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Last Build Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:06:34 -0700

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Snap executives sell $9 million worth of stock at first opportunity

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Three of Snap Inc.’s top executives sold their first batch of company shares, picking up an estimated $9.3 million, according to federal disclosures.

Employees at the Snapchat maker became free Monday to sell shares awarded through options or other compensation plans.

Restrictions in place after...


Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer accused of defamation by radio host, as it's 'completely banned from the Internet'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:05:00 PDT

A Muslim American radio host is accusing the operator of a notorious neo-Nazi website of defaming him by falsely labeling him the “mastermind” of a deadly concert bombing in England, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

SiriusXM Radio host Dean Obeidallah sued the Daily Stormer's publisher,...


Corporate America voices its strongest repudiation yet of Trump as councils disband

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:20:00 PDT

America’s top business executives may have bristled over President Trump's ban on refugees, his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his decision to bar transgender Americans from the military.

But it wasn’t until the embattled president all but defended white supremacists in the aftermath...


What the 15 top executives who quit Trump's business councils said about why they left

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:10:00 PDT

The executive defections accelerated after what many saw as Trump's defense of white supremacists on Tuesday. Then he shut the councils down.(image)

Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It's now the most 'liked' in Twitter history

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:40:00 PDT

Barack Obama just made Twitter history.

The former president tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote on the day of violent chaos in Charlottesville. He included a photo taken of him in 2011 on a visit to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Md.

With more than 2.8 million likes already, it’s the most...


Uber settles with FTC over 'God View' and some other privacy issues

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Uber has agreed to settle accusations by America’s top consumer protection agency that the ride-hailing company failed to protect consumers’ sensitive data, a misstep that allowed employees to access rider and driver information and led to a data breach in 2014 that exposed thousands of drivers’...


Justice Department wants data on anti-Trump protesters. An L.A. tech firm is resisting

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:20:00 PDT

A Los Angeles tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify who visited a website set up to coordinate protests on President Trump’s Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution.

"What we have is a sweeping...


Los Angeles plans to launch a cybersecurity threat-sharing group with city businesses

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Cyber Lab L.A., organized as a nonprofit, plans to share information about online threats between the public and private sectors.(image)

Google and GoDaddy boot neo-Nazi website that mocked the woman slain in Charlottesville

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:55:00 PDT

A leading neo-Nazi website continued to be accessible Monday despite efforts by website registration companies Google and GoDaddy to oust it after it mocked the woman killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Google said Monday that it was canceling the domain name registration...


Travis Kalanick is undermining Uber's search for a new CEO, says the investor that's suing him

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Four days after suing former Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, accusing him of fraud, early Uber investor Benchmark told Uber employees why it resorted to legal action: Kalanick, it said, was getting in the way.

In an open letter sent to Uber employees and publicly shared on Twitter, the Silicon...


Hero in WannaCry cybersecurity attack pleads not guilty to unleashing a different virus

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:30:00 PDT

A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb the recent WannaCry ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago.

Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin federal court,...


Google cancels town hall meeting, and fired engineer tells his side of the story

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:55:00 PDT

A day after Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai canceled a staff meeting to address gender discrimination, the former employee behind a memo deriding the company’s diversity efforts wrote an essay explaining why he thinks he was fired.

In a column published Friday on the Wall Street Journal’s...


Three things Snap needs to figure out before its next earnings report

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Shares of the Los Angeles company that makes the Snapchat messaging app breached an all-time low Friday, following weaker-than-expected second-quarter financial results.(image)

Slack vice president April Underwood gets ahead with curiosity, a 'superpower' and 3 key questions

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:15:00 PDT

How April Underwood's curiosity landed her top jobs at Google, Twitter and Slack.(image)

Snap shares plummet after Los Angeles tech company misses expectations

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Snap Inc. revealed its second-quarter earnings after the close of markets Thursday -- and they weren't pretty.(image)

Longtime Uber exec Ryan Graves to leave company but remain on board

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:20:00 PDT

The executive exodus continued at Uber on Thursday, with the company’s senior vice president of global operations, Ryan Graves, announcing he will leave the company in mid-September.

In an email to staff, Graves said he will remain on Uber’s board of directors and focus on its search for a new CEO...


Delivery start-up Schlep & Fetch runs out of cash, shuts down and pays drivers fraction of what they're owed

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:15:00 PDT

Schlep & Fetch, which delivered food from Yelp Eat24 orders and documents from movie studios and law offices, ceased operations in recent days after running out of money.

At its peak last fall, the Los Angeles courier start-up had 140 drivers fulfilling 15,000 orders a month from the Westside to...


Diversity training was supposed to reduce bias at Google. In case of fired engineer, it backfired.

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Former Google employee James Damore was supposed to come away enlightened by his diversity training, armed with a newfound sense of empathy for colleagues who did not look like him, a white male.

Instead, the software engineer was so enraged by the experience he decided to write a now-infamous...


Snap's earnings report puts it up for fresh judging by skeptical investors

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:00:00 PDT

The Snapchat maker reports its second-quarter financial results Thursday under a cloud of skepticism about its prospects.(image)

By firing engineer, Google shows what you can say — and what you can't — at work

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:40:00 PDT

In a country known for its reverence of free speech, in a state strict with labor codes, in an industry steeped in libertarian and progressive ideals, if an employee has something to say, he should just be able to say it, right?

Not quite, as one Google employee learned the hard way when he was...


Travis Kalanick won't return as CEO of Uber, co-founder Garrett Camp says

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:10:00 PDT

Rumors have been circulating that Uber’s former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, is angling for a return to the helm of the ride-hailing company.

Now, it seems, Uber co-founder and board member Garrett Camp wants to lay those rumors to rest.

“Our CEO search is the board’s top priority,” Camp wrote...


Google CEO slams memo on gender; fired employee files a labor complaint

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:25:00 PDT

A former Google engineer who was fired over a memo he wrote about gender differences says he is exploring all his legal options and has already filed a labor complaint over his treatment.

James Damore, whose memo over the weekend caused an uproar online, said in an email that he was terminated...


El Segundo start-up Cujo wants to do for cybersecurity what ADT does for home security

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

El Segundo start-up Cujo wants to do for cybersecurity what ADT does for home security(image)

Google employee's memo triggers another crisis for a tech industry struggling to diversify

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:50:00 PDT

When Google realized in 2013 it had a diversity problem, it followed the corporate playbook by introducing workshops to train employees about hidden biases.

But four years later — and after sending three-quarters of its 70,000 employees through sensitivity training — the Mountain View tech giant...


Instacart to expand services in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:20:00 PDT

Instacart is bringing its grocery delivery service to 1 million additional households in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

The expansion, rolling out Tuesday, reflects demand in a region where Instacart already serves nearly 2 million households, said Instacart senior...