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  • Silicon Valley's 'try before you buy' tech showroom is coming to Santa Monica

    Silicon Valley's 'try before you buy' tech showroom is coming to Santa Monica

    Being an early tech adopter meant Vibhu Norby always had the latest gadgets. Before hoverboards were all the rage, the Bay Area engineer had already ordered his own online and envisioned himself whizzing around town doing errands on two wheels. But as with so many things ordered online, when the...

  • Blackberry to stop making its own phones

    Blackberry to stop making its own phones

    Once-dominant smartphone maker Blackberry Ltd. said it will stop developing its phones in-house and shift that work to outside companies so it can focus on software manufacturing. In a regulatory filing Wednesday, the Canadian company said it plans to “end all internal hardware development” on...

  • Consumers aren't as excited as the auto industry about self-driving cars

    Consumers aren't as excited as the auto industry about self-driving cars

    If Ford, Volvo, GM and Uber are to be believed, self-driving cars will soon dominate our roads and car ownership will be a thing of the past. If regular consumers are to be believed, automakers need to hold their horses, because people aren’t ready for a self-driving future. Those are the findings...

  • California's housing shortage will hamper the economy, reports say

    California's housing shortage will hamper the economy, reports say

    The dearth of housing in California will put a drag on the state’s economic growth, according to two new studies.  California will continue to pile on jobs in 2017, but its advantage over the rest of the country will shrink in the future, say a report from UC Riverside and another from UCLA. The...

  • Hackers steal Westpark Capital files, demand ransom for data

    Hackers steal Westpark Capital files, demand ransom for data

    A hacking group that claimed responsibility for leaking sensitive documents from a Century City investment bank threatened Tuesday to divulge more data if the firm failed to pay a ransom. Seventeen files dated as recently as this month surfaced online last weekend, including background checks listing...

  • SeaWorld bets $175 million on new orca shows and virtual-reality attractions

    SeaWorld bets $175 million on new orca shows and virtual-reality attractions

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said it would spend $175 million on new attractions, including a documentary-style orca encounter in San Diego to replace the theatrical Shamu shows that have been the park’s signature draw for half a century. The substantial investment in new rides and marine mammal...

  • Tech and consumer companies lead stocks higher

    Tech and consumer companies lead stocks higher

    U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday and climbed after a survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high, a sign Americans will keep spending in the months to come. Technology and consumer stocks made the largest gains. The market opened lower after two days of losses but quickly recovered. The...

  • Sea Launch to be acquired by Russian aviation holding company

    Sea Launch to be acquired by Russian aviation holding company

    Sea Launch, a satellite launcher that has flung rockets into space from a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean and has its home port in Long Beach, is being acquired by a Russian firm. S7 Group, a private aviation holding company, said it signed an agreement Tuesday with Sea Launch Group to acquire...

  • Google-backed LendUp fined by regulators over payday lending practices

    Google-backed LendUp fined by regulators over payday lending practices

    Online lending start-up LendUp, which has billed itself as a better and more affordable alternative to traditional payday lenders, will pay $6.3 million in refunds and penalties after regulators uncovered widespread rule-breaking at the company. The California Department of Business Oversight,...

  • DJI shrinks and simplifies its new Mavic Pro drone, giving GoPro's Karma a rival

    DJI shrinks and simplifies its new Mavic Pro drone, giving GoPro's Karma a rival

    The top civilian drone maker’s latest model is small enough to slip into purses and controllable with just a smartphone. The Mavic Pro represents a significant leap for Chinese start-up DJI, whose Phantom and Inspire offerings dominate the camera drone market. The unveiling of the Mavic Pro on...

  • L.A. tech news: SGN to Jam City. Foursquare to Playa Vista. Branch Messenger to Minneapolis.

    L.A. tech news: SGN to Jam City. Foursquare to Playa Vista. Branch Messenger to Minneapolis.

    Mobile game maker SGN renamed itself Jam City last week, seeking to inject more fun into its brand. For a start-up that makes colorful matching and bubble-bursting games including Juice Jam and Panda Pop, SGN — short for Social Gaming Network — came off as a stodgy and dull, the Culver City company...

  • Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    One is an entertainment giant famous for exacting tight control over its content. The other is a tech firm whose commitment to free speech has earned it a reputation as a hub for news and a haven for online harassment.  Together, they make for a brow-raising pairing. But stranger things have happened...

  • SpaceX's Elon Musk is set to announce plans for colonizing Mars

    SpaceX's Elon Musk is set to announce plans for colonizing Mars

    As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate with solving the mystery of an exploding rocket and tweaking Tesla’s driver-assistance software, SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk will discuss plans for colonizing Mars at a space conference in Mexico on Tuesday. In a highly-anticipated speech titled “Making...

  • Rocket Lab finishes launch complex in New Zealand

    Rocket Lab finishes launch complex in New Zealand

    Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab has completed its New Zealand launch complex ahead of a first test flight expected this year. The Los Angeles rocket company’s Launch Complex One is located on the Mahia Peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The pad will be the primary...

  • New home sales drop 7.6% in August nationwide but rise in the West

    New home sales drop 7.6% in August nationwide but rise in the West

    One month after surging to their highest level in nearly nine years, sales of new homes nationwide retreated in August, with the exception the west, the Commerce Department reported Monday.  Sales of newly built houses in the west jumped 8% from a month earlier, while nationwide sales dropped 7.6%...

  • Mylan's EpiPen profit was 60% higher than what the CEO told Congress

    Mylan's EpiPen profit was 60% higher than what the CEO told Congress

    Lawmakers were skeptical last week when Mylan’s chief executive said that the company made only $100 in profit for a two-pack of EpiPens. During a House hearing, she repeatedly referred to a poster board showing how little of the $608 list price trickled back to the company. The incredulity was...

  • SpaceX test fires Raptor engine for rocket that might one day take people to Mars

    SpaceX test fires Raptor engine for rocket that might one day take people to Mars

    Elon Musk said SpaceX successfully tested its Raptor rocket engine that might one day be used to transport people to Mars. SpaceX “achieved first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine,” Musk said Sunday night on Twitter. The engine is powered by methane and liquid oxygen.  The disclosure...

  • A hot market for IPOs shows itself — at least for a week

    A hot market for IPOs shows itself — at least for a week

    Ample free food and other perks are nice, but it’s stock options and lofty missions that often seduce people into joining tech start-ups. That’s why Jeff Green will never forget the excited expressions on employees’ faces last month when he told them their advertising software company would go...

  • Can homeowner association boards hold frequent 'emergency' meetings?

    Can homeowner association boards hold frequent 'emergency' meetings?

    Question:  Over the past 10 years our homeowner association’s board has taken action on items outside of regular board meetings. It seems that the directors always have an excuse why they had to have a meeting and not tell anyone. They are making decisions behind the backs of owners and they say...

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