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  • Apple pressures Unicode into pulling rifle emoji

    Apple pressures Unicode into pulling rifle emoji

    Thanks to pressure from Apple, a new set of emojis will not contain a rifle. The Unicode Consortium -- the shadowy overlords who approve and code new emojis -- said Friday that a depiction of a scoped shooting rifle has been pulled from the Unicode 9.0 release on June 21, BuzzFeed News reported....

  • Apple iPhones violated Chinese firm's patents, Beijing bureau rules

    Apple iPhones violated Chinese firm's patents, Beijing bureau rules

    China is providing Apple with one of its most lucrative markets. It’s also giving the tech giant no shortage of headaches. In another hiccup with regulators, Beijing's patent office has ordered Apple to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city because its design too closely resembles...

  • China’s Didi Chuxing raises $7 billion to fend off Uber

    China’s Didi Chuxing raises $7 billion to fend off Uber

    China’s dominant ride-hailing and taxi company, Didi Chuxing, has one-upped Uber with its latest funding round, reportedly raising $7 billion just weeks after Uber raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment fund. Included in the round is a $1-billion investment from Apple, $600...

  • Here's why companies leave you in the dark about hacks for months

    Here's why companies leave you in the dark about hacks for months

    Companies breached by computer hackers must inform customers that their personal information has been compromised. But when?  As 30 journalists learned at a cybersecurity demonstration last month, there’s value to holding off. Being immediately upfront with customers gives victims time to clamp...

  • Uber reportedly seeks to raise up to $2 billion in the leveraged loan market

    Uber reportedly seeks to raise up to $2 billion in the leveraged loan market

    Uber needs cash to power its global expansion, but selling more equity could prove costly for the world’s most valuable start-up. That’s why the ride-hailing giant is turning to the risky leveraged loan market, according to a person familiar with the matter. Uber has hired Morgan Stanley and Barclays...

  • In victory for Obama, court backs strict Internet regulation

    In victory for Obama, court backs strict Internet regulation

    Federal regulators can strictly oversee the Internet to ensure that content flows freely to consumers, a court ruled Tuesday in a major victory for President Obama and other supporters of the long-pursued concept of net neutrality. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals...

  • Can a Los Angeles start-up give video gamers a stylish look?

    Can a Los Angeles start-up give video gamers a stylish look?

    Though fans may not always notice, professional athletes put thought into their outfits off and on the field.  They’ll choose custom sneakers on the court, fancy jackets at the press conference and color-coordinated headphones in the locker room. But in e-sports, not so much. Professional video...

  • Apple lets appmakers use Siri — within limits — amid 'gigantic' batch of iPhone updates

    Apple lets appmakers use Siri — within limits — amid 'gigantic' batch of iPhone updates

    Despite the increasing amount of time people spend on their smartphones, the app market is in a lull. Facebook, Snapchat, Uber and other big-name apps get heaps of downloads. But most everyone else is seeing demand level off.  That’s why app-makers raved about Apple’s announcement at its Worldwide...

  • Facebook a bigger player at this year's VidCon

    Facebook a bigger player at this year's VidCon

    Skyy John owes much of his early Internet fame to YouTube, where he’s amassed nearly 3 million subscribers to his cocktail tutorial channel, Tipsy Bartender. But more recently, John has switched-up the recipe, posting clips for his strawberry margarita Jello shots or his mini vodka watermelon bowl...

  • Electronic Arts gets into e-sports, with $1-million 'Madden' championship

    Electronic Arts gets into e-sports, with $1-million 'Madden' championship

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. plans to award $1 million over the next year to top players of its latest “Madden NFL” title. The prize money is a selling point for a new, four-tournament series beginning this fall, marking the first e-sports initiative from the nation’s second-most-profitable...

  • Owners of professional video game teams in a battle of their own

    Owners of professional video game teams in a battle of their own

    Months after Susan Tully and friends bought a pair of professional video game teams for an estimated $1 million, her four-man “Call of Duty” squad finished its season in 11th out of 12 places. A loss in a post-season gunfight would relegate Tully’s H2K squad to the second-tier league. There, exposure...

  • Thomas J. Perkins, Silicon Valley venture capitalist, dies at 84

    Thomas J. Perkins, Silicon Valley venture capitalist, dies at 84

    Thomas J. Perkins, whose investments fueled the growth of tech firms including America Online Inc., Amazon.com and Google Inc., died Tuesday. He was 84. He died of natural causes, according to a statement from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Through his venture capital...

