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

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:34:58 -0700

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Emojis join Van Gogh and Picasso at Museum of Modern Art

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:05:00 PDT

Nearly two decades ago, Shigetaka Kurita was given the task of designing simple pictographs that could replace Japanese words for the growing number of cellphone users communicating with text messages.

Kurita, who was working for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo at the time, came up with...


Amateur hackers probably caused Friday's Internet meltdown, researchers say

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:25:00 PDT

Some have worried that the massive cyberattack that disrupted the Internet on Friday was the work of Russian government-backed hackers, politically motivated hacktivists or sophisticated cybercriminals. But researchers at cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint say the Internet meltdown may have been...


Snapchat IPO could bring in billions for company

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:50:00 PDT

Snapchat’s parent company expects to raise up to $4 billion by going public early next year, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

Snap Inc.’s IPO plans remain in flux, but sources familiar with the discussions have told The Times the company expects to raise at $2 billion at minimum. That would be close...


Google Fiber halts expansion plans in eight cities, including L.A.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:30:00 PDT

Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed Internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks.

Expansion plans in cities such as Los Angeles will be put on hold.

The company also announced that Craig Barratt,...


Sales of iPhones decline, but Apple predicts a better-than-expected holiday season

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:50:00 PDT

After stumbling in 2016, Apple is betting on a better year ahead. 

The Silicon Valley tech giant is forecasting a return to growth in iPhone sales this winter after a rare slump that depressed Apple's revenue and stock performance over the last three quarters. 

The company is also set to unveil...


Need Halloween decorations or camping gear? L.A. startup Joymode wants to be the Uber of that.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Apps have helped people share their homes, cars and technical skills. But stuff - specifically, the kind that spends most of the year in garages, closets and sheds - hasn't proved as easy to share. Enter Joymode. Rather than own stuff you'll seldom use, the start-up offers on-demand rentals. Planning a beach party?...(image)

A massive cyberattack blocked your favorite websites; FBI and Homeland Security are investigating

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:40:00 PDT

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating a massive cyberattack that stopped or slowed access to Twitter, Spotify, Amazon and other sites Friday by targeting a firm responsible for routing Internet traffic their way.

Dyn, a New Hampshire Internet services company, reported...


Possible iPhone 7 fire prompts Apple investigation

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:10:00 PDT

Apple Inc. said it’s looking into an Australian man’s allegation that an iPhone 7 ignited and set ablaze the car he’d left it in while surfing.

Smartphones and other devices with lithium-ion batteries are known to be susceptible to fires in extreme conditions, so the lone incident is far from a...


Don't think of Amazon Echo as just a speaker. It's a whole new way of life

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:30:00 PDT

Stephanie Palermo wasn’t interested in living in a “smart home” outfitted with web-connected appliances controlled remotely by phone or computer. She didn’t need her fridge to have Wi-Fi or her blinds to close themselves.

But when Amazon temporarily discounted its voice-controlled Echo speaker...


Verizon says it'll take a while to figure out how the Yahoo hack affects their deal

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:50:00 PDT

Verizon Communications Inc. is still evaluating how the hack at Yahoo Inc. affects its $4.8-billion agreement to buy the Internet company’s core assets, and it said figuring out the effects on the deal will be a “long process.”

Verizon is interested in Yahoo because it wants to build an online...


Many 'genuine' Apple products on Amazon are dangerous fakes, Apple says

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:45:00 PDT

Apple Inc. says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and has found nearly 90% of them to be counterfeit.

The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit filed by Apple against a New Jersey company Monday over what Apple says are counterfeit products that were...


NBA games will be streamed in virtual reality every week this season

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Newport Beach start-up NextVR has partnered with NBA Digital to livestream at least one NBA game a week in virtual reality this season.

The games can be viewed in virtual reality only through NBA League Pass, a subscription service that broadcasts games on multiple devices and on television.



