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Tesla's Semi and Roadster impress, but 'production hell' raises doubts about follow-through

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:35:00 PST

Elon Musk wowed the world with the introduction of a new Tesla Semi heavy-duty truck Thursday night, as well as a sexy new $200,000 Roadster sports car that goes from zero to 60 mph in an unheard-of 1.9 seconds.

The Roadster was a surprise, intended, Musk said, to “give a hard-core smackdown to...


Apple won't launch its HomePod smart speaker in time for the holidays

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:45:00 PST

Apple Inc. said Friday that it’s pushing back its plans for a Siri-powered smart speaker until sometime early next year.

The HomePod speaker was announced in June, with an initial launch date set for December. Apple said that its smart speaker will be able to control home appliances and take basic...


Twitter unverifies some white nationalists

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:05:00 PST

Twitter Inc. removed the blue "verification" check mark from the accounts of a handful of prominent white nationalists and members of the far right, and issued new guidelines after the uproar that followed its decision to verify the organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally that took place in August...


Forget $700 juicers — this venture fund wants to help solve middle-class problems

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Silicon Valley investors love to fund companies that solve problems. But the start-ups that get funded aren’t always the ones tackling issues that are most pressing to the average American.

Venture capital firm and start-up incubator Kairos wants to change that with a $25-million fund announced...


TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:20:00 PST

The same weirdly specific ads you see online that are tailored to your behavior soon could appear on your local television network, thanks to looming policy changes by federal regulators.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday on rules designed to promote the spread...


Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $103-billion takeover bid, setting stage for a proxy fight

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:55:00 PST

Qualcomm Inc. rejected rival chipmaker Broadcom Ltd.'s unsolicited $103-billion takeover bid Monday, calling the price too low — a move that sets the stage for a hostile proxy fight for control of San Diego-based Qualcomm.

“It is the board’s unanimous belief that Broadcom’s proposal significantly...


SoftBank is poised to buy a chunk of Uber. Here's what that means

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:50:00 PST

Uber and Softbank have struck a deal in which the Japanese conglomerate will buy a stake in the ride-hailing giant. What exactly is SoftBank, and what does this deal mean? Here's a breakdown.(image)

Google is being investigated by Missouri's attorney general

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:30:00 PST

Missouri's attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws.

Republican Atty. Gen. Josh Hawley, who also is running for Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in 2018, told reporters that he...


Uber is the latest U.S. tech company to face regulatory backlash in Europe

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:30:00 PST

In the latest blow to a major U.S. technology company in Europe, a British employment tribunal ruled on Friday that Uber drivers are owed minimum wage and paid time off, throwing a wrench into the ride-hailing company’s business model.

Uber has long asserted that it does not employ its drivers,...


Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Al Franken wants to turn it on them

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:05:00 PST

For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a tech platform, not a media entity. "Don't be evil," Google would say to its employees, as though it were setting itself apart from the world's other massive corporations.


Qualcomm lands $12-billion nonbinding deal to supply Chinese smartphone makers

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PST

Traveling with President Trump on a trade mission to China, Qualcomm officials said late Wednesday that the company has signed an agreement with Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo to supply $12 billion in components over the next three years.

The deal is nonbinding. Qualcomm Chief...


As Uber spends big to compete with Lyft, profitability in the U.S. is not in sight

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:05:00 PST

Fierce competition from Lyft is holding Uber back from achieving profitability in the United States, Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday.

In one of his first major interviews since taking the helm at Uber in August, Khosrowshahi said ride-hailing competitor Lyft’s heavy spending...


Twitter suspends verification service after giving Charlottesville rally organizer a blue check mark

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:20:00 PST

Two days after Twitter Inc. stamped a blue verification badge on the Twitter account of Jason Kessler — the far-right organizer of August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. — the social network announced that it has temporarily stopped verifying accounts as it reevaluates the service.


