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Bobby Murphy cleaned up after frat parties; now he stands to clean up in Snapchat IPO

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PST

The head of a security team Evan Spiegel hired to police his high school house parties imparted on him an important lesson: Your true friends are those who stay behind to help you clean up afterward.

The advice stayed with him at Stanford University, where frat mate Bobby Murphy stuck around late...

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Snap Inc.'s IPO updates: Ahead of IPO, protestors demonstrate outside Snapchat company's Venice headquarters

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:36:00 PST

Snap Inc.'s IPO updates: Ahead of IPO, protestors demonstrate outside Snapchat company's Venice headquarters Feb. 28, 2017, 5:36 p.m. Snapchat app maker Snap Inc. is expected to move forward with what's expected to be the biggest initial public offering ever for a Los Angeles company on Wednesday....(image)



Amazon cloud service outage breaks parts of the Internet

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:25:00 PST

Amazon’s S3 Web service was down Tuesday morning, wreaking havoc on the Internet — and on social media.

Amazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, provides Web hosting, image and file storage and backup storage services for a wide variety of companies, including Netflix, Airbnb and Slack. Its...

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Samsung's de facto chief is indicted for link in South Korean political scandal

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:30:00 PST

South Korean special prosecutors indicted Samsung's de facto chief Tuesday on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye.

The indictment of Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is a huge hit for the largest and most successful...

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Why Snapchat's unprecedented real estate strategy in Venice could be tech's new standard

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:05:00 PST

A tech start-up based in Los Angeles rather than Silicon Valley. A mobile app that built its appeal by deleting photos and messages. Vertical video in a widescreen world.

Snapchat, the popular photo and video messaging app, has broken the mold in many ways. Now, with parent company Snap Inc.’s...

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Uber's bad month keeps getting worse

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:25:00 PST

Nobody wants to be Uber right now.

In the past month, the San Francisco ride-hailing firm faced a customer boycott and sexual harassment allegations, which have devastated employee morale and steered users away from the service. Then it was slapped with a lawsuit Thursday, in which Waymo — Google’s...

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When tech companies go public, employees can strike it rich — or not. And then the trouble starts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Five years ago when Facebook went public, employees of the social network were glued to office televisions airing CNBC, waiting for the company’s trading price.

“Everyone was hoping for a pop,” said Dan Fletcher, a former Facebook employee, referring to the spike in stock price that some companies...

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Google spinoff Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:30:00 PST

Waymo, a self-driving car company founded by Google, is colliding with ride-hailing service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed.

The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court by Waymo, a...

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Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:50:00 PST

The venture capital arms of Qualcomm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Airbus have led a $26-million investment in AirMap, the builder of drone air traffic management software announced Thursday.

The Santa Monica start-up, which opened its first office in 2015, builds technology that tracks air traffic,...

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Uber sexual harassment allegations are a warning for the tech industry and its 'rock star' culture

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:10:00 PST

A former Uber employee sent ripples through the tech industry on Sunday when she alleged on her personal blog that she’d been sexually harassed while working for the ride-hailing giant, and that the company’s human resources department tried to cover it up.

Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick...

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Yahoo salvages Verizon deal by giving it a $350-million discount 

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:05:00 PST

Yahoo Inc. is taking a $350-million hit on its previously announced $4.8-billion sale to Verizon Communications Inc. in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

The revised agreement announced Tuesday eases investor worries...

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Facebook Messenger gets a bot that can help send your money across the world

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:00 PST

Sending money to a friend or relative abroad just got a little easier for users of Facebook Messenger.

On Tuesday, London-based money transfer company TransferWise introduced a bot to facilitate money transfers via the social media giant’s messaging platform. For now, the service is available only...

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Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:15:00 PST

Uber has hired former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to help lead an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination that a former female employee made public over the weekend in a highly circulated blog post.

Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told employees in a memo Monday...

