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  • LinkedIn shares plunge a day after earnings report

    LinkedIn shares plunge a day after earnings report

    Shares of LinkedIn Corp. plummeted Friday to their lowest level in more than three years, a day after the professional social-networking company reported significantly lower revenue projections for 2016. The Mountain View, Calif., company’s stock closed down more than 43% to $108.38. See the most-read...

  • Apple begins offering trade-in credit for damaged iPhones

    Apple begins offering trade-in credit for damaged iPhones

    Apple Inc. has begun offering trade-in credit for damaged iPhones, a strategy that could encourage people to buy a newer model rather than try to fix or bear with their current device. Apple is under pressure from investors to show that slowing sales of iPhones isn’t a long-term trend. Fostering...

  • If you import from China, you know it's Chinese New Year -- because business grinds to a halt

    If you import from China, you know it's Chinese New Year -- because business grinds to a halt

    Lia Sagehorn couldn't tell you if the upcoming Chinese spring festival marked the Year of the Monkey or the Year of the Woolly Mammoth. What the director of production at a local clothing brand does know is that for a few weeks her factories in China will be incommunicado. That means no shipments,...

  • LinkedIn tool for freelancers rolls out in Los Angeles

    LinkedIn tool for freelancers rolls out in Los Angeles

    Freelancing continues to gain steam in the U.S. as the price of providing healthcare and other benefits to employees remains high and companies look to contain costs. With that in mind, professional social networking site LinkedIn launched a pilot program called LinkedIn ProFinder in October to...

  • GoPro posts surprise quarterly loss; trading of its stock is temporarily halted

    GoPro posts surprise quarterly loss; trading of its stock is temporarily halted

    Appetite for action-sports cameras appears to have waned, with camera maker GoPro reporting a surprise fourth-quarter loss Wednesday.The San Mateo, Calif., company’s revenue plunged 31% to $436.6 million in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a year earlier. The company reported a loss...

  • YouTube moves closer to becoming a Netflix for millennials

    YouTube moves closer to becoming a Netflix for millennials

    Could it soon be time to YouTube and chill? The world’s biggest online video platform will officially crack into the paid original content business next week when it premieres the first four titles produced for its new subscription service, YouTube Red, the company said Wednesday. Included in the...

  • Yahoo will cut 1,700 jobs as it slims down its business

    Yahoo will cut 1,700 jobs as it slims down its business

    Troubled Yahoo Inc., once again, says it has a plan to turn things around after years of sluggish growth and turmoil.But its latest strategy is less about growth and more about cutbacks — at nearly every level of the company. Yahoo will lay off 15% of its workforce. It is shutting down digital...

  • Yahoo ex-employee sues, alleging manipulation of performance reviews and gender bias

    Yahoo ex-employee sues, alleging manipulation of performance reviews and gender bias

    A former Yahoo Inc. employee is suing the Internet company, alleging that a manipulated employee-rating system, as well as gender bias, led to his illegal termination. In the lawsuit, plaintiff Gregory Anderson said he had gotten a promotion, a raise and compliments for his work before he was told...

  • Alphabet is poised to be world's most valuable company

    Alphabet is poised to be world's most valuable company

    Google got a new name and now is on the brink of a new title: The tech titan looks set to be crowned the most valuable company in the world, toppling fellow Silicon Valley heavyweight Apple Inc.The Mountain View, Calif., Internet giant on Monday reported earnings for the first time under the banner...

  • Facebook moves to ban private gun sales

    Facebook moves to ban private gun sales

    Facebook will ban the private sale of guns on its social network as well as on Instagram, the company said Friday. The move comes as the White House has increased pressure on the company to address the popular use of its platforms to promote and advertise firearms for sale, often as a way to evade...

  • Amazon's stock dives, but it's because of a 'good problem'

    Amazon's stock dives, but it's because of a 'good problem'

    For a stock that sank 14% in after-hours trading Thursday, analysts aren’t feeling too bad about Amazon.com Inc.The e-commerce giant’s stock took a hit after it wasn’t able to match investor expectations in the fourth quarter.Despite the Seattle company’s profit more than doubling to $482 million,...

  • Facebook Mobile, 0 to 100 real quick

    Facebook Mobile, 0 to 100 real quick

    Four years ago Facebook Inc.'s mobile advertising strategy amounted to this: nothing.Today, smartphones and tablets generate an astounding 80% of the company's advertising revenue. That equaled $4.5 billion in the fourth quarter.The speed in which the world's largest social network has come to...

