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L.A. Times - Technology News

Read social media and tech articles from the L.A. Times, covering technology news, social media, apps, electronics and more technology business news.

Last Build Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:52:43 -0700

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The hardest job in tech? Convincing start-ups to move to Sacramento

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:10:00 PDT

Before a techie leaves Silicon Valley for another tech hub, Sacramento is swooping in.(image)

The thinking behind Snapchat's sports and weather filters

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The most-pressing question for Snap is whether it can continue to grow the informational repertoire quickly and affordably as competitors such as Instagram race to catch up.(image)

U.S. government must stop using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Should you switch too?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:35:00 PDT

After the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software last week, worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said...


Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Intel Corp. says it is expanding its relationship with Google spinoff Waymo in the development of self-driving cars.

The world's largest computer chipmaker said Monday that it will take on a more collaborative role with Waymo's new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Intel will continue to...


Video streaming pioneer Roku aims to raise up to $252 million with IPO

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Roku Inc., the leading maker of devices for streaming Internet video on televisions, hopes to raise up to $252 million with an initial public stock offering.

The Los Gatos, Calif., company’s IPO registration filing Monday came the day after the growing popularity of streaming video platforms such...


If Google invests in Lyft, what does that mean for Uber?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Uber was the indisputable No. 1 player in the domestic on-demand transportation industry. And by its workforce size, passenger count and capital raised, it still is.

But reports on Thursday from Bloomberg and Axios that Google's parent company, Alphabet, is mulling over a $1-billion investment...


SoFi CEO steps down abruptly, facing allegations of fostering toxic culture

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Mike Cagney, the co-founder and chief executive of financial services start-up SoFi, stepped down Friday amid allegations that he fostered a company culture that enabled sexual harassment.

Tom Hutton, executive chairman of the San Francisco company, will become interim CEO.

“The business is strong,...


California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:55:00 PDT

California’s Legislature is poised to vote Friday on a landmark Internet privacy bill, one that could quickly become a bellwether for the rest of the country.

But the measure is opposed by large Internet providers and tech companies, in an unusual alliance that could doom efforts by privacy groups...


Alphabet, Google's parent company, reportedly in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft, according to reports from Bloomberg and Axios, which cite sources with knowledge of the matter.

Spokespeople for Alphabet and Lyft declined to confirm the report.

The funding could come from either Google itself or CapitalG,...


People's Bitmoji obsession gives Snapchat a quiet edge in augmented reality

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:10:00 PDT

They've become such an important form of self-expression that it's common to encounter people who say they regularly update their Bitmoji avatars to reflect new hair-dos and fashion styles.(image)

Google faces class-action suit alleging gender pay discrimination

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class-action status for the claim.

The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a preliminary...


Start-up Bodega learns an important branding lesson; apologizes after Internet outrage

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Start-ups like to frame themselves as plucky upstarts intent on toppling bigger, entrenched rivals. This David-vs.-Goliath narrative has been used by tech firms to vilify corporate giants such as telecoms, banks, razor manufacturers and taxi companies.

But on Wednesday, a start-up called Bodega...


New iPhones could make augmented reality a mainstream reality

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:15:00 PDT

The runaway success of “Pokémon Go” last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokémon. And two: Creating good augmented reality — the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they’re actually chasing a Pikachu — is really, really...


Apple says iPhone X's Face ID can't be easily spoofed. But your face isn't exactly private

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:00:00 PDT

Your passcode can be cracked, but your face is yours and yours alone. That’s the thinking behind Apple’s latest iPhone security measure, which is more high-tech and a bit more intimate than anything else on the market.

With Face ID, which Apple unveiled Tuesday, owners of the company’s new top-of-the-line...


With iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple creates another tier of luxury

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 PDT

Apple today announced two new lines of its flagship device, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, creating a tiered system with two phones, each better than earlier models.(image)

The new iPhone and its competitors hope to make laptops obsolete

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

LaNada Peppers uses her Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for nearly everything.

As a journalist and communications manager, the 35-year-old relies on her smartphone to take photos, update social media, write stories, book interviews, capture video and send emails. When she needs to type fast, she connects...


DreamHost considers fighting order to cough up info on visitors of anti-Tump website

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Executives from a Los Angeles-based tech company said they are weighing whether to fight a judge's order to provide prosecutors with email addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump website in the months leading to Inauguration Day.

The company, DreamHost, filed a motion...


Apple's new iPhone will probably cost more than a MacBook Air

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Is a phone worth a mortgage payment? That’s what consumers may be asking themselves when Apple unveils its newest iPhone on Tuesday.

The latest iteration of one of America’s most indispensable products is expected to come in at a record price befitting a laptop. Analysts expect the entry-level...


Credit giant Equifax says Social Security numbers, birth dates of 143 million consumers may have been exposed

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 17:25:00 PDT

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting firms, announced Thursday that its computer systems had been breached, leading to the unauthorized accessing of Social Security numbers and birth dates of up to 143 million U.S. consumers.

The Atlanta-based company said the intrusion — enabled...


How a potato chip entrepreneur in Lebanon became a big supporter of L.A. tech start-ups

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Michel Daher and his son, Mark Daher, have invested in dozens of well-known start-ups and funds in the L.A. region.(image)

South Korean court rejects Qualcomm's antitrust challenge

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:10:00 PDT

Qualcomm Inc. has lost its legal bid in South Korea to postpone implementation of changes in the way it licenses cellular patents — moves that were called for last year by that country’s anti-monopoly regulator.

The San Diego company confirmed late Monday that the Seoul High Court had denied Qualcomm’s...


Your face may become your iPhone password

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT

One of the major new features expected in the next iPhone is a new way to unlock the smartphone: with your face.

At first blush, this may not sound like a big deal. Android has had a version of facial recognition in its operating system, called Face Unlock, since 2011. Samsung, Apple's chief smartphone...


Roku, streaming TV box maker, files for an IPO

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Roku, which says it has 15 million users of its video streaming devices, filed paperwork Friday to list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

The Los Gatos, Calif., start-up has become the leading brand in the online-video device industry. It has managed to fend off competition from bigger names,...


To understand how dominant tech companies are, see what they lobby for

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:55:00 PDT

A firing this week by a Washington think tank has exposed the deep and often hidden influence of tech companies that are driving key governmental decisions affecting people both on and off the Internet.

On Wednesday, the New America Foundation — a think tank funded by Google as well as one of its...