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Gender-neutral people, a mermaid and a T. rex are among the 69 new emoji coming soon

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:05:00 PDT

Emoji can't convey everything.

For instance, you can't currently use emoji to indicate that you're a breastfeeding woman in a hijab who's also a zombie hungry for brains.

But that's about to change.

The Unicode Consortium, the shadowy organization that approves and encodes emoji, has announced...

(image) acquires Santa Monica dog-sitting start-up DogVacay, which couldn't keep up

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Last fall, Aaron Hirschhorn was telling investors that his Santa Monica start-up DogVacay had quarterly sales that tripled compared with a year earlier, had profits well in sight and had grand ideas for new features.

But one big challenge lingered: DogVacay’s main rival in pet-setting and dog-walking...


Samsung's new Galaxy S8 phone has bigger display and new voice assistant

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:20:00 PDT

Samsung seems to be playing it safe — at least with its battery — as it unveils the Galaxy S8, its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than comparable models from last year. To maximize display space, there's...


Uber reveals how white and male its workforce is

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Uber Technologies Inc. shed light on the gender and racial diversity of its workforce for the first time Tuesday, releasing a batch of data that even its recruiters reportedly couldn’t access.

The numbers show the ride-hailing giant is enduring the same struggles as much of the tech industry to...


Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features, and Snap stock falls

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The Facebook app’s introduction of Snapchat-like features sent shares of Snap Inc. tumbling Tuesday.

Facebook Inc. said it wants to let people’s cameras “do the talking,” as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text. That’s both a compliment and a big challenge to Snapchat,...


Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chips might someday fight the robot uprising

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Elon Musk is starting yet another company, this time to create implantable brain chips to treat neurological disorders and one day, perhaps, protect us from evil robot overlords.

In a tweet Monday night, Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal article on the new company, called Neuralink.

“Long Neuralink...


Amazon buys, the Middle East's biggest online retailer, after $800-million counteroffer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:25:00 PDT

Amazon purchased the Middle East's biggest online retailer,, on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800-million counteroffer.

A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon's influence into the Mideast as the chairman of the state-supported...


Starting today, you can use the Waze navigation app to order ahead at Dunkin' Donuts

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:15:00 PDT

Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. Now it's adding a new item to its menu — the ability to place orders at some shops.

On Tuesday, the Google-owned app will start letting drivers purchase coffee and other...


Kin Community coalesces around millennial women and their ways home

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A decade in, Michael Wayne finally has a clear vision of what his company can be.

The former Sony Pictures Entertainment executive had been driven by the idea that video would overtake the Internet, and he wanted to be the leader in producing high-quality digital shorts. But what they’d cover,...


Johnson & Johnson and GM join companies suspending their YouTube ads over extremist videos

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Healthcare product maker Johnson & Johnson and automaker General Motors Co. are among the latest companies to halt advertising on YouTube after concerns that Google is not doing enough to ensure brands’ ads are not appearing near terrorist content.

New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson said in a statement...


Snap shares jump as IPO insiders encourage buying or holding the stock

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Shares of Snapchat maker Snap Inc. jumped Monday, closing at their highest price in three weeks.

The leap — shares rose $1.09, or 4.8%, to $23.83 — followed several stock analysts’ new recommendations to buy or hold on to shares of the Los Angeles company.

The analysts had been barred from publicizing...


Uber suspends its self-driving car tests after one of its SUVs was struck in Arizona

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:10:00 PDT

After a self-driving Uber SUV was struck in a high-impact collision Friday night, the ride-hailing company is suspending tests of its autonomous vehicles while it investigates.

Officials say Uber’s SUV was operating on its own when it was hit by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection...


Bob Iger says no to virtual reality headsets at Disney parks, aims for augmented reality instead

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Walt Disney Co.’s chief executive has no interest in having theme park visitors strap on virtual reality headsets that block out their view and place them inside a digital world.

Smaller rivals, including Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld and Six Flags, have turned to such virtual reality experiences...


