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Lawsuit accuses Uber of ripping off drivers, paying them smaller fares than what passengers pay

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT

The hits keep coming for Uber — and not the good kind.

The embattled ride-share company, already buffeted by a barrage of lawsuits and public-relations crises, is being sued again. This time, a driver is alleging that the Silicon Valley behemoth’s fare structure deliberately shortchanges drivers.


The leadership lessons in Sheryl Sandberg's new book about resilience and grief

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Sheryl Sandberg's long-awaited book is out on what she learned about becoming resilient and coping with grief following the sudden death of her husband in 2015.(image)

Uber has a department that spies on its rivals — and it's not alone

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Uber isn't the only company to employee a competitive intelligence team to study its rivals. It's a longstanding tactic -- but one that can turn controversial.(image)

Twitter says daily users grew 14%, and stock jumps — even though revenue is down

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Twitter Inc. stock soared nearly 8% on Wednesday as investors saw promise in the social media company’s growing user base, even though the company also reported its first drop in revenue since going public.

The San Francisco company reported $548.3 million in revenue for the three months that ended...


Uber's plan to curb bad behavior by passengers: Reveal their ratings

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT

In its latest effort to appease its vast network of drivers, ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced updates to its app intended to curb bad behavior by passengers.

Key among the changes is allowing passengers to see the ratings they receive from drivers — knowledge the company hopes will...


Palantir will pay $1.7 million to settle claims it discriminated against Asians

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Big data start-up Palantir will pay nearly $1.7 million to settle claims that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Palantir will pay back wages and other monetary relief, including the value of stock options, to affected applicants of certain...


TeleSign, a Marina del Rey start-up crucial to integrity of popular apps, purchased for $230 million

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:25:00 PDT

A Marina del Rey start-up crucial to the integrity and security of many of the world’s top smartphone apps agreed to be acquired Tuesday for $230 million in cash.

TeleSign Corp.’s proposed acquisition marks a celebrated outcome for its three co-founders, who started the company out of USC’s Marshall...


Yahoo discloses $187-million exit pay package for Marissa Mayer and $97-million Snapchat holding

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer would leave the online media company with more than $187 million if she exercises all her stock options, according to a securities filing this week.

It’s the latest estimate of the payout Mayer would receive if Verizon’s $4.5-billion purchase of Yahoo closes...


Snapchat newbie? The app will now show you how to use its augmented reality functions and more

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A look at the week's top news from Los Angeles tech, including Snap Inc.'s efforts to guide users through its augmented reality functions.(image)

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly threatened to ban Uber from app store over secret tracking

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook threatened to kick Uber out of its app store after it discovered that the ride-hailing company was intentionally violating its privacy rules.

Losing access to millions of iPhone users through Apple’s app store had the potential to destroy Uber’s business, according...


Snapchat maker reportedly spends $7.7 million to buy patent filing from Yo app entrepreneur

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Snapchat app maker Snap Inc. has reportedly paid $7.7 million for the rights to a patent application from the entrepreneur behind the Yo app.

According to reports in GeekTime and TechCrunch, Snap earlier this month purchased the pending geolocation patent from Mobli, whose co-founder, Moshe Hegog,...


A quick guide to Elon Musk's new brain-implant company, Neuralink

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:00 PDT

SpaceX and Tesla chief Elon Musk teased the world last month by confirming his new venture, Neuralink, a company to create implantable brain chips. Now a lot more details have been revealed. (image)

Venture capitalists look beyond tech to the dietary supplements market. Scientists express worry.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

How do you stay sharp and fit despite fatigue and age? By consuming substances extracted from blueberries, flowers and algae, say the makers of a new group of unregulated and unproven health pills.

Trusting natural chemicals to solve inevitable ailments is familiar to anyone who has visited a GNC...


Tons of $80,000 entry-level cybersecurity jobs are sitting empty

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT

The nation’s colleges and universities are scrambling to add courses to prepare students to fill the huge number of cybersecurity jobs that have arisen because of the exponential growth in hacking worldwide.

The extent of the problem isn’t clear; analysts say the number of job vacancies ranges...


Newest Silicon Valley perk: Paid time off to protest Trump

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:50:00 PDT

Silicon Valley firms have long been known for offering a litany of employee perks: fresh-cooked lunches, free massages, climbing walls and dog-friendly offices.

Now some are adding yet another incentive to attract and retain workers: paid time off to protest.

Fauna, a San Francisco database start-up,...


Tech industry is fine with H-1B visa reform — as long as it doesn't affect their companies

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT

President Trump says his new executive order will force tech companies to hire more American workers. But Silicon Valley leaders, who rely heavily on H-1B visas for high-skilled employees, say they’re not the problem.

The Trump administration introduced an executive order Tuesday named “Buy American,...


Facebook's been copying Snapchat. But here's its plan to get ahead

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:10:00 PDT

Snapchat beat Facebook in realizing the smartphone camera could do more than document memories. It could be a form of entertainment itself, letting users swap faces with friends or bring 3-D cartoons to life in the living room.

But despite his admittedly late start, Facebook Chief Executive Mark...


Uber executive who worked on self-driving systems leaves the company

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:40:00 PDT

An Uber Technologies Inc. executive who worked on the ride-hailing company’s self-driving vehicle program has left the firm. He is the third executive to exit Uber in two months.

The San Francisco company confirmed the departure of Sherif Marakby, Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs,...


Snapchat's newest feature lets people dance around rainbows

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT

No matter how silly and ridiculous they complain the feature is, even non-Snapchat users have appreciated the novelty of lenses.

That’s the special effects tool on Snapchat where with a tap of the screen people can warp themselves in video messages to sprout bunny ears, bee wings, pop star hairdos...


L.A. venture capitalists who missed Snapchat don't want to make the same mistake twice

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The president of Los Angeles' leading angel investor group explains the big change he's seen in the last few months.(image)

Why Indians are angry at Snapchat

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Snapchat is facing backlash after its chief executive allegedly said he didn’t want to expand “into poor countries like India and Spain.”

The alleged remarks were described in a lawsuit by former employee Anthony Pompliano, who worked at the Venice company for three weeks in 2015 before being fired.


Robert W. Taylor, visionary figure in the birth of personal computing and the Internet, dies at 85

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:40:00 PDT

In 1968, Robert W. Taylor made a prediction that would guide the course of computer science for decades to come.

“In a few years,” he wrote, “men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face.”

Taylor, who died Thursday at the age of 85, became the single most...


How I Made It: Nirav Tolia turned small-town Texas values into a global social network

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The gig: Nirav Tolia, 45, is the co-founder and chief executive of Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network that lets people connect with their neighbors, share news, tips and sometimes gossip with their local community. The San Francisco-based 152-employee start-up has raised $210 million in...


Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars in California

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT

Apple became the world’s most valuable tech company by changing the way we communicate. Now it’s looking at changing the way we get around.

The Cupertino firm received a permit on Friday from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test self-driving vehicles on public streets in California.