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Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:36:27 -0700

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Amazon acquires Santa Barbara start-up Graphiq to try to bolster Alexa

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT Inc. acquired a Santa Barbara data analysis and search engine start-up in May to help improve its Alexa virtual assistant and other services, according to four sources familiar with the deal but unauthorized to discuss it.

The previously unreported acquisition of Graphiq Inc. and its...


Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:25:00 PDT

Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country.

Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures took effect starting Wednesday for “electronics larger...


Apple's iPhone manufacturers counter-sue Qualcomm over patent fees

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Four Taiwan-based contract manufacturers that build iPhones and iPads have joined Apple in suing Qualcomm, alleging the San Diego company has illegally overcharged for use of its cellular patents.

Compal Electronics, Hon Hai Precision Industries (Foxconn,) Pegatron Corp and Wistron Corp. filed...


Google Glass is back — but don't look for it outside the workplace

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Google Glass is back, but this time the much-hyped, yet oft-ridiculed eyewear isn’t leaving the workplace.

On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of Glass Enterprise Edition, a second version of the augmented reality gadget intended for use in warehouses, hospitals and factories — where Glass...


Snapchat drops 10-second limit on video recording

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 PDT

People about to film an event sure to last more than 10 seconds — say singing “Happy Birthday” — likely opt for a camera tool beside Snapchat.

That’s because one of the video-sharing app’s biggest quirks, aside from the fact messages delete by default after they’re viewed, is the 10-second limit...


First start-up from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's USC innovation academy is augmented reality firm Mira

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Mira on Tuesday unveiled its first product, which resembles a face shield or a large sun visor, except it holds up a smartphone in front of your face.(image)

To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

There are only two types of companies, it is commonly said: those that have been hacked, and those that just don't know it yet.

IBM Corp. wants to get rid of both. The Armonk, N.Y., computing giant said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will enable all businesses...


Since its IPO, Snap Inc. did exactly what it said it would, so why is its stock struggling?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:20:00 PDT

Shares of Snap Inc. are trading below their $17 price in their initial public offering.(image)

Here's why Roku might be heading toward an initial public stock offering

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 PDT

For the last 15 years, Internet television company Roku Inc. has done one thing and done it well.

Its streaming sticks, boxes and software make it easy and enjoyable to watch Internet content on a television — a seemingly simple task, but one that its largest rivals have struggled to perfect.



Companies like Uber are staying private longer. Who's holding them accountable?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

When publicly traded companies are caught behaving badly, markets can hold their feet to the fire. Stock prices take a hit, as Volkswagen witnessed after its emissions scandal. Activist investors mobilize, like when Yahoo shareholders criticized the company’s direction. Executives are forced to...


Snap shares gain some ground after analyst reminds investors Snapchat isn't Twitter

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Two days after Snap Inc.’s stock fell below its $17 initial public offering price, shares gained back some ground Thursday morning as an influential analyst encouraged investors to buy into the Venice company.

Shares traded as high as $15.97 Thursday morning before closing at $15.69, up 45 cents,...


Uber strikes deal with Yandex, giving up on dominating ride-hailing in Russia

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Uber just stopped fighting to dominate the ride-hailing market in Russia. The company announced Thursday that it will merge its business there and in a few other former Soviet countries with part of Russia’s Yandex to form a new ride-hailing, food-delivery and logistics company.

Yandex, the Russian...


Silicon Valley firm and Abbott Labs team up on system for managing diabetes

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

When Jeffrey Brewer’s son was 15, the boy nearly lost his life because he took too much insulin.

The diabetic teen took insulin so he could eat a large bag of chips late at night. But about 20 minutes later, he forgot about that first dose and took another. He spent two days in the hospital, his...


Girl Scouts offers merit badges for making friends, painting and horseback riding. Up next: cybersecurity

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

By selling Thin Mints and Tagalongs in kindergarten, Elizabeth Lewelling earned Girl Scout badges for customer service and managing money.

Now going into eighth grade, she’s setting her sights on a topic a bit more complicated than the cookie business: cybersecurity.

The 12-year-old from Palmdale...


Irvine TV maker Vizio is suing troubled Chinese firm LeEco after $2-billion deal collapses

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:55:00 PDT

When Chinese technology company LeEco announced a $2-billion deal to buy Irvine TV maker Vizio Inc. last July, its leaders insisted that the big purchase was well within their means.

And in conversations during the six months leading up to the announcement, LeEco, with wide-ranging initiatives...


PayPal now an option in Apple's online stores

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:25:00 PDT

Apple will allow PayPal payments in its digital stores, offering customers another check-out option on iTunes, iBooks, Apple Music and the App Store.

The partnership, rolled out Tuesday in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Mexico, Australia and parts of Europe, lets users choose the San Jose-based secure...


Verizon customer data — including phone numbers and PINs — exposed by vendor

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:15:00 PDT

Names and phone numbers of millions of Verizon customers were made available on a publicly accessible storage area owned by one of the company’s vendors, according an enterprise security software company that discovered the exposed data.

“Anyone entering a URL in a browser would have been able...


Owners of the Patriots, Mets and Heat are among founding members of a new video game league

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft headlines a list of initial owners in Blizzard's Overwatch League.(image)

Trump administration delays program that lets immigrant entrepreneurs into the U.S.

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:50:00 PDT

The United States is pulling back the welcome mat for foreign entrepreneurs.

In a move that drew criticism from the technology industry, the Trump administration delayed the rollout of the International Entrepreneur Rule, a piece of immigration policy set to take effect July 17 that would have...


Snap shares fall below IPO price for the first time

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Shares of Los Angeles technology company Snap Inc. on Monday dipped below the original price at which they were sold when the company went public in March.

Snap shares traded as low as $16.95 before closing at $16.99, down about 1.1%. The company went public at $17.

Falling below an IPO price for...


Elon Musk said Tesla could build Australia a power storage system in 100 days. Now we'll see

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has placed one of his biggest bets yet on where energy development is headed and how fast he can get there.

Musk wagered a few months ago that Tesla could build a grid-connected energy-storage system in Australia within 100 days, or he’d eat the costs. Now he...


Qualcomm wants some iPhone imports banned, escalating patent fight with Apple

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Qualcomm Inc. fired back at Apple Inc. on Thursday in a fierce legal battle over patents, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain new models of iPhones.

The San Diego-based company alleges that Apple is infringing on six patents issued between 2013 and 2017 that...


The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 13:30:00 PDT

As the expected fall debut of Apple Inc.'s next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold, based on reports from analysts and leaks from Apple's supply chain.

As with all speculative reports, it's best to take these ideas with a grain (or shaker) of salt. Apple did not immediately respond to a request...


Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast — so people are leasing, not buying

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved.

It’s a life cycle that has become the norm for cellphones. Now, that same short-term relationship is applying to what traditionally has been a long-term commitment: cars.

Instead of buying a vehicle, more...


Snapchat shifts policy to allow hyperlinks in posts

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Snapchat users now can include hyperlinks to outside websites in their posts, reversing a longstanding strategy that has helped keep eyeballs from leaving the messaging and entertainment app.

The update, which rolled out Wednesday, allows users to adorn their photo and video Snaps with clickable...