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  • Twitter offers two new settings, including 'quality filter'

    Twitter offers two new settings, including 'quality filter'

    Twitter has announced two new settings that will allow users to control what they see in their feeds and what notifications they receive. Twitter says in a blog post that it has modified its notification settings to include the ability to see only notifications from people they follow. It's also...

  • Judge rejects Uber’s $100-million class-action settlement, calling it unfair to drivers

    Judge rejects Uber’s $100-million class-action settlement, calling it unfair to drivers

    A federal judge rejected Uber’s proposed $100-million bid to settle a class-action lawsuit involving the employment status of drivers, describing the sum as “not fair, adequate, and reasonable." The San Francisco ride-hailing company had offered to pay drivers $84 million and an additional $16...

  • Twitter says it shut down 235,000 pro-terrorism accounts since February

    Twitter says it shut down 235,000 pro-terrorism accounts since February

    Twitter Inc. said Thursday that it has shut down more than 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism since February, far surpassing the 125,000 it had suspended in the previous seven months. That brings the total number of such suspensions to 360,000 since June 2015. Since February, "the world has...

  • Pinterest launches video advertisements with its own spin

    Pinterest launches video advertisements with its own spin

    Pinterest may be late to the video advertising party, but it stands to reap great benefits, according to business and marketing experts. The online bookmarking platform launched Wednesday promoted videos — ads that exist alongside its static image-based ads called promoted pins. When users click...

  • Intel ventures into virtual reality with headset and Los Angeles studio

    Intel ventures into virtual reality with headset and Los Angeles studio

    Intel is diving head-first into virtual reality, announcing Tuesday at its annual developers forum in San Francisco that it is working on its own headset, collaborating with Microsoft to bring the medium to PCs, and opening a studio in Los Angeles focused on virtual reality content. Intel Chief...

  • Virtual reality start-up hopes to turn customers into one-person movie studios

    Virtual reality start-up hopes to turn customers into one-person movie studios

    It will require a couple thousand dollars’ worth of equipment and a spare room, but otherwise a new app should be the only other thing you need to create Pixar-style movies. Mindshow, a virtual reality app in testing mode from downtown Los Angeles start-up Visionary VR, casts users as the director,...

  • Shyp expands its on-demand shipping service to more L.A. areas

    Shyp expands its on-demand shipping service to more L.A. areas

    On-demand shipping service Shyp is expanding to more parts of the Los Angeles area Tuesday, and planning a new feature to accommodate businesses with bulk shipping needs. The company, which dispatches workers to pick up, package and mail items, will broaden its coverage zones from the downtown...

  • Lyft lets riders add stops to a trip

    Lyft lets riders add stops to a trip

    In another move to encourage people to carpool, Lyft added a feature to its ride-hailing app Monday that will let passengers request a stop along the way to their final destination. The feature, which will be tested with select Lyft users before a nationwide rollout, is the first of its kind on...

  • Cheap fares fueled the rise of ride-hailing. But that can't last forever

    Cheap fares fueled the rise of ride-hailing. But that can't last forever

    In the fight for more customers, drivers, and market share, ride-hailing companies have in recent years embraced a simple but powerful strategy: cheap rides. Uber, Lyft and other firms have used their ample venture capital backing to subsidize drivers and lower fares, igniting a price war that...

  • Your Internet privacy shouldn't be a 'luxury item,' FCC chief says

    Your Internet privacy shouldn't be a 'luxury item,' FCC chief says

    Should your online privacy depend on whether you've paid your Internet provider a little extra this month? That's one of the key policy questions concerning the future of the Web. And this week, the nation's top telecom and broadband regulator, Tom Wheeler, signaled that he's not a fan of the idea....

  • Records-shattering release of 'Overwatch' leads big quarter for Activision Blizzard

    Records-shattering release of 'Overwatch' leads big quarter for Activision Blizzard

    With more than 15 million players and 500 million hours played, the record-shattering release of team shooting game “Overwatch” lifted Activision Blizzard Inc. to its best ever second-quarter sales. “Overwatch” is on its way to being the Santa Monica video game maker’s most successful launch ever,...