  • How much is your Twitter account worth? Hackers suggest it's less than your LinkedIn

    How much is your Twitter account worth? Hackers suggest it's less than your LinkedIn

    The hacker recently linked to attacks on social media sites such as MySpace, LinkedIn and Tumblr is at it again, offering millions of what are alleged to be Twitter usernames and passwords to anyone willing to pay.  The hacker, known as Tessa88, is asking 10 bitcoin, or just under $6,000, for what...

  • Uber and 2 of its executives are convicted and fined in France

    Uber and 2 of its executives are convicted and fined in France

    A French court has convicted and fined Uber and two of its executives for deceptive commercial practices and illegal business activity over its lowest-cost ride service. It's the latest legal tangle for the app-based business, which has faced protests from taxi unions and regulators around the...

  • Lenovo and Google unveil a smartphone that knows its way around a room

    Lenovo and Google unveil a smartphone that knows its way around a room

    A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room's size and the presence of other people — and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming. Today's smartphones track location through GPS and cell towers,...

  • Diversity takes center stage at Airbnb’s annual tech conference

    Diversity takes center stage at Airbnb’s annual tech conference

    Airbnb’s annual tech conference, OpenAir, has traditionally focused on engineering challenges: how to grow a platform, how to use big data, how to better match people looking for short-term lodging with those who have rooms for rent.  This year, the conference focused on a different challenge for...

  • Yahoo puts more than 3,000 patents up for auction

    Yahoo puts more than 3,000 patents up for auction

    Yahoo Inc. is hoping to sell most of its technology patents as part of a purge that also could culminate in the sale of its Internet operations. More than 3,000 patents that already have been issued or are under approval review are on the auction block. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company said it hasn't...

  • Snapchat redesign downplays the popular Live Stories feature

    Snapchat redesign downplays the popular Live Stories feature

    Snapchat Inc. downplayed a popular feature Tuesday as it attempts to better promote less-watched content from the likes of ESPN, BuzzFeed and Cosmo. Snapchat’s Live Stories -- highlight videos developed mostly from user-submitted clips at special events -- are now bundled among links to stories...

  • Verizon to bid $3 billion for Yahoo's core business, report says

    Verizon to bid $3 billion for Yahoo's core business, report says

    Yahoo Inc. shares are down slightly after a report that Verizon Communications Inc. is expected to bid $3 billion for the embattled tech company’s core Internet business. Yahoo’s stock was down 19 cents, or 0.5%, to $36.88 around 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon...

  • With new venture capital funding, Loot Crate looks beyond comics and sci-fi

    With new venture capital funding, Loot Crate looks beyond comics and sci-fi

    Loot Crate has built a business supplying comic book and sci-fi fans with monthly shipments of goodies typically only found at specialty shops or conventions. Soon, Loot Crate could apply the same formula to sports, music and more corners of entertainment -- getting fans to purchase merchandise...

  • Online video execs launch investment and consulting firm Creatv

    Online video execs launch investment and consulting firm Creatv

    Peter Csathy, a digital media executive who has tracked the rise of online video for more than a decade, has launched an advisory and investment company named Creatv. The Los Angeles firm pulls together executives with backgrounds in online video, venture capital and social media to form an advisory...

  • Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn accounts hijacked

    Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn accounts hijacked

    Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg briefly found his Twitter account hijacked, as were at least two of his other social media accounts. Zuckerberg's Facebook account and password were not compromised, the company said in a statement; his account on Facebook-owned Instagram was also unaffected....

  • Supreme Court rejects Google's appeal in class-action lawsuit

    Supreme Court rejects Google's appeal in class-action lawsuit

    The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Google over a class-action lawsuit filed by advertisers who claim the Internet company displayed their ads on “low-quality” websites.  The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the lawsuit representing hundreds of thousands of advertisers...

  • Celebrity cybersecurity consultants protect stars from hackers

    Celebrity cybersecurity consultants protect stars from hackers

    The celebrity entourage has a new member. Now joining the ranks of hairdressers, nannies, brand managers and personal chefs are computer security experts, entrusted by the rich and the famous to stave off threats to social media accounts, smartphones and home networks. Cybersecurity consultants...

  • Tony Fadell steps down as head of Alphabet's smart-home firm Nest

    Tony Fadell steps down as head of Alphabet's smart-home firm Nest

    Tony Fadell is stepping down as chief executive of Nest, the home-automation firm he founded and sold to Google. The departure, which was announced Friday in a blog post, comes as Fadell faced increasing criticism at Google, now called Alphabet Inc., because of his abrasive management style. Nest,...