At its U.S. launch, LeEco planned to show off two new cars. Only one arrived intact

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:20:00 PDT

After snapping up Irvine television maker Vizio in July for $2 billion in cash, Chinese tech firm LeEco made its official U.S. debut Wednesday, hosting a San Francisco news conference to spell out its ambitions to sell gadgets as varied as phones and cars.

During the two-hour presentation, the...


Man suspected of stealing 100 million LinkedIn users' information is arrested in Prague

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:20:00 PDT

Czech authorities have arrested a man U.S. officials and LinkedIn believe stole personal information about millions of users of the social network for professionals.

Yevgeniy Nikulin, identified by law enforcement officials Wednesday as a Russian citizen, was arrested at a Prague hotel Oct. 5 on...


Snapchat and Facebook have a new rival in their sights: television

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:05:00 PDT

Facebook and Snapchat have overtaken the home pages of Yahoo and Google as the front door to the Internet for hundreds of millions of people. Now, the two rivals are pursuing a much bigger challenge: surpassing television to become the dominant gateway to video.

Tech firms see video as the next...


Yahoo remains tight-lipped about Verizon deal in third-quarter earnings report

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:35:00 PDT

If this were any other financial quarter for Yahoo, its earnings results would be unremarkable. Net revenue continued to decline. Profit was slightly up. It exceeded analysts’ low expectations.

But this wasn’t an ordinary quarter. It was Yahoo’s first reporting period since Verizon agreed to buy...


Google's Pixel phone isn't groundbreaking but still stands out

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:05:00 PDT

Google's ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn't offer a lot that's new. Yet it's still one of the best out there.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google achieves that by pulling together the best features from Apple, Samsung and other phones and offering them at prices comparable to iPhones — starting at...


Vertical Mass: Where the entertainment industry goes to store and sell user data

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Stream music? Go to concerts? Like a popular band on Facebook? There's a good chance information about you is available for sale to advertisers and other businesses on Vertical Mass. The nearly 3-year-old West Hollywood start-up provides user data storage and analysis software for companies in...(image)

Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:15:00 PDT

Salesforce Chief Executive Marc Benioff on Friday ruled out buying Twitter, leaving the social network with no clear suitors.

The San Francisco enterprise software company had been rumored in recent weeks to be the front-runner to snap up Twitter, with analysts saying that Salesforce could mine...


Amazon is making 'Breakaway' and other video games to show off Twitch and the cloud

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:15:00 PDT's first big-budget video game is like street basketball, except played in a mythological world where athletes are armed.  Wait, Amazon makes video games? Indeed, the leader in online shopping branched into video game development a few years ago. With the unveiling last month of multiplayer...(image)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:05:00 PDT

Samsung Electronics said Friday that the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion. 

The Note 7 discontinuation will cost in the mid-2 trillion won range during...


HP Inc. plans to cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs over the next three years

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:50:00 PDT

HP Inc. says it will cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs over the next three years as it faces continued challenges in the markets for personal computers and printers.

The cuts are in addition to 3,000 jobs that HP previously said it was trimming this fiscal year. The company has about 50,000 employees worldwide.


Hyperloop One gets $50 million in funding led by Dubai's DP World Group, one of the world's largest ports operators

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:10:00 PDT

One of the world’s largest maritime ports operators led a $50-million financing of Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles company aiming to transport cargo and people faster and cheaper than existing options.

The loan from Dubai’s DP World Group, a publicly traded company that handles 9% of the world’s shipping...


Yahoo's data breach may impact its $4.83-billion deal to sell to Verizon

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:40:00 PDT

Verizon’s deal to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion could be on shaky ground after the Internet company disclosed last month a 2014 data breach that affected at least 500 million Yahoo accounts.

The breach — one of the largest in the history of cyberattacks — included user data such as email addresses,...


Soylent stops selling nutrition bars after customers report diarrhea, other illnesses

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:50:00 PDT

Meal replacement start-up Soylent halted sales of its new nutrition snack bar Wednesday and advised customers to discard any in their possession.

The announcement came as a surprise days after the Los Angeles company expressed confidence in the food’s safety, having retrieved and tested bars from...