  • Bay Area ride-hailing service for kids comes to Orange County

    Bay Area ride-hailing service for kids comes to Orange County

    On-demand chauffeur and child-care service Zum has its eyes set on the Southland, and the Bay Area company is making its first stop in Orange County next week. The service, similar to Los Angeles competitor HopSkipDrive, will launch in Orange County before expanding to surrounding cities in the...

  • 'Pokemon Go' maker dreams of video games played on contact lenses

    'Pokemon Go' maker dreams of video games played on contact lenses

    If John Hanke, chief executive of “Pokemon Go” creator Niantic Labs, had his way, gamers would wear Internet-connected contact lenses, spend big at businesses promoted in his games and clean up neighborhood parks. Hanke has become an overnight rock star in the tech industry through the instant...

  • Facebook opens a hardware lab, signaling broader ambitions

    Facebook opens a hardware lab, signaling broader ambitions

    Facebook Inc. built its fortune on the Internet, that nonphysical space where people share updates and digital videos with one another. But deep inside its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical...

  • Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun

    Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun

    The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution, but not in your text messages. As a tech company, Apple doesn't have an obvious stake in the gun control debate. But a recently announced change to its emoji library suggests the Cupertino company is taking a stance on the issue. In fall,...

  • Why Vizio has no official standards for how its suppliers treat workers

    Why Vizio has no official standards for how its suppliers treat workers

    Vizio Inc. puts more trust into third-party contractors than many television companies. Rather than relying on its own factories, the Irvine firm has outside manufacturers do the handiwork, allowing Vizio to lower costs for itself and consumers. But Vizio, which recently agreed to sell itself to...

  • Has Uber maxed out on private financing?

    Has Uber maxed out on private financing?

    A billion here, a billion there. For a couple of years, Uber Technologies Inc. steadily collected huge sums of capital every few months to fuel its worldwide expansion. But as the ride-hailing company achieves profitability in more regions, investor enthusiasm is hitting a plateau, analysts say. Increasing...

  • Russian hackers keep business booming for Irvine cybersecurity firm

    Russian hackers keep business booming for Irvine cybersecurity firm

    When the Democratic National Committee discovered in April that its computer networks had been hacked, leaders there did not just alert government intelligence. They called CrowdStrike, a 5-year-old cybersecurity firm that makes millions from mercenary work sold with a promise: "We Stop Breaches."...

  • With new feature, Instagram copies a page from Snapchat's story

    With new feature, Instagram copies a page from Snapchat's story

    Mark Zuckerberg's quest to vanquish Snapchat Inc. has spread to his lieutenants. The Facebook Inc. chief executive has launched several largely unsuccessful attempts to dethrone the Venice company’s app as the favorite among teens and young adults for quick social media sharing. Now, for the first...

  • Dog-walking start-up Wag quickly grows from pup to fierce competitor

    Dog-walking start-up Wag quickly grows from pup to fierce competitor

    After selling his dating service ChirpMe to Europe’s Massive Media, Joshua Viner considered getting a dog. But whenever Viner talked about becoming a pet owner, people suggested he was too busy.  Turns out, they were onto something.  Viner’s new start-up, Wag Labs Inc., has found a customer base...

  • In Didi Chuxing, Uber finally met its match

    In Didi Chuxing, Uber finally met its match

    Uber’s rapid rise from small start-up to $62.5-billion tech giant is often chalked up to its unmatched bullishness, its penchant to win at all costs. But in China, the company finally met its match: a rival willing to outspend, outmaneuver and, as of Monday, outright buy the Chinese arm of its...

  • Why U.S. tech companies can't figure out China

    Why U.S. tech companies can't figure out China

    Uber’s abrupt decision to sell its China operations to chief rival Didi Chuxing on Monday adds to a growing list of U.S. technology firms that have failed to flourish in the world’s second largest economy. The list, which reads like a corporate all-star team, includes Google, EBay, Amazon and Facebook....