  • Uber and Lyft team up to deliver for Wal-Mart

    Uber and Lyft team up to deliver for Wal-Mart

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has enlisted ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to help it battle rising grocery competitor Amazon.com Inc. The two San Francisco firms will partner with Wal-Mart to get last-mile grocery deliveries to customers as part of a test program starting in two weeks. Uber will deliver...

  • Where Yahoo's entertainment media play went wrong

    Where Yahoo's entertainment media play went wrong

    When Yahoo announced last year that it had lost $42 million reviving NBC’s TV series “Community” and launching two other original shows, the company framed it as a failed experiment. It didn’t work, so Yahoo was cutting its losses. But those in the entertainment industry were scratching their heads:...

  • A bacon emoji is among 72 new characters coming to your phone

    A bacon emoji is among 72 new characters coming to your phone

    Great news for bacon lovers: Soon you'll be able to express yourself via emoji. The symbol for your favorite cured pork product, along with 71 other characters, is coming out in the next version of Unicode. Other symbols that will be in the version 9.0 release include a soaring eagle, a salad,...

  • Will more start-ups follow Uber in taking cash from sovereign wealth funds?

    Will more start-ups follow Uber in taking cash from sovereign wealth funds?

    Start-ups have long been the domain of venture capitalists. But with this week’s staggering $3.5-billion investment in Uber from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the tech world has been put on notice -- sovereign wealth funds are loaded with cash and ready to do business directly. Paltry...

  • Saudi Arabia pours $3.5 billion into Uber

    Saudi Arabia pours $3.5 billion into Uber

    Uber said Wednesday that it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich nation's sovereign investment fund is putting $3.5 billion into the global transportation company and will get a seat on Uber's board of directors. Funding for new tech companies has been slowing in recent...

  • To police comments on streaming video, Periscope turns its viewers into jurors

    To police comments on streaming video, Periscope turns its viewers into jurors

    Periscope hopes to stop abuse and spam on its video streams by turning its users into judges, juries and commentators. The video-streaming app, owned by Twitter Inc., launched Wednesday a quasi-judicial system to determine if comments that users have identified as offensive should be removed from...

  • Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8 billion, gaining more e-commerce power

    Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8 billion, gaining more e-commerce power

    Salesforce.com Inc. has acquired e-commerce platform maker Demandware Inc. in a transaction worth about $2.8 billion, as the cloud-computing software firm looks to become more of a one-stop shop for companies that want to sell things online. San Francisco-based Salesforce said it would pay $75...

  • If Facebook promotes propaganda, can it be a neutral news platform?

    If Facebook promotes propaganda, can it be a neutral news platform?

    Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged two weeks ago to keep his company neutral when it comes to political discussions at home. On Tuesday, he promised the European Union he’d promote propaganda at the behest of Western governments. So how does neutrality allow for activism?...

  • Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft agree to help EU fight hate speech

    Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft agree to help EU fight hate speech

    The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world's biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to fight the spread of hate speech online. Under the terms of a code of conduct, the firms, which also include YouTube and Microsoft, have committed to “quickly...

  • To stop hackers, Signal Sciences thinks like them. Also: Myspace confirms data breach

    To stop hackers, Signal Sciences thinks like them. Also: Myspace confirms data breach

    To think like a hacker, start-up founder Andrew Peterson hired some people who know hackers well. His co-founders at Venice cybersecurity start-up Signal Sciences Corp. include a guy whom companies used to pay to try to hack them and a guy who led engineers often responsible for leaving unintended...

  • Australian retail giant Cotton On gears up for big California expansion

    Australian retail giant Cotton On gears up for big California expansion

    It doesn't advertise, has no celebrity spokespeople and hasn't achieved the brand recognition of competitors Forever 21 and H&M. In fact, most shoppers probably don’t even know that Cotton On already has a few dozen stores in Southern California. The Australian fast-fashion behemoth has been quietly...

  • Suicide, rape and the dark side of live streaming

    Suicide, rape and the dark side of live streaming

    In an interview last month about Facebook's recent push into live-streaming video, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg repeats the word "raw" as if it's some kind of sacred totem. Facebook Live is "raw and visceral," he says. It's this "new, raw" way to communicate. Zuckerberg doesn't seem to realize...

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