Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:53:19 -0700Copyright: ©2017 Los Angeles Times
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT
The hits keep coming for Uber — and not the good kind.
The embattled ride-share company, already buffeted by a barrage of lawsuits and public-relations crises, is being sued again. This time, a driver is alleging that the Silicon Valley behemoth’s fare structure deliberately shortchanges drivers....(image)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDTSheryl Sandberg's long-awaited book is out on what she learned about becoming resilient and coping with grief following the sudden death of her husband in 2015.(image)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDTUber isn't the only company to employee a competitive intelligence team to study its rivals. It's a longstanding tactic -- but one that can turn controversial.(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 PDT
Twitter Inc. stock soared nearly 8% on Wednesday as investors saw promise in the social media company’s growing user base, even though the company also reported its first drop in revenue since going public.
The San Francisco company reported $548.3 million in revenue for the three months that ended...(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT
In its latest effort to appease its vast network of drivers, ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced updates to its app intended to curb bad behavior by passengers.
Key among the changes is allowing passengers to see the ratings they receive from drivers — knowledge the company hopes will...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:50:00 PDT
Big data start-up Palantir will pay nearly $1.7 million to settle claims that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants, federal regulators said Tuesday.
Palantir will pay back wages and other monetary relief, including the value of stock options, to affected applicants of certain...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:25:00 PDT
A Marina del Rey start-up crucial to the integrity and security of many of the world’s top smartphone apps agreed to be acquired Tuesday for $230 million in cash.
TeleSign Corp.’s proposed acquisition marks a celebrated outcome for its three co-founders, who started the company out of USC’s Marshall...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 PDT
Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer would leave the online media company with more than $187 million if she exercises all her stock options, according to a securities filing this week.
It’s the latest estimate of the payout Mayer would receive if Verizon’s $4.5-billion purchase of Yahoo closes...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDTA look at the week's top news from Los Angeles tech, including Snap Inc.'s efforts to guide users through its augmented reality functions.(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:05:00 PDT
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook threatened to kick Uber out of its app store after it discovered that the ride-hailing company was intentionally violating its privacy rules.
Losing access to millions of iPhone users through Apple’s app store had the potential to destroy Uber’s business, according...(image)
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:40:00 PDT
Snapchat app maker Snap Inc. has reportedly paid $7.7 million for the rights to a patent application from the entrepreneur behind the Yo app.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:00 PDTSpaceX and Tesla chief Elon Musk teased the world last month by confirming his new venture, Neuralink, a company to create implantable brain chips. Now a lot more details have been revealed. (image)
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT
How do you stay sharp and fit despite fatigue and age? By consuming substances extracted from blueberries, flowers and algae, say the makers of a new group of unregulated and unproven health pills.
Trusting natural chemicals to solve inevitable ailments is familiar to anyone who has visited a GNC...(image)
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT
The nation’s colleges and universities are scrambling to add courses to prepare students to fill the huge number of cybersecurity jobs that have arisen because of the exponential growth in hacking worldwide.
The extent of the problem isn’t clear; analysts say the number of job vacancies ranges...(image)
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:50:00 PDT
Silicon Valley firms have long been known for offering a litany of employee perks: fresh-cooked lunches, free massages, climbing walls and dog-friendly offices.
Now some are adding yet another incentive to attract and retain workers: paid time off to protest.
Fauna, a San Francisco database start-up,...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT
President Trump says his new executive order will force tech companies to hire more American workers. But Silicon Valley leaders, who rely heavily on H-1B visas for high-skilled employees, say they’re not the problem.
The Trump administration introduced an executive order Tuesday named “Buy American,...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:10:00 PDT
Snapchat beat Facebook in realizing the smartphone camera could do more than document memories. It could be a form of entertainment itself, letting users swap faces with friends or bring 3-D cartoons to life in the living room.
But despite his admittedly late start, Facebook Chief Executive Mark...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:40:00 PDT
An Uber Technologies Inc. executive who worked on the ride-hailing company’s self-driving vehicle program has left the firm. He is the third executive to exit Uber in two months.
The San Francisco company confirmed the departure of Sherif Marakby, Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs,...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:49:00 PDT(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT
No matter how silly and ridiculous they complain the feature is, even non-Snapchat users have appreciated the novelty of lenses.
That’s the special effects tool on Snapchat where with a tap of the screen people can warp themselves in video messages to sprout bunny ears, bee wings, pop star hairdos...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDTThe president of Los Angeles' leading angel investor group explains the big change he's seen in the last few months.(image)
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:15:00 PDT
Snapchat is facing backlash after its chief executive allegedly said he didn’t want to expand “into poor countries like India and Spain.”
The alleged remarks were described in a lawsuit by former employee Anthony Pompliano, who worked at the Venice company for three weeks in 2015 before being fired....(image)
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:40:00 PDT
In 1968, Robert W. Taylor made a prediction that would guide the course of computer science for decades to come.
“In a few years,” he wrote, “men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face.”
Taylor, who died Thursday at the age of 85, became the single most...(image)
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT
The gig: Nirav Tolia, 45, is the co-founder and chief executive of Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network that lets people connect with their neighbors, share news, tips and sometimes gossip with their local community. The San Francisco-based 152-employee start-up has raised $210 million in...(image)
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT
Apple became the world’s most valuable tech company by changing the way we communicate. Now it’s looking at changing the way we get around.
The Cupertino firm received a permit on Friday from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test self-driving vehicles on public streets in California.