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L.A. Times - Technology News

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

Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:01:40 -0800

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Twitter finds 1,062 more accounts linked to Russian agency accused of election meddling

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:20:00 PST

Twitter Inc. said it found another 1,062 accounts linked to the Russian government-backed Internet Research Agency accused of trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The social media company said it’s emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the United States who followed one...


Facebook to start ranking news sources on trustworthiness

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:05:00 PST

Facebook Inc., which is cutting the amount of news in its news feed, will prioritize information from the publishers that remain on the social network based on how trustworthy they are, the company said.

Trustworthiness is based on a recent survey of U.S. Facebook users that gauged their familiarity...


When a start-up like Uber or Lyft goes public, what do the drivers get?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 PST

Edward Escobar has been driving for Uber and Lyft for nearly four years. That’s eons in Silicon Valley time. If he were an employee at either ride-hailing company, he’d be considered a stalwart, probably with stock options fully vested. And if either company went public at their current valuations,...


Google tightens YouTube rules to clean things up for advertisers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:25:00 PST

Google is making the biggest changes to the advertising rules on YouTube since the video site’s inception, another attempt to clean up its content and answer persistent complaints from advertisers.

YouTube will now impose stricter criteria for the types of videos that can earn money on the site...


Workers at Apple supplier in China describe health and safety hazards

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:55:00 PST

At a Catcher Technology Co. manufacturing complex in the Chinese industrial city of Suqian, about six hours’ drive from Shanghai, workers stand for up to 10 hours a day in hot workshops slicing and blasting iPhone casings for Apple Inc., handling noxious chemicals sometimes without proper gloves...


Uber confirms it used tech tool to shield data from police outside the U.S.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:15:00 PST

Ride-hailing giant Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the United States.

Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool — no longer in use — could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from...


At CES, wearables take on challenges more complex than calorie-tracking or step-counting

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

First there were fitness wearables. Then the focus turned to fashionable wearables. The latest evolution, seen throughout this week’s CES in Las Vegas: more functional, futuristic — and sometimes far-fetched — wearables.

Wrist-worn wearables were a huge hit at the annual consumer electronics trade...


Intel CEO says fixes for serious chip security flaws are on the way

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:10:00 PST

Intel Corp. has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers.


France is investigating Apple for slowing down old iPhones

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:45:00 PST

French authorities have opened an investigation into Apple Inc. over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its iPhones, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

The preliminary investigation was opened last week over alleged “deception and planned obsolescence” of some Apple...


Microsoft says fix for chip problem may significantly slow some servers

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:45:00 PST

Microsoft Corp. said fixes for security flaws present in most processors may significantly slow certain servers and dent the performance of some personal computers. It was the software maker’s first assessment of a global problem that Intel Corp. initially downplayed.

Microsoft’s statement indicates...


GoPro predicts revenue slump, slashes jobs and dumps drones; stock plunges

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:45:00 PST

Camera maker GoPro Inc. is getting out of the drone business, laying off more than 20% of its workforce and losing two executives after predicting a sharp decline in its fourth-quarter revenue and disclosing weak holiday-season demand for its cameras.

The disappointing outlook sent shares plummeting...


TV sets unveiled at CES have a slew of new features. Here's a guide

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:05:00 PST

New television sets are coming with an alphabet soup of features designed to get you to spend more.

There's OLED and 4K, with a dash of HDR. How about QLED and QDEF? Samsung, LG and other TV manufacturers are showcasing new models at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week — all with acronyms...


Toy maker VTech to pay $650,000 to settle FTC allegations of children's privacy violations

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 15:00:00 PST

VTech Electronics, a maker of electronic toys, has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission that it collected personal information on hundreds of thousands of children without their parents knowing.

VTech — a Hong Kong company whose North American operations are...


James Damore sues Google, alleging discrimination against whites and men

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:35:00 PST

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired after writing a widely circulated memo arguing women were biologically inferior to men in coding, has sued the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant alleging discrimination against his political views.

In a class-action complaint filed Monday,...


Pay day or defeat? Travis Kalanick to sell a chunk of his Uber stock

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 11:35:00 PST

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick once boasted that he’d never sold any of his 10% stake in the on-demand transportation company.

But that was back in 2016, before he was ousted as CEO, before Uber’s board of directors installed new leadership, before early Uber investor Benchmark sued him for fraud,...


FCC chief Ajit Pai is skipping CES tech show because of death threats, reports say

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:05:00 PST

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats, according to published reports.

Pai has scrapped popular net neutrality rules that had barred broadband providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic....


Intel and Microsoft deal with widespread computer-chip weakness

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:55:00 PST

The world’s biggest chipmakers and software companies, including Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., are coming to grips with a vulnerability that leaves vast numbers of computers and smartphones susceptible to hacking and performance slowdowns.

Google researchers recently discovered that a feature,...


Roku envisions being at the center of voice-controlled home entertainment systems, and its stock jumps

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:35:00 PST

Roku Inc., which makes devices for streaming internet video on television sets, announced Wednesday that it plans to develop a voice assistant and let manufacturers create Roku-connected speakers, stepping up its competition with tech giants Apple, Google and Amazon.

Owners of Roku TVs and players...


Revised gender-pay lawsuit faults Google for asking hires about their prior salaries

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

A revised gender-pay lawsuit seeking class-action status against Google faults the online search giant for asking new hires about their prior salaries, a practice that is now banned in California.

The suit, filed Wednesday, also adds a fourth complainant, a preschool teacher with a master's degree....


Spotify files to go public as it faces a $1.6-billion copyright infringement suit

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:35:00 PST

Music streaming giant Spotify has confidentially filed to go public — moving forward with an unusual plan to list its shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange — even as it faces a new $1.6-billion lawsuit alleging copyright infringement.

Calabasas music publisher Wixen Music Publishing Inc....


What to watch for at the huge CES technology show

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

Every year one or two breakout technologies capture the imagination of consumers. Eighteen months ago, it was Pokémon Go, the first augmented reality mobile app to really catch fire. A few years before that, it was 3-D printers.

Last year, it clearly was digital assistants — Amazon Echo, Google...


Want a diet plan? All this start-up needs is your money, blood and DNA

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

When Liesl Bettencourt of Pleasanton, Calif., turned 50 recently, she decided it was time to get into shape. She signed up with Habit, an Oakland start-up that offers personalized nutrition recommendations, coaching and meals. And as soon as Habit sent her an initiation kit, she got nervous.



President Trump calls for postage rate increase as Amazon gets 'richer'

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 PST

President Trump took aim at the United States Postal Service on Friday, admonishing the agency for its financial losses and for failing to charge more.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their...


Apple apologizes for slowed-down iPhones and offers cheaper battery replacement

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:00:00 PST

Apple Inc. announced Thursday that it will temporarily lower the price of replacing iPhone batteries, hoping to ease the backlash over its acknowledgment that it deliberately slowed down older-model iPhones.

The announcement — along with an apology — came less than two weeks after the company said...


Uber investors reportedly agree to sell to SoftBank at steep discount

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:55:00 PST

Uber shareholders are said to have agreed to sell a sizable stake in the ride-hailing giant to an investor group led by SoftBank Group Corp., allowing the Japanese conglomerate to amass a piece of the company at a steep discount compared with the last valuation.

The transaction implies a $48-billion...