Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:06:59 -0800Copyright: ©2017 Los Angeles Times
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...(image)
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...(image)
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,...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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.,...(image)
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...(image)
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.”
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:00:00 PST
Amazon.com 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...(image)