  • Amazon shares fall 14% as profit falls short

    Amazon shares fall 14% as profit falls short

    Amazon.com Inc. shares tumbled in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce company said its profit more than doubled, but still fell well short of analyst expectations. Amazon's strategy has long been to invest most of the money it makes back into its businesses, particularly by expanding offerings...

  • Lyft settles worker misclassification lawsuit for $12.25 million

    Lyft settles worker misclassification lawsuit for $12.25 million

    In the ongoing legal battles over worker misclassification in the on-demand economy, tech companies are taking different approaches to make the lawsuits go away.They can fight, as Uber is currently doing in San Francisco's federal court; the case is expected to go to trial this year. They can give...

  • Facebook ends 2015 with strong revenue growth and profits

    Facebook ends 2015 with strong revenue growth and profits

    Huge growth in mobile usage and advertising fueled a big quarter for Facebook Inc.The world's largest social network brought in $5.84 billion in revenue in its fourth quarter, up 52% from $3.85 billion the previous year. Profit more than doubled to $1.56 billion during the three months ended Dec....

  • Facebook expanding 'like' to 'haha,' 'wow' and more in coming weeks

    Facebook expanding 'like' to 'haha,' 'wow' and more in coming weeks

    Facebook Inc. plans to carefully launch in the coming weeks the first major revamp of its signature “like” feature since its introduction seven years ago. The social media giant’s 1.55 billion users will be able to automatically respond to posts with five emotions beside “like,” including "angry,"...

  • Google Cardboard says it's shipped five million virtual reality viewers

    Google Cardboard says it's shipped five million virtual reality viewers

    With its flimsy cardboard viewers, no one could ever mistake Google Cardboard’s virtual reality experience for the high-octane Oculus Rift or the soon-to-be-released Sony Playstation VR headset.And that’s the point. Google Cardboard aimed to get as many people using virtual reality as possible...

  • Apple stock dives after iPhone sales' growth slows dramatically

    Apple stock dives after iPhone sales' growth slows dramatically

    Shares of Apple Inc. took a dive the morning after the tech giant reported disappointing quarterly results that showed its revenue growth slowing dramatically and iPhone sales hitting a wall.  Apple stock tumbled as much as 5.4% to $94.61 on Wednesday morning. After markets closed Tuesday, the...

  • Apple's growth hits a wall: The iPhone maker's sales show weakness

    Apple's growth hits a wall: The iPhone maker's sales show weakness

    SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc.'s revenue barely budged in its first quarter, confirming fears that the consumer tech giant — which once seemed infallible — is slowing down.Strong sales in China as well as new products such as the Apple Watch and Apple TV saved the Cupertino, Calif., company from suffering...

  • GoPro live streams coming to another app: Twitter's Periscope

    GoPro live streams coming to another app: Twitter's Periscope

    Two struggling tech companies, GoPro and Twitter, on Tuesday announced a partnership around live video that’s meant to spark more usage for both businesses. The Twitter-owned Periscope video app will now recognize when a GoPro Hero4 silver or black edition is connected to an iPhone. Periscope users...

  • Uber tries using smartphones to track speeding drivers

    Uber tries using smartphones to track speeding drivers

    In Silicon Valley, where tech can ostensibly solve anything, can it solve the problem of speeding drivers? See more of our top stories on Facebook >> That’s a question Uber might soon be able to answer. The San Francisco on-demand transportation company announced Tuesday it has been piloting a...

  • Twitter hires former American Express exec as chief marketing officer

    Twitter hires former American Express exec as chief marketing officer

    Twitter may have lost a handful of top executives Monday, but it gained a chief marketing officer on Tuesday with the hiring of Leslie Berland, a former vice president of global advertising, marketing and digital partnerships at American Express.Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, announced...

  • E-sports matchmaker FaceIt raises $15 million and opens a Santa Monica office

    E-sports matchmaker FaceIt raises $15 million and opens a Santa Monica office

    Want to become a professional video game player? For many, the journey starts at FaceIt. About 3.5 million people have turned to FaceIt’s website to find teammates and opponents in computer games such as “Counter-Strike” and “Dota 2.” FaceIt guides virtual matchmaking, steers people to appropriate...

