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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...


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

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:10:00 PST

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 may eventually serve as on-board navigation guides for driverless...


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,...