  • Uber China to join rival Didi Chuxing in $35-billion deal

    Uber China to join rival Didi Chuxing in $35-billion deal

    Chinese ride-hailing leader Didi Chuxing has announced plans to absorb Uber’s business in the world’s most populous nation, ending a costly battle between the unprofitable rivals. Together, the ride-hailing venture would be worth $35 billion, according to a source familiar with the deal but not...

  • After Yahoo, these tech firms look ripe for a sale

    After Yahoo, these tech firms look ripe for a sale

    Now that Yahoo Inc. is being sold, what other struggling tech companies might soon find themselves on the auction block? Several other technology firms would seem to be candidates because their businesses are faltering and their stock prices have tumbled in recent years. That’s how Yahoo ended...

  • Soylent CEO charged over defiance of permits and codes for 'unsightly' container home

    Soylent CEO charged over defiance of permits and codes for 'unsightly' container home

    Neighbors say it could have been a smart urban project: a shipping container converted into an “experimental living facility.” But all that’s left now are empty beer bottles, graffiti-stained dirt and a bunch of lingering bad feelings. Meant to be a home for one of Los Angeles’ new start-up stars, the...

  • In a boost for Uber, China legalizes ride-hailing services

    In a boost for Uber, China legalizes ride-hailing services

    Lifting a cloud of regulatory uncertainty hanging over the future of Uber and its competitors in China, the government on Thursday legalized app-based ride-hailing services, but announced new licensing requirements and other rules. The new regulations, to take effect Nov. 1, require drivers to...

  • Google parent Alphabet's profit soars 24% despite losses on risky bets

    Google parent Alphabet's profit soars 24% despite losses on risky bets

    Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue. Most of the losses are concentrated in Alphabet's “X” lab, a wellspring of far-out ideas that Google co-founder Sergey Brin launched...

  • Oracle is buying business software firm NetSuite in a $9.3-billion deal

    Oracle is buying business software firm NetSuite in a $9.3-billion deal

    Oracle Corp. is buying cloud software company NetSuite Inc. in a deal valued at $9.3 billion, combining two Silicon Valley firms that count Larry Ellison as a top shareholder. Both companies provide enterprise-resource planning software, or systems that streamline business operations such as inventory...

  • Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

    Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

    Facebook's stock was trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier — video.  Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview...

  • To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To get a better sense of why Chinese technology company LeEco is buying Irvine TV maker Vizio for $2 billion, have a look at one of LeEco’s smartphones. The company’s Le 2 pro handset retails for just $166 in China, but if you pay about $15 extra, you get a one-year subscription to the company’s...

  • Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion, and it's giving Yahoo's brand another chance

    Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion, and it's giving Yahoo's brand another chance

    Verizon Communications Inc. built its business on pipes and antennae. Now the nation’s biggest telecommunications company is assembling a different kind of network — one centered around eyeballs and advertisements. With its $4.83-billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc.’s core business on Monday, Verizon...

  • Nintendo stock tanks after 'Pokemon Go' investors realize company doesn't own game

    Nintendo stock tanks after 'Pokemon Go' investors realize company doesn't own game

    In response to the ubiquity of “Pokemon Go,” investors immediately began snatching up Nintendo stock like, well, Pokemon, probably because the company is most closely associated with the game from its original conception as a cartridge game for Game Boy. Since July 6, when the game was released...

  • Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

    Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

    Macy’s is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they’re in — such as where a particular brand is located or what’s in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.  The tool, which the nation's largest department...

  • General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes

    General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes

    The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck. The leadership at the San Diego company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent $40 million in the expectation that its...

  • Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

    Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

    Verizon is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase Yahoo for close to $5 billion, bringing to an end a months-long bidding process for a now-ailing company that was once an Internet trailblazer. The sale of Yahoo’s core business is still being deliberated but could be announced early next week, according...

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