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Santa Monica couple fights Snapchat over 'geofilter' trademark

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Tracy and Paul Grand picked up a partial victory this month when the international body in charge of website-name disputes ruled against Snap's bid to snatch away from them.(image)

Travis Kalanick is no longer Uber’s CEO, but drivers still want him on the hook in lawsuit

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Recent scandals have put Uber on such shaky ground that a lawyer representing aggrieved drivers has filed a lawsuit against Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp — the ride-hailing firm's co-founders — in case the company doesn't survive long enough to defend itself.

Describing the lawsuit filed Thursday...


Tesla wants to develop its own music service

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:35:00 PDT

It may not be enough for the electric car company Tesla to take on the giants of Detroit, like General Motors and Ford. The Palo Alto-based automaker is said to be exploring its very own music streaming service too, a move that would pit the company against market leader Spotify, and the aggressive...


This year's hot graduation gift: Snapchat geofilters

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In the year since Snapchat began welcoming geofilters, paid submissions have increased to tens of thousands per day. Last month, graduations made up 15% of such sales.(image)

Uber employees petition for former CEO Travis Kalanick's return

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:15:00 PDT

The majority of Uber’s investors may have wanted its co-founder and chief executive, Travis Kalanick, out, but some employees of the ride-hailing company are already calling for his return.

In a petition that began circulating within Uber on Wednesday, employees called for Uber’s board of directors...


Tesla explores setting up a factory in China

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Tesla Inc. is working with the city of Shanghai to “explore the possibility” of opening a factory in the area, the maker of electric cars confirmed Thursday. Sales in China generate a hefty chunk of Tesla’s revenue, and moving some manufacturing near those buyers would slash some costs.



Snap acquires French start-up Zenly for location-sharing app

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

A pricey acquisition last month appears to have helped Snapchat maker Snap Inc. bolster its newest feature just before launch.

The Los Angeles tech company committed around $300 million in cash and stock to a French start-up that had developed a mapping app that shows people the precise locations...


YouTube program gives women creators a 'fighting chance' at ad deals

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

YouTube is launching a program to give creators a crash course in pitching and growing their business.(image)

Uber board member Bill Gurley resigns after leading effort to remove CEO Travis Kalanick

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:20:00 PDT

Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist whom sources said led the push to demand the resignation of Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, stepped down late Wednesday from his role at the company too.

Gurley is being replaced immediately by his colleague, Matt Cohler, on the ride-hailing app maker’s board...


After Travis Kalanick's resignation, can a new CEO move Uber forward?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:20:00 PDT

With $6.5 billion in annual sales and 12,000 employees around the world, Uber Technologies hardly resembles a blank slate.

But that’s the pitch — long-awaited in some of its investors’ and employees’ eyes — that Uber can now make with this week’s resignation of Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.


With resignation, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick finally found a battle he wasn't willing to fight

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:55:00 PDT

Travis Kalanick never ran away from a fight. When cities challenged the legality of his ride-hailing service, he ordered drivers to continue picking up passengers. When competitors complained about his tactics, he lowered prices and tried to poach their drivers. He even got into a spat — caught...


Snapchat's newest feature reveals your friends' whereabouts in real time

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Snapchat has billed itself as a way to stay up to date with friends. It’s latest feature, Snap Map, delivers on that premise, at the least.

The tool lets users see where their friends are — and what they’re doing — at any given moment.

The goal, according to a Snap Inc. spokesperson, is to get...


Amazon will let shoppers try on clothes before buying

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:10:00 PDT

Amazon can’t provide a fitting room for trying on that new pair of jeans before purchasing them, but a new feature for Amazon Prime members is taking a crack at being the next best thing.

The company on Tuesday announced Amazon Prime Wardrobe, which will allow users who pay for the e-commerce giant’s...


Tesla car on Autopilot warned driver 7 times before fatal crash, safety regulator says

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:45:00 PDT

A Tesla car in Autopilot mode warned its driver seven times to put his hands on the steering wheel during the 40 minutes before the crash that ended his life last year, a newly released set of reports from the National Transportation Safety Board revealed.

The reports, released this week, contain...


Twitch reaches 2-year streaming rights deal for Blizzard e-sports events

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Video streaming service Twitch announced Tuesday a two-year deal with Blizzard Entertainment to become the exclusive third-party home for many of the Irvine game-maker’s e-sports events.

Blizzard Entertainment can continue to stream video game competitions on its own services, including MLG.TV...


Uber adds the option to tip drivers, and you'll pay for making them wait

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart.

Besides the built-in tipping option announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money...


Apple points to recent Supreme Court decision to buoy its lawsuit against Qualcomm

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Apple has latched onto a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that restricts patent holders’ rights to bolster its increasingly bloody legal war against San Diego’s Qualcomm.

The iPhone maker on Tuesday amended its January lawsuit in San Diego federal court that alleges Qualcomm illegally charges too...


How the Amazon-Whole Foods deal could hurt — or help — Instacart

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

What's Instacart to do if Amazon buys Whole Foods?(image)

Historical accuracy, not a diversity push, brought 'Battlefield' playable female characters

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The inclusion of the women's batallion gives a peek into the operations of DICE L.A., the 80-person unit that collaborates with offices in Sweden on the "Battlefield" franchise.(image)

Google steps up its fight against extremist and inflammatory videos

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Months after some advertisers fled Google over concerns about ads appearing alongside YouTube videos that promote hate and extremism, the Internet giant has announced new steps aimed at tackling such content.

“There should be no place for terrorist content on our services,” Google said in a Sunday...


Silicon Valley's acquisition targets aren't just in tech anymore

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

For once, the target of an extravagant tech industry acquisition wasn’t a small start-up unfamiliar outside of Silicon Valley, but a household name.

Few foresaw reaching an agreement Friday to buy grocery store Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. But the pending deal — a record purchase for...


Amazon shakes up the grocery business with its $13.7-billion deal to buy Whole Foods

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:50:00 PDT

Amazon revolutionized the sale of books, electronics and other products. Now the online shopping giant is threatening to transform how people buy their food. Inc. dropped a bombshell Friday on the U.S. grocery industry by agreeing to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, including...


Meet the man driving the future of Uber and Lyft in the California Legislature

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:00:00 PDT

A lawmaker who has written a number of bills making it easier for Uber, Lyft and taxis to operate talks about the future of the industry.(image)

Amid the madness of E3, there's a silent sanctuary for rest (and adult coloring books)

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:35:00 PDT

E3, the nation’s biggest video game convention, is a place of constant chatter and neon lights, punctuated by the sporadic boom of video game gunfire. It’s a place where thousands elbow their way from booth to booth to try their hand at the hottest games, displayed on giant screens mounted on all...