Snapchat maker's stock falls again, the day after a nearly 15% drop

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:25:00 PST

Snap Inc.’s stock continued to fall Thursday as investors worried about sluggish growth prospects for the maker of the popular disappearing-photo app Snapchat.

The stock was down as much as 5% early Thursday after tumbling nearly 15% on Wednesday in response to the Venice company’s lackluster third-quarter...


What will Tencent get out of its 12% stake in Snap Inc.?

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 15:40:00 PST

At a moment when skepticism abounds about Snap Inc.’s future, one of the world’s biggest internet companies was revealed to be banking on the company’s success.

Tencent, the Chinese company behind the wildly popular social media app WeChat and a global player in mobile gaming, has bought an approximately...


Facebook says to shield you from revenge porn, it needs your naked photos

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:10:00 PST

Would you voluntarily send Facebook nude photos of yourself? The company is insisting it needs them — for your own protection.

Let’s say you have a spiteful ex who decides to embarrass you by posting a nude photo that was supposed to be private. Facebook Inc. says if you send a copy of the photo...


Uber says it will bring its flying taxis to Los Angeles in 2020

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 02:45:00 PST

In just over two years, Uber says it will let commuters soar over Los Angeles' snarled traffic in flying taxis.

The ride-hailing firm announced Wednesday that L.A. will be one of the first cities served by UberAir, which it says will begin ferrying passengers across the region in electric aircraft...


Twitter kills its 140-character limit. Now tweets can be twice as long

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 13:20:00 PST

Twitter Inc. is ending its 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters.

Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. Twitter says that's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters.

The company said 9% of tweets written in English...


Broadcom's offer to buy Qualcomm for $105 billion is tech's largest attempted takeover

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 18:35:00 PST

Qualcomm Inc. said it has received a buyout offer from Broadcom Ltd. of $70 a share in cash and stock. The proposed deal, valued at about $105 billion, would be the largest in semiconductor industry and is sure to draw regulatory scrutiny.

There has already been broad consolidation in the computer...


Verizon and Comcast are working to prevent state-level net neutrality rules

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:20:00 PST

Some of the nation's biggest internet providers want to make sure that, once the Federal Communications Commission votes to deregulate the broadband industry, states won't be able to set up new regulations to replace them.

Comcast and Verizon have both asked telecom regulators to make clear that...


Apple iPhone X is no slam dunk

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 07:55:00 PDT

The iPhone X that arrived in stores Friday isn't just a new design. It's a new relationship.

Compared with your current phone, the 10th-anniversary iPhone is missing a key element: the home button. The whole front is just screen. You have to learn new gestures to operate it. Instead of scanning...


Pressure mounts on Apple to live up to the iPhone X hype

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PDT

The iPhone X's lush screen, facial-recognition skills and $1,000 price tag are breaking new ground in Apple Inc.'s marquee product line.

Now, the much-anticipated device is testing the patience of consumers and investors as demand outstrips suppliers' capacity.

The Cupertino, Calif., company said...


Broadcom will move back to U.S. — and bring tax money with it, Trump announces

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Broadcom Ltd., a $100-billion semiconductor company legally based in Singapore, will relocate its home address to the United States, President Trump announced Thursday.

The company, which manufactures communications chips around the world, said it would relocate its legal address to Delaware once...


Waymo and AutoNation team up on self-driving-car program

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Google spinoff Waymo is partnering with AutoNation Inc., the country's largest auto dealership chain, in its push to produce self-driving cars for wide use.

AutoNation said Thursday that its dealerships will provide maintenance and repairs for Waymo's self-driving fleet of Chrysler Pacifica vehicles....


Regulatory fines, trouble with Apple weigh on Qualcomm's financial results

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PDT

For Qualcomm, there are so many external tornadoes swirling around its business – ranging from its patent war with Apple to its slow-moving bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors -- that its financial results almost take a back seat.

So even though the San Diego cellular technology giant posted solid...