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ROC co-working space in Santa Monica closing after terrace dispute and missed rent

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:05:00 PDT

The Real Office Centers co-working space in the heart of downtown Santa Monica is set to close in the coming days, forcing more than 100 tenants into a last-minute scramble for new offices.(image)

In e-sports, it's the bosses who are rallying for a union

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:55:00 PDT

The owners of professional video game teams are in the unusual position of pushing for the establishment of a players union.(image)

Lyft takes on Uber's black luxury car services by launching Lyft Lux

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Five years ago when Uber was known for its luxury black cars, Lyft launched its peer-to-peer ride-hailing service, turning regular vehicles into taxis.

Now, Uber is synonymous with peer-to-peer ride-hailing, and Lyft is launching its own luxury black car service, Lyft Lux and Lux SUV.

The service,...


Google starts tracking offline shopping — what you buy at stores in person

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:25:00 PDT

Google already monitors online shopping — but now it's also keeping an eye on what people buy in physical stores as it tries to sell more digital advertising.

The Internet giant said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants' bricks-and-mortar stores after clicking...


Google's artificial intelligence machine AlphaGo just beat the world's No. 1 Go player

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:10:00 PDT

A computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday, earning praise that it might have finally surpassed human abilities in one of the last games machines have yet to dominate.

Google's AlphaGo won the first of three planned games this week against Ke Jie, a 19-year-old...


Instagram launches location and hashtag stories

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

If you’re prone to the sensation known as the “fear of missing out,” you might want to pass on Instagram’s latest feature.

The photo and video sharing app on Tuesday launched location and hashtag stories, allowing users to search for a location, such as Santa Monica, or a hashtag, such as #dimsum,...


Snapchat introduces group Stories so friends can have self-destructing photo albums

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Snapchat on Tuesday released a new way for organizing the vast number of photos and videos users share on the app and getting them in front of users likely to show interest.

Any user may now create an album to which multiple people can upload, a feature previously available to only Snap Inc. employees,...


Boingo Wireless surges above its IPO price for first time ever as new strategy finally connects

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

With free Wi-Fi abundant and cell phone data plans so cheap, the best days would have seemed to be behind the Los Angeles company.(image)

How being thrown into the deep end by Mark Zuckerberg prepared Aditya Agarwal to lead

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

What a summer of cereal and pajamas at Facebook taught Aditya Agarwal about what he wanted out of his career(image)

Uber launches freight service to meet on-demand trucking needs

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Uber Technologies inched closer to becoming a logistics company Thursday with the launch of Uber Freight, an on-demand freight service for trucking carriers.

Similar to the Uber app, through which drivers find passengers in need of a paid ride, the Uber Freight app connects truck drivers with...


Their code was used to hack Sony and create 'WannaCry.' Meet the 'Lazarus Group,' the armed robbers of the Internet

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

On Feb. 4, 2016, as employees left work to enjoy their weekends, the central bank of Bangladesh began firing off dozens of transfer orders to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, asking to remove money from its accounts — almost $1 billion.

It was a heist. The robbers hadn’t walked in with guns...


Bill Gurley invested in Nextdoor and now he knows all about missing cats and bickering neighbors

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The lauded Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley who, along with his partners at Benchmark, was an early investor in companies such as Instagram, Uber, Stitch Fix, and Snap Inc., spent a recent afternoon scrolling through the neighborhood social network, Nextdoor, studying the ways people...


Qualcomm sues iPhone makers, escalating a patent war with Apple

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Qualcomm Inc. filed a breach of contract lawsuit late Tuesday against four Taiwanese contract manufacturers that build iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc. — the latest salvo in an escalating war between two tech giants over patent royalties.

Qualcomm’s court action is in response to Apple’s steps...


They predicted the 'WannaCry' ransomware cyberattack, so how come few listened?

Wed, 17 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Misha Govshteyn and his colleagues at the cybersecurity start-up Alert Logic dropped all their projects about a month ago, except for one they deemed a graver threat than the rest.

Someone had stolen never-before-seen hacking tactics from the National Security Agency and posted them online. Working...


Snap faces shareholder lawsuit after stock price drops

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:15:00 PDT

A Snap Inc. shareholder sued the company Tuesday for allegedly misrepresenting how many people used its Snapchat app.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, James Erickson of Suffolk County, N.Y., blamed Snap’s alleged misrepresentations for a drop in the price of the company’s...


Instagram copies another Snapchat feature: Face filters

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Instagram continued to play copycat to Snapchat, launching on Tuesday its own version of face filters — a feature popularized on Snap Inc.’s app.

The new Instagram tool superimposes adornments such as animal ears, hats, makeup and masks over a person’s face on the app. The decorations include a...


'WannaCry' ransomware shares code with Sony hack, raising possibility of North Korea connection

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:40:00 PDT

Cybersecurity researchers said Monday that the massive "WannaCry" virus that has infected computers around the globe was developed using some of the same code used in the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, raising the possibility that the hackers may have a connection to North Korea.

Investigators said...


WannaCry cyberattack: When a hack shuts down a hospital, who's to blame?

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:35:00 PDT

The NSA? Microsoft? The companies and agencies that failed to update their software? Or the victims themselves?(image)

Why you can't afford a house (Hint: It's not the avocado toast)

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Housing prices and student loan debts continue to rise while wages remain stagnant. But if an Australian millionaire is to be believed, that's not why millennials are forgoing homeownership. It's because of avocado toast.

"When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado...


Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:20:00 PDT

After suggesting the U.S. Department of Justice consider a criminal investigation of Uber in a trade secrets theft case, a federal judge on Monday ordered the ride hailing company to stop the man accused of the theft from work on the technology at issue.

The order stems from a lawsuit filed by...


Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in 'WannaCry' computer ransom attack

Sun, 14 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

A Microsoft executive sharply criticized a U.S. spy agency Sunday for its role in weaponizing a weakness in Windows and allowing it to be stolen by hackers and used to launch history’s largest ransomware attack.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities...


'WannaCry' ransomware attack shows why Apple refused to hack terrorist's iPhone

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:05:00 PDT

Cybersecurity researchers said a malicious program that disabled computers at Britain's National Health Service, Russia's Interior Ministry and companies and homes across dozens of countries Friday originated with the National Security Agency.

Earlier this year, a hacking group calling itself Shadow...


Judge refers theft allegations by Google's self-driving car unit against Uber to U.S. Attorney's office

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:40:00 PDT

A federal judge has referred trade secret theft allegations made against Uber by Google's autonomous car unit to the U.S. Attorney's office for investigation.

District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco made the referral in an order posted Thursday night.

Waymo has sued Uber alleging that the...


Ring modernized the doorbell, then its inventor, Jamie Siminoff, went to war against crime

Fri, 12 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Ring Chief Executive Jamie Siminoff has a unique management style: Employees wear dog tags, there are no formal meetings or budgets and for years staffers had to clean up after themselves.(image)

Can Snap’s stock make a comeback like Facebook’s?

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:05:00 PDT

Fresh off its stock market debut, the much-hyped tech start-up quickly saw the euphoria, riches and huge expectations fade. Panicked investors fretted over the firm's first earnings report, sending stock prices tumbling like never before.

It's the story of Snap Inc. — but also the history of Facebook.