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Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:55:00 -0700

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Snap Inc. releases new Spectacles as it plays catch-up in advertising race

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:55:00 PDT

By introducing hardware like camera sunglasses, Snap Inc. is trying to prove it’s different from all other social media companies.

But with its software, the Venice company behind the video messaging app Snapchat is trying to prove it can be just like the competition.

Snap announced Thursday it’s...


Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:10:00 PDT

A Southern California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore discs” he made to extend computers’ lives had no financial value, instead ruling that he...


Twitter beats earnings expectations, but then warns its revenue growth will slow

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:10:00 PDT

Twitter Inc. announced Wednesday that it had stayed profitable for the second quarter in a row and beat first-quarter earnings estimates — but then it warned that its revenue growth will slow, and investors recoiled.

The social media company’s stock leaped as much as 14% before the market open...


Gmail's new 'confidential mode' offers more privacy controls — but don't get too comfortable

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

In rolling out major updates to Gmail, Google announced Wednesday that the popular email service will soon feature a new “confidential mode” that promises to give users more control over who sees the emails they send, and for how long.

Users should still be mindful about what they send over email,...


Facebook's financial results appear untarnished by Cambridge Analytica scandal

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:35:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. continued to add users and saw revenue soar in the first quarter despite facing its worst crisis in company history over the mishandling of personal data belonging to millions of unsuspecting users.

The social network blew away Wall Street estimates by reporting a nearly 50% increase...


With in-car delivery, Amazon is testing how much privacy you'll give up — even as backlash rocks Facebook

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:15:00 PDT

At a time of heightened concern about user privacy, one of the world’s biggest technology companies is seeking access to one of users’ most private places: the trunks of their cars.

Amazon Inc. on Tuesday launched what it calls In-Car Delivery, which allows Amazon delivery drivers to open the trunks...


Yahoo, now named Altaba, is fined $35 million over giant data breach

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:00:00 PDT

The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35-million fine to resolve federal regulators' charges that the online pioneer deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the action Tuesday against...


Facebook reveals its censorship guidelines for the first time — 27 pages of them

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook Inc. is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users.

Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down — and why. On Tuesday the company for the first time published...


Alphabet's sales growth surges, and so does its spending

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:50:00 PDT

Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., posted the strongest sales growth in almost four years last quarter, indicating that marketers kept flocking to its services even as lawmakers scrutinized how internet companies harness user data to sell ads.

Costs also surged as the company bought real estate...


Amazon is working on another big bet: Robots for the home

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:35:00 PDT

Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start talking to a computer.

Now Inc. is working on another big bet: robots for the home.


Apple stock drops again as concern mounts over iPhone sales

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:15:00 PDT

Apple Inc. stock fell Friday for the third day in a row after analysts at Morgan Stanley cut their forecasts for iPhone shipments, adding to concern about the tech giant’s primary source of revenue.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty lowered her projections for iPhone shipments by 1 million for...


Audit of Facebook's privacy practices found no problems — despite Cambridge Analytica situation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:30:00 PDT

Facebook’s privacy practices are audited every two years, and the most recent audit found no problems — even though it covered the time Facebook knew that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained private data from millions of users.

The audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers is available...


Qualcomm slashes 1,500 jobs in California, and its NXP bid faces objections in China

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:20:00 PDT

Qualcomm Inc. is slashing at least 1,500 jobs in California, trying to cut costs, at the same time its $44-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems getting antitrust clearance from China.

The San Diego company, a leading provider of chips for mobile phones, said the layoffs...


Judge pares down Lyft drivers' lawsuit against Uber over 'Hell' spyware

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

Lyft Inc. drivers will be permitted to revise a lawsuit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. spied on them using a software called “Hell” as part of a scheme to gain a competitive edge.

A San Francisco federal magistrate judge dismissed most of the lawsuit Wednesday, but allowed the drivers to file...


San Francisco officials are fed up with Bird scooters

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:35:00 PDT

San Francisco has long been a place where tech companies roll out their services first and seek permission later.

City officials, however, are losing patience with such strategies.

Members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Monday admonished Bird, LimeBike and Spin for blanketing the streets...


U.S. and Britain warn businesses worldwide of Russian campaign to hack routers

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

The U.S. and British governments on Monday accused Russia of conducting a massive campaign to compromise computer routers and firewalls around the world — from home offices to internet service providers — for espionage and possibly sabotage purposes.

The unusual public warning from the White House,...


Pentagon wants to spot illnesses by monitoring service members' smartphones

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:15:00 PDT

Imagine your smartphone's camera, microphone and motion sensors were monitoring you for signs of illness. That's the future envisioned by scientists at the Pentagon's secretive weapons development arm, where such a system is being built to keep tabs on deployed U.S. service members.

The Defense...


In a leaked memo, Apple warns employees to stop leaking

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:20:00 PDT

Apple Inc. warned employees to stop leaking internal information on the company’s plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges, one of the most aggressive moves by the world’s largest technology company to control information about its activities.

The Cupertino, Calif.,...


Google won the last maps war. Self-driving cars give other mapmakers a chance to find their own way

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:20:00 PDT

On any given day, there could be half a dozen autonomous cars mapping the same street corner in Silicon Valley. These cars, each from a different company, are all doing the same thing: building high-definition street maps, which eventually may serve as onboard navigation guides for driverless vehicles.


Would you pay for an ad-free Facebook?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product.

That business-world adage has allowed Facebook to thrive, attracting 2 billion users who choose to trade their personal information for no-cost access to the world’s largest social network.

The data they fork over have proven to be...


Uber is adding safety features it resisted for years

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:30:00 PDT

After years of resisting major changes pushed by riders and government regulators, Uber announced upgrades this week that it said are aimed at keeping its U.S. ride-hailing customers safe.

Uber will add an emergency 911 feature akin to a panic button — a type of enhanced 911 that connects passengers...


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says Cambridge Analytica got his personal data too

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday where he faced a sometimes confrontational House Energy and Commerce Committee that challenged the tech executive’s positions on user privacy, political bias and regulation.

The rapid-fire inquiry contrasted with...


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows support for the idea of regulation — but not the particulars

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

During historic testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg made sure lawmakers knew his company was working hard to protect user data.

“I'm committed to getting this right,” Zuckerberg told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate...


Senators vented at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but may leave it at that

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:40:00 PDT

The senators groused and grimaced and expressed general disapproval with all that has gone wrong at Facebook, but they stopped short of giving its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, reason for panic on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg’s five-hour grilling by 44 lawmakers confirmed Facebook is...


Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery service to parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 21:00:00 PDT

Amazon will begin offering free two-hour delivery of Whole Foods products starting Tuesday to members of its Prime subscription service in Southern California.

The service comes nearly a year after Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, shoring-up the online retailing giant’s grocery business.