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L.A. Times - Technology News

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

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:06:59 -0800

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Qualcomm is accused of anti-competitive tactics

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:40:00 PST

A U.S. regulator has sued Qualcomm over the way that it licenses cellular patents to smartphone makers — joining South Korea and potentially other governments in seeking to upend the San Diego’s company’s patent royalty practices.

The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit Tuesday in...


Snapchat has changed Venice, and the neighborhood isn't changing back

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:35:00 PST

Don Salmon says his Rastafarian clothing shop in Venice suffered no dip from the Great Recession, leaving only one culprit in his mind for a recent sales plunge.

“I have no question this is the Snapchat effect,” Salmon said surrounded by his black-red-yellow-and-green goods. “It’s not even up for...


WhatsApp's privacy woes show how messaging app tries to balance security and ease of use

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:20:00 PST

WhatsApp has become popular worldwide thanks to its powerful encryption technology. But making this type of secure messaging approachable and user-friendly can pose some problems.

An article published Friday by the Guardian suggests that WhatsApp has a “security backdoor” that could allow the app,...


Two big Snapchat updates make the app work more like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:45:00 PST

Snapchat overhauled two key features Thursday, bringing it more in line with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as a place to see what’s happening in the world at any moment.

In an update soon coming to all users, Snapchat will add a search bar at the top of the app. People can look up friends, media...


Apple now taking film and TV pitches

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:35:00 PST

Apple Inc. is taking pitches from Hollywood producers and courting television marketing executives as it considers bolstering its Apple Music service with original movies and TV shows, according to people familiar with the discussions. 

Apple has toyed with playing a larger role in entertainment...


Verizon chops unlimited data plans: Big users can switch or be disconnected

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:55:00 PST

Verizon customers who have unlimited data plans and use more than 200 gigabytes a month will be required to switch to a capped data plan by Feb. 16 or be disconnected from service, a company spokeswoman said.

A letter notifying affected customers about the change started to go out last week, Verizon...


Snapchat maker Snap dodges uproar - and maybe taxes - with London office

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

By funneling much of its overseas revenue through London instead of a widely used tax haven such as Dublin, Ireland, Snapchat maker Snap Inc. stands to recognize similar benefits with far less uproar.

Global corporations, led by tech giants Apple and Google, have faced increased public scrutiny...


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires top Uber advisor David Plouffe

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:45:00 PST

First he advised President Obama. Then he advised Uber. Now, political bigwig David Plouffe is headed for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization founded by pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Plouffe, until recently a senior...


10 years of iPhone: Apple proved a phone can change the world

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:35:00 PST

Few people realized it at the time, but the world shifted fundamentally a decade ago when Steve Jobs pulled the first iPhone from Apple's bag of technological tricks.

“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” Jobs declared as he paced across a San Francisco...


Snapchat's parent, Snap, picks Britain for its base in Europe

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:25:00 PST

The company behind the messaging mobile app Snapchat will place its European base in Britain, a vote of confidence in the country’s economy after the vote to leave the European Union.

Los Angeles-based Snap Inc.’s decision runs counter to those of tech giants such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc.,...


Snapchat in 2017: 7 predictions about what's to come

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

As Snap Inc. moves toward an expected initial public offering this year, it’s natural to expect increased predictability and transparency from a company that has thrived so far without much of either.

In question in 2017 is whether Chief Executive Evan Spiegel will make Snap act more like Facebook...


Azubu wasn't funded like most start-ups - and it may have nearly killed the e-sports video firm

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 04:00:00 PST

Video games as a professional sport made no sense to Lars Windhorst, a European oil and agriculture investor, until a summer evening in Seoul. Before him lay an impressive sight: Thousands of kids in lawn chairs outdoors watching teams battle in the 2012 championship for “League of Legends.”



Snapchat's parent company is expanding into 300,000 square feet of Santa Monica office space

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:45:00 PST

The company behind popular mobile chat app Snapchat has decided to take a large amount of office space near Santa Monica Airport as it continues to expand rapidly.

