will try, try again, report says

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 13:20:00 PST

Snap Inc. is reportedly giving Spectacles, its camera-equipped sunglasses, at least two more tries.

The Venice maker of the video messaging app Snapchat is working on two new versions of the glasses to improve upon its poorly selling original version, according to the video news outlet Cheddar.


Snap is said to skip bonuses and struggle with low morale after hard year

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 11:40:00 PST

On Wednesday, Snap Inc. sent employees a survey asking a broad set of questions to understand what they're happy about, what they want to improve, and what they want to say, anonymously, one year after the Snapchat maker’s initial public offering.

Grievances will be aired.

Just last month, the...

Twitter CEO pleads for ideas on how to make the social network more civil

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:25:00 PST

Twitter Inc. just admitted it’s become a swamp for toxic conversations.

Chief Executive and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweetstormed a plea for ways to make Twitter’s social network a nicer place by measuring "collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation." He said Twitter accepted...

SoftBank leads $535-million investment in DoorDash food-delivery app

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 08:25:00 PST

The latest winner of the SoftBank Group Corp. lottery is DoorDash Inc., a food-delivery app. SoftBank’s Vision Fund is leading a $535-million investment in the San Francisco company, almost triple the amount of capital DoorDash had raised in the last five years.

The deal, which includes funding...

Snap Inc. puts more than half its Venice office space up for lease, ending an era

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PST

When Snapchat was housed in a sky blue beachfront bungalow on the Venice boardwalk, fans of the fledgling disappearing-video app used to take selfies in front of the company’s now famous ghost logo.

Evan Spiegel, the company’s founder and chief executive, could walk out onto the promenade, talk...

By buying Ring and other smart home start-ups, tech's biggest firms try to lure more people into their ecosystems

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PST

When approached Jason Johnson, founder and chief executive of August, nearly three years ago and asked to integrate his company’s internet-connected locks with a new device called the Amazon Echo, he thought it was a gimmick.

Smart speakers hadn’t yet taken off. Voice control was nascent....

Qualcomm proposes more talks with Broadcom over possible sale — but price remains a hurdle

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:00:00 PST

Qualcomm said Monday it is ready for further talks with rival and potential buyer Broadcom to see if the two sides can negotiate a sale of the San Diego cellular technology giant, with price remaining a key sticking point.

In a letter sent to Broadcom on Monday, Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs revealed...

Dropbox, valued privately at $10 billion, files for IPO

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:10:00 PST

Dropbox Inc., a file-sharing company that has been privately valued at $10 billion, filed Friday for a U.S. initial public stock offering, saying it was at scale and capable of moving fast.

The San Francisco company filed with an offering size of $500 million, according to a filing with the U.S....

Propaganda, lies and social media: Harvard's Nicco Mele on how the tech we love hurts us

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 PST

Nicco Mele's outlook on the effect of technology on democracy is both grim and hopeful.

Kylie Jenner called Snapchat 'sad.' Now its stock is down more than 6%

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:35:00 PST

Reality television star Kylie Jenner is one of social media’s most prominent influencers. When she tweets about a product, brands expect her 24.5 million followers will listen.

After what happened Thursday, it appears investors are listening as well.

Jenner helped send shares of Snap Inc. down...

Russia tried and failed to sow discord in America. Then it discovered social media

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:00:00 PST

Russia has been trolling the United States for decades.

It bankrolled American authors who claimed Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy under the direction of the FBI and CIA; it planted articles arguing Martin Luther King Jr. was not radical enough; and it spread a conspiracy theory...

Broadcom remains in the hunt for Qualcomm even as it lowers its bid

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:45:00 PST

Broadcom trimmed its hostile takeover offer for Qualcomm on Wednesday after the San Diego company agreed to pay more for Dutch automotive chip maker NXP Semiconductors.

But Broadcom said it remains committed to acquiring Qualcomm even with NXP in tow.

Broadcom’s new offer is $79 a share — $57 in...

Uber brings to L.A. its Express Pool service, which sounds kind of like a bus

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

First, Uber framed itself as an alternative to taxis. Now the San Francisco ride-hailing company is rolling out a new service that sounds kind of like a bus.

The ride-hailing company is bringing to Los Angeles on Wednesday its Express Pool, a lower-cost service for passengers who are willing to...

Qualcomm raises its bid for NXP to $43 billion; Broadcom slams the move

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:35:00 PST

Qualcomm Inc. has raised its offer to acquire Dutch automotive chip maker NXP Semiconductors to $43 billion, which may help the San Diego company’s case for remaining independent ahead of its hostile takeover showdown with rival Broadcom Ltd.

Qualcomm announced Tuesday that it had increased its...

Getting a new iPhone battery is often a frustrating, weeks-long process

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:45:00 PST

Some people across the country are reporting that they're having a tough time getting their iPhone batteries replaced through Apple Inc.'s battery replacement program that launched after the company admitted that it slows down phones with older batteries to preserve the phones' performance.


Uber class-action lawsuit over how drivers were paid gets green light from judge

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:55:00 PST

A class-action lawsuit alleging that Uber stiffed its drivers of fare money has received class certification, paving the way for the lawsuit to include thousands of drivers nationwide who did not sign an arbitration agreement with the San Francisco company.

The breach of contract lawsuit, filed...

Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:00:00 PST

All it takes is a single selfie.

From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but fabricated from whole cloth by software.

With more time, Pinscreen, the Los Angeles start-up behind the technology, believes its renderings will become so...

The goal was espionage. The tactics were social media 101

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:40:00 PST

If a brand today wants to promote a new product, it would order its social media team to tailor posts that resonate with its audience, buy targeted ads to reach impressionable eyeballs, and closely monitor the performance of its messaging to ensure it reaches, and influences, as many viewers as...