  • Meet the shadowy overlords who approve emojis

    Meet the shadowy overlords who approve emojis

    An estimated 74% of Americans use emojis every day. We use them in text messages, Facebook posts and when we chat online. You can even text a pizza emoji to Domino’s to order a pizza. Yet, despite our avid usage of the yellow smiley faces, hand gestures, animal icons and poop emojis, few people...

  • Why emojis are a no-brainer for digital communication

    Why emojis are a no-brainer for digital communication

    When the Oxford English Dictionary declared an emoji its 2015 word of the year, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. The emoji it singled out — an image of a laughing yellow face crying tears of joy — did not fit most people's definition of a word. To some, it was even less of a word than shortlisted...

  • Why Snapchat and WhatsApp are bringing new features to messaging

    Why Snapchat and WhatsApp are bringing new features to messaging

    One app to rule them all might be the future on smartphones, and if so, Snapchat knows it needs to bolster the features in its chat function.The Venice start-up appears to be doing just that, with software experts revealing big potential changes to Snapchat's chat screen.If the details prove correct,...

  • Departure of key executives continues sense of tumult at Twitter

    Departure of key executives continues sense of tumult at Twitter

    SAN FRANCISCO — Five top executives have flown the coop at Twitter Inc., signaling continued upheaval at the struggling microblogging company months after founder Jack Dorsey returned to the helm.The exodus of so many executives at once spells internal tumult at Twitter, which has battled corporate...

  • Virtual Reality L.A., women founders, Tispr among week's L.A. tech highlights

    Virtual Reality L.A., women founders, Tispr among week's L.A. tech highlights

    Flying with pterodactyls. Skiing down Mammoth Mountain. Zapping robots. It was all possible on Saturday at the Virtual Reality Los Angeles expo. Hundreds of people crowded into a small ballroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center to try those experiences and more on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung...

  • Meet the attorney suing Uber, Lyft, GrubHub and a dozen California tech firms

    Meet the attorney suing Uber, Lyft, GrubHub and a dozen California tech firms

    Shannon Liss-Riordan made a name for herself defending workers against FedEx, American Airlines and Starbucks in wage and hour lawsuits. If you’re a business executive and she’s knocking at your door, it probably means your company has been accused of doing something few Americans have much tolerance...

  • Apps lead new wave in advertising

    Apps lead new wave in advertising

    In the fast-changing world of mobile advertising, staples like banner ads, pop-ups and ads disguised as news stories aren't cutting it anymore. The latest crop of ads reads like novels, mimics the levels of a video game and lets Snoopy hitch a ride on selfies. Advertisers hope those flashier formats...

  • Snapchat may be adding audio messages and video calling, experts say

    Snapchat may be adding audio messages and video calling, experts say

    Snapchat may be preparing to launch new audio messaging and Skype-like features, according to a pair of software developers who regularly examine the popular app’s programming code. The developers, who produce software to add additional features to Snapchat on specially unlocked smartphones, recently...

  • General Motors launches Maven, a car-sharing service

    General Motors launches Maven, a car-sharing service

    General Motors Co. has launched a car-sharing service that lets users reserve and unlock vehicles with their smartphones. The service, called Maven, debuted Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will initially focus on serving students and faculty at the University of Michigan. GM vehicles are to be...

  • Nielsen will monitor Facebook to measure buzz about TV programs

    Nielsen will monitor Facebook to measure buzz about TV programs

    Anyone who's logged onto social media during a presidential debate, big football game or TV premier knows the flurry of posts can be just as captivating as the event on screen. With that in mind, Nielsen said Wednesday it would begin measuring Facebook posts to determine how much buzz a television...

  • General Motors buys the assets of ride-hailing company Sidecar

    General Motors buys the assets of ride-hailing company Sidecar

    In another step this month to position itself for on-demand ride hailing, General Motors has acquired the technology and assets of Sidecar Technologies, a San Francisco-based ride-hailing service that shut down at the end of 2015. This step comes after GM's Jan. 4 announcement that it is investing...

  • Hi, I'm a digital junkie, and I suffer from infomania

    Hi, I'm a digital junkie, and I suffer from infomania

    I was recently described, to my face, as a “modern digital junkie.”This diagnosis was given to me, half in jest, by Dr. Dimitrios Tsivrikos, consumer psychologist at University College London, when I described my symptoms to him. After spending my workday tapping, swiping and emailing, I come home...

