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  • Waymo seeks court order to stop Uber from using self-driving-car secrets

    Waymo seeks court order to stop Uber from using self-driving-car secrets

    Waymo, the company that was formerly Google’s self-driving-car division, on Friday sought a court order to stop Uber from using trade secrets allegedly stolen by a former Waymo employee who took a job with the ride-hailing firm. The preliminary injunction, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks to...

  • WikiLeaks says it will work with tech firms to defeat CIA hacking

    WikiLeaks says it will work with tech firms to defeat CIA hacking

    WikiLeaks will work with technology companies to help defend them against the CIA’s hacking tools, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday. The approach sets up a potential conflict between Silicon Valley firms eager to protect their products and an agency stung by the radical transparency...

  • Not into Snapchat? Facebook is launching an alternative: Messenger Day

    Not into Snapchat? Facebook is launching an alternative: Messenger Day

    Video blogger Natalie-Tasha Thompson shares updates about her life on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. But the one place she knows her family, including her grandmother, will check is Facebook. So she posts there too. For now, that’s the biggest thing Facebook has going for...

  • 'Pokemon Go' is still a thing, and it’s still making money

    'Pokemon Go' is still a thing, and it’s still making money

    Few mobile games have enjoyed both the meteoric rise — and subsequent fall — in popularity as “Pokemon Go.” But the app remains profitable, and people are still playing, even if they aren't the same masses that roamed parks and sidewalks last summer with their eyes glued to their smartphones, looking...

  • Uber says it's killing the 'Greyball' tool it used to stymie regulators

    Uber says it's killing the 'Greyball' tool it used to stymie regulators

    Uber is dismantling a secret weapon it used against local regulators who have been trying to curtail or shut down its ride-hailing service in some cities around the world. The about-face announced Wednesday comes less than a week after a report in the New York Times exposed the existence of a technology...

  • Snapchat maker's stock keeps falling — and analysts think it'll drop even more

    Snapchat maker's stock keeps falling — and analysts think it'll drop even more

    Snap Inc.’s stock market debut last week has been celebrated as a success in the tech world as its share price surged in its first two days on the market. But that optimism doesn’t necessarily extend to Wall Street, where analysts remain doubtful of the company’s current value. Snap shares opened...

  • Uber CEO is seeking a 'peer' to help him run the company

    Uber CEO is seeking a 'peer' to help him run the company

    Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, who last week pledged to get “leadership help” after a video surfaced of him berating one of the company’s drivers, announced Tuesday that the ride-hailing giant is looking for a chief operating officer. Kalanick announced the executive search in a brief statement...

  • Snapchat firm makes history in stock market debut

    Snapchat firm makes history in stock market debut

    On Thursday morning, Snap Inc.’s 26-year-old Chief Executive Evan Spiegel and 28-year-old Chief Technology Officer Bobby Murphy swapped their beachside V-neck T-shirts for dark suits and gold and blue ties.  Standing before a sea of stock traders, the pair rang the opening bell at the New York...

  • Exclusive interview: How Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel feels after the historic IPO

    Exclusive interview: How Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel feels after the historic IPO

    After a whirlwind month of IPO preparations and investor discussions, Evan Spiegel popped off his tie and sat down for a black coffee in a brick-walled Brooklyn cafe. The 26-year-old Snap Inc. chief executive is one of the youngest entrepreneurs in history to a take a company public and perhaps...

  • Yahoo punishes CEO in latest fallout from security breakdown

    Yahoo punishes CEO in latest fallout from security breakdown

    Yahoo is punishing CEO Marissa Mayer and parting ways with its top lawyer for the mishandling of two security breaches that exposed the personal information of more than 1 billion users and already have cost the company $350 million. Mayer won't be paid her annual bonus nor receive a potentially...

  • At $17 a share, L.A. company behind Snapchat is worth nearly $24 billion

    At $17 a share, L.A. company behind Snapchat is worth nearly $24 billion

    The Los Angeles company known for its Snapchat messaging app generated the largest initial public offering in Southern California history on Wednesday, raising at least $3.4 billion while valuing the firm at $23.8 billion. Snap Inc.’s IPO is the most lucrative in the U.S. since online shopping...

  • Bobby Murphy cleaned up after frat parties; now he stands to clean up in Snapchat IPO

    Bobby Murphy cleaned up after frat parties; now he stands to clean up in Snapchat IPO

    The head of a security team Evan Spiegel hired to police his high school house parties imparted on him an important lesson: Your true friends are those who stay behind to help you clean up afterward. The advice stayed with him at Stanford University, where frat mate Bobby Murphy stuck around late...

  • Brogan BamBrogan lost control of his first hyperloop start-up. Arrivo is his second chance

    Brogan BamBrogan lost control of his first hyperloop start-up. Arrivo is his second chance

    If anyone could transform hyperloops from a science experiment into a viable form of transportation, it would be Brogan BamBrogan. That was the thinking among investors and engineers when BamBrogan co-founded Hyperloop Technologies Inc. in his Los Angeles garage in 2014. BamBrogan was an experienced...

  • Why would Vizio want its TV sets to spy on their owners?

    Why would Vizio want its TV sets to spy on their owners?

    Privacy and security experts are buzzing about this week’s decision by the Federal Trade Commission to fine Vizio $2.2 million because, regulators said, the Irvine-based company installed software on its “smart” TVs so it could secretly gather data about the viewing habits of millions of viewers....

  • Twitter plans to start weeding out abusive tweets before you see them

    Twitter plans to start weeding out abusive tweets before you see them

    Twitter Inc. knows it has a problem with online abuse, and on Tuesday it announced three changes it's making to help users deal with it. The social network said in a blog post that it's cracking down even more on repeat abusers who make new accounts to continue trolling people who have blocked...

  • Video game conference may lose attendees due to travel ban

    Video game conference may lose attendees due to travel ban

    Ahmed Elgoni felt like he’d struck gold. The 24-year-old video game developer from South Africa had in November secured a ticket to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco — a cultural mecca for anyone who wants to make video games. A sponsor would cover the cost of his round-trip flight...

  • More than 100 tech firms join legal fight against Trump's travel ban

    More than 100 tech firms join legal fight against Trump's travel ban

    Last week, they took to social media. This week, they’re going to court. More than 100 technology companies — including industry big guns Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, and newcomers such as Snap, Lyft and Scopely — joined forces Sunday to file a friend-of-the-court brief, arguing against...

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