Google's firing of engineer James Damore did not break labor law, NLRB lawyer concludes

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:10:00 PST

Google’s firing of engineer James Damore over his controversial memo criticizing the company’s diversity policies and “politically correct monoculture” did not violate U.S. labor law, a federal agency lawyer concluded.

Statements in Damore’s 3,000-word memo “regarding biological differences between...

Chrome ad blocker: The internet's largest ad company is now advertising's biggest traffic cop

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:00 PST

Google, already one of the dominant players in the online advertising world, may soon have even more power in that space. It is now taking on the challenge of determining what's a good ad or a bad ad to decide which ones the majority of web users see.

Google's Chrome browser, which is used by about...

Electronics-recycling innovator faces prison for trying to extend computers' lives

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:05:00 PST

Eric Lundgren is obsessed with recycling electronics.

He built an electric car out of recycled parts that far outdistanced a Tesla in a test. He launched what he thinks is the first “electronic hybrid recycling” facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics...

Peter Thiel's resume includes PayPal, Facebook and supporting Trump. And he's coming to L.A.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel has his sights set on Los Angeles, with the prominent tech investor planning to move his residence and some of his business from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Southland.

If Thiel, 50, makes the move, Angelenos will gain a neighbor who has spent most of his...

Uber lost $4.5 billion in 2017, but its revenue jumped

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:30:00 PST

Ride-hailing giant Uber's full-year net loss widened to $4.5 billion in 2017 as the company endured a tumultuous year that included multiple scandals, a lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets and the replacement of its chief executive.

The results also showed that Uber cut its fourth-quarter...

Giant advertiser Unilever threatens to pull its ads from Facebook and Google over 'toxic content'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:20:00 PST

One of the world's largest advertisers is threatening to pull its ads from social sites such as Facebook and YouTube if the tech companies don't do more to minimize divisive content on their platforms.

Unilever's chief marketing officer, Keith Weed, called on Silicon Valley on Monday to better...

Broadcom has $100 billion in financing lined up for Qualcomm takeover bid

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PST

Broadcom Ltd. has lined up $100 billion in debt financing from a dozen major financial backers to pay for its hostile takeover bid for rival chipmaker Qualcomm Inc., the company said Monday.

The massive debt commitment answers a key concern about whether Broadcom could fund the $121-billion deal...

Microsoft is trying to kill passwords. It can't happen soon enough

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:10:00 PST

Microsoft Corp. is trying to kill the password, and it's about time. This month, the company said the next test version of its stripped-down Windows 10 S operating system will strip out passwords too, by default. If you go through setup as recommended, you'll never get a password option.

But killing...

Equifax hack exposed more information than we thought, documents show

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 16:35:00 PST

The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers.

The credit-reporting company announced in September that the personal information of 145.5 million consumers had been compromised in a data...

Amazon reportedly launching a delivery service for businesses

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 10:10:00 PST

Starting in Los Angeles, Amazon will launch a delivery service for businesses that could one day rival FedEx and UPS, it was reported Friday.

The service, called “Shipping With Amazon,” will deliver goods sold by third-party vendors on the tech giant’s e-commerce platform. It’s expected to roll...

Twitter stock jumps 12% after surprise sales growth and first real profit

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:45:00 PST

Twitter Inc. stock soared the most since its market debut in 2013 after it posted the first growth in four quarters, driven by improvements to its app and added video content that are persuading advertisers to boost spending on the social network.

The San Francisco company topped analysts’ average...

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $121-billion buyout bid but offers to meet with CEO

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:40:00 PST

Qualcomm Inc. rejected rival chip maker Broadcom’s $121-billion takeover bid — which Broadcom Chief Executive Hock Tan has called his “final and best” offer — but the San Diego company said it is prepared to sit down with Tan to discuss the proposal.

In a letter to Tan on Thursday, Qualcomm Executive...

Sneaker marketplace GOAT acquires Flight Club, a rival consignment shop

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 05:00:00 PST

In a deal that highlights the growing popularity of collectible sneakers, Culver City’s GOAT, an online marketplace for high-value sneakers, is buying Flight Club, an influential sneaker consignment store with outposts in New York and Los Angeles.

The two brands trade in the kinds of high-end,...

Redheads, rejoice: 77 new emojis are coming, and they include new hair options

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:15:00 PST

Redheads and curly-haired people, the Unicode Consortium has heard your pleas.

Those are just a couple of the 77 new characters approved to be added to Unicode's next emoji update — 157 new characters if you count the variations in skin tones.

Bald people and people with white hair are the other...

Snap stock surges nearly 50% after reporting strong earnings, user growth

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 15:00:00 PST

Investors rewarded Snap Inc. handsomely Wednesday following the social media company’s unexpected positive earnings report, pushing shares up 47%.

The Venice-based company surprised analysts Tuesday when it reported revenue of $286 million in its fourth quarter, a 72% increase from a year earlier,...

In volatile times, tech stocks often bounce around more than others

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:50:00 PST

In a week of stock market volatility, technology companies such as Apple, Alphabet and Facebook saw some of the sharpest declines over the last few days.

Economists aren’t particularly worried or surprised though.

That’s because in shaky times, technology stocks often take the first — and hardest...

Snap Inc. revenue surges, beating expectations; stock jumps 25%

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 15:40:00 PST

After a bruising first year as a publicly traded company, Snap Inc. has finally earned some much-needed breathing room.

Shares of the company behind the video messaging app Snapchat surged more than 25% in after-hours trading after the Venice company reported stronger-than-expected results Tuesday...