  • Uber partners with Airbus for Sundance helicopter rides

    Uber partners with Airbus for Sundance helicopter rides

    Uber has already taken over the roads in most major cities. Now it’s getting ready to take over the skies this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The San Francisco company is partnering with aircraft manufacturer Airbus Group SE for a pilot program that will let Sundance attendees...

  • Slowing investment, Unmute and Grindr's moves are among week's L.A. tech highlights

    Slowing investment, Unmute and Grindr's moves are among week's L.A. tech highlights

    More than 300 companies across Los Angeles and Orange counties received venture capital funding in 2015, totaling about $5 billion in investment in the biggest year for deal-making in the region and nationwide since 2000. Technology start-ups often rely on cash from venture capitalists for rapid...

  • Apple's purchase of Emotient fuels artificial intelligence boom in Silicon Valley

    Apple's purchase of Emotient fuels artificial intelligence boom in Silicon Valley

    The arms race in Silicon Valley is on for artificial intelligence. Facebook is working on a virtual personal assistant that can read people's faces and decide whether or not to let them in your home. Google is investing in the technology to power self-driving cars, identify people on its photo...

  • State regulators approve electric vehicle charging station pilot program

    State regulators approve electric vehicle charging station pilot program

    Southern California Edison won approval from state regulators Thursday to develop a $22-million pilot program that will increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations by as many as 1,500. Edison plans to place charging stations at locations where drivers typically leave their cars parked...

  • Amazon is dropping Prime price to $73 for the weekend

    Amazon is dropping Prime price to $73 for the weekend

    Amazon.com is temporarily chopping the price of its Prime entertainment and shipping subscription service to $73 from $99. The offer begins at 9 p.m. Pacific time Friday and ends 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Amazon is waged in an expensive video battle against fellow streaming competitors Netflix, Hulu and...

  • Uber fined $7.6 million by California utilities commission

    Uber fined $7.6 million by California utilities commission

    The California Public Utilities Commission agreed Thursday with a judge’s recommendation to fine Uber $7.6 million for failing to meet data reporting requirements in 2014. Uber will appeal the decision, but has agreed to pay the fine to avoid a 30-day suspension of its license in its home state....

  • ESPN.com to cover e-sports with same 'rigor' as it does the big leagues

    ESPN.com to cover e-sports with same 'rigor' as it does the big leagues

    ESPN has announced plans to aggressively cover the sport of playing video games, beginning on its website and apps. E-sports competitions have surged into a $500-million global industry over the last few years, as millions of people watch online or turn up at arenas to see players go at it with...

  • How Snapchat is targeting the over-35 crowd

    How Snapchat is targeting the over-35 crowd

    A yellow billboard. No text. Just a small, faceless ghost at the center. For months, people have encountered this sight along roads nationwide, leaving those not in the know curious or confused. In Los Angeles, you might've caught it heading toward Los Angeles International Airport on Century Boulevard....

  • Uber may face $7.6 million fine from the California Public Utilities Commission

    Uber may face $7.6 million fine from the California Public Utilities Commission

    Uber’s fate in California will be decided Thursday when the California Public Utilities Commission votes on whether the ride-hailing company will be suspended and fined $7.6 million for failing to meet data reporting requirements in 2014.Last July, an administrative law judge recommended that the...

  • YouTube sensation PewDiePie launches his own network

    Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, the wildly popular YouTube star once called the “emperor” of the Internet by late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, is getting his own digital network. Revelmode will feature Kjellberg and a roster of like-minded online video creators. The company is being launched in...

  • State of the Union brings White House to Snapchat

    State of the Union brings White House to Snapchat

    As the White House prepared for President Obama’s final State of the Union address, it gave some exclusive behind-the-scenes looks on Snapchat. White House workers posted about 25 videos, each 10 seconds or less (as per Snapchat rules), to the popular app on Tuesday. The clips included the president’s...

  • Latino digital network mitú raises $27 million in latest round

    Latino digital network mitú raises $27 million in latest round

    Mitú, a digital network for Latino millennials, raised $27 million in a new round of funding, the company said Wednesday. The creators of the popular online videos “Cholos Try” added new investors in the latest round, including Verizon and AwesomenessTV, a digital media company majority owned by...

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