AT&T, Verizon and other advertisers flee Google over offensive YouTube videos

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:30:00 PDT

Google’s advertising machine is under siege.

Two of the nation’s biggest ad buyers and several other major companies announced Wednesday their intention to halt or reduce deals with Google over concerns that the search-engine giant had failed to protect their brands from being intertwined with...


Apple announces red iPhones and a new, cheaper iPad

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Apple Inc. announced a new, cheaper iPad and Product Red special editions of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus early Tuesday. All three products will be available to order online and in stores beginning Friday, it said.

Apple’s new iPad, a refresh of its iPad Air 2, boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display,...


Inside Cloud9: How this couple built an e-sports empire worth millions

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Jack and Paullie Etienne, co-founders of professional e-sports teams, are so obsessed with winning that they cut off their players’ Internet at 2:15 a.m. to encourage decent rest before practice.

The Etiennes measure how much players practice, including on their own time, and how encouraging they...


How food delivery apps have changed the game for restaurants

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A year ago Mendocino Farms didn’t offer delivery at any of its 15 Southern California locations. Now Ellen Chen, co-founder of the artisanal sandwich chain, is knocking down restaurant walls to make room for delivery drivers.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Chen said.

Since partnering with the San Francisco...


Hacks are everywhere. Here's how to keep your Twitter account safe.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:20:00 PDT

Do you remember what you were doing on Twitter in 2010?

Twitter accounts have been compromised by a range of security issues lately — and in at least one case the vulnerability is tied to a decision users made years ago. It might be time to double check how secure your account really is.



McDonald's hacker's tweet insulting Trump gets a lot of buzz, much of it positive

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:40:00 PDT

McDonald's said its main Twitter account was hacked Thursday morning, resulting in an insulting tweet directed at President Trump.

A tweet posted after 6 a.m. Pacific Time on McDonald's main account called Trump a "disgusting excuse of a President" and issued a judgment of his hand size. The tweet,...


GoPro to lay off 270 workers in an effort to cut costs

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:20:00 PDT

After mounting quarterly losses, botched product launches, and having its stock price hit record lows, camera maker GoPro on Wednesday announced it would cut 270 full-time jobs to lower operating expenses.

The San Mateo, Calif., firm said in a news release that the cuts would not affect its plans...


Lyft has gained customers during Uber's run of bad publicity

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Uber's recent stumbles could be giving Lyft a chance to gain ground in the ride-hailing market as customers shift allegiance, new market data suggest.

The study comes as Uber has been dealing with a run of bad news.

Lyft's customer base has grown 7% since Jan. 29, when the company tried to capitalize...


If you searched Yahoo for 'erectile dysfunction,' you may have enriched a Russian hacker

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Yahoo users who searched the Web for erectile dysfunction medication may have inadvertently enriched a Russian cybercriminal in a hack that shows unparalleled intrusion into a technology giant’s infrastructure, information security experts say.

Alexsey Belan, a hacker included on the FBI’s “most...


Russian spies wanted intel, hackers wanted cash in giant Yahoo breach, feds say

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:45:00 PDT

The Russian spies wanted secrets; the hacker was motivated by money.

Together, they orchestrated one of the largest thefts of consumer data in history: pilfering detailed user information from more than 500 million Yahoo accounts, including those of diplomats, journalists, Russian officials and...


How I Made It: Thumbtack's president left the White House for Silicon Valley

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The gig: Jonathan Swanson, 34, is the co-founder and president of Thumbtack — a services marketplace that is sort of like the Yellow Pages of the digital age. Instead of trawling through hundreds of listings for plumbers, electricians, masseuses and tutors on paper, customers tell Thumbtack what...


Tech workers celebrate Pi Day with protest against the Trump administration

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:55:00 PDT

Hundreds of Bay Area tech workers converged on Palo Alto’s King Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in a show of solidarity against the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric, which the industry believes are a threat to the “values that drive Silicon Valley.”

The rally, organized by software engineer...