Snap Inc. has leased about 300,000 square feet at Santa Monica Business Park, according to Westside real estate experts who know about...


Apple removed the New York Times app in China. Why now?

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:50:00 PST

Apple Inc. has removed the New York Times app from its digital store in China, acting on what it says were orders from the Chinese government.

The New York Times, which offers content in both English and Chinese, is one of a growing number of foreign news organizations whose content is blocked...


Snapchat showed investors false user statistics, ex-employee alleges in lawsuit

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:40:00 PST

A former Snapchat employee alleged in a lawsuit that the company misrepresented its financial state while recruiting him and then pressured him to spill secrets about his time at Facebook.

Anthony Pompliano worked in Snapchat’s business operations department for three weeks before his firing in...


GoPro plans to relaunch its recalled Karma drones this year

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:35:00 PST

Action camera maker GoPro Inc. plans to reintroduce its Karma drone this year, after recalling the drone in November amid reports that some lost power during operation.

The San Mateo, Calif., company said Wednesday that it will release more information in early February about the drone’s global...


Alexa may be listening, but will she tell on you?

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

Amazon’s Internet-connected home assistant devices can turn on your TV, read you the news and order you an Uber. Law enforcement officials in Arkansas hope an Amazon Echo can help them crack a murder case. 

When Bentonville police found the body of Victor Collins inside James Andrew Bates’ home...


Labor Department wants to ban Google from federal contracts, unless they turn over employee data

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:05:00 PST

The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the Internet giant turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees.

The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the Office...


Want to avoid sky-high Uber and Lyft fares on New Year's Eve? Leave early or leave late

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST

New Year’s Eve revelers hoping to avoid exorbitant Uber and Lyft fares should steer clear of the services between midnight and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to the two San Francisco companies, which anticipate rider demand will drive up prices during those hours.

In major cities, the firms...


Did Trump just create 8,000 jobs? Here's what's really happening

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:05:00 PST

Donald Trump gave himself kudos for the creation of 8,000 U.S. jobs by a Japanese tech mogul, saying it was proof of “the spirit and the hope” stirred by his victory in the presidential election.

But for those particular jobs, Trump was basically taking a bow for the second time. The jobs were...


What it's like wearing Snapchat Spectacles

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro, companies have marketed cameras by touting features such as focal length, image size and memory space.

Spectacles — the debut camera from Los Angeles start-up Snap Inc. — might be the first capture device ever sold with most technical specifications...


Qualcomm is fined $865 million by South Korean antitrust regulator

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:45:00 PST

Qualcomm Inc. said it will fight a ruling by South Korea’s top trade regulator that fined the wireless company $865 million for allegedly violating competition laws with its patent licensing practices.

The fine comes after an investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, which appears to want...


An Indian billionaire says his new tech company is growing faster than Facebook and Whatsapp

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:45:00 PST

Engineers and entrepreneurs with roots in India have helped build titans of Silicon Valley. Now an Indian technology company says its growth is outpacing such giants as Skype, Whatsapp and Facebook.

The country’s richest man has launched a mobile telecommunications network that signed up more than...


Photoshop is hard to learn. Adobe thinks artificial intelligence can help

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

A teary-eyed Mala Sharma felt vindicated as she stood outside a school for impoverished children in India. A student had snatched the Adobe Systems executive’s iPad and had a go with the company’s simplest video editing program. He nailed it, creating a quick video that Sharma said amused his teacher...


Amazon says its Echo devices were hot sellers during its 'best ever' holiday season

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:00:00 PST Inc.'s Echo voice-activated artificial-intelligence devices were the stars of what the e-commerce behemoth is calling its “best ever” holiday season.

Seattle-based Amazon said the Echo family of devices sold by the “millions,” at a rate nine times greater than during last year's holiday...