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Two new venture capital funds in L.A.: One for gaming. One for business software

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Investing in start-ups trying to make video games has fallen out of favor in much of the venture capital community.

They’re difficult-to-predict businesses, driven more by characters and animation than by novel technology and often have limited potential buyers if they don’t work out as well as...

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Snapchat Spectacles are now sold online as vending machines take a break

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:00:00 PST

If you didn’t race out to Venice to get them, or stand in an endless line in Santa Monica, or catch a helicopter ride to the middle of the Grand Canyon, or speed down Pacific Coast Highway or brave the Manhattan cold, or pay a premium on EBay, well, you finally can just go online to buy Spectacles.

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San Francisco loves tech and fancy coffee. So of course it has barista robots

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

As Katy Franco waited for her morning coffee, passersby pulled out their phones and snapped photos and video of her barista.

A man in his 20s did a double take, recorded the scene on his iPhone and posted it to Instagram. Another woman drifted toward the barista and asked no one in particular:...

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Snapchat company sets IPO targets: $3.7-billion windfall and $22-billion valuation

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Snap Inc. set a starting price range of $14 to $16 per share for its initial public offering, which at the top end could value the Los Angeles technology company at more than $22 billion.

The IPO of the Snapchat mobile app developer is expected to be the largest ever for a Los Angeles firm and...

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Yahoo warns users of potential malicious activity on their accounts

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:40:00 PST

Yahoo Inc. is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. It's the latest development in the Internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed more than 1 billion users' data a few years ago.

Yahoo confirmed Wednesday that it was notifying...

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Snap Inc. is headed toward Los Angeles' biggest IPO ever. How come local venture capitalists missed out?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:10:00 PST

Snapchat is on track to hold the biggest initial public offering of stock for a Los Angeles company, yet none of the region’s major start-up investors stand to profit.

Of the nearly $3 billion that Snap Inc. has raised from investors for technology and hiring ahead of next month’s expected IPO,...

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What to do with holograms? 8i gets $27 million to explore the possibilities

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:50:00 PST

8i Corp. has robust software. After 42 cameras collect images of a person on a stage, the Culver City start-up’s program renders a realistic 3-D replica of the individual on a computer.

The question now is why would anyone want to pay for a hologram of themselves?

8i thought that people would like...

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Twitter shares dive as even Trump's tweets fail to provoke solid user growth

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:55:00 PST

President Trump wasn’t Twitter’s savior. He was only a distraction.

Despite the social network being the president’s broadcast tool of choice, the San Francisco company failed to add a substantial number of new users during its fourth financial quarter, missed Wall Street’s earnings targets and...

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Brogan BamBrogan lost control of his first hyperloop start-up. Arrivo is his second chance

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:15:00 PST

If anyone could transform hyperloops from a science experiment into a viable form of transportation, it would be Brogan BamBrogan.

That was the thinking among investors and engineers when BamBrogan co-founded Hyperloop Technologies Inc. in his Los Angeles garage in 2014. BamBrogan was an experienced...

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Why would Vizio want its TV sets to spy on their owners?

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:05:00 PST

Privacy and security experts are buzzing about this week’s decision by the Federal Trade Commission to fine Vizio $2.2 million because, regulators said, the Irvine-based company installed software on its “smart” TVs so it could secretly gather data about the viewing habits of millions of viewers.

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Twitter plans to start weeding out abusive tweets before you see them

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:50:00 PST

Twitter Inc. knows it has a problem with online abuse, and on Tuesday it announced three changes it's making to help users deal with it.

The social network said in a blog post that it's cracking down even more on repeat abusers who make new accounts to continue trolling people who have blocked...

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Video game conference may lose attendees due to travel ban

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

Ahmed Elgoni felt like he’d struck gold. The 24-year-old video game developer from South Africa had in November secured a ticket to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco — a cultural mecca for anyone who wants to make video games.

A sponsor would cover the cost of his round-trip flight...

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